EOM Robbinsville



Congratulations to the NorthStar VETS Employees of the Month!

Our supervisors selected the NorthStar VETS employees of the month. They were nominated for regularly going above and beyond for patient care. Congratulations!

A few words with our EOMs

Jessica Boody, Veterinary Technician

When did you join NorthStar VETS?
"I started in April of 2020 around the time the pandemic started!"

What attracted you to veterinary medicine?
"I have always loved animals and knew from a young age that I wanted to work with them. I used to do 'exams' on family pets when I was a kid and everyone knew I'd end up working with animals in some capacity."

What do you love about what you do?
"My favorite part about being a technician is the happiness that comes from a client when we help their pet feel better. From simple things like a broken nail to more extensive injuries or illnesses, people often see their pets as their children and most times are grateful for our help. That makes me feel like I'm doing something worthwhile."

Tell us about your own pets
"I currently only have two guinea pigs, Potato and Chip. They're about three-years-old and love food more than anything."

What would people be surprised to know about you?
"Most people would be surprised to know that I love reading. When I'm not working, my favorite thing to do is sit down and read. I prefer physical books, but I recently started reading kindle books and have started enjoying that, too."

Priscilla Curchin, Client Service Representative

When did you join NorthStar VETS?
"I first joined NorthStar VETS in 2019."

What attracted you to veterinary medicine?
"I was laid off from a position I had for 30 years since computer technology took it over, and saw an ad in the paper for a clerical position at a competing company. I thought to myself, 'I love pets and can do that.' so I applied and got an offer. I'm still at it 13 years later."

What do you love about what you do?
"I love learning about all the changes in veterinary medicine such as new drugs and procedures I also love being around most pet parents and working with an amazing staff."

Tell us about your own pets
"I have two chihuahuas. One is red and named Baron, the other looks like a rat and is named Ratatouille. At 10-and-14-years-old, both are adopted through the Humane Society."

What would people be surprised to know about you?
"At Christmas we always adopt a family and provide them with what they need (furniture, toys, bikes, etc.) This has been happening for the last 15 years. In the last 10 years, it has been a military family that we help out since our son is a military officer of whom we are very proud. ALL military personnel could use a helping hand, especially wounded warriors, and we are happy to help."

Nancy Doren, Customer Service Representative

When did you join NorthStar VETS?
"I joined on April 11, 2011."

What attracted you to veterinary medicine?
"I was in the human medicine field forever because my father was a cardiologist and I wanted to get back to something I loved: animals."

What do you love about what you do?
"I love the emergency aspect of my job. Not knowing what is coming in and how we at NorthStar VETS can help them."

Tell us about your own pets
"Right now, I have two dogs, Penny Ann, a seven-year-old Boston mix, and Stanley, a three-year-old Cairn Terrier. I also have an almost-12-year-old cat named Autumn who I haven't been able to touch for that long. She lives in my house and I just feed her and provide her shelter. Her choice. Also, I have 30 or so chickens. Some of which are called the Night Chicks, Sweet Chicks, and Fruity Chicks."

What would people be surprised to know about you?
"For many years, my ex-husband and I had a boarding stable. He worked a carpenter job and I mostly took care of the animals. Sometimes up to 30 head of horses. I also raised sheep and had a flock of 40-plus. Spring was busy with delivering lambs and I was very hands-on. I can remember helping the moms deliver twins more than once. We also had pigs and calves. There were anywhere from 300 to 500 chickens at a time because we sold eggs. When you have livestock to care for, you don't get a day off. I probably didn't have a day off for more than 10 years until I went to the hospital to deliver my son. But doing what you love is more important than a vacation, because life is such a joy."

Lauren Higgins, DVM, Emergency and Critical Care Veterinarian

When did you join NorthStar VETS?
"I joined NorthStar VETS in August 2012."

What attracted you to veterinary medicine?
"I took a job at a local veterinary hospital during the summer between freshman and sophomore year of undergrad as a favor to a family friend who needed help, and I needed money! But, I fell in love and changed my major to animal bioscience as soon as I went back so school that September."

Tell us about your own pets
"I have a 15-year-old yorkie mix that's been with me since vet school named Dominic and a cat that found me (literally walked into my apartment after taking Dom for a walk) while in vet school named Tink."

What would people be surprised to know about you?
"My favorite Broadway musical is Rent!"

Destiny Lukas, Veterinary Technician

When did you join NorthStar VETS?
"I joined NorthStar VETS in July 2020. I have always looked upon NorthStar VETS as the best of the best, so I was beyond excited to be a part of the team."

What attracted you to veterinary medicine?
"I have to give a shout-out to my mom for that one. I was raised around all sorts of animals, and my mom and dad (and my childhood dog, Dylan) showed me how much love and happiness a pet can give. Mom was an animal lover to her core, and it was passed to me. I had just begun my journey in veterinary medicine at Toms River Animal Hospital when my mom was diagnosed with cancer. She loved that I was working in this field, and I will never forget her smile hearing how happy I was helping animals. She passed away in 2014 after a long tiring battle. I like to think that with every pet I help, I am honoring her, and she is standing next to me, smiling. I have worked in animal health for eight years now, and I still love every day."

What do you love about what you do?
"There is so much I love about what I do! I love seeing animals improve from the work I do and care I provide. I love seeing clients' faces when they see their pets healthy again. I love the teamwork I see around the hospital all because animals are in need of help. I love learning more about medicine every day. I love working on the Emergency team. It's kind of ironic, I always think of myself as a hurricane of anxiety, but I find I am my calmest and most content in emergency situations. Guess I found my niche?!"

Tell us about your own pets
"I grew up with two golden retrievers, Dylan (my forever best friend) and Blu Skye, and one guinea pig, Squeaky. As I got older, I had two other guinea pigs, Gizmo and Patches, and then two rabbits, Roo and Dundee. I now only have one tuxedo kitten, Cairo. He's such an affectionate and quirky cat. His best friend is a squirrel that comes to see him every morning through the glass back door. He even sits at the dinner table with us in his own high chair!"

What would people be surprised to know about you?
"Most know me as a 26-year-old in a 90-year-old's body, but I love being active via mountain biking, jet skiing, and I've also been horseback riding since I was nine.

I love anything SCI-FI, especially the movie Aliens, and Star Wars of course.

I have to say NorthStar VETS really gave me my spark back, showing me what I am capable of, and furthering my interest in animal health. I am planning on continuing school and maybe even veterinary school. Long story short, I feel more like my happy self than I have in a long time, and I am so grateful."

Laura Riley, Customer Service Representative

When did you join NorthStar VETS?
"I started working at NorthStar VETS 16 years ago, May 9th 2005."

What attracted you to veterinary medicine?
"I have always loved animals and I actually found VSDS (at the time) when my Snickers was a patient. I love the atmosphere and how caring everyone was, so I decided to apply."

What do you love about what you do?
"I love seeing the animals going home to their families, whether it's a short visit or the harder ones. Seeing the smiles and joy on the clients' faces makes it all worth it."

Tell us about your own pets
"I have two dogs, Rosko, a 14-year-old Border Collie mix, and Luna, a 12-year-old Lab mix. They always keep me on my toes lately, but I love them terribly. Then I have my three blood donor cats whom everyone knows, Ash, Tux, and Saber. They are great additions to my family."

What would people be surprised to know about you?
"Hmmm... not sure honestly, I'm pretty much an open book. Maybe before I started working here, I used to travel a decent amount. I've been to Italy, France, London, Australia, New Zealand, and many other places. I definitely haven't done that in a while, but I highly enjoy seeing new places."

Lauren Robertson, DVM, Emergency and Critical Care Veterinarian

When did you join NorthStar VETS?
"I joined the NorthStar VETS emergency service in August, 2020."

What attracted you to veterinary medicine?
"I knew from a young age that I wanted to work with animals. Growing up, I told people I wanted to be a horse rancher! As a grew older, I developed a strong interested in science and medicine, so veterinary medicine was the natural path for me to follow."

What do you love about what you do?
"There are many things I love about what I do. I work in emergency medicine; a lot of my clients are worried or frightened and pets can be very sick. I enjoy calming clients and explaining what is happening, as well as making their pets more comfortable and helping them begin their recovery. The best feeling is when I see a very sick pet that was hospitalized go home happy and healthy."

Tell us about your own pets
"I have two rescue pit bulls, Kimbo and Gia. I've had both since vet school and we have been through so much together. They are both around 10 years old now, but you’d never guess they’re seniors by their forever-young, silly personalities."

What would people be surprised to know about you?
"My hobbies include growing orchids and SCUBA diving!"

Congratulations to these Employees of the Month as Well!

Lillian Helm, Client Service Representative

Meleea Olofson, Veterinary Technician