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Staff

Shantel

Practice Manager

A proud New Yorker, Shantel attributes the city’s indefatigable spirit to shaping her resolute and courageous character.

With a decade of management experience, ranging from the fitness industry to veterinary medicine, Shantel has developed an impressive acumen for leadership. It was during her stint in veterinary emergency care that she discovered her true calling. Helping people and their beloved pets has become her unwavering mission.

Shantel is deeply committed to delivering unparalleled customer and clinical experiences. Her management style is centered on the well-being and accomplishments of our team. She aims to foster a work culture marked by unity, transparency, openness, and joy. Her vision for our clinic is one where the ambiance is not just inviting but infectious. To her, the pinnacle of success is witnessing a satisfied family share their positive experience with their community, reinforcing the bond of trust and care.


Markita 

Client Services

Markita was born and raised in Forest Hills, Queens. Her first pet ever was an orange tabby named Hector, and she knew from a very young age that she wanted to work with animals in some capacity. She learned much of what she knows from her sister, who has been a veterinary technician for more than 15 years. Markita also spent time training with a low-cost mobile veterinary program before finding her way to ASVC. Her excellent communication skills and ability to connect with clients has made her the perfect fit as a receptionist here at Abingdon Square Vet. She loves educating clients on puppy and kitten care, and greeting them with a smiling face every day that she comes to work! At home, Markita lives with three cats (Penelope, Dexter and Chase), one Pitbull named Hatch, three bearded dragons and a leopard gecko. When she isn’t working, she enjoys taking Hatch on long walks and dining out. 


Maria

Client Services

Things have changed for Maria, who grew up in the Bronx and Spanish Harlem. As a kid, she says she had trouble keeping her pet goldfish alive, but now she gets great joy from helping animals—and their people—every day.
 
Maria began her career in animal welfare when she started working at an animal shelter many years ago. She says her favorite part of being in this field is educating clients and helping them build better relationships with their pets.
 
Outside of work, Maria is a writer who has penned poems and short stories since she was a child. She is currently studying communications and digital marketing and when she does have free time, she enjoys spending it with “the best dog in the world”, Sherlock.


Meagan

Client Services

Meagan originally hails from a small town in Idaho, where she grew up surrounded by pets of all kinds—dogs, cats, horses, llamas, ferrets, and a host of other small critters. Her passion for animal care was sparked at an early age when she and her grandmother began caring for a colony of feral cats. Many years later, the colony is still under grandma’s care—and Meagan enjoys visiting with them on trips back home.

Meagan is passionate about educating clients and strives to provide the support needed to make caring for a pet a little less intimidating, especially for first time pet parents! Her own pet family includes a Corgi/Jack Russell mix named Potato, and three cats named Nicki, Fanny, and Jay. When she’s not at work, Meagan loves exploring the city and spending time at the beach or the pier when the sun’s out.


Juliana

Customer Service Representative

I have just recently graduated from Binghamton University and I am excited to join the team! I love animals, art, and volunteering. I have worked with lots of really cool species such as sea lions and marmosets, but my passion has always been helping people and their pets.  I frequently draw pet portraits for my friends and I love seeing how unique and loved each animal is. I started working in customer service since high school and I have loved it ever since. I hope to one day continue my studies and become a veterinary technician so I can work even more hands-on. At home, I have some odd pets such as garden snails and aquarium shrimp, but my shih tzu biscuit is my pride and joy.


Niki

Lead Licensed Veterinary Technician

Niki found her passion for veterinary medicine 7 years ago volunteering for a wildlife rehabilitation facility. Since then she has gone back to school and obtained her veterinary technician license, and has worked in various positions in the field, including general practice, critical care, and treating a wide variety of animals, from military working dogs in Texas to professional sled dogs in Alaska.

Niki has one cat, who has traveled around the country with her the past 12 years. In her spare time, Niki loves to hike, travel, crochet, and explore the local area.


Jenny

Veterinary Technician

Born and raised in Texas, Jenny has really always wanted a career as an international assassin—but says no secret government agency has contacted her about the job. (We think she’s kidding…or at least we hope so!) 

Lucky for us, Jenny settled on a less-lethal profession in animal care and has nearly a decade of experience, education, and certifications in the veterinary field. She says she loves giving back to the community by providing excellent patient care, educating clients, and helping keep pets healthy. Her special interests include nutrition, dermatology, and anesthesia. 

Outside of the clinic, Jenny enjoys cooking, video games, wine tasting, picnics, and spoiling her grouchy old orange tabby cat Thelonious. 


Jordan

Veterinary Technician

Jordan has been a technician since 2017. She obtained an Animal Science degree from Stephen F Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Tx.  Initially started off at a high volume non-profit spay/neuter clinic, then worked at a general practice clinic for 3 years where they performed wellness visits, dentals, soft tissue surgeries, and triage patients. Before moving to NY, she worked in emergency medicine. Although she enjoyed the adrenaline rush from emergency medicine, she wanted a change of scene to a fear free facility and working with healthy patients. Jordan enjoys working with her teammates and building friendships with fur babies! She cannot wait to meet you! In her free time she enjoys painting, dancing, long walks in nature, and working out.


Jessica

Technician Assistant

Jessica grew up in Maryland and Florida wanting to be a veterinarian. After receiving training in animal handling and as a veterinary assistant, she made the move to New York. Prior to landing at Abingdon Square, she most recently worked at Manhattan AMC. She says her favorite part of working in the veterinary field is using gentle techniques to handle pets and the love that she feels from our pet patients when we help them.

When she’s not working, Jessica enjoys cooking and spending time with her three dogs and pet chinchilla.


Cheyenne

Technician Assistant

Cheyenne is a recent graduate from UC Santa Cruz with a Bachelor’s degree in biology. She was born and raised in California and just recently moved to New York to fulfill her childhood dream and continue learning and growing in the vast field of veterinary medicine. She has a newly adopted cat and four dogs back home in California and misses them very much, but she finds comfort in helping and bonding with the patients here at Abingdon Square Veterinary Clinic!


Ashleigh

Kennel Assistant

Ashley was born in the Bronx and grew up with kittens and fish. As a child, Ashley wanted to be a special education teacher for children with autism because her brother is on the spectrum. But years later, when she adopted her own cat as an adult from a shelter in upstate New York, her life was changed for the better — and that’s when she knew she wanted to work in the veterinary industry. Ashley went on to spend years volunteering at local shelters before earning her animal care certificate. At ASVC, Ashley enjoys helping our doctors and technicians to provide truly compassionate care to the pet patients we see. She shares her home with her cat, Hermione, and enjoys cooking, reading and watching movies and TV shows in her spare time. 


Marcello

Veterinary Assistant

Marcello was born in Greenwich Village, where he grew up with cats, dogs, fish and a lizard. He loves being close to animals, as well as being involved in medical treatment for them. This no doubt grew out of his experience with pets as a child and is why he has always wanted to be in the veterinary field. He has worked in Oswego and interned in Manhattan and Westchester.

Marcello shares his home with three cats, and in his free time, he loves to read, study, work out and socialize with friends.


Paula

Veterinary Assistant

My name is Paula. Born in Los Angeles but raised in Philippines and New York. 

I’m currently working as a Veterinary Technician Assistant for 6.5 years. I started as a kennel out with no background experience for 8 months then was given an opportunity to become a Veterinary Assistant . Since then, I learned many skills, gained medical knowledge and understanding the needs of patients and clients. My ability for helping out patients/clients along with being able to communicate well with that has made me want to pursue the veterinary technician role.

During my free time,  I love traveling, cooking/baking, and doing outside activities with my husband and dog.


Tomas

Veterinary Assistant

My name is Tomas Burgos, I was born in Argentina but raised in Brooklyn New York. I have always loved animals and wanted to give back to them as much as I could since I had dogs in Argentina that I loved so much. I graduated with degrees in bio tech, earth and environmental science, and urban environmental science . With these achievements I hope to one day put all my skills together to work at a wild life conservation helping endangered species who need a home by creating artificial environments for them. By continuing to grow my veterinary experience I hope to make a difference in the animal community working with exotics. On my free time I love taking my beautiful pitty on hikes and love being a local gym rat.


Andrea

Kennel Assistant

Growing up in Puerto Rico, Andrea always knew she wanted to work with animals in any capacity she could. She pursued that dream, attending the Universidad del Turabo and Edic College and then working in the field in both Puerto Rico and here in New York. Andrea says she enjoys every aspect of veterinary medicine, and that being near animals all day is the best part of the job.
 
When she’s not working, Andrea is a homebody who enjoys hanging out and playing with her two cats and listening to music.