Jessica grew up on a Rockton, Ontario farm, where she cared for horses, cows, chickens, and even the occasional rabbit, guinea pig, or pigeon. She can’t remember a time when she didn’t want to advocate for the health of all animals—ever since she was a little girl, Jessica has been dedicated to bettering the lives of the earth’s creatures! Now, she helps pets daily as a Veterinary Assistant.
Jessica was only 14 years old when she started her animal-care career by signing on as a Kennel Attendant. Next, she took a job at a companion animal and equine hospital, furthering her hands-on experience in the veterinary world, before moving to Peterborough for school and diving into the world of emergency veterinary care.
In 2016, Jessica moved away from Peterborough to be closer to her family and boyfriend, and joined the team here at Main West Animal Hospital shortly afterward as a Veterinary Assistant. She’s especially fond of helping during surgical procedures, but her favourite part of the work is interacting one-on-one with her clients and patients.
When she isn’t tending to pets’ needs here at the clinic, Jessica enjoys gardening, horseback riding, hiking, and rock climbing, kayaking, dabbling in art, cycling, and running. She’s successfully trained for a half-marathon, and plans on running a full marathon in the near future! At home, Jessica lives with two cats—Samson, known affectionately as “Frat Cat” since he went through university alongside Jessica; and Fern, who got her name after she was found hiding in Jessica’s garden during her time in Peterborough—and also owns a horse, Lighting, who has been with Jessica for 17 wonderful years.