Chelsea began working in the veterinary field in 2007 as a technician assistant in Laguna Beach, CA. She went on to pursue a career outside of the veterinary field in management, but in 2014 made the life changing decision to return to her true passion of working with animals. When she is not working, she enjoys hiking with her dog Igby, camping, cooking, and gardening.
For almost a decade, Mike DiVita has displayed excellence through a strong work ethic in the Veterinary field. Beginning his career as a Kennel Assistant, within a year he was drawing blood, setting catheters and assisting in radiology. In short measure Mike would become an invaluable team member, monitoring surgeries and performing dental cleanings.
Trusted and respected by his mentors and peers alike, he thrives in General Medicine and has experience working with specialists in Internal Medicine, Oncology and Neurology.
Mike is a quick learner, excels in problem-solving, and is a great asset to the AVC team. Mike enjoys walks with his furry friends, camping, and comic books.
Annie’s love and compassion for animals began when she was a young child. It was then that she realized how special the human/animal bond is. She began working with animals in 2013 as an adoption assistant at a Humane Society in Illinois. She started working in veterinary medicine soon after and feels very fortunate to be in the field. In her free time, she enjoys hiking with her dog Honey Mama, eating vegan food and taking photos with her cats Coco Puffs and Noodles.
Kerri began her career in the veterinary field in 2009 working as a Kennel Assistant. Her compassion for animals and people encouraged her to begin cross training as a Veterinary Assistant.
While obtaining her degree in Anthropology, she was fortunate enough to be able to work with and care for chimpanzees and Siberian lynx at a rescue sanctuary in Bend, Oregon. This strongly increased her interest in animal welfare and animal husbandry.
Over the years, Kerri has gained experience in performing dental procedures, radiology, assisting with surgeries, and working alongside clients to provide outstanding customer service.
In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her sheltie mix, Cecilia and her rambunctious cat, Leilani.
Elizabeth got her start with veterinary medicine in 2000 at a small clinic in the Bay Area. She relocated to Portland in 2005 to continue her veterinary medical career as a technician and, in 2009, switched paths to include aviation. She is currently completing her helicopter ratings and has since returned to the veterinary field to fulfill her love of helping animals. In the future, she hopes to combine her love of animals with her passion for flying, doing research or conservation work overseas. Elizabeth is mom to a Great Dane puppy named Groot, a little terrier named Spock and an incredible curmudgeon of a tortoise named Elliot.
Anna started working in the veterinary field in 2013 at a mobile vaccine clinic. She quickly found a passion for veterinary medicine and moved to Portland in 2014 to continue her career as a technician. She is very grateful that she is able to work in a field that combines her love of science and animals. Anna enjoys reading books with her bearded dragon Drogo and lives with a talkative cat named Hendrix. In her free time she enjoys reading, puzzles, and pilates.
Ariel entered the veterinary field in 2013 after graduating from the Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology in Denver, CO. Ariel is a Denver native and, after working at a clinic there for over 2 years, she made the move Portland with her husband and 2 dogs. Ariel worked at a clinic in West Linn for nearly a year before joining the team at Alberta Veterinary Care. An animal lover all her life, Ariel is glad to have found a career working with animals and especially loves dentistry.
Fun fact: Ariel played competitive women’s flat track roller derby for 10 years. She played with the Denver team for the majority of her career and was a member of the World Champion Rose City Rollers in 2016 for her final season. In her free time, Ariel enjoys hiking, dancing and posting adorable pictures of her dogs, Lex and Kima, on Instagram.
Born and raised in the Land of Enchantment (aka Albuquerque, NM), Amanda began working in Veterinary Medicine in 2003 while attending University in Southern California and instantly fell in love with the field. She finished school in San Diego, CA getting a degree in Photojournalism with a minor in Animal Science, in hopes of one day becoming a photographer for National Geographic, not knowing at the time that life had a different plan for her.
She quickly made her way in to specialty work focusing on Internal Medicine, Trauma and Critical Care. Working with patients in need of such specialized and round the clock medical attention inspired her to advance her education further and she went back to school to get her Paramedic certification.
Several years ago she began working primarily with Non-Profit Organizations in the US, UK and South East Asia. She spent extended periods of time working with The Save the Elephant Foundation, Tech Aid International, United Asia Charity as well as multiple Humanitarian organizations working towards access to clean water, shelter and basic education for residents in rural regions of Cambodia, Vietnam, Indonesia and Thailand. Although this work was incredibly rewarding homesickness got the best of her and she made her way back to the West Coast settling in Portland, Or.
In her spare time she loves to explore the PNW with her partner Patrick and their 14-year-old Boston terrier, Cooper. She is also a licensed skydiving instructor, amateur vegan cook, plant enthusiast, rock climber and freelance photojournalist.
Justin started his career in the veterinary field in 2014 in the Hudson Valley of New York as a receptionist at a small corporate clinic. After a year and a switch over to the “back of house” side, he started working at a no-kill shelter where he shortly was elevated to assistant medical manager. In the summer of 2017 life changed and he picked up and relocated to the PNW and started working at AVC shortly after. With an original degree in childhood education, his background lends itself to a very compassionate and empathetic approach with an "expect the unexpected" attitude towards each and every animal. In his spare time, Justin spends his time reading, in his garden, or running around with his dog Claudia and his cat Elmer.