Jess never fails to put her heart into her job. Her outstanding compassion for people and their companions shines through each and every day.
Ever since childhood, Jess was determined to work with animals. Immediately after graduating high school, she went to college to study veterinary medicine. She graduated from Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology in March 2014 and joined the Mountain Ridge family that June as a Registered Veterinary Technician. Shortly after that, she became the Lead RVT and led our team of Technicians for several years. She was then promoted to the Veterinary Hospital Manager in 2021! Her love of animals was born early; as an only child, she found furry siblings in her family pets. She now finds companionship in her own pets, including an orange tabby cat named Tuna, and a Goldendoodle named Cider. Jess enjoys spending time with her husband, pets, friends, and family. She lists meditating, camping, going to “Doodle Romps”, attending country concerts, dancing, exploring mountain towns, and traveling as some of her favorite activities. She is a Colorado native.
Adventure Elopement- The world shut down in 2020 right as Jess and her husband were supposed to have their wedding, so they spontaneously road tripped to Telluride, CO and eloped, surrounded by nature with a gorgeous view! They were able to celebrate and have their big wedding later on, and it made for a great story!
Green thumb – Jess enjoys taking care of indoor plants and an outdoor garden.
Guilty Pleasure- She admits that one of her favorite ways to wind down after a long day is to turn on one of The Bachelorette or Bachelor in Paradise TV Shows!
Pet names – Her pets are named after food/drinks in the tradition of her family pets growing up; Snickers, Chili, and Cayenne.
What is your favorite part about your job?
“I would have to say my favorite thing is that it has all just truly come full circle for me! Over the years of being a Vet Tech, I got to watch my patients grow up from puppies and kittens, to sweet seniors with their cute little grey faces- it is an honor to get to be a part of that journey. Now, I often chat with clients that have known me for years, that remember me as their past Vet Tech, and it helps me connect with them! ”
We understand that you have a special affection for sea turtles. What do you love most about them? Have you had the chance to swim with one?
I did swim in the ocean with sea turtles in Akumal, Mexico; it was one of the top things on my bucket list!
I love what sea turtles symbolize. Here is “Advice From A Sea Turtle,” which I think can be applied to daily life: Swim with the current, Be a good navigator, Stay calm under pressure, Be Well Traveled, Be at ease in your own shell.