Animal Health Technicians

Valérie Aussant, AHT

Valérie started working at Hôpital Vétérinaire de l'Est Inc. in 2007 during her studies as an animal health technician which she completed in 2009 at Lionel-Groulx College.

Her knowledge, her keen work ethics and her devotion to animals earned her the position of one of our chief animal health technicians. Consequently, Valérie's responsibilities, during her work shift, are to see to the smooth functioning of the hospital and to supervise students and veterinary specialized auxiliaries.

Valérie is one of the founders and in charge of the HVE Foundation, a non-profit organization whose goal is to have homeless animals adopted. She has a keen interest for exotic animals and for canine sports activities like agility, « Free Style » and Cani-Cross.

Her furry life companions are three dogs named Judy, Mani and Colby, a Chinchilla named Marcus and a degu named Clara.

Annie Cloutier, AHT

Annie became an animal health technician in 2009 after she completing her training at Lionel-Groulx College. She is also certified ENTSA (Animal Health Technician national examination) from ATSAQ (Quebec Animal Health Technicians Association).

During the years that followed her graduation, Annie worked in different veterinary establishments and finally integrated the team of Hôpital Vétérinaire de l'Est Inc. in 2015.

Her main responsibilities include teethcleanings and preparing patients for surgeries, inducing and maintaining anesthesia during surgeries, and watching over the animals after their surgery. All of this under the close supervision of veterinarians. These tasks are made for Annie because they appeal to her liking of surgery and veterinary assistance.

She shares her daily life with three dogs, one Yorkshire breed dog named Lucky, one Chihuahua named Poncho and one border collie named Ace. 

Karen Navarro, AHT

Karen was hired by Hôpital Vétérinaire de l'Est Inc. in 2014 right after she obtained her diploma as an animal health technician from Lionel-Groulx College.

On the floor, Karen is affected to the surgery department where, under the supervision of veterinarians, she gets the animals ready for surgeries, she induces and maintains anesthesia during surgeries and watches over the animals as they wake up once their surgeries are over.

Besides that, Karen assists veterinarians and ensures customer service. Karen likes her position immensely because amongst all her responsibilities, assisting with the surgeries is what she likes best.

Two domestic cats, Rico and Valek, and a cockatiel named Piolin share Karen's life.

Tanya Polese, AHT

Tanya studied to become an animal health technician at Vanier College where she received her diploma in 2011. That year, she joined the team of Hôpital Vétérinaire de l'Est Inc.

As soon as she was hired, she started working in the surgery department and, over time, earned the position of chief of the department.

Under veterinary supervision, Tanya has to oversee the anesthesia of animals before, during and after their surgery, manage the other animal health technicians, the specialized veterinary auxiliaries and the veterinary assistants affected to the surgery department as well.

Besides surgery, Tanya is very much interested in dentistry, behaviour, radiology and orthopedics. Moreover, she received the « PennHip » certification during the winter of 2017. The « PennHip » technique being recognized worldwide as the best radiographic method to diagnose hip dysplasia in dogs.

Tanya lives with many animals, two of which are German Sheperd dogs named Patch and Nana, and two cats named Onyx and Nero. Before he passed away in july 2016, she also shared her life with another German Sheperd and great friend named Ceasar, to whom she had to say goodbye to with great regret. 

Natasha Stolliker, AHT

Natasha joined the team of Hôpital Vétérinaire de l'Est Inc. in 2002, that is two years after she graduated from Vanier College. That makes her one of the deans of our animal health technicians.

Her responsibilities include, amongst others, drawing blood on animals, administering medications to them, executing laboratory tests, taking X-rays, assisting veterinarians and offering customer service to clients.

Natasha shares her life with a cat named Leo.

Marie-Noël Varin, AHT

Immediately after completing her studies as an animal health technician and receiving her diploma from Laflèche College in 2007, Marie-Noël was hired by Hôpital Vétérinaire de l'Est Inc.

Her main responsibilities in our establishment is to administer treatments to animals that are hospitalized. This position suits her perfectly because it allows her to be in close contact with the animals whom she adores, particularly cats. She happens to live with two representatives of this species, that is two Siamese cats named Mushu and Abby.

Emili Qitsualuk, AHT

Emili became an animal health technician in the spring of 2017 after she completed her studies at Lionel-Groulx College.

She is now permitted to do delegated acts like, amongst others, take X-rays, take blood samples, administer medications to animals under our care, etc. Her other tasks include customer service and providing assistance to veterinarians.

Emili particularly likes nutrition and animal behaviour. Her soft spot for exotic animals transpires in the fact that she has, besides her cat, a Royal Python and fish.

Myriam Goupil, AHT

Myriam has been working at Hôpital vétérinaire de l'Est inc., as an assistant animal health technicien, since 2016, that is a few months after she started to study to become an animal health technician at Lionel-Groulx College.

When she received her diploma in 2018, she became autorized to do delegated veterinary acts such as take X-rays and blood samples, administer medications to animals under our care, do customer service, assisting veterinarians, etc. 

Being of a curious nature, Myriam likes all facets of her work.

Myriam lives with a ferret named Roxy.

Melissa Pepin, AHT

Melissa graduated from Vanier College in Animal Health Techniques in 2013. Subsequently, she worked in various veterinary facilities before being hired by Groupe vétérinaire MONVET inc. in November 2018.

She works exclusively at Hôpital vétérinaire de l’Est inc. Her duties include taking animal samples, performing laboratory tests, treating animals, assisting veterinarians during surgeries, serving clients, and so on.

Melissa enjoys helping veterinarians, especially during surgeries. She also loves the close contact she has with animals when she gives them care.

Melissa owns several animals. She has two dogs: a pug named Athena and a flat-coated retriever named Lucky. She also lives with three domestic cats named Fidget, Snowflake and Meowington. Finally, she has a parakeet named Krispie.

Alexe Gagné, AHT

Alexe graduated from cegep Lionel-Groulx in 2017 in animal health techniques and is currently studying (2019) in biological sciences at the University of Montreal.

Alexe was hired by Groupe vétérinaire MONVET inc. in October 2018. During her shifts, she assists veterinarians with animal restraint, treatment, laboratory testing, surgeries, specimen collection, customer service, and more.

Of all her tasks, the one that she likes the most is surgery.

She lives with a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever dog named Gus, two Chihuahuas named Yoshi and Chichi, and two crossed Himalayan cats: Buddha and Cat.

Véronique Blouin, AHT

Véronique got her animal health technician diploma from Cégep of St-Hyacinthe in 2019. She was hired by Hôpital vétérinaire de l'Est inc. in may 2017. Before graduating, she assisted veterinarians and animal health technicians. 

Her responsibilities include drawing blood, executing lab tests, taking X-rays, giving their treatments to animals under our care, customer service, preparing animals for their surgery, inducing and maintaining anesthesia during surgeries and monitoring animals while they wake up after their surgery is finished. All of this under the direct supervision of veterinarians.

The animals' well-being is on top of Véronique's concerns and she rejoices in the fact that she helps them recover and regain their health.

Véronique shares her daily life with a Golden Retriever breed dog named Maya.

Lexiane Patry, AHT

Lexiane received her animal health technician diploma from Lapocatière Cegep in 2009. After a few years working in different veterinary practices, she joined the ranks of Hôpital Vétérinaire de l'Est Inc.

Her main tasks consist of giving their treatments to animals under our care, doing customer service, drawing blood samples, executing laboratory tests, taking radiographs, assisting veterinarians, inducing and monitoring anesthesia of the animals being operated on, etc. Surgery is incidentally the aspect of her work that she preferes.

At home, Lexiane shares her life with four domestic cats named Louna, Mabelle, Poulette and Crypto.

 

Camylle Leclair, AHT

Camylle received her animal health technician diploma from Lionel-Groulx College in 2018. Before that, she started working at Hôpital vétérinaire de l'Est inc. since the beginning of 2016.

During her work shifts, under veterinary supervision, Camylle stays busy by giving their treatments to animals under our care, collecting blood samples, executing laboratory tests, taking Xrays, doing customer service, preparing animals for their surgery, inducing and maintaining their anesthesia, and making sure that everything goes smoothly when they wake up.

She has a keen interest in animal behaviour and she appreciates being in contact with all animal species that are being taken care of in the clinic.

Camylle shares her daily life with five animals, that is two Rex Cornish cats named Sarabee and Falco, un Tonkenese cat named Igor, one domestic kitten named Peppo and one rat named Rey.