Our lead technician Denise has been an integral part of our team since 2006. Denise can’t even remember a time when she wasn’t interested in animal medicine. Even as a young girl growing up in Vernonia, she was surrounded by animals that she loved to care for. Denise has spent many years participating in dog sports, and she has competed and performed internationally at agility and flyball. This year, Denise is competing with her dog Menace, a Jack Russell Terrier, on a Canadian flyball team, and she has also taken up a new dog sport with him called Barn Hunt. In this new exciting sport, dogs compete to rid the barn of destructive vermin.
She graduated from Portland Community College’s Veterinary Technician program, and she became a Certified Veterinary Technician in 2003. Students of this program are required to extern at a veterinary clinic as part of their curriculum, and Denise choose to do that externship at Cornelius Veterinary Clinic. Denise was also working part time as an assistant at another clinic from 2001 to 2003, and she returned to Cornelius Veterinary Clinic as a full-time technician in 2006. Her greatest strengths and interests in veterinary medicine are canine behavior and surgery.
Outside the clinic, Denise stays active and shares her love of sports with her family and friends. During her youth, she excelled at basketball and even received a college basketball scholarship. She gave back to the community by becoming a youth coach to share her love of the game with others. The apples never fall far from the tree; her daughter, Shandi, is involved in 4H, where she trains and competes with their dog Keno, a Belgian Tervuren. Her family also enjoys spending time outdoors, camping, playing volleyball, basketball and softball and of course practicing their dog sports.
Denise became a vet tech because she loved the work, and we can tell you she still does! She has dedicated over 10 years of her career to serving our clients and patients and has always been committed to our team’s high standard of excellence. Her years of dedication and hard work have earned her the love and respect she deserves, as she is certainly a beloved member of our veterinary family!