Darla grew up on a hobby farm in Lakeville, Minnesota, where she was surrounded by everything from dogs and cats to rabbits and chickens. When she saw an advertisement on TV for the Medical Institute of Minnesota, she knew that the animal care world was her true calling!
Growing up in northern Wisconsin, Heather was surrounded by everything from dogs, rabbits, turtles, and chameleons to salamanders, cockatiels, cattle, and pigs! She’s had a soft spot for animals ever since she was a little girl, and couldn’t imagine doing anything else than caring for pets every day.
During high school, Sammi had the opportunity to visit Alaska and watch the Iditarod Dogsled Race. When she saw how well the dogs were treated, she realized she wanted to become someone who could provide that level of compassionate care!
For Nicole, it was love at first sight when it came to animals. She’s been fascinated by creatures of all types—but especially cats—ever since she can remember! Being able to care for pets every day as a Certified Veterinary Technician is the ultimate reward for her.
Amanda grew up in Farmington with her father, stepmother, and plenty of family pets. Whenever an animal would fall ill, Amanda felt a burning desire to help. She decided early on that a career in veterinary medicine would suit her well! Now, Amanda cares for pets daily as a Certified Veterinary Technician.
When she was little, Lauri would always go into local pet shops and see if they needed help, even though she was far too young to hold a steady job. She’s adored animals ever since she can remember! When Lauri heard about the Veterinary Technician profession, she was hooked—she started in the field shortly afterward and has been caring for pets professionally ever since.
Heather had always had an intense passion for medicine, but she knew she didn’t want to enter the human healthcare field. Once she discovered what a Veterinary Technician did, a lightbulb went off—this was Heather’s opportunity to put her passion for animals and her love of medicine to good use!
Veterinary Assistant / Client Service
Sarah’s father was a veterinarian at an emergency clinic in her home state of California, and she loved going to work with him whenever she could. Some of her earliest memories include helping to bring newborn puppies into the world! For Sarah, working in veterinary medicine is her way of giving something back to the pets who have offered her so much over the years.
Shelley always wanted to work in an animal clinic, both because she loves animals and because she wanted to learn more about what goes on behind the scenes! In 2007, her dream came true when she was hired on at Burnsville Parkway Animal Hospital.
At three years old, Duncan is the youngest Burnsville Parkway Animal Hospital resident cat. He was brought in with a litter of kittens at only 12 weeks of age—the hospital staff simply couldn’t let him leave!
Bob was first brought to the hospital with a litter of kittens who were all suffering from severe upper respiratory infections. The wonderful doctors and technicians at Burnsville Parkway Animal Hospital nursed the kittens back to health, and they felt Bob was great enough to keep around!