Ever since she was a little girl, April dreamed of working with animals. From a very young age she recalls knowing what she wanted to be when she grew up: either a dolphin trainer or a veterinary technician. In the fourth grade, she started shadowing at Byland Animal Hospital in her hometown of Loudonville, Ohio. She even got to work at Byland after she graduated from high school where she acquired her dog, Vegas.
One night while assisting a doctor on an emergency at three in the morning, she realized her passion for emergency medicine. The patient was a stray dog that was hit by a car and broke both her left front and left rear leg. That is the moment that April developed a passion for emergency medicine.
In high school, April shadowed dolphin and sea lion trainers at Six Flags Aurora of Ohio. She also participated in a marine biology program in high school that ended with a field study in Key Largo Florida at Marine Lab. While in the keys, she got to experience first-hand what went on at Island Dolphin Care, The Sea Turtle Hospital, and The Marine Mammal Conservancy. Animals have always held a special place in her heart.
April attended Brown Mackie College in Akron Ohio from March of 2011 through August of 2013 and earned an associate of science degree in veterinary technology. After graduation, she passed her state boards in Ohio to become a Registered Veterinary Technician. In April 2015, she moved to Florida and started working at a small animal general practice. Her passion for emergency medicine brought her to SVS in April 2016. Her ultimate goal is to one day become a marine mammal veterinary technician where she can combine her love for marine mammals with her love of being a veterinary technician. In my free time, she enjoys swimming, going to the beach, and soaking up the Florida sunshine.