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Elizabeth Turowski – Inventory Manager/Technician

Elizabeth-TurowskiLizzie’s love of animals has been a life-long passion that began with her very first stray cat named Midnight. Though she grew up in Cherry Hill, NJ with her parents and sister, she always believed she should have been raised on a farm. This was evident from her two cats, a dog, hamster, fish, bird and oh yea…horse back riding lessons in Medford at 8 years old! Luckily for her parents, the horse stayed in Medford…

She attended Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee, majoring in veterinary sciences. She graduated in 2010 with an associates degree in veterinary science and a bachelors degree in veterinary technology. While at LMU, she volunteered locally in Kentucky at the Bell County Animal Shelter taking pictures of adoptable pets and posting them to Petfinder.com. She also volunteered her time at low cost spay and neuter clinics held by the veterinary technology program.

In October 2010 she married her husband David who’s as goofy as she is and they happily reside in Palmyra, NJ. And while David seems to be better at saying no than Lizzie’s parents, they currently rent their home from 3 cats, 2 snakes and a quarter horse. They were recently blessed in October 2013 with a 2-legged eating machine named John Michael and the love of animals must be contagious in this family because John loves all the fuzzy roommates as well!

Lizzie is always open to speaking with clients and her love of animals shines through in all the work she does. She can be found primarily in surgery or giving your pet back its pearly whites! If you don’t see her, you shouldn’t have any issue hearing her as her mouth might just be bigger than her heart. As part of the Housepaws family, Lizzie prides herself on giving your family member the best care they deserve and giving you the peace of mind to know your loved one is in caring, competent hands.

Louis Whalin – Technician

Louis has been an animal lover since childhood. Growing up in Willingboro, his favorite companion was a German shepherd named Lisa. After attending and graduating from BCIT in 2004 for automotive, Louis became a professional groomer where he honed his skills in animal behavior (he enjoys working with the more aggressive and unwilling dogs). In his early 20’s he began doing foster work for BCAA and took on many foster dogs including one named Princess who worked her way into his heart becoming a permanent member of his family. He also became a certified ACO in 2008. Louis has worked as a veterinary technician for 7 years, starting out as a kennel technician than moving up to a vet tech position at a local emergency practice and now at Housepaws. He enjoys learning new things about his field and went on to complete a dental training course in 2013 and a course on stem cell therapy in 2014.

Louis, along with his girlfriend Krista and their two daughters Lillyana, born in 2012 and Layla born in 2014, reside In Browns Mills on 2.5 acres with their 4 dogs: Babs, Boots, Bruiser, and Skye, a pot belly pig named Nash, a sheep named Perry, a goat named George, and several ducks and chickens. They also own a horse named Jolene who is boarded close by.

Emily Palmieri – Technician

Emily has always had a love Emily-Palmierifor animals and has worked with them in many different capacities throughout her life. Her passion for animals began at age 5, when her family welcomed her first dog, Belle, a Golden Retriever, into their home. She has since worked in various animal shelters as a volunteer, interned with Adventure Aquarium, and worked in the veterinary field as a veterinary technician and at Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge since May 2013, upon graduating with a major in Zoo Science from Delaware Valley College. She is new to the HousePaws team but is very excited to expand upon her new career with them!

Emily currently lives in Lumberton, New Jersey with her husband, Matt, and their beloved rescue, Olive, a German Shepherd mix. Still being new to the veterinary world, Emily is hoping to find her niche in the veterinary field, while also helping many other families raise their own happy and healthy pets!

Emily is temporarily on leave from HousePaws while she pursues her own veterinary degree!

Stephanie Miskell – Technician

imageAfter moving from Maryland to Mt Laurel with my husband and fur babies and having to find a new vet- I stumbled across HousePaws. Coming into the office with my “not so friendly towards other people” dog I was anxious how the staff would treat him. The vets and techs treated him like every other dog and made our journey there both comfortable and memorable. At that moment I KNEW that I had to be apart of such an amazing team.

Since becoming a “HousePaws Homie” my outlook on what customer service and compassion has been totally changed. I couldn’t be happier to see the amazing pups, cats, bunnies, hamsters, rats, and of course the rockin owners that I get to see on a day to day basis. And I feel totally blessed to be surrounded by such an amazing family like the HousePaws crew.

Nancy Winkelspecht – Technician

Nancy grew up near the atconancybay in Ocean County, NJ.  Having a love for animals, she “bunny sat” for neighbors while they were on vacation and accompanied her senior neighbor on long walks in the summer, to help with her poodle.   She has spent most of her life caring for animals, having dogs growing up and hamsters, dogs and cats as an adult.

After many years in the mortgage industry, Nancy lost her job.  With her husband encouraging her to chase her passion, she returned to school at Camden County College.  The path began, to pursue a career in a field that she had always dreamed of.

Nancy’s instructor gave her great guidance when job hunting, “You have to really believe in the place you work for.”   Those words were what led Nancy to become part of the HousePaws Homies.

“Being a part of an awesome team that treats our patients like our own fur babies, is what it is all about.”, says Nancy.

Nancy lives near our Atco office with her husband, Emil and her two dogs Obi (Nigerian meaning  “heart”) and Dabi (Hebrew meaning “dearly loved”).

Joshua Mayweather – Technician

Joshua MayweatherI have always had a love and passion for animals ever since childhood. Growing up my family always had numerous cats, dogs, rabbits, and even a few turtles. My parents would always tell me that I had a gift with animals and that my compassion could be used to help them when I got older.

I started my career in animal care as a kennel assistant at the Camden County Animal Shelter in 2005. The skills I learned there assisted me in transitioning to working as a veterinary assistant at Collingswood Veterinary Hospital in 2007. I gladly accepted a position as a veterinary technician at HousePaws in 2015.
In my spare time I enjoy activities such as hiking, mountain biking, weightlifting, and simply spending time with my daughter and fiance. 

Megan – Technician

Megan grew up loving animals, small and large. She started riding horses when she was only 6 years old at Arram Dawn Farm. Her first “animal” job was a kennel technician at Bryan Animal Hospital. Craving more hands on experience, she got a job at the Burlington County Animal Shelter. Most of Megan’s animal handling and training has come from BCAS, along with her passion for homeless and neglected animals. Working at the shelter has given Megan the best animal handling experiences she has ever received. Megan has dealt with extremely feral and fractious cats, dangerous and aggressive dogs, very weak and sick cats, fear-aggressive animals, and even some goats, pigs, and chickens in the mix. Although no horses have come to the shelter, Megan has had her fair share of training and working with difficult and stubborn horses, whether it was her own or friends needing a helping hand. Megan wanted more veterinary medicine experience, so she applied to HousePaws and a few months later she become a member of the HousePaws team!

Megan graduated from Rutgers University with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and a minor in chemistry and microbiology. She likes to say although her degree says from Rutgers, her real education came from Gwynedd Mercy University where she did most of her undergraduate work.

On Megan’s days off, she enjoys spending time with her amazing boyfriend Richard and their pitbull “Maddox”. They love getting muddy and going wheelin’ on their quads and mud trucks, taking their boat out on the water in the summer, and taking Maddox for hikes in the woods!

Becky P. – Technician

For as long as Becky can remember, she has always had an obvious love for all animals domestic and wildlife, so it was an easy choice for her to join the veterinary field. As a child she always had many animals including dogs,cats guinea pigs,mice, chameleons, gerbils and fish. Becky was also cat mommy of 17 years to her sweet girl Penny who recently crossed the rainbow bridge. She was the neighborhood pet sitter – a passion she continues to this day. As a teenager she started volunteering at a local veterinary hospital, in addition to working for a local animal shelter as a pet therapy volunteer where she took puppies and kittens to local rest homes to visit the elderly.
 
As a college student, Becky had the opportunity to gain experience as a volunteer aquarist intern for the Adventure Aquarium in Camden as well as an animal care intern at the Philadelphia Zoo. These new experiences also lead her to an affection for wildlife -specifically wolves.  This second passion led her across the country to hike and explore such areas as Yellowstone, Glacier and Banff National Parks. These interests moved her to Ohio where she had the opportunity to work at the Columbus Zoo as a summer experience counselor and the Ohio Wildlife Center taking care of sick and injured animals. Her wildlife passion led her on a path where she met and worked as an assistant to an OSU Ph.D student conducting experiments with radio collared coyotes and their various vocalizations. On her wildlife path she was also given the opportunity to work as a volunteer Wolf technician conducting research for the US Geological Survey in the “Boundary Waters” of Minnesota. Becky anesthetized, collared and ear tagged wolves in the field in addition to recording their vitals, body and teeth measurements.
 
Throughout these experiences Becky continued her education by graduating with a Bachelors degree in Biology from Glassboro State College and started working full time at the veterinary hospital where she had originally started her volunteer experience. During her 18 year service there, she returned to Camden County College to gain her Associates degree in Veterinary Technology.
 
Becky is a new addition to the Housepaws family and is excited to work and surround herself with a passionate team! She loves providing a calm and stress -free environment for your pets and caring for their needs as well as helping owners with questions and concerns. Becky is dedicated to ensuring the best care and comfort for your loved ones!
 
Becky grew up in South Jersey and loves spending time with her family and friends. She enjoys movies, hiking,camping,relaxing on the beach, traveling and an occasional “ghost hunt”. 

Anna J. – Technician (picture to come)

Anna was raised in Langhorne, Pennsylvania before earning her bachelor’s degree from Temple University in Philadelphia. With a passion for animals and the hope to attend veterinary school in the future, Anna began her career at HousePaws in 2015 as a technician while completing her degree. In May of 2016, she graduated with a degree in Biochemistry with minor studies in Healthcare Management. Early in her career at HousePaws, Anna also participated in research at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine studying the role of gene regulation in autoimmune disorders. She is always eager to expand her knowledge of the veterinary field and always welcomes new opportunities to hone her skills, including her travel to Antigua for an international spay and neuter project and the completion of an extensive veterinary dental training course in 2016.
Currently, Anna works full time and volunteers several hours per week at Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge. She resides in West Deptford, New Jersey with her dog Lily, a Pembroke Welsh Corgi. Anna is eager to further her education and involvement in the veterinary field with applications to veterinary schools across the country for admission in 2018.

Alina M. – Technician (picture to come)

Alina, who is a native New Yorker has always had a love for animals for as long as she can remember.  She had been residing in North Jersey for about 9 years when she discovered HousePaws Mobile Vet and decided to take a chance for change.  She joined the HousePaws team in December 2015 but has been working with animals for over 16 years.  She now resides in Merchantville, New Jersey with her small rescue dog named Mimi, three ranchu goldfish (Fatty 1, 2, & 3), a Betta fish “Pegasus”, and ball python “Snakie”.  In her spare time she loves to go hiking with her dog, volunteering, and motorcycle riding.

Erica – Technician (picture to come)

Erica’s family can remember her saying that she wanted to be a veterinarian as early as 2 years old- and that still hasn’t changed! Although she loves all animals, exotics like reptiles and small mammals are her specialty. At home she has a variety of pets including dogs, cats, bunnies, lizards, snakes, fish and tarantulas.She came to HousePaws to gain experience with such a unique and versatile practice, and to help the clinic venture into reptile territory. Her favorite part about working in this field is developing a personal relationship with clients and their pets and providing education that improves the quality of life for both the pets and their people.

Joe D. – Technician and Kennel (picture to come)

Meet Joe! He’s from Mount Laurel and has always had a love for animals. He’s currently a technician at HousePaws.  HousePaws is also the first job Joe has ever had! He has worked here for quite a few years and is still working while in college. Joe has 3 cats, 2 of which he got from working at here and 2 dogs- and he loves them all dearly.

Corey B. – Technician/Kennel (picture to come)

Corey has always had a love of animals all the way from his early childhood. Growing up there was always some kind of pet in his house. From his two goldfish Ren and Stimpy to his Ornate Box Turtle K.C. and everything in between. Corey’s passion for animals was actually what allowed him to decide upon a major at Rutgers University where he graduated with a Bachelors in Companion Animal Science in 2012. While in college Corey was a member of the Rutgers Seeing Eye Puppy Raisers Club where he was a Puppy Sitter. It was through this club that Corey realized he wanted to make working with animals his career. 

Upon graduating he became a certified dog trainer through a year long mentorship with Dawn Watson of Brother of the Wolf LLC. As a trainer he was able to instruct friends and family members. With his experience and knowledge of dog behavior he was able to secure a job with Pet-A-Pet, a local pet sitting company where he flourished, often taking on clients with troubled dogs. When not pet sitting, Corey volunteered his time at the PennVet Working Dog Center, where he was instructed on the in’s and out’s of various working dog fields, from Search and Rescue to Medical Alert Dogs. 

Corey joined the HousePaws family in October 2015 as a kennel assistant and has shown a strong desire to advance his knowledge and experience in the field of Veterinary Medicine, whether it be through becoming a certified Veterinary Technician or Veterinarian. When not working, he can be found with his nose buried in a book, grooving on his saxophone, or sketching away in his sketchbook. 

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