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Meet the talented and caring staff at SVC …..
The doctors at Sigman Veterinary Clinic are commited to providing excellent veterinary medicine and care for our patients and clients. As an extremely faced-paced, high-volume hospital, our veterinarians rely on our trained and dedicated support staff to help provide outstanding medical treatment and care, as well as exceptional client communications. Besides our veterinarians and licensed veterinary technicians, the SVC team consist of veterinary assistants, animal care assistants, and a full administrative staff. Please take a moment to read about each department. Together we will provide the highest standards of veterinary care for you and your pet.
Often the first contact you’ll have with our staff is with one of our front office members. Being a Client Care Specialist in a veterinary office takes a special kind of person who is able to deal with both humans and animals alike. Our client care specialists are true multi taskers, keeping the hospital organized and running efficiently. At first glance they can be seen answering phones, scheduling appointments, and checking in patients; behind the scenes they are filling medications and food requests and briefing the medical staff of new cases or emergency situations.
Karissa is our front office coordinator, she has been with us since January of 2009. Karissa is often the clients first contact when calling or visiting the practice. She is a mother to 3 children and a grandmamma. When not spending time with family, Karissa enjoys singing in her church choir. She is a bonding thread between client, patient, doctor and staff. Karissa has been a wonderful asset to our clinic, her smile and attitude are infectious.
Hannah began her journey at SVC in February 2016. A bright smile and a cheerful reception will greet you upon your arrival to SVC. From the moment you walk in the door or call to schedule an appointment, Hannah is ready to answer your questions and help your visit be as smooth and stress free as possible. Hannah shares her house with 2 dogs (Bear and Moose), cats, guinea pigs, and rabbits. She breeds and shows Jersey Woolies and French Angora rabbits, has a love for kayaking, hiking and enjoying walks with her dogs.
Sigman Veterinary Clinic is proud to employ licensed veterinary technicians (LVT’s) as the first line of medical support to our veterinarians. . Licensed veterinary technicians complete a two or four year course of study in veterinary medicine at a school that has been accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), as well as pass the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE). To keep up to date with licensure and the latest advancements and techniques, LVT’s are required to participate in continuing education courses each year. All veterinary technicians work under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian. Our Veterinary Technicians assist the doctors to the fullest possible extent to help improve the quality of care given to the patients, and to aid the doctors in achieving greater efficiency by relieving them of technical work. Their focus is on patient care, collecting blood samples, placing IV catheters, taking radiographs, administering and monitoring anesthesia, performing dental prophys, and nursing care. I like to think of us as the heart of the veterinary team.
Lana has been working in the veterinary field since 1996, she is a Licensed Veterinary Technician, graduating in 2001 from an AVMA-accredited Veterinary technology program in Long Island City, New York. She has had the opportunities to gain experience in many aspects of veterinary technology throughout her career, including emergency medicine, research, teaching veterinary technology, and now small animal practice. Lana has been employed with Sigman Veterinary Clinic since September 2007 and now supervises the technical and kennel staff. She enjoys continuing education and is currently working toward her technician specialty in Canine Rehabilitation. Lana and her husband share their home with 2 very spoiled dachshunds, Lori Darlin’ and Kayak, they all enjoy spending as much time on the lake as the can on the pontoon boat, kayaking, or just bobbing!!
Chrissy graduated and passed the state board exams recently, and as of August 2016 is a Licensed Veterinary Technician. She has worked managing Triple Creek Farm since 2011 and here at the clinic since 2012. Chrissy completed her school and internships while preforming all her duties at both positions. We are so proud of her!! Chrissy and her husband have 2 dogs, Odie and Tippy and 2 cats, Panther and Orson. When not working she enjoys cooking, hunting and hiking with the pups.
While every position within the veterinary practice team is important, veterinary assistants play a pivotal role, literally.
In the course of a single day, an assistant provides help to veterinarians and veterinary technicians which in turn allows those team members to perform the tasks and responsibilities of their positions. The next minute, the assistant may be helping a client in or out with their pets or providing a receptionist with a second set of hands at the front desk. Helping to fill scripts, keeping exams rooms cleaned and prepped, setting up lab work, helping with inventory, assisting with nursing care - there are more things that veterinary assistants do in a day than most people realize.
Brittany started working at Sigman as a junior in high school as part of a work study program, and stayed. After a brief hiatus, she rejoined our staff after giving birth to a beautiful baby boy. She completed classes in August 2016 to be an AVMA recognized, Certified Veterinary Assistant. She plans to continue her academics at Athens Technical College in the spring to achieve her associate’s degree. When Brittany is not at work she is spending all her time with her now 1 year old son.
Courtney joined our staff here at Sigman in August 2012 as a veterinary assistant and has quickly become an indispensable component to keeping our days running smoothly, and keeping us sane. Courtney is currently attending Georgia State for Animal Science and hopes to transfer to UGA next year where she will continue her education. When not working Courtney enjoys working on her family’s cattle farm and cooking.
Megan started working with us as a veterinary assistant in October 2015. Megan has a tenacity to get the job done. You’ll always find her busy, and willing to help. When not working she enjoys time on the lake, nature walks and relaxing at home with her boyfriend and 2 cats. Diesel and Pablo.
Brandy joined us in August 2016 as a veterinary assistant/receptionist after working at a veterinary hospital in Florida for about 2.5 years. She fills in wherever we need help, you’ll see her assisting in exam rooms, manning the reception desk, and aiding clients as needed. When not at the clinic, Brandy enjoys spending time at home on the farm, hanging out fishing at the lake, or just relaxing with her 2 dogs (Dixie and Bob), and 2 cats (Sassy and Elsa).
You may not see them during an appointment, but our Animal Care Assistants are hard at work behind the scenes at SVC. From keeping our medical treatment and surgery areas sterile and clean, to caring for our pets boarding in our kennel, even performing bathing and dipping tasks, the Animal Care Assistants give new meaning to the term “hands-on-experience”.
While the primary responsibility of our animal care assistants is the care and husbandry of patients in the hospital, the assistants are involved in many facets of the hospital’s day-to-day operations, and help keep the hospital running more efficiently. There is never a dull a dull moment and or Animal Care Assistants are always there to provide extra support and a helping hand to our veterinarians, technicians and front office staff.
Michelle has been with us since May 2015. She is our backbone in the kennel where she takes superb care of our boarders and hospitalized patients. She is currently enrolled in an on-line veterinary technician licensing program. When she isn’t working she enjoys spending time with her two sons and her furbabies.
Peggy is our weekend Animal Care Assistant. Peggy brings her sunshiny attitude to work with her every day!!!! The animals love her, and we love her!!! Her positive attitude is infectious. Peggy does an outstanding job caring for all our boarders and hospitalized patients’ daily needs. She is a very devoted to her family and enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren.
Daniel was a volunteer here at SVC and recently started working after school in our kennels. Daniel is currently in high school, but hopes to attend veterinary school one day. Daniel is a music enthusiast and plays 7 instruments.
Dr. Sigman has been our vet for approximately 20 years. I feel like he is a part of our family He has always been kind to our animals and to us.I tried other vets before and none of them rate as high standards as he does. He is and will always be the best in Covington, GA. Thank you for all the great years of service. I Highly recommend this office..