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Meet the talented and caring staff at SVC …..
The doctors at Sigman Veterinary Clinic are committed to providing excellent veterinary medicine and care for our patients and clients. As an extremely fast-paced, high-volumed 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 consists 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 client's first contact when calling or visiting the practice. She is a proud Mama and Gammy. When not spending time with her family and friends, Karissa enjoys traveling, photography, interior design, fashion, playing card/board games, and being actively involved at her church. She is a bonding thread between client, patient, doctor and staff. Karissa has been a wonderful asset to our clinic.
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. Veterinary technicians are the heart of the veterinary team.
Chrissy graduated in May of 2016 from San Juan College's Veterinary Technician program which is AVMA accredated. She passed the State Board Licensing Exam and is a licensed veterinary technician. She worked managing Triple Creek Farm from 2011 to 2016 and has been here at the clinic since 2013. Chrissy and her husband have 3 dogs, Tippy, Odie and Nemo as well as 2 cats, Panther and Orson. Outside of work, Chrissy enjoys actively volunteering with Atlanta Boxer Rescue.
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 veterinary assistant may be helping a client in or out with their pets, providing a receptionist with a second set of hands at the front desk, filling a prescription, keeping exams rooms cleaned and prepped, setting up lab work, helping with inventory, or assisting with nursing care. There are more things that veterinary assistants do in a day than most people realize.
Courtney joined our staff in August 2012 as a veterinary assistant and quickly became an indispensable component to keeping our days running smoothly. She is currently taking online classes at San Juan College with the desire of becoming a Licensed Veterinary Technician. Courtney lives on a farm with her herd of cattle, 4 dogs (Bear, Patsy, Snickers, and Shorty), 2 cats (Morris and Chester), and 1 horse (Harriett). In her spare time she enjoys quilting, photography, cooking and is actively involved in her local church.
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 fishing at the lake or just relaxing with her 3 dogs (Dixie, Braxton and Bob), and 2 cats (Sassy and Elsa).
Marissa joined our team in May of 2017. She graduated from Georgia State with a degree in Health Sciences. Her goal is to become a Vet Tech and will begin her program this summer 2018. She enjoys watching her favorite TV shows with her nanny and spending time with her longtime boyfriend, Ethan, of 5 years. She has 6 dogs named Sebastian, Maggie, Lealo, Lulu, June, and Spencer. Marissa has been a wonderful addition to our staff and always has a smile on her face.
Tori has been with us since July of 2017. You will find Tori assisting where needed in many areas, exam rooms, the kennel, as well as the front desk. Currently Tori is attending school in hopes to become a dental hygienist. She has 4 dogs, Chloe, Freeman, Pepper, and Merle. When not spending time with her family, Tori loves to watch reruns of The Golden Girls and The Office. She actually owns the whole series of The Golden Girls.
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 and 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 moment and our animal care assistants are always there to provide extra support and a helping hand to our veterinarians, technicians and front office staff.
Hannah joined our team in April of 2017. She is a senior at Alcovy High School and her plans are to become a marine biologist hopefully attending The University of Tampa in the future to get her PhD. When not going to school and working part-time here at the clinic, she enjoys spending time with her 7 dogs and 2 cows (Mary and Harry). Rocky, her "very special dog", helps her in the evenings to herd her cows. She also shows cattle for FFA. Hannah always provides a helping hand and asks if there is anything she can do before leaving for the day.
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 very devoted to her family and enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren.
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..