Board of Directors
Abbie has had a passion for international travel and volunteering for many years, including spay/neuter campaigns, wildlife care, shelter medicine and field surgery. VTWB was born out of a desire to help other animal nurses experience the benefits of travel and service.
Abbie loves photography, writing, outdoor activities, and swimming with sharks. She has a special place in her heart for northern breed dogs who shed all over her house.
Thad shares Abbie's love of travel and volunteering, utilizing his skills in animal transport and restraint, cage building, heavy lifting, and client outreach. He is also invaluable as VTWB tech support.
When not volunteering, Thad enjoys games, the outdoors, and solving complex design challenges as an information architect.
Special interests include hiking, cheese, and snuggling with the VTWB staff cats.
Leslie is highly skilled in general and surgical medicine. She is a repeat volunteer with the Isla Holbox Spay/Neuter Project and has extensive experience with fast-paced, high-volume surgery in a MASH setting. She has also volunteered in outreach and fundraising for the Doney Memorial Pet Clinic, serving low-income communities in Seattle.
Leslie is an avid runner, and has a special fondness for beagles.
Lexie has extensive experience in emergency/triage, critical care, and surgical nursing. She is passionate about providing compassionate support for clients and their pets. She has a special interest in anesthesia (has designed her own protocols) and spay/neuter.
Lexie loves vintage clothes, Volkswagen Bugs, a good cup of coffee and all types of dogs (especially small black ones).
After a successful career in journalism, Gwen turned her talents to veterinary medicine. She has worked in small animal general practice and holds a certification in veterinary pain management.
Gwen loves gardening, working out, and creating delicious pastries. She is a passionate advocate for animals and promoting cutting-edge pain management techniques, both in practice and as a veterinary college instructor.
Dr T is a veterinary consultant for VTWB. She received her DVM degree from Cornell University in 2000. She has a special interest in Chinese medicine and is certified in veterinary acupuncture.
In her spare time, Dr T enjoys gardening, photography, and creating music with her vintage 1980's DX7 synthesizer.
Autumn is a published photographer, poet, and avid world traveler. She loves immersing herself in new places and making connections with new people.
She is passionate about cooking and sustainable food culture. Her current focus is on food journalism and documenting the farm-to-table movement.
Autumn is the official VTWB photographer and animal hugger.
Cassandra has extensive experience in day practice, ER and critical care. She has a special interest in anesthesia, geriatrics, and dentistry. She especially loves small-breed dogs, the scruffier the better!
Adriana is skilled in general small animal medicine. She is a longtime repeat volunteer with a spay/neuter project in Mexico where she manages the recovery of dogs and cats after surgery. She has also volunteered with PAWS and the Humane Society.
Adriana enjoys outdoor activities and playing with her rescue dogs. She is passionate about animal welfare and rescue.
Ellen is skilled in general medicine with a current focus on neurology. She has multiple years experience in high-volume MASH style spay/neuter in Mexico and as a foster parent to dogs.
Ellen is passionate about helping stray dogs and cats. She has a special place in her heart for scruffy terriers and crazy dogs.
Paige focuses her skills in emergency and critical care medicine. Her volunteer experience includes multiple years in high-volume MASH style spay/neuter in Mexico, Territorio De Zaguates dog sanctuary in Costa Rica, and spay/neuter in Guatemala.
Paige loves photography, hiking, physical fitness, and anything that brings her close to the water. She is always on the lookout for her next adventure where she can make a positive impact on the world.
Kirsten is skilled in general and surgical small animal medicine. She has repeat experience as a volunteer in high-volume, fast-paced surgery in Mexico, and in disaster response.
Kirsten enjoys outdoor activities, including running with her tripod rescue dog.
Nicole is skilled in general and surgical small animal medicine. Her volunteer experience includes disaster relief and MASH spay/neuter clinics. She is also a volunteer with the Red Cross disaster action team.
Nicole is very adventurous and always willing to try new things. She loves traveling and exploring different places & cultures, being outdoors, and spending time with family.
Caleigh is skilled in small animal surgical and general medicine. She most recently returned from Florida where she helped dogs and cats after Hurricane Michael. She has also volunteered in spay/neuter at an animal shelter in Costa Rica.
Caleigh loves horseback riding, travel, and adventure. She is passionate about ocean conservation and education.
Ashley is skilled in small and large animal medicine. Her volunteer experiences include spay/neuter clinics, animal shelters, and farms. She most recently returned from Houston, TX where she volunteered to care for dogs and cats rescued from Hurricane Harvey.
Ashley's Interests include riding horses, hiking, snowboarding, and traveling.
Joanna is skilled in general practice with a current specialty in internal medicine. She has also worked in all aspects of animal welfare at PAWS animal shelter. Her volunteer experience includes high-volume MASH style spay/neuter in Mexico, PAWS wildlife center, and Hope for Horses.
Joanna likes hiking and camping. She has two 3-legged rescue cats and she has a special place in her heart for Boxer dogs.
Cassady brings her skills to emergency, critical care, and oncology. Her volunteer experience includes Best Friends Animal Society on location in Houston, PAWS Wildlife Center, and high-volume MASH-style spay/neuter clinics in Mexico.
Cassady loves hiking, backpacking, and swimming, and has a passion for traveling. In her down time, she enjoys reading a good book or spending time with friends and family.
Stephanie is skilled in emergency and internal small animal medicine. She most recently returned from North Carolina where she helped care for animals after Hurricane Florence. She also has volunteer experience in wildlife and raptor rescue and rehab.
Stephanie loves outdoor activities and is an avid world traveler. She is always looking for opportunities to gain new experiences and volunteer her skills.
Melissa is skilled in general and emergency small animal medicine. She most recently returned from Guatemala where she helped care for sea turtles and other marine animals. She also has volunteer experience with spay/neuter and feral cats.
Melissa has a special interest in marine biology.
Sarah is skilled in general and emergency small animal medicine. She most recently returned from Guatemala where she helped care for sea turtles and other marine animals. She also has volunteer experience in wildlife rescue and participated in rabies clinics.
Sarah lives on a horse farm and loves to ride, garden, and go fishing with her husband.
Elyse is on the team of a 24-hour specialty clinic that caters towards local rescues and clients with limited funds. She has a special interest in anesthesia, and routinely monitors high-risk patients during complex surgical procedures. She recently returned from volunteering in Guatemala to help marine animal conservation.
Elyse enjoys yoga, theater, and home renovation. She has a strong passion for rescue medicine, and hopes to one day open a reptile sanctuary for special needs pets.
Taylor brings her talents to the Humane Society where she is the lead tech in a high-volume spay/neuter clinic. Her volunteer experience includes animal shelters and fostering dogs and cats.
Taylor is passionate about giving back to the community and loves being part of a shelter animal’s journey to health and happiness.
Isabelle brings her professional talents to veterinary oncology and ER/ICU. Her extensive volunteer experience includes disaster relief, wildlife rescue, and high-volume spay/neuter in South Africa and the USA.
Isabelle enjoys many outdoor activities including hiking and soccer. She is passionate about travel, experiencing new cultures, and caring for animals in need.
Genesis is skilled in general practice small animal medicine.
Her volunteer experience includes work with high-volume spay/neuter clinics, most recently in Mexico in a MASH-style clinic.
Genesis is bilingual (English and Spanish) and loves the beach and dancing to Mexican music.
Thea is experienced in general small animal medicine and wildlife nursing. Her volunteer experience includes big cat rescue in Africa and wildlife rescue in Costa Rica.
Thea loves traveling, keeping fit, and caring for both animals and children. She has a special place in her heart for big cats, sloths, and primates.
Kelsey brings her talents to small animal surgery, wildlife care, and working with horses. Her volunteer experience includes fostering dogs for the Humane Society and World Bird Sanctuary.
Kelsey is passionate about anything with animals and providing care and love to as many as she can. Her hobbies outside of animals include hiking, camping, and playing sports.
Jennifer focuses her skills in neurology, emergency, and critical care medicine. She also has experience with exotics, and has treated animals affected by disasters. She most recently volunteered at a wildlife rescue center in Costa Rica.
Jennifer is passionate about animal care and has a special interest in wildlife rescue. It is her continuing goal to travel and help animals in need.
Kim is skilled in outpatient/inpatient care and surgical assisting. Her previous volunteer experience includes MASH-style spay/neuter, the Doney Clinic in Seattle, and wildlife rescue in Guatemala.
Kim enjoys cooking, reading, science, and traveling. She is passionate about human rights and can knit up a storm. She has a special place in her heart for bats!
Erika is experienced in general medicine and surgical assisting. Her previous volunteer experience includes wildlife rescue in South Africa, the Los Angeles Zoo, Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest, the Burke Museum in Seattle, Bats Northwest, and wildlife rescue in Guatemala.
Erika enjoys beachcombing, hiking, bone collecting, and nature photography. She is passionate about wildlife and zoo medicine and working with primates.