Becca

Veterinary Technician

Becca was constantly surrounded by pets while growing up, both at home and while spending time on her uncle’s farm. She’s felt a connection with animals her entire life, and being able to make a difference in their lives is a dream come true! Becca serves as a Veterinary Technician with the Royal Oaks Veterinary Hospital team.

Becca is originally from Lima, Peru, where she first began studying veterinary medicine. She transferred to another school to continue her education before moving to Florida and launching her career as a Veterinary Technician. Having previously worked with Dr. Giangreco at another local practice, Becca jumped at the chance to join forces with him again—she’s been a member of the Royal Oaks Veterinary Hospital family since the spring of 2015.

As a Tech, Becca has a special fondness for laboratory work; she never tires of examining samples under the microscope! She’s also passionate about surgery and loves to continue learning about new techniques and procedures. Most of all, she enjoys meeting the area’s pet owners and their furry companions on a daily basis.

Aside from her interests in the veterinary field, Becca enjoys listening to music, dancing, singing, and spending quality time with her family and pets. She has a beautiful daughter, Mauriel; a cat named Salome; and two Cocker Spaniel mixes who go by Cookie and Zucky.

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Debbie

Veterinary Technician, Receptionist

Debbie recalls doing everything she could during her childhood years in England to help the sick or injured creatures she came across. She grew up around pets and also spent time on a farm, where animal care was a natural part of life. For Debbie, the choice was obvious: why not help pets professionally by working in the veterinary world?

Debbie started school in 2011 to study veterinary technology, and completed part of her externship right here at Royal Oaks Veterinary Hospital. It didn’t take long for her to fall in love with the clinic—she was happy to accept a position as a Veterinary Technician! Medically, Debbie likes assisting with surgeries and examining X-rays, and her favorite part of every shift is learning how a pet owner met their furry family member.

At home, Debbie has two cats and a German Shepherd named Nash, who can often be seen acting as the official greeter here at the hospital on Mondays. When she isn’t enjoying the company of her pets at home or caring for animals here at the clinic, Debbie likes traveling, practicing her photography skills, and spending quality time with her granddaughter.

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Diana

Veterinary Technician

Diana has enjoyed the company of animals ever since she was young—for her, working in a field that helps pets live long, happy, and healthy lives simply makes good sense. She’s proud to serve as one of Royal Oaks Veterinary Hospital’s Veterinary Technicians!

Originally from Queens, New York, Diana moved to Puerto Rico when she was very young and then relocated to Florida during her teenage years. Her veterinary journey began when she signed up for a Veterinary Assisting class in 2014. Next, she obtained an internship to gain real-world experience in the field before signing on as a member of the Royal Oaks Veterinary Hospital family in the fall of 2014.

Away from the clinic, Diana loves reading and expanding her book collection, and she’s also fond of relaxing at the beach. She lives with three pets of her own: Nala, a Chihuahua who loves to stick her tongue out at people; a Jack Russell Terrier named Daisy who doesn’t let her advancing age get in the way of opening presents and playing with toys; and Luna, a Ragdoll cat who rules the house.

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Gabriella

Receptionist

Gabriella was seven years old when she got her first kitten—she hasn’t been without a pet since. For her, caring for animals has been a natural part of life ever since she was a little girl! Gabriella is proud to continue her journey in veterinary care as a member of the Royal Oaks Veterinary Hospital family.

Gabriella is a Florida native and first began volunteering at an animal shelter in Miami alongside her mother, where they managed to double the facility’s adoption rate in only a year. Next, she became a dog bather at a local pet supply store before signing on at a nearby veterinary clinic for two years. In October of 2016, Gabriella joined the Royal Oaks Veterinary Hospital team as a receptionist; she’s been caring for the area’s pets here ever since! She’s currently continuing her education in the world of veterinary medicine and plans on becoming a veterinarian herself in the future.

Gabriella’s interests away from the hospital include reading and writing short stories, going for bike rides, and playing with her beloved pit bull/Labrador mix, Hope.

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Wendy

Veterinary Technician

Wendy’s career inspiration came quite early—one morning while heading to school, she noticed her neighbor’s cat stuck in the bushes, unable to move thanks to an injured leg. Wendy carefully extracted the poor critter, and visited with her nearly every day after school until the cat had made a full recovery. The experience left a permanent impression: Wendy has known ever since that she would become a veterinary professional!

Wendy is a native of southern Florida and studied animal care at the Florida Institute of Animal Arts, starting her professional career as a Veterinary Technician shortly after graduating. After a hiatus from the field for a number of years, Wendy was happy to continue doing what she loved in August of 2014—that’s when she joined the Royal Oaks Veterinary Hospital family! She’s particularly fond of working to soothe nervous or aggressive patients.

Much of Wendy’s time away from the hospital also involves animal care—she maintains a miniature farm at home, complete with dogs, cats, goats, miniature pigs, chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese, peacocks, rabbits, guinea, quail, pheasants, and more! Wendy also likes painting and drawing, horseback riding, and spending time with family and friends.

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Yaya

Office Manager, Veterinary Technician

Yaya can’t remember a time in her life when she wasn’t passionate about pets. Ever since she was a little girl, she’s wanted to put her time and efforts toward improving the lives of the earth’s creatures. As the Office Manager and a Veterinary Technician here at Royal Oaks Veterinary Hospital, Yaya gets to spend every day doing just that!

Yaya was born and raised in Puerto Rico with her parents, brother, and sister. She attended a university there, studying pre-veterinary medicine, before moving to Florida and starting her career in the world of animal care. Yaya completed an internship at Royal Oaks Veterinary Hospital in 2006, and signed on as an employee a year later. She’s been caring for the area’s pets here ever since!

Outside of work, Yaya enjoys dancing, listening to music, and spending time with her family and pets at home. She and her husband, Juan, share their lives with three dogs: a pit bull, Isis; Buddy the Bluetick Coonhound; and a trouble-making dachshund who goes by Sugar.

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Sherry

Veterinary Technician

Animals have played an important role in Sherry’s life ever since she can remember. What better way to pay it forward while doing something she loved, Sherry mused, than by working in the veterinary field? Now, she’s been a Veterinary Technician for more than 30 years!

Sherry grew up in New Jersey and lived in Wyoming during her college years before moving to St. Louis, where she signed on as a staff member at the St. Louis Zoo. It wasn’t long before she began her career as a Veterinary Technician at a nearby emergency clinic—Sherry hasn’t looked back since.

After working as a Tech in both the zoo-medicine and private-practice worlds, Sherry joined the team here at Royal Oaks Veterinary Hospital in 2014, where she has a special fondness for critical care work and the fast-paced nature of her job. She’s also passionate about keeping up with the latest advances in veterinary medicine in order to best serve the area’s pets and animal owners.

Sherry and her husband—who works in the zoo field himself—have two adult daughters and one wonderful granddaughter. They share their home with a pair of bloodhounds, a Bouvier des Flandres, and a Labrador mix, as well as one cat and two miniature horses. Sherry even uses her animal-care skillset to foster and train K9 deputy bloodhounds for the police department!

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