The technicians’ duties include almost all aspects of the daily work done here at the clinic, from assisting the doctors to consoling clients they are an essential link between doctor and client. Daily duties include pulling blood for necessary lab work, filling prescriptions in the pharmacy, dentistry and simple procedures such as suture removal and wound cleaning. They monitor all hospitalized and day animals to update the doctors as necessary. They are also responsible for surgical prep, anesthesia induction, surgery room set up and assisting the doctors in surgery. The majority of our lab work is sent to an outside lab, however all in-house lab work is performed by our assistants. They also help with boarding animals as needed while monitoring medication and feeding routines.
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Melesse BalCha Ghelan came to CVVC in August of 2016. Don’t let his soft-spoken, gentle demeanor fool you! He earned his DVM (1996) and MSC (2004) degrees at Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia. There he worked as a field veterinarian and for the National and East African Avian Flu Referral Lab from 2005-2012 as a researcher and Head of the Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory. Melesse has had 5 articles published in international Veterinary journals, with researchers from Ethiopia, France, and the UK. He and his wife of more than 18 years, A. Reshid, have 3 children: Hilwna, Simret, and Metages. When not at the Clinic, Melesse enjoys spending time with his family watching soccer games, swimming, going to concerts, and simply going to parks.
Sharlene Hood is originally from Waco and graduated from Connally High School in 1993. She has been a Veterinary Technician since 2001. Sharlene currently doesn’t have any pets but has had gerbils, hamsters, guinea pigs, dogs, cats, fresh & salt water fish and even a hermit crab! She is married, with 4 sons, 1 daughter, 2 granddaughters & 1 grandson. When not working, Sharlene enjoys spending time with her family, baking and camping.
Susan James moved to Dallas in 1985 from San Angelo, TX after earning a Bachelor of Business Administration from Texas A & M University. Following 15 years in media negotiations for various advertising agencies, she opted for a change of pace. Returning to the classroom at Cedar Valley Community College, she graduated at the top of her class with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Veterinary Technology in 2002 and joined the Campbell Village team in 2004. Susan shares her home with Gilbert, a Tibetan Terrier and Chico, a Rat Terrier.
Omar Jawad joined our team in 2016 and has a unique finesse with the patients. Being professionally smooth and deliberate with his actions seems to have a “whisperer” sort of effect on the patients to comply with what needs to be done. He moved to the USA in 2009 from Baghdad, Iraq, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Higher Intelligent Students High School in 2005, followed by a Bachelor’s Degree in Veterinary Medicine and Surgery from the University of Baghdad in 2013. He has also worked with the Coalition Forces and the US Army. Omar has 2 sisters, a brother, 3 nephews (all BOYS!) and a “WONDERFUL” wife. He enjoys painting and drawing in his spare time.
Bella Ramirez joined the staff at CVVC in September 2018 as a member of the PISD Vet Med Program at Plano West High School. In 2017, she was a Plano West Royale and a Jasper Jazz over the previous 2 years. She joins us with a love for animals and has 4 cats of her own: Sugar, Jet, Shadow and Wiz.
When she’s not at the clinic or school, she’s also an assistant coach for cheer and tumbling at a local gymnastics training center, due to her love of competitive cheer.
Matthew Rioux began working in a veterinary clinic in the kennels of a hospital in El Paso, TX in 2003. He has been in the veterinary field ever since. Before moving to Dallas, he was the head technician of Country Club Animal Clinic in El Paso for four years. During this time, he earned a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from the University of Texas at El Paso. Matt moved to Dallas in January 2015 to continue his education by pursuing a Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering from UTD. He became part of the dedicated animal healthcare team here a CVVC in April of that year. Although Matt does not have any pets currently, he has had dogs and cats. He has also kept and bred numerous species of reptiles in the past.
Shonee Schattle has worked on and off at the clinic for a few years during breaks in her classes at Texas A&M University, where she studied Wildlife and Fisheries. She loves animals and officially joined our staff permanently as a veterinary technician in June of 2017.
Shonee grew up as the second youngest of 5 siblings and has 2 dogs, Rio and Hashbrown. When not at the clinic or socializing with friends, you can usually catch her at Whataburger (BIG fan!).
Jessica LeGrand Sturlic, Clinic Manager/Lead Technician, began her career in the Veterinary Field in 1996. She’s the fabric that holds the entire clinic team together. Her “memory of an elephant” is an invaluable resource clinic-wide from client/patient backgrounds to procedure/dosage details. She most definitely has a way with the patients, too! Jessica is married with 2 kids. She has 3 dogs, a cat, and a bird.
Anthony Urquhart joined the CVVC team in September of 2016 after having worked in this field since 1984, prior to his graduation from Watson Chapel High School in Pine Bluff, AR. It was only natural that he decided to work with animals since his Dad and 8 uncles did, too. He seems really “connected” with his patients and is exceptional in handling aggressive animals while keeping stress levels at a minimum for all involved. That’s an invaluable asset for any veterinary hospital. He and his wife, Shelia, have children and a greatly-loved Chihuahua that he found named Sofie. Anthony is also a big Dallas Cowboys and Mavs fan.
Eduardo (Eddie) started working with animals at a large corporate veterinary office as kennel help, soon after graduating from N Garland High School. Recognizing his potential, he was later trained as a technician, where he was able to further his skills while working for several “amazing” doctors. Eddie joined our team at CVVC in 2019 and says he loves “being able to help and work with dogs and cats”.
Eddie has 2 sisters and a fiancé. He also has 4 pets: a dachshund named “Slinky the Destroyer”; a Shih Tzu named “Bella the Queen”; “Itty-Bitty the No-Eyed Kitty” and a German Shepherd named “Duke”. In his spare time, he loves to go fishing, camping, playing and watching sports. He played varsity baseball in high school. He’s a big Cowboy and Longhorn fan, too… but, he REALLY loves fishing!