Veterinary Hospital Assistant
ALYSON SPIERAN | LEAD INSTRUCTOR | FREDERICTON
Alyson has been the lead instructor of the Veterinary Hospital Assistant Program since its beginning in 2012. She attended the Animal Health Technician program at the Dalhousie Agricultural Campus ( formerly Nova Scotia Agricultural College) in Truro, Nova Scotia from 2002 until graduating in 2005. At that time, she wrote her National Exam, and passed, earning her Registration status as a Veterinary Technician. Alyson has maintained her Registration status by attending continuing education seminars every year since.
She started working in small animal hospitals in Nova Scotia as soon as she graduated. She soon earned the title of Lead Veterinary Technician 1 year after starting at a hospital. It was at this hospital that she also earned an award of Veterinary Technician of the year, being nominated by the owner, as well as being sent to top of the line continuing education seminars in Guelph Ontario as well as Orlando Florida. After 7 years of work in Nova Scotia, she decided to move back to her home province of New Brunswick, and started teaching.
She completed ‘Talking About Teaching’ seminars to help her transition to her new role as teacher. Wanting to keep up to date with the new developments in the veterinary field, Alyson has been working at the Oromocto Veterinary Hospital since 2012. She continues to attend any continuing education seminar that is available, and passing on this knowledge to her students.
JESSICA THOMAS EBBETT | INSTRUCTOR | FREDERICTON
Jessica has joined the faculty as an instructor in the Veterinary Hospital Assistant Program in the spring of 2014. Jessica has eighteen years’ of veterinary experience in a range of roles from veterinary technician to research assistant to practice manager, and has experience with avians, exotics, non-human primates, dogs, cats, and farm animals.
Prior to joining The Centre for Arts and Technology in Fredericton, Jessica was the Veterinary Practice Manager for Kensington Bird and Animal Hospital, a private practice in Connecticut specializing in the care of avian and exotic species as well as canines and felines. In this role, Jessica managed all aspects of the practice, from hiring and training staff to implementing practice management software to book-keeping and general business administration. Jessica also spent ten years working at Yale University School of Medicine, first as a Veterinary Technician then as a Research Assistant in the Department of Neurobiology, where her work centered on behavioral testing, drug administration, and surgical duties on non-human primates and rodents.
Earlier in her career, Jessica spent five years as a Surgical Veterinary Technician for Wolcott Veterinary Clinic, a full-service veterinary hospital. Through her work at the University of Connecticut Kellog Dairy Center and Kar-Mic Dairy Farm, Jessica gained experience working with farm animals and milking operations.
Jessica earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science at the University of Connecticut, and has continued her education through a range of conferences including the North American Veterinary Conference, the CVC San Diego, and the Connecticut Veterinary Medical Association Annual Conferences. In 2012, Jessica relocated with her family from Connecticut to Fredericton, where she joined our teaching staff. She is pleased to be sharing her diverse experience with her students, and to support her transition to a teaching role, is currently taking Fundamentals in Exceptional Teaching coursework.