Meet our Veterinary Medical Director, Dr. Kayla Sample!
Dr. Kayla Sample grew up in San Diego, California moving to New England to refine her passion for community medicine. Dr. Sample is dedicated to maintaining the human animal bond by providing high quality veterinary care to all pet owners. Her love of animals has always been apparent as her first word was actually her dog’s name! Growing up, she volunteered with rescue organizations and served as a puppy raiser for Guide Dogs of America. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of California Davis and received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Minnesota. Throughout her education, Dr. Sample worked extensively with community outreach programs and shelters. As part of her goal to provide veterinary care for all members of our community, she is improving her Spanish language skills to remove some of the language barriers clients may face when bringing their pets in for care. She is a Fear Free certified professional and works to implement low stress handling techniques with all of her patients.
Most recently, Dr. Sample completed a Small Animal Community Medicine internship at Tufts at Tech Community Veterinary Clinic, where her technical and teaching skills were further refined. Her expertise and dedication to community medicine are evident in her everyday work. We are thrilled she is leading the team at Monty Tech Veterinary Clinic!
Meet our Veterinary Science Instructor, Dr. Christine Schlupf!
Dr. Schlupf is in her third year here at Monty Tech, and has helped shape the Veterinary Science program, writing curriculum, developing partnerships with area practitioners, and recruiting students into the exciting field of veterinary care. Her breadth of knowledge is unparalleled, having graduated from Ontario Veterinary College, practicing in Wantagh, NY, and eventually opening her own animal hospital. Her work with the Humane Society for Greater Nashua, doing shelter and community medicine and surgery, led to a passion for community care, which is why the Monty Tech Veterinary Clinic is such a perfect fit for Dr. Schlupf!
Her students enjoy her patient and engaging approach, and we are delighted to have her on our team!
Meet our Veterinary Science Instructor, Dr. Lauren Shell!
We are delighted to have an outstanding upperclassman instructor, who will work closely with students as they transition from the classroom to the clinic floor. As a student at Texas A & M College of Veterinary Medicine, Lauren Shell worked closely with faculty and staff as part of the Veterinary Emergency Team (VET), providing veterinary medical support for animals in disaster situations.
After graduation, Lauren worked for several years in general practice, and soon transitioned to providing doing hospice and end-of-life care for dogs and cats. It was there that she found her calling, and has since worked to provide high quality pet owner education, feline medicine, and geriatric medicine with an emphasis on quality of life. Her experience as an adjunct faculty member as Nashua Community College and professional memberships are complimented by her long history of compassionate care for pets in need. Our students will benefit from her guidance and leadership, and we couldn't be happier that Dr. Lauren Shell has joined the Monty Tech community!
Meet our Clinic Manager, Laurice Russell, CVT!
Laurice Russell joins us from our program partner VCA Sterling Animal Hospital. Laurice is a Certified Veterinary Technician who began her career as a Technical Supervisor, later advancing to the role of Hospital Manager. Dedicated to ensuring compassionate small animal health care, her extensive experience in patient care, client education, financial management and hospital operations will be an asset to the success of Monty Tech Veterinary Clinic. Laurice is excited to work alongside our doctors and students sharing her passion for the veterinary profession while serving the Monty Tech community.
Laurice graduated from Becker College with Associate Degrees in Business and Science respectively. She is a proud member of the Massachusetts Veterinary Technician Association and the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America. Monty Tech Veterinary Clinic is proud to have her as part of our team!
Meet our Grooming Instructor, Tracy Figueiredo!
We are delighted to have a talented, certified, all-breed groomer join the Monty Tech Veterinary Clinic team! Tracy Figueiredo has worked in the pet grooming industry for more than twenty years. After graduating from Pedigree Career Institute, Tracy opened her own grooming salon. From there, she grew her training experience, serving as Salon Manager for both Petsmart and Petco, locally. Working closely with her staff, and committed to the idea of "training up", Tracy supervised several staff members and delivered a comprehensive educational program that resulted in entry-level bathers becoming talented, successful groomers. A highlight of Tracy's career has been watching those new to the field evolve, accepting new challenges and responsibilities that come with being a skilled and compassionate groomer.
With close ties to the school, a long history in the industry, and an ability to connect with her students, Tracy Figueiredo is an outstanding addition to the talented Monty Tech community!