Valerie grew up in Liberty Township, OH, and was involved with 4-H showing her 2 golden retrievers and her rabbit. She always had pets but it wasn’t until she was 17 and started working as a Kennel Attendant at a local animal hospital and that she discovered she wanted to pursue an education as a Veterinary Technician.

After graduating high school, Valerie attended Morehead State University in Morehead, Kentucky and graduated in 2001 with an Associates in Applied Science, Veterinary Technology. After her internship at The University of Tennessee, she started working at Twin Maples.

At Twin Maples, Valerie’s responsibilities include blood draw, anesthesia, surgical prep and surgical assisting, intravenous catheter placement, administration of oral and injectable medications, dentistry, and preparing and running lab samples. Her special interests lie in surgery, anesthesia and training/educating new technicians and assistants.

Valerie has been married to her husband, Zane, for 10 years and they have 2 children: Eli and Isaac. They also have a chihuahua name Rita, who was adopted from Robyn’s Nest. She is a very sweet chihuahua who would like nothing better than to sit in your lap. Valerie’s black lab, Rosie, who was adopted from Miami County Animal Shelter, is a great running partner and loves to give kisses. Her 2 cats, Heater and Gemma, were adopted from the Humane Society. They are very ornery and provide hours of entertainment for everyone.

When she is not working, Valerie enjoys spending time with her family, being involved with a “Moms” group at her church, reading, running, and being involved with 4-H.