Animal Care Center of North Jersey and Companion Veterinary Hospital of Wayne Staff

Kerri Becker

In addition to being our office manager, Kerri is a wedding hairdresser. Kerri is "turtle crazy" and lives with Rainbow, a red ear slider, and two tortoises named Sandy and Mud. When Sandy, a Sulcata tortoise, grows to her full size of 150 pounds she will work security at the office. Her dog Kiya, a Labrador mix, is a certified therapy dog who helps kids to read. Kiya's favorite books are Lassie, Old Yeller and Benji, and she also waits tables at the local kennel while pursuing an acting career.

Kerri previously taught horsemanship at a children's camp with the help of Chief, a quarter horse mare. She enjoys camping, fishing and four-wheeling, so we expect that she will never miss work due to snow.

Kyle Van Sweden

Kyle Van Sweden

Kyle grew up in Vernon but recently moved to this area. After getting an Associate degree in 3D Computer Art, he decided to work with pets, first at a doggie day care and then with Animal Care Center of North Jersey.

Kyle likes to hike and play video games. He also keeps an aloe plant wearing a finger puppet on his night stand. He has a mixed-breed dog named Savannah and a cat named Maple. Kyle has a soft spot for Kiwis (the endangered bird, not the people or the fruit) and dreams of having a Kiwi petting zoo. His favorite color is green and he speaks fluent English.

Amanda Majewski

Amanda Majewski

Animals are Amanda's be-all and end-all. She has volunteered at an animal shelter and worked on a horse farm, with wildlife, at a tanning salon (not for animals) and now with the fine people and animals at Animal Care Center of North Jersey.

Amanda is a triplet along with her two brothers, one of whom is in the Marines. She has been a gymnast, has ridden jumping horses and received an art school scholarship. At home, Amanda has a Maine Coon cat named Rascal and a dog that we do not talk about. She has also visited Croatia!

Stephanie Thomas

Stephanie is the latest addition to our triplet collection, along with the Amanda and the Morris triplets. Stephanie has a weakness for macaroni and cheese as well as chips of all kinds, Thai food, TV and snow leopards. In her spare time she paints and roots for the New York Giants.

Stephanie graduated from Rutgers with a degree in biology and plans to go to nursing school after working with Animal Care Center of New Jersey for a year. She has two fluffy little dogs, Sawyer and Gizmo and has been skydiving but is not sure she would go again.

Kiera Schneider

Before working at Animal Care Center and Companion Veterinary Hospital, Kiera worked at a pizza parlor where she preferred chicken pizza to Nutella-and-banana-topped pizza. She roots for the Jets—with little to show for it—and enjoys playing soccer polo-style on a four wheeler.

Kiera is infatuated with her Bernese Mountain puppy, Myla. She likes the outdoors which will help if she ever gets an elephant, which is her favorite animal. Kiera likes the beach and ocean but would rather drink like a fish than fish in the drink.

Kim Mulligan

Kim Mulligan

In addition to attending school to become a veterinary technician, Kim perpares for the apocalypse by honing her archery and rock climbing skills, although not at the same time. She previously worked at Dunkin Donuts and still works part time at a neighborhood deli where the most unusual request is a peanut butter and bacon sandwich. Her dog, Dixie, former toured with the Dixie Chicks.

Alize Hernandez

Alize Hernandez

Alize is named after a colorful liqueur, though her waramth comes from eating sweet potato quesadillas. Ali likes to hike and hang out with her two dogs, Cora and Chance, leaving Escho, the bearded dragon, at home. She comes to us after completing an internship at a local veterinary hospital. Ali has a passion for sunsets, particularly those with an abundance of pinks and purplues. Sunrises are also appealing but require getting up too early.

Christina Lee

Christina Lee

Christina helps us on weekends and is considering applying to veterinary school. She graduated from SUNY Binghamton where she rallied the Bearcats as a cheerleader. During the week she works at a pain management clinic. What little time she has left she spends with her cats Rizzo and Dexter. She is not sure if she can still do a back handspring.

Jessica Milone

Jessica Milone

Jessica recently graduated from the University of Miami and is applying to graduate school for Wildlife Biology. She has two dogs, Precious and Odell and a cat, Chuck. Her dream job is working with sea turtles. She also has soft spots for elephants, mountain lions, the NY Giants and the Miami Hurricanes where she was captain of the cheer leading squad.

Hiram Do Rag Phelps

Hiram "Do Rag" Phelps

Hiram, a red-eared slider, is the waiting room greeter at Animal Care Center. Our policy is to accept stray or injured animals, including wildlife, then we try to find a pet's owner or treat and either release or transfer wildlife to Wildlife Freedom Rehabilitation Center. That is how Hiram came to us. He was abandoned in a foreclosed home and dropped off by a bank employee. Initially shy, he literally came out of his shell after a few days and charmed each person who came through the hospital's doors. We decided to keep him around and put him to work in the waiting room welcoming our clients. Measuring 12 inches from nose to tail and weighing 5 pounds, he has thrived in his role as greeter. Always curious, Hiram never fails to give a warm hello and a day doesn't go by without a child shouting, "Look at that turtle!"

Nigel Bardsley

Nigel Bardsley

After moving from his native England as a hatchling, Nigel fell in with the wrong crowd and was known on the river banks as Napoleon Bonecrusher. He came to us for tattoo removals as part of his court-mandated rehabilitation program and has been a model Chelonian ever since.

The popularity of Hiram at Animal Care Center inspired Nigel to join the team at our Companion Veterinary Hospital office. During business hours, he welcomes visitors who can now safely put their fingers in his tank without being bitten. After hours, all bets are off. On a good day he likes to sing Sinatra tunes.

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