Dr. Jodi Thannum, Veterinarian
I have wanted to be a veterinarian since I was a child. My father was a vet and he instilled in me many of the values and ethics that I have today. I graduated from the University of Wisconsin Madison School of Veterinary Medicine in 1996. From there I completed a 15 month internship at Hollywood Animal Hospital in Hollywood, FL. It is at that time that my passion for internal medicine and surgery began. I went into private practice as an associate for 8 years. I then fulfilled my life long dream of owning my own practice when I bought Extra Care Animal Hospital in May of 2004. I am so proud of my staff and the high quality of medicine and surgery that we are able to offer to our patients.
Interests outside of my practice include spending time will ALL of my pets. I have a shihtzu named "Doc," and 4 cats named "Ernie", "Elvis", "Styx" and "Melvin", and a Capuchian monkey named "George". I also enjoy all sports, especially football, hunting, fishing, and spending time in my yard.
- I graduated from the University of Wisconsin Madison School of Veterinary Medicine in 1996.
- Completed a 15 month internship at Hollywood Animal Hospital in Hollywood, FL.
George, Hospital Mascot
I am a brazilian tufted capuchin. I tend to be very mischievious. I love helping my mom, Dr. Thannum at Extra Care Animal Hospital. I like to play with all the pets that come into the hospital. Everyone always wants to know what I eat, well, my favorite food is probably blueberries! But I really love carrots too. I eat everything you humans eat, except I can't have a lot of sweets, because us capuchins are prone to diabetes. Thank you for stopping by our page and the next time you are at the hosptial please ask to see me and bring me a healthy snack!
I went to Monkey University of South Florida and Graduated with Honors!
Tacari Jones, Hospital Manager/Receptionist
My name is Tacari and I was born in Ocala, Florida, but raised down here in Broward County. I've spent the majority of my adulthood serving others, but was delighted when I got the opportunity to help care for animals. I started working at Extra Care Animal Hospital in April 2014.
I don't have any pets of my own at the moment, but I live vicariously through my Mother who has an English bulldog named "Sumo", and a miniature Yorkshire terrier named "Taz". Those are my little brothers! I've also owned 2 Horned toads, "King" and "Selassie" and a betta fish named "Abcde".
- With Extra Care Animal Hospital since April 2014.
Patricia Keise, Veterinary Technician
I was raised in the South Florida area. As of February 2014, I started working at Extra Care Animal Hospital as volunteer and now I am part of a wonderful staff.
I have a love and passion for animals. I am married and have 4 beautiful children as well as 2 Vizlas name "Jazz" and "Clover" and a bird name "Joy". I am very involved at my church and love to serve and help others.
- With Extra Care Animal Hospital since February 2014.
Halyee Lavalle, Veterinary Technician
After working for 20 some years in the corprate world as a exective assistant, I pursued my love of animals and working with them by starting as a receptionist in an animal hospital. I was promoted to veterinary technician and las worked at various animal hospitals around the country. I have been working at Extra Care Animal Hospital since July 2014.
My husband Christian and I have a Papillon named Mimi and a cat named Bert.
- With Extra Care Animal Hospital since July 2014.
Javier Efrece, Veterinary Assistant
I was born and raised in Miami Florida. I actually never thought I would work with animals. I am a Medical Assistant and a certified EMT. I currently attend FIU where I am pursuing a degree in nursing. I aspire to become a nurse practitioner specializing in emergency and trauma.
My Hobbies include spending quality time with my girlfriend and friends, exercising and watching movies! Currently I have a boxer name Buddy.
- With Extra Care Animal Hospital since August 2014.
Maggie Fitzgerald, Customer Service
I am a native Floridian. I have lived in Los Angeles, New York City, Washington D.C., New Orleans. I have a degree in Liberal Arts as well as a Paralegal degree from Florida International University. I am married to a Fire Rescue Captain and we have 2 beautiful daughters from China. I have been employed with Extra Care Animal Hospital since 2004.
I have always rescued pets...we currently have 4 dogs and a 2 cats...needless to say they ALL have been rescued. I totally enjoy talking to our clients and hearing about their pets.
- With Extra Care Animal Hospital since July 2004.
Loren Bayless, Accountant
I am originally from Poquoson, Virginia, but have been in south Florida since 1985. I just love it here!! I graduated from Old Dominion University with a degree in business administration, concentrating in accounting. I currently own a business, Future Health, Inc. with my wonderful husband Tom. I have worked at Extra Care Animal Hospital on a part time basis since 2009.
When I am not working I enjoy boating and fishing with Tom on our back country boat. I also enjoy knitting and rug hooking.
I have 5 dogs name "Kiwi", "Mango", "Bella" Shih Tzu, "Mac" Yorkie and the newest addition "Little Leo Allen", a cat, "Congo" and two umbrella cockatoos, "Cargo" and "Emma".
- With Extra Care Animal Hospital as a client since 2004, and as an employee since May 2006.
Debbie Torres, Ward Attendant
I was born and raised in Hollywood, Florida, however my family is from Puerto Rico. I have always wanted to work with animals and a year ago when I began working at Extra Care Animal Hospital my dreams came true. Since working here, the doctors and staff have become a part of my family.
I have 4 children and am a grandmother of six. In my spare time, I love spending time with my husband, kids, grandchildren, and going to the beach.
- With Extra Care Animal Hospital since June 2010.
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