Butler Veterinary Associates and Emergency Center

Management Team

Kris – Hospital Manager -Kris accepted the position of office manager in September 2011.  She has 2 children and 4 grandchildren. She and her husband, Scott, enjoy spending time with their cats and renovating new real estate finds.

Amber – Assistant Manager– did her externship with us at BVA, while attending VTI.  After graduating,  Amber was hired in 2008. Amber was our reception manager then was promoted to Assistant Manager. She shares her home with her husband, daughter, son, 2 dogs, and 6 cats! Amber works hard to keep everything moving smoothly throughout  our busy days at BVA.

Brandi – Assistant Manger-joined our kennel staff in July of 2009 to gain animal experience. She graduated from the Vet Tech Institute 2012. She has worked in all areas of the hospital and most recently has been promoted to Assistant Manager. Brandi shares her life with her spirited son, her dog Sasha, and numerous fish!

Jeanette – Floor Supervisor – has been working at Butler Veterinary for 4 years. She was recently promoted to floor supervisor.  Jeanette loves her co-workers, our clients, and she loves her job! To us she is Momma J, our bouncer, forever taking care of our staff in times of need. When she is not working, her life revolves around her daughter and cheerleading! We are so happy that Jeanette is a part of our team.

Dara – Floor Supervisor – According to Dara, “Nothing makes me happier than 4 legged creatures besides my kids!” We are so happy to have Dara as a part of our team.  She has worked in the Veterinary field for over 10 years.  Before starting with BVA, she worked at a small zoo in eastern PA.

Julie- Floor Supervisor – Has worked at BVA since 2016. Julie is trained in all aspects of the hospital and can often be seen bouncing around from job to job. She frequently fosters kittens and puppies that are in need of homes.

Mary – Reception Manager- Joined our reception team a few years ago. She is can often be seen running around the clinic helping out as much as she can. Mary loves to learn about the medical aspects of the hospital and has a kind heart. She will often console our clients when its time to make tough decisions regarding end of life care.


Channingwas a client before joining our team in March 2009. She enjoys being a receptionist and likes to watch our doctors perform surgery when she has the opportunity. She shares her home with her husband, children and furry friends. 

LorraineOur employee from “Across the Pond” is a native of London, England. As a military wife, she has traveled around the world with her husband. She was a volunteer at the Base Veterinary Clinic in Naples, Italy, and after moving to the States she worked at another local veterinary hospital for 9 years. Lorraine joined our team in April of 2008.  She shares her home with her husband and 2 Bassett Hounds, Owen, other wise known as, “What’s this” and Tillie, known as “Trouble”!

Ashley – attended Slippery Rock University for Elementary Education.  She is very interested in educating our clients and helping the patients.  She shares her home with her husband, Matt,  a Dachshund  named Geno and 2 cats, Lemieux and Nala.  Ashley enjoys cheering on the Penguins!

Mariah – decided that she wanted a change in career, so she decided to try Butler Veterinary Associates.  We are so happy that she did!  She enjoys working with our patients.  She has many animals at home also.


TommasinaOur “New Jersey Girl” came to us back in 1999. She moved here after marrying Jesse, a Butler native. She had previous veterinary experience, as she was also a technician in New Jersey. She shares her life with her husband and a houseful of animals. Tommasina enjoys the client and patient experience of our hospital and can be found assisting the doctor in the exam rooms.

Sarah – While attending Median School of Allied Health Careers, Sarah chose BVA for her externship and never left! She has been with us since September 2003 and enjoys working in all areas of the hospital. She shares her life with her husband, 2 daughters, and multiple cats, dogs and farm pets. She is a very active member of one of our local humane organizations, Rainbow Animal Refuge. 

Amanda –  graduated from Vet Tech Institute in March of 2010.  She was hired at BVA as soon as she completed her internship here. Amanda T is our “ray of sunshine” and we are always grateful for her friendly, bubbly personality and constant cheerfulness.  She shares her life in her new home with her husband Colton, two twin boys, and a bunch of furry friends. 

Melissa –  graduated from Sanford-Brown Institute in Pittsburgh and joined our team in April 2011. She enjoys all aspects of the hospital, and has wanted to work with animals her entire life. She has two happy adorable dogs and one cranky cat. 

Kayla –  graduated from Vet Tech Institute in Feb 2011 and joined our team in August 2011. Her favorite area of the hospital to work in is surgery. She has 2 dogs, Tess, an Australian Shepherd, and Emma, a Lab. 

Catrina –  joined BVA as a receptionist. She is now working as a tech and is one of our exclusive ER technicians and overnight staff. She previously worked on a horse farm and really enjoys the interaction with clients. 

Amber Kgraduated from Vet Tech Institute.  She joined Butler Veterinary in June, 2014.  Amber enjoys working in the treatment areas of the hospital. She likes our frequent, fast paced days. At home, Amber has 2 dogs, Dakota and Sullivan, 2 cats, Finnegan and Tod, and a Russian tortoise named Enzo. Amber loves spending time with her husband and furry family going on walks and traveling. Her other passions include, baseball and Disney. Amber tells us that she is looking forward to many more years at Butler Veterinary. We are looking forward to it too!

MelanieGraduated from Vet Tech Institute and is one of our exclusive ER and overnight technicians. When not working with animals Melanie can be seen creating beautiful art on her nails.

Veronica- Was one of three externs from Vet Tech Institute in 2018 and was hired immediately after graduation. She has multiple dogs and cats. Veronica enjoys working in our emergency and treatment areas of the hospital. 

Jesteen- Was one of three externs from VTI in 2018 and was hired right after graduation. She has 4 fur kids- Ladee Blue(her beautiful Pitbull) and two beautiful bagels Lucy and Lilo. She also has a pyscho cat Skidders. She is a Dr. Pepper and Pitbull addict. She is also collecting her dogs paw prints tattooed on her arm- with more to add!

Toni- Has been an employee at BVA for several years but recently completed her schooling at VTI and has joined us as a technician. We are happy to see Toni follow through with her career and hope for many years with her.

Tristin- was one of our externs at the end of 2020 and was hired after graduation. Originally from Franklin, she now lives in Butler. Tristin is a go-getter and continues to learn daily. 

Lindsay- started working at BVA in 2016 to follow her love for animals. She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2019 and she is now attending the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science. Lindsay has always had a passion for animals, especially farm animals. She enjoys taking her dog for hikes and to the river. Lindsay loves working at Butler Veterinary where the staff is a second family to her and she loves getting to help all of the animals. 

Katie- Has been a member of our staff since 2017. Katie is often seen multitasking around the hospital. She is in charge of our kenneled animals and also helps out in rooms, ER and treatment. 

Shannagraduated from VTI in 2021. Shanna obtained her Veterinary Technicians License in December of 2022. Shanna has always had a love for animals. When she was growing up she worked in several horse barns with her mom and sister. She also volunteered at Elliott Acres Therapeutic Riding Inc. as a teen.  She lives with her two senior cats, Eminem and Grayson and one wild lab named Clyde. 
Cassie– Ever since Cassie was little she always wanted to work with animals. She started out working in the kennel and then moved to reception. She is now really excited as she is starting to train as a room tech. She couldn’t be more excited to start working as a full time technician and learning more about animal care. 

Emma is planning to go to the Vet Tech Institute in the Fall.  She decided to work part time with us to see if this is what she wanted to do for her career.  She loves working on ER shifts because there is so much to learn.  Emma has two dogs, Daisy and Suzie.  We are excited that Emma decided to work with us and we know she is on her way to being a fantastic technician. 

Autumn heard about job opportunities at Butler Veterinary through her high school. Although Autumn did not have any experience, she has learned so much with us. She enjoys working in ER. She loves working with our staff who she thinks are amazing and fun! Autumn has 2 cats and 2 dogs at home.

Elissa was our latest extern from VTI. Elissa decided to stay and work with us. We love when we have great externs that continue their careers with Butler Veterinary! She enjoys working in surgery, emergency rooms, and working in the lab. Elissa has a 4 year old lab mix named Cinder.