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Torie Garnatz, BS, RVT, VTS (ECC)

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Torie began her career working as a kennel assistant for local veterinarians in Tahlequah, Oklahoma while in high school.  After graduating Hulbert High School, Torie went on to Northeastern State University and earned a BS in Organismic Biology.  Torie started working at an animal emergency center in Tulsa during her last semester in college.  This is where she found her love and passion for emergency and critical care and for being a technician.  Torie worked full time in the animal emergency clinic while attending Tulsa Community College.  She  graduated with her Associates in Veterinary Technology in 2007.  Shortly after graduation, she started working at the Boren Veterinary Medical Hospital in the Small Animal Critical Care Unit.  Within three years she became the Small Animal CCU Technician Supervisor. Torie joined the Academy of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Technicians (AVECCT) in November 2016.

Holley Ladymon, RVT

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Holly has always known that her life would involve helping animals in one way or another. Holly received her B.S. in Biology from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford, Oklahoma. After that, she went to Oklahoma State University – Oklahoma City to obtain her Associate’s degree in Veterinary Technology. To receive her degree from OSU-OKC, Holly had to complete a preceptorship, which she did at the OSU Veterinary Medical Hospital. During her preceptor, Holly really enjoyed working in the Small Animal Critical Care Unit (SACCU). She accepted a position there full-time and worked there for about a year. Holly then worked as an Animal Welfare Officer for the city of Stillwater, Oklahoma for a year. The time Holly spent at Animal Welfare reaffirmed to her that she was meant to help animals. Holly returned to OSU in 2015 and is happy to be back in the SACCU working alongside the technicians, doctors, and students. At home, Holly has five dogs and two cats. 

Cody McCarley, RVT

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Jamie Diede

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Jamie was born in Bakersfield, CA and moved to Oklahoma when she was a year old. She has had a passion for animals since she was a little girl. She has been a veterinary assistant for 3 years and loves what she does. Jamie joined the SA CCU team in 2014.  She is the proud owner of 2 dogs, 2 cats, 2 horses, and 2 fish. Jamie enjoys horseback riding, playing with her fur-children, and watching movies. She aspires to go back to school to increase my knowledge and become a registered veterinary technician. 

Rachael Joness

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Rachael is from Crowley, Texas, a suburb of Fort Worth.  She began her veterinary career as a volunteer at Crowley Road Animal Hospital when she was 15 years old. After volunteering for two summers, she was hired on as a veterinary assistant.  Rachael worked at Crowley Road Animal Hospital throughout the rest of high school.  Rachael started taking undergraduate courses at OSU in 2011 and continued to spend school breaks working in Crowley. During her last year of undergrad, Rachael began working at All Pets Veterinary Hospital in Stillwater. She received a bachelor's degree in Animal Science with a pre-veterinary emphasis in 2016.  Rachael joined the Small Animal Critical Care Unit in January 2017. In her spare time, Rachael enjoys watching Netflix and spending time with her dog Junior and her boyfriend.