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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.

Cody McCarley, RVT

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Cody McCarley is a Registered Veterinary Technician. He graduated from Murray State Collage in July 2012 with an Associate in Science. He took his state and National boards in August of 2012. Cody worked in mixed animal practice for five years before accepting a job with OSU’s Veterinary Medical Hospital in October of 2016.  Cody currently works weekends. He loves spending time with his beautiful wife Charlee Jo and his two kids.

Allison McDaniel, RVT

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Born and raised in Tulsa, Okla, Allison knew she wanted to work with animals from a very young age. She graduated from Owasso High School in 2005 earned her bachelor's degree in multidisciplinary studies from the University of Oklahoma-Tulsa in 2010. Allison decided on a career change and graduated with an AAS in Veterinary Technology  from TCC in 2018. She currently lives with her wonderful husband, two cats and two dogs. Her hobbies include binge watching Netflix and Hulu, video gaming and playing with her pets.

Ashlee Reed, RVT

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Ashlee Reed is a graduate of the Veterinary Technology Program at Murray State University in Murray, Ky.   She worked for two mixed animal practices over the course of her five years in college. After traveling more than 600 miles, she’s made her new home in Stillwater as a veterinary technician in the SA CCU.  Ashlee knew she belonged in the animal medical field after volunteering at multiple animal shelters for several years while in high school. Ashlee has a Great Dane, named Amos and a Maine Coone named Dice. When she isn’t caring for furry friends in the SA CCU, she’s baking, knitting or spending a lazy day on the couch with her pup! 

Julie Bridges, RVT

Julie grew up in Oklahoma, but has enjoyed living in several places, including Los Angeles, Indianapolis, Chicago and Ft. Lauderdale. While in Indianapolis, she graduated from the Veterinary Technology Institute. Julie has a passion for emergency and critical care and plans to obtain her veterinary technician specialty in emergency and critical care. Prior to attending technician school, Julie worked in landscape design and was a hair stylist. In her spare time, she enjoys playing guitar, making jewelry and traveling. Julie spent six weeks in Africa volunteering at a rhino orphanage. She has four parrots, two small dogs and two cats.


Vanessa Gutierrez

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Vanessa came to us with nearly seven years of experience in the veterinary field. She grew up in California with a profound love for animals and has dedicated much of her life to providing care for them. Vanessa lives on a ranch with her three dogs, two cats, ducks and chickens. When not busy working, Vanessa enjoys being outdoors hiking, gardening and spending time with her family. Vanessa has a way with animals and is very comforting to both pets and their human parents. Even after all her years of experience, Vanessa continues to be excited about learning more and advancing her knowledge in veterinary care and is planning to continue her education in Tulsa.