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Critical Care Unit Staff

Veterinary Technicians

Torie Garnatz, BS, RVT, VTS (ECC)

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Torie began her career working as a kennel assistant for local veterinarians in Tahlequah, Okla., while in high school.  After graduating, 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 at Northeastern.  While attending Tulsa Community College, Torie worked full time in the animal emergency clinic.  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.

Katherine Gaskill, RVT

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Katherine Gaskill is a registered veterinary technician from Florida.  She graduated from Auburn University in 2009 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Animal Science and worked in the horse industry.  After a few years, Katherine decided it was time for a career change.  She returned to school and earned an Associates of Science in Veterinary Technology in 2018 from Pensacola State College.  Katherine began working in our small animal critical care unit in July 2018.   Katherine enjoys being outdoors with her dog Jake.

Cody McCarley, RVT

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Cody 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. 

Ashley McMillin, RVT

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Ashley is from Moore, Okla. and has always had a passion for animals. She graduated from Southmoore High School in 2011. Ashley then pursued several different majors at OCCC through her 2012-2013 college education, such as surgical technology and liberal studies, but her heart then focused on her passion for veterinary medicine. When she told her die-hard OU parents that she was going to attend OSU, they were at first disappointed, but supportive of her dreams.

Ashley in 2016 with an A.A.S in Veterinary Technology. While she completed her studies, Ashley worked as a veterinary assistant for two practices: a 24-hour Mixed Animal Practice in Oklahoma City and a Small Animal Practice in Oklahoma City. She then obtained her license to become an Registered Veterinary Technician in the summer of 2016. She is extremely passionate about anatomy/physiology, parasitology and clinical pathology and she hopes to further her education at OSU-Stillwater.

Ashley is happily married to her husband Neil and she has one happy cat named Biscuit. In her free time, Ashley  loves to be a geek, go travelling, play video games, adore alternative fashion and read classic novels.

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!

Veterinary Assistant

Haley Wilkerson

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Haley joined our team from Texas, where she was born and raised. Haley has always wanted to pursue a career in animal science. She earned both a bachelor's in Animal Science and a Master’s of Science in Animal Reproduction/Nutrition from Texas A&M University-Commerce.

Haley is hoping to attend OSU’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences in the future to earn her DVM degree.  Haley worked for a mixed animal practice in Texas for several years before joining the SA CCU team.  In her down time, she can be found spending time with her heeler Dixie, watching movies, or visiting with friends and family.

Rachel Wasserman

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Rachel is from Spencer, West Virginia where she grew up on a small farm with her grandfather and rescue dog, Molly.  Molly was from an abuse case and that was the start of Rachel’s interest in veterinary medicine. She knew that she was meant to work with animals and help those in need, like Molly. 

Immediately after high school, Rachel attended and graduated from Pierpont C&TC in 2013 with her A.A.S. Veterinary Technology Degree. Wanting to learn more, she attended West Virginia University and in 2016 and graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, Animal and Nutritional Sciences.

Throughout college, Rachel worked as a veterinary assistant at a local animal hospital. After graduating from WVU, she accepted a position as the shelter coordinator for her county’s only no-kill animal shelter. After two years in shelter medicine, she knew it was time for a change and started looking for job opportunities out west. In October, Rachel loaded up her truck with her dog Abigail and moved 1,000 miles from home to Stillwater.

In her spare time she enjoys hiking with Abigail, going to concerts, volunteering with animals, and traveling to the beach.