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Fall In Love With Kingsbrook Animal Hospital: Meet Our Assistants!

Our Veterinary Assistants at Kingsbrook Animal Hospital are an important part of the team. They set up appointments, care for our hospitalized patients, take radiographs, and even help fill in for our CSRs from time to time…among lots of other things! We’re excited to have the opportunity to introduce our current Assistant team this week.

 

 

KAH Assistant Ann with Henry

KAH Assistant Ann with Henry

Ann—Ann is one of Kingsbrook Animal Hospital’s first employees; she’s been with us since March 1999! Ann says the one of the best things about KAH is that we are extremely environmentally conscious: we recycle, use green cleaning products, and source our electricity from wind power.

 

 

KAH Assistant Heather

KAH Assistant Heather

 

Heather—Heather’s favorite thing about Kingsbrook Animal Hospital is “working in such a supportive and caring environment, with such amazing coworkers!” Heather has been part of our staff since July 2015.

 

 

 

Robin with the one and only Johnny Blaze!

Robin with the one and only Johnny Blaze!

Robin—Robin joined our staff in December of 2015. “We practice a very high quality of medicine while allowing our clients to be a part of their patient’s care—that’s my favorite thing about working at Kingsbrook Animal Hospital,” she says.

 

 

 

KAH Assistant Ebony with patient Wilson

KAH Assistant Ebony with patient Wilson

Ebony—Ebony is a technician’s assistant who has been working at Kingsbrook Animal Hospital since October 2015. Her favorite thing about working at KAH is interacting with patients of all species, and the satisfaction of helping animals.

 

 

 

KAH Assistant Tiki with patient Harry

KAH Assistant Tiki with patient Harry

 

Tiki—Tiffany T usually goes by Tiki while she’s at Kingsbrook Animal Hospital! Tiki’s favorite thing about KAH is definitely her team members. She’s been an employee at KAH since August 2011.

 

 

 

 

As you can see, we have a fantastic team of assistants! Next week (October 16-22) is Veterinary Technician Appreciation Week, so we’ll be introducing our superlative technician staff. Check in next week to meet these vital KAH team members!

 

Fall In Love With Kingsbrook Animal Hospital: Meet Our Client Service Representatives!

Here at Kingsbrook Animal Hospital in Frederick, MD, we have a wonderful team of Client Service Representatives! Our CSRs take on so many tasks for us every day, from scheduling appointments to creating social media posts, from giving directions to impromptu pet photography.  We’re really proud of all of the work our CSRs do, so we’d love to take the opportunity to introduce each of our current Client Service Reps during the first week of our Fall in Love With KAH event.

 

Tiffany with patient Maia

 

Tiffany K— Tiffany has been working at KAH since May of 2015. One of her favorite things about Kingsbrook Animal Hospital is that the doctors at KAH really enjoy their work, and that every single staff member is focused on providing great client care.

 

 

Kelly with an adorable boxer puppy

Kelly with an adorable boxer puppy

Kelly— Kelly’s favorite aspect of KAH is her coworkers; “They’re not just fellow employees, they’re friends and even like a second family,” she says. Kelly has been with Kingsbrook since January of 2007.

 

 

 

Elizabeth with Schooner

Elizabeth with patient Schooner

Elizabeth—Elizabeth is one of our newer team members, having started employment with us in April of 2016. Elizabeth loves KAH because of the chance to interact with the clients we’ve built a good relationship with already, and the chance to see the joy on the face of new pet parents when they bring their puppy/kitten/baby bunny in for the first visit.

 

 

Justin with Kingsbrook's own Mo!

Justin with Kingsbrook’s own Mo!

 

Justin—Also a new addition to the KAH team, Justin says the best thing about working at KAH is “The constant opportunities for learning, from the other staff members and even from our awesome clients.” Justin has been part of the team since July 2016.

 

 

 

Maureen with patient Dixie Rae

Maureen with patient Dixie Rae

 

Maureen—Maureen has worked at Kingsbrook since June 2014. Being able to work with people who really love animals, and the fact that KAH is invested in learning and sharing knowledge, are Maureen’s favorite things about working at our hospital.

 

 

Kirsten with patient Newman

Kirsten with patient Newman

Kirsten—Kirsten just joined the Kingsbrook team in September 2016! So far, her favorite thing about the hospital is the Comfort room. “I’ve been at a dozen different vet clinics, and I haven’t seen anything like it before. It’s really nice that we have a setting that isn’t just an exam room.”

 

 

We hope you enjoyed meeting part of our team! Stay tuned for new introductions each week. Next week, we’ll introduce KAH’s wonderful Veterinary Assistants!

 

Animal Facts


The blue whale is the largest creature that has ever lived on earth. It tips the scales at a whopping 170 tons – that’s the same as about 22 elephants. Its heart is the size of a small car, and its largest blood vessels are wide enough for an adult to swim through without much difficulty.

The largest land animal in the world is the Kodiak bear. It weighs about 862 kilograms, which is roughly the same as 14 male gymnasts.

Woodpeckers slam their heads into wood at a rate of 20 pecks per second. What protects them from injury is a spongy area that sits behind their beaks and acts as a shock absorber.

Approximately 50 percent of all orangutans have fractured bones, a result of falling off of trees on a regular basis.

Giraffes and humans have the same number of bones in their necks: seven.

When a lion wants to mate, he cannot be stopped. Copulation occurs every 15 minutes for one week straight. Luckily for lionesses, lions only want to mate once every two years.

All clams are born as males. A clam can change to become a female, but only once, and the change is irreversible.

The brain of a roach is located inside of its body. If a roach loses its head, it can live up to nine days. A decapitated roach dies not because it cannot think, but because it cannot eat.

The koala does not need to drink liquids; it can obtain all of its liquids from eucalyptus leaves which are 50 percent water.

African elephants produce approximately 100 kilograms of manure per day. Most of this manure is eaten up by beetles.

Amazing and Weird Facts About Animals


There are only 3 animals w/ blue tongues; the black bear, the chowchow dog, and the blue tongued lizard.

Camels have 3 eyelids

An ostrich’s eye is bigger than it’s brain and can run up to 43 mph

Toucans are found only in tropical areas of Central and South America. Some toucan spp. have bills more than half as long as their bodies.

A beaver can hold it’s breath for 45 mins.

The longest recorded life span of a tapeworm was 35 years.

You’re 20 times more likely to be struck by lightening than to be bitten by a rattlesnake.

A male angler fish attaches itself to a female and never lets go. Their vascular systems unite and the male becomes entirely dependent on the female’s blood for nutrition.

Bengal tigers are the most water loving of the big cats. They will even chase prey into the water.

A dog was the first animal in space and a sheep, a duck, and a rooster the first to fly in a hot air balloon.

The oldest breed of dog is the saluki

The bee hummingbird of Cuba is the smallest bird in the world.

The elephant is the only mammal that can not jump.

Stay tuned for more amazing and weird facts! If you find some you’d like to share please let us know!

Tidbits: Factual, Funny, Fascinating


* Uno, a beagle that won Best in Show at this year’s Wesminster Kennel Club Dog Show, has become a certified therapy dog. Uno will spread cheer at hospitals, nursing homes, schools and other facilities. www.aspca.org

* Young male dogs playing with female pups will often let the females win, even if the males have a physical advantage. Researchers suspect they might lose the game in the short run, but they could win at love in the future. www.discovery.com

* Help your favorite charity during this economically gloomy season by signing up at GoodSearch.com The search company engine donates 50% of its revenue to the nonprofit you designate when you search the Net. www.goodsearch.com

* More than half of Americans not only believe in guardian angels, but believe they have been protected from harm by one during the course of their lives. www.time.com

* More than 370 of 1000 Magellanic penguins that mysteriously washed up on Brazil’s equatorial beaches were flown via Air Force jet to southern Brazil in October and successfully released by the International Fund for Animal Welfare. Associated Press

Tidbits: Factual, Funny, Fascinating


*Researchers in Austria found that dogs can classifly complex color photographs and place them into categories with computer automated touch screens. While this demonstrated that dogs are able to form a concept (“dog”), it did not determine whether they recognized the pictures as actual dogs. sciencedaily.com

*A New Mexico firm is building all-wood human coffins in a partnership with People For the Ethical Treatment of Animals. The coffins bear painted slogans such as “Told You I Wouldn’t Be Caught Dead In Fur!” Associated Press

*Fossils unearthed in China may help explain how turtles got their shells. The 220-million-year-old fossils had only plastrons, the part that protects the turtle’s belly, which supports the theory that plastrons evolved to form a complete carapace. National Geographic

*An AVMA study found that veterinarians have a very high level of job satisfaction, just behind clergy, teachers, and psychologists, and above physicians and lawyers. Veterinarians rated well above average compared to all jobs. avma.org

*A new player in the pet-pampering arena is Doggy Adventures, a New Jersey company that goes beyond dog-walking by taking dogs on a 90-minute day trip for play and exercise. Dogs are grouped according to temperament and physical ability. Philadelphia Inquirer

Tidbits: Factual, Funny, Fascinating


* The latest weapons in the war against bedbugs, which have become an epidemic in New York City are Mardi Gras, Jada, and Taz. Canine teams from Advanced Canine Dectives from Connecticut can search a 200 room hotel for the bloodsucking pests in just 8 hours, accurately pinpointing sources of infestation. www.advancedk9detectives.com

*The largest animal eye belongs to Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni, the colossal squid. A specimen caught in April in New Zealand had eyes measuring 11 inches across. www.softpedia.com 5/5/08

* Veterinary Pet Insurance polled more than 3000 of its policyholders and found that 42% involved or planned to include a pet in their nuptials. According to popular wedding Web site The Knot, the trend is tres’ bon. “It’s actually a great way for you to personalize your wedding.” www.vpi.com, www.theknot.com

* An extensive genetic study suggests that severe droughts occuring between 90,000 and 135,000 years ago reduced the number of early humans to as low as 2000. The U.S. Census Bureau calculated our number at 6,671,275,141 as of June 1. www.cnn.com 4/24/08

* It’s more fun than hard science, but Pooch IQ promises to objectively rate a dog’s reasoning, memory, persistence, and problem-solving skills using toys and games. The Pooch IQ scale, which runs from 55 to 150, includes labels such as dased and confused, not so bright, pretty clever, smarty pants, and absolute genius. www.poochiq.com

Tidbits: Factual, Funny, Facinating


* The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act became law in May. The act prohibits insurance companies from using genetic information to deny, cancel, or charge more for coverage; it also prohibits discrimination based on an individual’s DNA. (www.geneticfairness.org)

* Disinfectant wipes may spread drug-resistant bacteria rather than kill them. A study of 2 hospitals in Wales showed wipes could transfer “superbugs” such as methicillin-resistant Staphlococcus aureus (MRSA) if a single wipe was used on multiple surfaces. (Reuters 6/4/08)

* A recent poll found that pet owners, especially dog owners, favor John McCain over Barack Obama in the U.S. precidential race. The McCains own more than a dozen dogs, while the Obama household is sans pets. (Associated Press 7/8/08)

* George Washington’s dog was named Drunkard. (www.everything2.com)

* K9 Water Company of Valencia, California markets “vitamin fortified bottled water” in varities to tempt the canine palate: toilet water, puddle water, hose water, and gutter water. (www.k9waterco.com)

Tidbits: Factual, Funny, Fascinating


* The story of a rescued cat that lived for 19 years in a small town library has sold for about $1.25 million. Grand Central Publishing bought the book, entitled “Dewey, a Small Town, a Library and the World’s Most Beloved Cat.” New York Times 4/4/07

* National Human Genome Research Institute is looking into the reasons why dogs vary so much in size, which can improve understanding of diseases caused by growth gone awry. Associated Press 4/5/07

* Missing sleep may cause the brain to stop producing new cells. A team from Princeton University found a lack of sleep in rats affected the hippocampus, a brain region involved in forming memories. BBC News 2/7/07

* The last animal listed in the American Heritage Dictionary, 2000, is the Zyzzyva, a tropical weevil. www.freakyanimals.com

* A new study ranked U.S. cities that exemplify superior care, services, and legislation for pet’s health and well being. It analyzed 30 different criteria ranging from veterinarian-to-pet ratios to incidence of obesity to rabies legislation. The top five cities are: 1. Denver, 2. Oakland, Portland, Anaheim, and San Francisco. Press release 3/19/07

* A Boston terrier named Mickey that disappeared 4 years ago from his Kansas City backyard was reunited with his owners. They received a call from an animal shelter 1,100 miles away in Montana thanks to an embedded microchip. Associated Press 4/5/07

Tidbits: Factual, Funny, Fascinating


* The Association of American Veterinary Colleges (AAVMC) has established the Senator John Melcher DVM Leadership in Public Policy Award to be given annually to a current or former faculty or staff member at an AAVMC member institution. Senator John Melcher, an advocate for veterinary medicine on Capitol Hill at the White House, was the first recipient. Press release 3/8/07

* A Veterinary Pet Insurance survey indicates that pets have moved from the backyard to the bedroom: 56% of respondents reported that their pet sleeps right next to them every night while only 1% said their pet sleeps outside. PRNewswire 2/8/07

* Can birds plan ahead? Experiments done at the University of Cambridge suggest they can. Birds stored snacks when they detected that food would be in short supply and also planned for a balanced diet by storing combinations of foods in different places. LiveScience 2/21/07

* Digital cameras already remove red eye in photos of humans. However, animal eyes reflect light differently creating an eerie glow. A new camera from Hewlett-Packard can now remove animal “glow eye” as well as blemishes and wrinkles in photos of humans. Press Release 3/11/07

* Of the 750 respondents to a recent American Kennel Club dog owners study-a majority of whom were female-42% said they own a dog to enhance their personal health and reduce stress. The top activity enjoyed by dog owners is a good old-fashioned walk. Dog ownership also heavily influenced purchasing habits-owners considered their pets 47% of the time when purchasing a car. PRNewswire 2/11/07