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720 N. Tamiami Trail Nokomis, FL 34275

Karen_Vandenberg_2_1_25_12_1.JPGKAREN VANDENBERG
Client Relations Specialist

~~Karen joined BVC  as a Client Relations Specialist in 2011, after having owned and operated an independent, full line pet store (no dogs or cats sold) in Coral Springs. Her human family includes husband Tom, and sons Ryan (teaches English in South Korea) and Dan (TA at Florida Atlantic University and runs his own aquarium business).

Karen has always had a passion for animals, and those who share her home include a Congo African Grey named "Poochie", a Timneh African Grey named "Zekequila", a Grey Headed Parrot named "Merlin", and a 15 year old Tonkinese cat named "Amos". She and her family lived in Argentina for two years, bringing with them a dog and two cats but returning to the US with two dogs and three cats (and a better Spanish accent!).  She and Tom (who she converted to a cat afficianado early in their marriage!) look forward to enjoying the Gulf sunsets in place of the Atlantic sunrises. Karen speaks Spanish and loves making new animal and human friends here in Southwest Florida.

Client Relations Specialist

~~All the way from chilly Janesville, Wisconsin, Wendy has 26 years of experience working with, for and around both exotic and domestic animals.  She started out her career with an A.S. degree in Exotic Animal Training and Management, and at Marine World Africa, California, as a senior animal trainer with a special interest in medical science and animal behavior.  

Wendy is pet-less at the moment after losing her beloved cat "Dizzy", but this allows her to take home our kittens for adoption on the weekends for exercise and TLC.  When Wendy is not at the clinic, she loves doing anything outdoors, particularly kayaking and hiking.

Client Relations Specialist

~~Born and raised in Florida, Jessica began her animal care career at age 6 when her mother would take her to work at a doggie daycare. As she got older, she was able to help with obedience classes and quickly worked her way up to kennel manager at a boarding facility in Oklahoma. There she was able to obtain some training to be a dog trainer. Jessica became homesick and found her way back to Sarasota where she began working at a local doggie daycare facility. In April 2015 she made the move to Brandt Veterinary Clinic as part of the client relations team where she enjoys talking to the clients and learning new things every day!

When not answering the busy phones at Brandt, Jessica can be found spending time with her 2 dogs, Duke and Pepper; working on their obedience training so that they can become therapy dogs. She loves reading and cuddling with her 3 legged cat, Legacy and enjoying time with her friends and family.

Certified Veterinary Technician

~~A life long resident of Nokomis, Florida, Teresa has always been an animal lover. She participates in many continuing education hours attending veterinary conferences and seminars around the country. Caring for all animals she has saved injured and stranded wildlife taking them to the Venice Wildlife Center for rehabilitation and release.

After working many years gaining experience she returned to school and graduated from St. Petersburg College becoming a Certified Veterinary Technician. Having always loved horses and having been a long time horse owner, Teresa is an active volunteer at InStride Therapy Riding and appreciates the benefits so evident to the riders. She is looking forward to adding another horse to her family. Teresa and her husband James have in their pet family, a wonderful domestic shorthair cat and two beautiful Doberman Pinschers.

Teresa is a member of the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America, and the American Quarter Horse Association.

Veterinary Assistant

~~Kevin was born and raised in Sarasota, Florida. He moved to Atlanta, Georgia for high school but after graduation, the beaches were calling his name and he returned to Sarasota. 

At a young age, Kevin knew he had a passion for animals. Growing up with his four siblings, they had a variety of pets: dogs, cats, fish, frogs, toads, lizards, and rodents. Nowadays, he has cut back and owns a German Shepherd-Lab mix named Surf. Surf is an abused rescue dog and enjoys his new loving home. Kevin would like get a bull terrier one day, he loves their tenacity! 

Kevin started at BVC in July 2015 and is loving everyday of it. He hopes to become a veterinary technician. He also loves Piña coladas and getting caught in the rain!

Jeremy Crouse
Veterinary Assistant

Jeremy was born and raised in Phoenix, NY but moved to Florida with his wife to get away from the crazy NY winters and have some fun in the sun! He’s had a passion for animals from a very young age. There were always family pets growing up, from dogs, cats, birds, ducks, chickens, rabbits, hamsters, to fish and turtles. He is motivated to learn and care for animals and would like to become a veterinary technician.

When he’s not working Jeremy enjoys spending time with his family, riding bikes, taking long walks with the dogs, spending time at the beach or swimming with the dogs in our swimming pool. He started at Brandt Veterinary Clinic in December 2015 and loves his job! The fur family consists of Bella, a chow/lab Shepherd mix; Kyra, a Chihuahua; Duke, an American Pit Bull Terrier; two domestic short haired kitties, Leo and Hope and last but not least a Green Cheek Conjure named Tiki! He and his wife recently welcomed a baby girl.

Heather Mackie
Veterinary Assistant

Originating from California and moving to Florida as a young child, Heather always desired to visit zoos and all animal rehabilitation centers. Every visit promoted a stronger love for animals. She spent most summers in Kruger National Park with her family. Heather and her father would wake up early just to take walks through the lodge’s property before anyone was awake to see the zebras, antelopes and even sometimes elephants on the other parks property. She continued that love for animals and started working at a veterinary clinic when she was 15. After graduating and continuing to travel on her own, she started her career at Brandt Veterinary Clinic. She married her best friend and moved to a home in North Port shared with a one year old boxer mix, Kylo; a cat, Mr. Bean; a leopard gecko, Nala; Penny, the ferret and most recently three Betta fish. Most days off you can find her on the boat with Kylo and her husband fishing from sun up to sun down.

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