After serving her country as a member of the United States Army, Amanda attended a few colleges in search of a career she would be happy with. When she saw a commercial on television advertising a program in veterinary technology, she knew instantly that she wanted to help animals as a Veterinary Technician! Amanda hasn’t looked back since—she’s now a proud member of the Friendship Animal Hospital family.
Amanda is originally from Oceanside, California, and has since lived all over the United States and even in Japan. She followed in her grandfather’s footsteps and became a member of the Army’s Military Police force—meeting her husband, Phillip, at her first duty station in Kentucky and even serving for 15 months in Tikrit, Iraq—before being stationed in Anchorage, Alaska.
Amanda and her husband relocated from Anchorage to Denver, Colorado so that she could attend the Bel-Rea Veterinary Technician Institute. She graduated in the fall of 2014, and quickly secured a job as a Surgical Technician at a local hospital while simultaneously running her own pet-sitting and hospice care business. A few years later, the pair moved to North Carolina to be closer to family—after serving pets and owners in a number of animal hospitals in the area, Amanda was thrilled to join the Friendship Animal Hospital team in the summer of 2018.
Amanda’s interests outside the world of veterinary care include making art, sewing costumes for Renaissance Fairs and Comic-Cons, playing video games online, watching her favorite horror movies, and doting on her own animal companions at home. She and Phillip share their lives with six cats—Ash, Godiva, Shadow, Smolder, Panda, and Jasper—as well as a mellow Albino Milk Snake named Calici and two dogs: a rambunctious Terrier/Pointer puppy named Archer and a Siberian Husky, Willow, who is a retired service dog and now enjoys relaxing at home in the air conditioning.