Jen Gilbert, Veterinary Technician
Jen grew up in Red Hook, NY with her parents and little brother. Throughout her childhood she had a variety of pets from rabbits, lizards, birds to dogs, cats and everything in between. She enjoyed being outside and discovering what nature had to offer. Being surrounded by so many different animals, Jen knew she wanted to work within the veterinary profession from around the age of five. She always looked at the world around her with wonder and respect. Making a difference in animals’ lives by providing them with care and love when they may not receive it otherwise has been her main motivation.
In high school, Jen’s first job was as an assistant in a veterinary hospital. After graduation she attended SUNY Ulster and completed the AVMA accredited veterinary technician program in December 2006. Since then she has practiced as an RVT in California while living there for several years. Since being back in NY she continued working in humane societies and hospitals before the work led her to the inviting doors of 4 Paws and becoming an important member of the team.
At 4 Paws Jen is an essential part of our team ensuring that the treatment and hospital area runs smoothly, everything from the laboratory and diagnostics to assuring our inpatients are monitored and cared for during their stay. Jen also assists the doctors and other technicians with diagnostic and treatment plans.
Currently Jen lives with her boyfriend Jeremy who works as a NYS laborer in construction while fishing and cooking in his spare time. She has a daughter, Kaydence, who is 2 ½ years old and the absolute joy of her life. Kaydence adores dolls, puzzles and books. Jeremy’s daughter, Jasmine is 5 years old and also lives with them. Jen enjoys watching her favorite movie Coraline and picking wildflowers. When it comes to the furry family there is Blue, a redbone coonhound, who loves running and chewing on his favorite bones although sometimes he gets into trouble by getting into the trash! Ethos, a domestic shorthair, loves belly rubs and getting attention by joining the humans in the bathroom. To round off the bunch are 4 chickens that provide the family with fresh eggs. Outside of 4 Paws Jen likes to listen to music, dance and spend quality time with her family. She also enjoys adding to her collections of elephants.