Melissa has worked with the DOVMC staff for over 5 years in many capacities. First as a rescue organization’s facility director within the clinic, to a kennel tech and now receptionist and technician assistant. This jack-of-all-trades hasn’t always worked in animal medicine, however. After graduating from the University of North Texas with a Bachelor’s degree and teaching certification in Theatre Education, she went on to pursue a Master’s degree and teaching certification in Elementary Education. She worked in the elementary school setting for many years before realizing that animals were her true passion. She has been a volunteer and foster for Coppell Humane Society for 10 years, specializing in labor & delivery and bottle feeding puppies and kittens. When not working or at adoption events, Melissa squeezes in time with her human first love and works out. Her fur babies consist of three dogs (Tandie, Tonto, and Amber) and two cats (Tina and PattyCake); soon to add sugar gliders and a ferret to the mix again. One day she hopes to build an animal sanctuary/adoption center with an attached boarding facility, mini vet clinic and on-site living quarters.