Morgan Beaty, BS, LVT/CVT, VTS (Anesthesia/Analgesia)
Morgan grew up in the Seattle area and moved to Portland in high school. She attended Oregon State University where she graduated with a B.S. in 2007. She became a credentialed veterinary technician in 2010 and since that time has had experience in emergency/critical care, surgery, neurology, dentistry/oral surgery and internal medicine. She has a huge interest in anesthesia and pain management. In 2018, she became a Veterinary Technician Specialist in Anesthesia/Analgesia. Morgan’s goal is to make sure any patient undergoing surgery remains calm, comfortable and pain free while in her care. She has a 3 legged Catahoula Leopard Dog named Ellie, Ellie’s best friend, Kylo Ren, a domestic shorthair cat and Ava, also a domestic shorthair cat. She likes to spend her free time with friends and enjoys outdoor adventures with her son John.
Mindy J. Poe, LVT
Mindy was born and raised in Portland in a household with a wide variety of pets ranging from cats and dogs, to birds, reptiles, and guinea pigs. She started her career as a receptionist at a local veterinary hospital and after a few months cross trained as a technician. Her life long love of animals has kept her in the field for over 21 years! She has quite the menagerie at home: Bubba the ball python, Daphne the American shorthair kitty, Inky a domestic shorthair kitty who lives the life of luxury at the beach with
Mindy’s parents, and 7 fish! Mindy likes to spend time with family/friends, gardening, cooking/baking and PC gaming.
Katherine studied Social Work at Washington State University, and like many college students, she got a dog. Her name was Baggy and she changed Katherine’s life. Baggy had major orthopedic surgery as a young dog (to correct a genetic problem) and Katherine spent a fair amount of time at the veterinary clinic with her. Her interest in veterinary medicine was sparked. Katherine has worked in veterinary medicine for 11+ years, primarily in emergency and critical care prior to transitioning to oncology a few years ago.
Katherine has always felt a close connection to animals. Being able to help them during illness and recovery feels natural.
Finnegan is around 2 years old. He is a Doberman mix that closely resembles the dogs on the Far Side comic in both appearance and attitude. Chooch is an elderly Chihuahua who thinks he is a cat. Katherine also has an actual cat named Schnitzel, who is certain that she is Ruler Of All.
Nicole Shuey, BS, CVT, VTS (Anesthesia/Analgesia)
Nicole grew up in Denver, CO. Her love for animals and science has been a passion for as long as she can remember. Nicole graduated from Northeast College with an Associate’s of Applied Science (Veterinary Technology) in 2007. Since that time, she has lived and worked in several states, with her most recent career being an anesthesia technician at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. It was there that she began the long journey in obtaining her veterinary technician specialty (VTS) in anesthesia, which she achieved in October 2018, after relocating to Portland, OR. She is so excited to be working at VCSS and can’t wait to start hiking all of the beautiful mountains and trails in her new home state. She recently lost her dear little kitty Gnarly, at the age of 14, and is waiting for the right animal to steal her heart before adopting a new pet.
Trish Tomic, CVT
Trish was born and raised in San Diego, CA. She has always been around animals; from horses, cats and dogs, to pocket pets, birds and reptiles. She joined FFA in high school where she showed market hogs and competed in livestock judging. After high school, she went on to California State Polytechnic University, Pomona earning a BA in Animal Science. Trish moved to Portland in 2003 in search of new adventures. In 2006, she became employed as a surgery technician in orthopedics and during that time earned her CVT licensing. She has two senior domestic shorthair cats named Sophie and Isaac. And two beloved pet rats named Ash and Bishop. In her spare time, Trish is an avid birdwatcher and loves fly fishing, kayaking, hiking, camping, crafting and watching B-rated horror movies.
Client Services Staff
Tiffany has lived in Portland for the last 15 years and has always loved working with animals. She has worked in a boarding facility, as a veterinary receptionist, and was an apprentice instructor at Guide Dogs for the Blind. After going through cancer with her own dog, Finola (a career change from Guide Dogs), she was impressed by the empathy and compassion shown at Finola’s many vet visits. The opportunity to provide that level of care to clients, during such a stressful time, is what brought her to VCSS. She genuinely loves getting to know clients, and hearing about the journey they have been through with their pets. She has a Basset hound named Riggins who is a giant goofball, and two kitties named Veruca and Savannah. In her spare time she enjoys photography, anything creative or crafty and spending time with friends and family.
Shrina has always had a strong bond with animals. Her parents knew from the time she was 3 years old that she would have a career in the veterinary field. She grew up in the Milwaukie area and has been working in the veterinary field since she was 15 years old. She started working at a veterinary clinic as a kennel technician after school and on the weekends. She was soon trained as a veterinary assistant and receptionist. Since then, Shrina has managed a doggy daycare, as well as a general practice veterinary clinic and has worked at a veterinary pharmacy before finding her home at VCSS. In her free time she enjoys taking day trips to various outdoor destinations, camping, hiking and spending time with her pets.
Shrina has 2 dogs: Anabel, a Great Dane and Penelope, a Chihuahua. She also has 5 cats: Weiner Schnitzel, Bananas, Meatwad, Titan and Draggin.
Courtney grew up in the Mt. Hood/Sandy area and started working at a general practice veterinary hospital after she graduated from high school. She has been in the veterinary field for over 10 years, with experience in veterinary emergency and specialty services. Courtney grew up with Siberian Huskies and has always known she wanted to work with animals. She has a dog named “Piper”, who is Courtney’s her bionic babe and partner in crime. “Piper” has had 3 orthopedic surgeries in her young 6 years of life already! “Ziggy” is her 6(ish) year old cat who is the boss and Queen of the house. Courtney and “Piper” LOVE to go hiking, doing anything outdoors or water related, hunting, shooting and photography.