"Your talent is God's gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God". ~Leo Buscaglia

All of our staff are kind, talented individuals who not only love their work but are committed to providing the best of service and the best of care to both you and your pets. Our technical staff is comprised of licensed veterinary technicians who are educated in all the veterinary techniques including, but not limited to, proper animal restraint, animal husbandry, venipuncture, catheter placement, anesthetic monitoring, pain management, clinical laboratory techniques, animal dentistries, and intra-operative and post-operative care.



Head Veterinary Technician and

Hospital Manager



Paul Staar has been a licensed veterinary technician (LVT) for more than fifteen years. He graduated in 1998 from Mercy College with a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Veterinary Science. He has many years of experience as head technical manager, and has served as a mentor to technical students from Mercy College and Westchester Community College. Paul has expertise in feline and canine dentistries, is a skilled surgical assistant, and has a special interest in abdominal ultrasound. Paul also organizes the pain management protocols of the hospital. Paul has volunteered his technical services to spay and neuter programs of Bully Baby Rescue. In addition to his work in the animal health field, he also is a New York State licensed real estate agent. When he is not working, he loves fishing, golfing, and spending time with his wife, two children, dog, and two cats.



Animal and Administrative Assistant

Kirsten Walters completed her B.S. in Biology at Sacred Heart University in 2015.  From the young age of two, she has been riding horses and continued throughout college as she rode on the IHSA Equestrian team.  Growing up, Kirsten always had an interest in animals as she cared for many of her own including; dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, reptiles and horses.  She currently loves and cares for a 15 year-old Thoroughbred named Whiskey that she rescued from a racetrack as well as a rabbit with a paralyzed leg.  Following her passion for animals, Kirsten decided to go back to school to pursue a degree in Veterinary Technology/ Pre-Veterinary medicine at Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry.  In her spare time Kirsten enjoys riding her horse, hiking, and spending time with her family and friends.



Animal Assistant

Bessy Gulch was born in El Salvador and immigrated to the United States at the age of sixteen. She graduated from Roosevelt High School in 2002. She loves working with animals and began her career as a kennel attendant in a Westchester veterinary hospital for four years. She then moved to working as a pet-sitter/dog walker for eight years. Along with pets, Bessy also has a special way with children and has worked in childcare for many years. She gives her all in everything that she does. Bessy lives in Yorktown Heights, New York with her husband, son, three dogs, and four cats. Her hobbies include cooking and reading.



Adminstrative Assistant

Diana Baranski began her career at Petchester Veterinary in August, 2017. Since a young age, she always had a love for animals. She currently has two beautiful dogs: Ace and Chip. Diana has a passion for learning, embarking on new adventures, and teaching peers. Diana brings positive energy and bubbly enthusiasm to her job as receptionist at Petchester. Her strong work ethic combined with her ability to multitask within a fast paced environment ensures that all clients and patients are treated with meticulous care. Diana attended Iona College and earned a Bachelors of Arts in Education. She is currently pursuing a degree in Mathematics at Mercy College as she aspires to become a financial advisor. She loves spending time with family and friends, enjoying the beach, traveling to new places, and exercising with her loving pups!



Licensed Veterinary Technician

Jourley Perez’s passion for animals began at an early age after being surrounded by many animals at her grandmothers home in her native Colombia Ever since she was young she knew she wanted to help as many animals as possible. Jourley graduated from Medaille College with a Bachelors of Science in Veterinary Science in 2014. When not working she enjoys spending time with her family and her pug Mandy.



Licensed Veterinary Technician



Cindy Cafagna developed a deep love for all animals at an early age. Growing up in a household with pets ranging from ferrets and rabbits to cats and dogs, it is no surprise she decided to pursue her passion by becoming a veterinary technician. Cindy worked at a veterinary  practice as a kennel attendant for six years before starting her career as a licensed veterinary technician. With over three years of technical experience, Cindy has extensive understanding of surgery protocol, monitoring and anesthesia, and dental cleanings. When she is not at the beach or traveling, you can find Cindy shopping, exercising and spending time with her family and friends. Currently, Cindy resides in Yonkers, NY with six adopted cats, a cockatiel, and two adopted pit bulls, one she rescued and nursed from 2 days old.



Animal and Adminstrative Assistant

Yessenia Barrera grew up in The Bronx and her love for animals went way beyond her two dogs and one cat. Currently enrolled in the Veterinary Technology program at Mercy College, she has transferred her knowledge from the classroom into practice through the work in her current position at Petchester Veterinary. She previously volunteered at New Beginnings Animal Rescue, which propelled her into the veterinary field and helped her to obtain her current employmentt as well as further fostered her devotion to assisting animals. Yessenia has a strong work ethic and a natural way with animals which will undoubtedly assist her in becoming a licensed veterinary technologist. When not working or attending school, Yessenia enjoys hiking, playing flag football, apple and peach picking, and spending time with her family, including her pets.



Animal Assistant

June Lewis is an accomplished speech pathologist who has a passion for animals. She has an extensive history working with animals at the SPCA in Briarcliff, The Humane Society of Westchester at New Rochelle, NY-Pet Rescue, and Guiding Eyes for the Blind. She was educated as a clinical speech pathologist, working in private practice since 1981 and has both a Bachelor’s of Science (B.S.) in Speech Pathology from New York University and a Master of Science (M.S.) in Speech Pathology from Columbia University. June has been married for thirty-one years and has three daughters. Above all else, June loves animals and her volunteer work with animals is her consuming passion. She has three rescued cats and two pit bulls and always has a foster animal in her home awaiting adoption. In her spare time, besides spending it with her family and her pets, she loves playing tennis.



Animal and Administrative Assistant

Allison Roesser has had a love for animals her whole life.  She followed this passion when she became a home socializer for Guiding Eyes for the Blind.  In 2001, she began her work with shelter animals and co-founded Shelter Pet Alliance, a non-profit that helps animal shelters and rescue groups throughout the United States.  Additionally she writes a weekly pet column for a local online publication, is a dog sitter, and a foster mom for rescue dogs.  She received her BS in Criminal Justice from The Pennsylvania State University Honors program and attended GW law school.  She recently went back to school to receive her vet assistant certification and is hoping to further this education by becoming a Vet Technician.  In her free time she loves to read, hike, fish, practice martial arts and spend time with her four children.



Animal and Adminstrative Assistant

Cayla Santiago is currently a student at SUNY Purchase completing a bachelors degree in Psychology. She has always had a love and passion for animals including her dog Austin. Along with pets, she has much love and admiration for children. Cayla loves working with her peers and communicating with all of our clients and pets. In her spare time, she enjoys playing with her dog and spending quality time with her family and friends.



Animal and Administrative Assistant

Thea Trosclair is an honors and advanced placement student at Eastchester High School and will graduate in June of 2020. Her entire life, Thea has been fascinated by animals of all sorts and has dreamt of a career in veterinary medicine. She began volunteering at an animal shelter at the age of 10, which deepened her commitment to helping animals. She recently started a 3- year research project on canine behavior through her school’s selective Advanced Science Research program. When not at school or Petchester, Thea can be found training in classical ballet. She loves to hike, read, draw, play with her two dogs, and spend time with her family.



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