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Meet Our Nursing Staff

New Bolton Center, emergencyIn order to provide our clients with the best possible care, New Bolton Center prides itself in offering a fully certified nursing staff. That means our patients receive the best care available. In fact, our nursing staff is actively pushing forward the boundaries of veterinary nursing care through teaching, lecturing, and publishing, in addition to client care.

Meet our team. Learn about how special the people are who care for each and every patient as if they were our own.

Meet Our Nurses

  • New Bolton Center Nurses
    Christine Baughman, CVT Christine is a pat-time veterinary technician with over 8 years of experience at New Bolton. Christine owns a small farm in New Jersey where she lives with her family. Christine is in the final stages of obtaining her human RN degree.
    Ellen Corbett, CVT Ellen has over five years of experience at New Bolton. Ellen is a native of Long Island, NY, where she had worked with veterinarians at Belmont Park. In her free time, Ellen enjoys spending time at her Lancaster County farmette with her three horses.
    Jamie DeFazio, CVT, VTS-EVN  Jamie is the shift supervisor for the evening and midnight nursing staff, but works daytime hours managing other aspects of the nursing department. Jaime is active with both the PVTA and AAEVT, and obtained her veterinary technician specialty in equine veterinary nursing in 2011. Jamie has been published in many works, lectures all over the country in veterinary technology, and presents lectures at Harcum College. Jamie has over 10 years of experience at New Bolton. Jamie has experience working with dairy calves as a teen, and enjoys trail riding her Paint.
     Barbara Dugan, CVT  Barb has over 10 years of experience at New Bolton Center. She is an excellent teacher, and is an adjunct member of the Manor College veterinary technician program. Barb has been published in the Clinical Textbook for Veterinary Technicians, as well as the Technician’s Daily Reference for Veterinary Technicians – large animal edition that is scheduled for release in 2013.
     Kriste Halscheid, CVT Kriste has over 10 years of experience at New Bolton Center, and was the 2013 winner of the Gretchen Wolf Schwartz Award for Outstanding Nursing presented by the New Bolton Clinicians. Kriste has a unique background of in art, and used to photograph horse shows professionally.
     Jennifer Hayden, CVT  Jenn is the newest member of our nursing team, joining us full time early in 2013. Jenn earned her Bachelor of Animal Science in equine science and management from Delaware Valley College before returning to school for veterinary technology.
     Jennifer Horner, CVT  Jen has over five years of experience as an overnight nurse.
    Jen has lectured for the PA Vet Tech Association on topics of neonatal nursing and dystocia.
    She enjoys spending time at her barn with her Quarter Horse mares and her pony, whom she has just begun driving.
     Teresa Lewis, CVT Teresa has over 20 years of experience at New Bolton Center. Teresa has worked most of those 20 years overnight, where she uses her experience as a senior nurse to help train new overnight nurses. Teresa has experience with miniature horses, and enjoys pleasure driving her mini mare. Teresa also has experience with showing her Cocker Spaniel.
     Jennifer Macomber, CVT
     Jen has over 15 years of experience at New Bolton Center. She has an extensive background raising Angus beef cattle, and showing through 4-H. Jen’s daughter is currently showing Angus with 4-H. Jen is also the practicum director for the Harcum College veterinary technician program at New Bolton Center.
     Jaime Miller, CVT Jaime is the Supervisor of Patient Facilities, and also supervises the day shift nursing staff. She has over 15 years of experience at New Bolton Center, and has an interest in equine behavior. Jaime assists with the semi-feral teaching herd along with Dr. Sue McDonnell. Jaime helps with student labs, including the third-year large animal surgery course. Jaime is published in Robinson’s text on Current Therapy in Equine Medicine, where she wrote a chapter on nursing care of the recumbent horse. In Jaime’s spare time she spends time with her two thoroughbreds and her two ponies. Jaime has broken the ponies to drive.
     Ashley Reimel, CVT Ashley has been with New Bolton Center for nearly two years, and is energetic about learning as much as she can. Ashley is very interested in continuing education, and tries to attend any conference she can to advance in her education. In Ashley’s spare time she enjoys hacks on her off-the-track thoroughbred.
     Christopher Rizzo, LVT Chris has over six years of experience at New Bolton Center. He used to show in the Palomino circuit before moving to PA from New York. Chris’s application was just accepted by the Academy of Equine Veterinary Nursing Technicians, and he will sit for his exam December 2013 where he can earn his veterinary technician specialty in equine veterinary nursing. A VTS is the highest credential for a veterinary technician. Chris also breeds and shows Jack Russell Terriers.
    Eileen Rule, CVT  Eileen has over 28 years of experience at New Bolton Center in large animal nursing, and is the senior nurse of the department. Eileen helps with veterinary student orientation and labs, and is frequently acknowledged for her patience while teaching. Eileen and her husband John will soon be an empty-nesters since her daughter will be starting college in the fall.
     Emily Zug, CVT Emily has over 15 years of experience at New Bolton Center and is a favorite among the students. Emily has as extensive background with dairy farming, and helps at her family’s farm of Jerseys and Holsteins. Emily also has a small herd of pet sheep, and a rambunctious black lab.

Learn what New Bolton Center nurses do...

  • The nurses at New Bolton Center are all credentialed veterinary technicians that have graduated from an AVMA accredited program and have passed the veterinary technician national exam (VTNE). The barn nursing group rotates between all areas of the hospital to keep their skills fresh. Areas of rotation include; the main clinic barns, the ICU and NICU, and the Moran GI Critical Care facility. Nurses work around the clock monitoring patients, including overnights, weekends, and holidays

    Since the nurses rotate in all areas of the clinic, they are experts in caring for patients with a wide variety of conditions. The nurses monitor and treat patients that have had surgery, as well as the patients being treated medically. The nurses place IV catheters, administer IV fluids, pass nasogastric tubes, deliver oxygen therapy, administer medications, as well as other duties prescribed by the staff veterinarians.

    The nursing staff is also vital in teaching the students that are on campus. New Bolton not only hosts forth year veterinary students on rotations throughout the year, but they also have senior veterinary technician students from Harcum College. Teaching is just yet another rewarding part of the job for the NBC nurses.

    Continuing education is also continuous within the nursing department, as the nurses are required to obtain at least 16 hours of approved veterinary continuing education every 2 years. Nurses pursue continuing education both at New Bolton and at other conferences across the country.
New Bolton Center, Moran barns

Meet Our Patient Care Technicians

  • New Bolton Center Patient Care Technicians
    Joy Crothers Joy has over 7 years experience at New Bolton. Joy was a dairy farmer before coming to work at New Bolton, and still helps at her friends’ dairy farms when needed. Joy is active in the 4-H, and helps teach bovine labs for vet tech students. New Bolton is a family affair for Joy, whose husband works at Marshak Dairy on campus.
    Andrew Debenham Andrew has over 7 years of experience at New Bolton. Andrew is a native of the UK, but has lived in the US for some time now. Andrew just returned to the main hospital from Hoffman Center, where he worked as a stallion handler. Andrew was the 2013 recipient of the Nursing Award presented by the outgoing veterinary class. Andrew also works part-time as an exercise rider for a local stable.
     Maven Flagler Maven has been at New Bolton for 7 years. Maven grew up on a 30-horse hunter show farm in Malvern PA, and has worked with horses her whole life. Maven is currently pursuing another passion of hers and has returned to school for dental hygiene (EFDA).
     Barbie Jenkins  Barbie has over 8 years of experience at New Bolton, but has been a horsewoman in Chester County for years. Born and raised in Kennett, Barbie has stayed close to her roots, as well as her passion for horses. In Barbie’s spare time she competes in small schooling shows.
     Wendy Keeler Wendy has been at New Bolton for 8 years. Before coming to New Bolton, Wendy earned a BS in animal science and agricultural education from the University of Delaware. Wendy has extensive experience working with Standardbreds; foaling mares, caring for broodmares and foals, and prepping yearlings for sales at the barn where she works part time. Wendy also oversees our volunteer program, which officially started in 2009.
     Jane Osborne Jane has over 10 years of experience at New Bolton, and has spent all 10 years working overnight. Jane has been around horses since she was 10, and used to show hunter jumpers. In Jane’s spare time she enjoys pleasure driving.
    Amber Slonaker Amber has been at New Bolton for over 7 years, and started out working solely in the ICU/NICU where she became very experienced working with mares and foals. Outside of work Amber has experience breeding and showing Gypsy Vanners.
     Becky Smoker Becky helps fill in as a PCT, mostly in the evenings. Becky worked with us on a more regular basis a few years ago before her family grew.
    Beth Waters
    Beth came to New Bolton 9 years ago, all the way from Michigan! Beth manages our ICU/NICU building and has extensive experience working with mares and foals. Beth enjoys riding her Appaloosa in her spare time, as well as spending time with her husband and one-year-old daughter.

New Bolton Center, Patient Care Technician leads horse

Learn what our Patient Care Technicians do...

  • A PCT, or Patient Care Technician, is equivalent to a nursing assistant. As the name implies, this group of outstanding individuals aid in the care of the hospital patients. The PCT’s are responsible for feeding and grooming the patients as well as helping students, nurses, and clinicians with procedures and treatments throughout the day.

    PCTs are all highly skilled large animal handlers, and are prepared to handle anything from a racehorse off the track, a breeding stallion, a foal, a pocket pig, a beef cow with calf, or anything else that walks through the door.

    PCTs are responsible for admitting patients to the hospital, including assisting with emergency admissions. During the admissions process, the PCT catalogs equipment brought with the patient, and confirms feeding orders with the owner or clinician. On the flipside, the PCT also discharges patients from the hospital, ensuring that all equipment is returned with the patient, medications are provided if prescribed by the veterinarian, and also makes sure that the owner is comfortable with the discharge instructions.

What's a CVT?

A Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT):

  • Has graduated from an AVMA-accredited veterinary technology program
  • Passed the veterinary technician national examination
  • Maintains certification by completing continuing education as determined by the state Board of Veterinary Medicine

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