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New Bolton Center Patient Care Technicians

Meet Our Patient Care Technicians


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. Our PCTs 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 experienced 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. 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.


New Bolton Center Patient Care Technicians

  • Joy Crothers

    Experience: Joined New Bolton staff 2008, first working in barn crew

    Education: Earned her Bachelors degree in education from Penn State University in 1973, and her Masters degree in dairy science from Louisiana State University

    Joy was a dairy farmer before coming to work at New Bolton, and still helps at her friends’ dairy farms when needed, and is very active with local 4-H groups.

  • Andrew Debenham

    Andrew Debenham, New Bolton CenterExperience: Joined New Bolton staff 2004, first working in barn crew

    Awards: Nursing Award presented by the fourth-year Penn Vet students, 2013

    Andrew, a native of the UK, previously worked as a stallion handler at New Bolton Center’s Hoffman Center for Reproduction. He also serves as an exercise rider for a local stable.

     
     
  • Rebecca DeWald

    Experience: Joined New Bolton staff 2015 Rebecca DeWald, New Bolton Center

    Education: Earned her bachelor's degree in exercise science from West Chester University

    Rebecca has earned experience managing and training thoroughbred racehorses.

     
  • Barbie Jenkins

    Experience: Joined New Bolton staff 2004 Barbie Jenkins, New Bolton Center

    Born and raised in Kennett, Barbie has ridden horses her entire life and competes in small schooling shows.

     
     
  • Ashlee Petroski

    Ashlee Petroski, New Bolton CenterExperience: Joined New Bolton staff 2015

    Education: Bachelor's of biomedical sciences and health professions in Health and Exercise science from Rowan University

    Experience: Ashlee was the President, Founder, and Head Captain of the Rowan University Equestrian Team

     
     
  • Rebecca Smoker

    Rebecca Smoker, New Bolton Center Experience: Joined New Bolton staff 2005

    Becky has many years of working at small stables in the area, as well as owning her own horse.

     
     
  • Sara Wasylyszyn

    Experience: Joined New Bolton in 2012, first working in barn crew, then the NICU

    Experience: Sara has experience managing and training thoroughbreds.