Monique & dogs, Paddy, Zora and Magick.
Monique Feyrecilde, RVT
Since 1997, Monique Feyrecilde has been a team member at
Clinic in Mercer Island, Washington. In 1999, she began
as clinic manager, and was credentialed as a technician in 2002.
Monique currently manages the clinic and serves as head
Realizing more pets become homeless and are euthanized for
behaviors than any disease, Monique spearheaded implementing
protocols within her clinic.
Teaching private lessons for dogs and owners since 1996, Monique
added group classes at
Agility Center to her schedule in 1999. In 2005, Monique
offering services for cats and their owners as well. With a
background in humane and practical solutions based in good
communication and a mutual understanding between pet and owner,
Monique imparts more than just "training" information to her
students. Her specific areas of interest include operant
for the every-day world, training the performance dog,
building, and comparative behavior. She feels strongly that no
behavior problem is an "isolated" event, and every pet deserves
addressed as a whole individual rather than an unwanted
Aside from her duties as a technician, instructor and
Monique volunteers with Aussie Rescue Placement Helpline, Inc,
serving as the chairperson of their Education Committee and
the ARPH column in the national magazine, The Aussie Times. She
also currently working on her first book. In the future she
have the opportunity to participate in behavior CE for
Sharing her home with 4 dogs, 3 cats, a bullsnake and her
husband, Monique enjoys competing with her own dogs in agility,
obedience, RallyO and stockdog events as well. On serving on the
Board, Monique says, "I will do my best both for SVBT and our
profession. It is my pleasure to be a new Board member this
I am excited to help in any way I can.
Kristen White, RVT
Kristen has been working in
the veterinary field for the past 18 years, the last 14 of which
have been at the Animal and Bird Hospital of Clearwater in Florida.
In 2000, she went back to school to obtain her AS in veterinary
technology at St. Petersburg College. She works part-time as the
practice manager there, runs general obedience and puppy classes,
and assists with all behavior cases. She also works part-time from
her home as a behavior technician for
Animal Behavior Network
and Critter Communications, LLC.
Kristen is on the advisory board for the veterinary assistant
program at Tarpon Springs High School. She has given several
lectures there and at other secondary schools about canine behavior
and clicker training. She has spoken for the Suncoast Avian
Society about captive bird behavior and clicker training and
recently she attended the SVBT conference and not only lectured
about puppy classes, but also had a wetlab! Kristen also had her
first article published in the August issue of Veterinary Technician
In 2004, Kristen
attended the 3 day Small Animal Behavior course at University of
Georgia. Then in 2005, she attended both the 5 day spring DOGS!
Course and the 3 day fall Dogs and Cats course at Purdue University.
She is currently working towards her bachelor’s degree in veterinary
technology at St. Petersburg College. She continues to
expand her behavior knowledge through CE courses and reading on her
and Bio coming soon!
Shannon Trouba, RVT
Shannon Trouba, LVT is a 2003 graduate of
the Bel-rea Institute of Animal Technology in Denver, Colorado.
After attending a continuing education seminar on animal
behavior she was hooked on it. Since then she has strived to
increase her knowledge of training and behavior through
conferences, continuing education and involvement in
organizations like the SVBT. She currently works as a licensed
veterinary technician at a small animal practice in Gretna,
Nebraska and teaches a weekly puppy class with the help of her
husband. They also do in-home consultations and occasional
She and her
husband have a 2-year old daughter and are expecting their
second child in late November of 2007. They also share their
home with a shiba inu named Misha, a husky mix named Jericho and
a cat named Squeeky.
Vice President of Animal Services at the San Diego Humane
Society and SPCA (SDHS), Renee sets policy and oversees seven
departments at two facilities, which includes Receiving, Animal
Care, Adoptions, Veterinary Medicine, Investigations, and
Behavior and Training. She joined SDHS in 2002 with nearly 30
years of animal care and welfare experience. She is a Registered
Veterinary Technician with an emphasis in companion animal
behavior. An SVBT member now for nearly two years, Renee most
recently joined the board as the Corresponding Secretary. She
continues to expand her canine and feline behavior knowledge
through continuing education workshops and conferences as well
as personal research, reading, and interaction with others in
the behavior field.
Renee has developed and implemented a
comprehensive, 250-hour training curriculum on extensive canine
and feline behavior; canine behavior assessment; shelter
sanitation, shelter veterinary practices; fostering of neonates;
small pets; adoption, behavior & euthanasia counseling; and
specie-specific identification. The program is offered several
times a year and is open to and attended by staff members from
local, state and national animal welfare organizations.
Additionally, Renee provides other specialized presentations and
workshops on a regular basis, including the Humane Society of
United States Animal Expo conferences; Petco sponsored Adoption
Options, Puppyworks “The Biting Dog Conference on Behavioral,
Legal, and Insurance Consequences”, and the California State
Humane Academy. She is also a member of the Society of Animal
Welfare Administrators (SAWA).
Renee's household includes her life-long partner in crime, an
incredibly bright, compassionate, sixteen-year-old son, a
bloodhound, three Chihuahua mixes and two cats.
Lori Tyler-Ochsner, LVT
and Bio coming soon!
Sheri Church, LVT
Sheri Church graduated from Baker
College in 2003 with an AAS in veterinary technology. She is
currently employed as a licensed veterinary technician for West
Michigan Veterinary Service in Coopersville, MI. WMVS is a mixed
animal practice and they provide service for a wide variety of
animals. In the near future, Sheri hopes to implement puppy and
kitten socialization classes at WMVS.
Sheri became interested in behavior when
she attended the Western Veterinary Conference (WVC) in February
2006. In the spring of 2007, she had the honor of attending
Purdue’s DOGS! Course after winning the SVBT scholarship. Last
spring, Sheri started working towards a bachelor’s degree in
veterinary technology from St. Petersburg College
When she is not working, Sheri can
sometimes be found with her nose in a book or journal (behavior
related of course!), working on The Behavior Perspective,
playing in the garden, or trying to teach her crazy Lab something
new with the clicker. Sheri lives in Twin Lake, MI with her husband
(Jason), one dog (Hemi), four cats (Shorty, Tinkerbell, Pocono, &
Greg Zipadelli), and two bunnies (Crunch & Munch).
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