Nicole Nudo, CVT
Hello there! I am Nicole. I have worked at PetVets for over 15 years now. I am a licensed Veterinary Technician, graduating in 2010 from Joliet Junior College. In 2005 I graduated from North Park University with a BS in Biology and a minor in chemistry. Throughout my schooling I have had the amazing opportunity to intern with the Shedd Aquarium, not once but twice! In their veterinary hospital I worked with beluga whales, penguins, exotic fish and more. Typical medical procedures like radiographs and blood draw become tricky when your patients are aquatic. I also studied the bahamian iguana and cataloged reef fish on Shedd's research vessel in the Exhmas, Bahamas.
My plan was to become a veterinarian; working at PetVets to "get my foot in the door" I started as a kennel attendant. As my plans changed so did my role at PetVets. I owe a majority of my veterinary knowledge to the amazing veterinarians at PetVets, always willing to teach me. Dr. Cidon couldn't get my foot out of the door now - even if she tried!
I am currently living every girl's dream having married my childhood crush; we recently purchased our first home. We have a gorgeous boxer named Gus and two turtles. We are enjoying our family unit in our home, but cannot wait for our family to grow with furry and non-furry babies!
Michele Specht, RVT
Hi, I am Michele. I've been at PetVets since it's opening day! I started working at animal hospitals at 15 and knew I found my career. I went on to attend Purdue University and graduated with a degree in Veterinary Technology in 1990.
Dr. Cidon and I met at a busy 24-hour emergency facility in the northwest suburbs and I knew she was amazing from the start. When she offered me the wonderful opportunity to open PetVets Animal Hospital with her I knew we would work well together and jumped at the chance.
My husband and I have 2 beautiful human children, 2 dogs, and 2 turtles and fish. It's more than enough to keep us busy!
My name is Genevieve Sanchez and I am one of the surgical assistants here at PetVets. I have been a Level 1 Surgical Assistant since 2008. I began working at the animal hospital in 2001 while attending UIC in pursuit of my bachelors degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences. After graduation, I eagerly accepted a full-time position from Dr. Cidon and never looked back. PetVets has provided me with extensive in-house training. I soon discovered that my natural aptitude for multitasking, coordinating and structuring blended well with my enjoyment for working directly with the patients.
My husband and I are the proud owners of our little chihuahua family. Mrs. OuiOui was rescued from an auction block at 12 years of age; pregnant, alone, and in dire need of medical attention. Needless to say our short-term foster situation, turned into a permanent home for Mrs. OuiOui and her puppies: Boss and Bebe. As a dog owner and animal lover, I understand that it can be stressful to bring your pets in for procedures. My goal is to make sure that the experience for you and your beloved pet is as smooth and as stress-free as possible. I look forward to meeting you!
My name is Sande. Prior to joining the PetVets team in 2007, I worked at another PetVets in Southern California where I had the pleasure of working with some really cool animals including servals and siberian lynxes. I graduated from the Veterinary Technician program at Pierce College in 2006, and have been working full time in veterinary medicine for 15 years.
In my previous lives I have been an equestrian hunter/jumper trainer, an actor/singer, and I used to work in television production for shows like The Carol Duval Show on HGTV. In 1995 I graduated from Florida State University with a Theater degree and the friendship of a guy who would later become my husband. We now have a 10 year old son and several critters keeping us very busy.
Brittany is our newest licensed veterinary technician. She started working at animal hospitals when she was 15 and never looked back. Brittany attended Fox College to earn her associates in Veterinary Technology. Having experience in emergency medicine Brittany is excited to become part of a day practice where she can explore her special interests of animal behavior and clinical nutrition. Brittany has a busy house of furry and non-furry babies at home; with a 3 year old daughter, two canine companions, three feline companions, and two rats. We are excited to have her as part of our team!
Jenna comes to us with over 13 years of emergency technician experience. Working in animal hospitals since she was in high school, she has always had a passion for helping our furry companions. Jenna has taken a special interest in pain management and is excited to be part of our Fit for Life program as the treatment specialist. Jenna is very busy at home with her two children, two dogs, and two cats. PetVets is excited to have Jenna be a part of our team and our Fit for Life program!