Meet the Staff

Hospital Leadership

Kristian – Office Manager

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Kristian moved to Austin from Kilgore, TX in 2011 to attend Texas State University. As a small child, she began feeding strays and trying to love every feline she came across. She has consistently had a cat companion by her side since infancy and can’t imagine a life without one. She currently lives in San Marcos with her roommate and their three cats, Bowie, Freddie, and Samson, and senior dog, Pita. In her down time, she enjoys reading, watching Sci-Fi, and being outside whenever possible. She is thrilled to be working in an all feline facility and proud to be with South Austin Cat Hospital.

Carla – Veterinary Technician Manager

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Carla was born in Mexico City where she studied Design & Visual Communication with a major in Photography. While visiting family for a wedding, Carla met her now-husband Albert and moved permanently to the US.

Carla realized that Graphic Design was not her vocation after a couple of years specializing in it. After a process of discernment and an epiphany, Carla stumbled upon the realization that she had been living her passion all along: animals! Carla enlisted in the Veterinary Assistant course at the Animal Behavior College and started her journey in the animal care world, before she was even finished she was hired as a Veterinary Technician here at SACH. After a couple of years with our family she was promoted to Veterinary Technician Manager and she couldn’t be happier to live her dream every day.

Carla is proud to be part of the South Austin Cat Hospital family and to continue on learning and growing with the hospital. She feels right at home in a practice where cat lovers are the norm. Carla has a big family with five cats, two dogs, and two chinchillas. In her free time she enjoys studying for her Licensed Veterinary Technician course, reading, watching movies, and playing video games, as well as spending time with her husband and fur babies.

Veterinary Technicians

Sarah Hayse, LVT – Lead Veterinary Technician

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Sarah Hayse moved to Austin in 2015 after completing the Veterinary Technician program at Harrison College in Evansville Indiana. While in school, Sarah realized she had a particular interest in feline veterinary medicine.  She went on to become a Licensed Veterinary Technician and a Fear Free Certified Professional.  Sarah is an active member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners,  National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America, the Texas Veterinary Medical Association (serving on the Paraprofessional Committee), and was past Vice President of the Veterinary Team Association of Texas.  Her special interests include behavior, specifically feline behavior. Aside from being a cat enthusiast, she is a dedicated vegetarian and enjoys creating healthy and tasty meat-free meals. In her spare time Sarah loves to spend time outdoors, but can be found indoors at the movies, museum, or browsing the public library, and enjoys the books, movies, and music to be found there. She shares her home with three cats Vincent H. Panthro, Benjamin Berlioz, and Robert Binx who secretly make every important life decision for Sarah.

 

Evan – Veterinary Technician

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Evan moved to Austin with their daughter in 2005 and quickly found a home in the world of animal rescue. Fostering neonate kittens is their passion, along with helping special features (aka special needs) cats live their best lives. Working in rescue led to a fair amount of medical experience, and they became a veterinary technician in 2012. Evan feels honored to help clients care for their beloved companions and is thrilled to be doing so at South Austin Cat Hospital.When not working, Evan spends their time cuddling cats, listening to podcasts, reading nonfiction, painting on walls, and obsessing over their favorite music.

Now an empty nester, Evan shares their home with a paraplegic kitty, a kitty with Cerebellar Hypoplasia, a male calico, and two big dogs who are sad they aren’t cats. Evan hopes to one day adopt another cat-compatible rescue parrot.

Heather – Veterinary Technician

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Heather grew up in a small town in Virginia and impulsively moved to Austin in 2011 with her husband after vacationing here. She studied biochemistry at Virginia Tech and photography at Austin Community College, but a lifelong love of helping animals in need lead her into working in animal rescue at Austin Pets Alive for several years and eventually veterinary private practice. Heather enjoys fostering orphan bottle baby kittens and older cats with unique medical needs in her free time. She also collects carnivorous plants and watches nature documentaries with her kittens. Heather currently has 4 cats (Rumour, Wilbur, Bonneville, and Thor) and one human spouse named Jay. Heather has never met a cat she didn’t love, and is excited to be working with them and their human family members.

Technician Assistants

Elizabeth – Technician Assistant

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Number one felvie fan, Elizabeth was born into a military family and spent her childhood moving around the country before finally settling in Austin in 2007. After attending culinary school, she was a professional baker until she had her kitty calling, and redirected her career path to feline health and welfare. In her free time, Elizabeth enjoys knitting, video games, making jam, and going to Renaissance fairs. She lives with three pets: her cat Pepper, cat-sized dog Leia, and human-sized husband.

Veterinary Receptionists

Genieve – Veterinary Receptionist

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Genieve moved to Texas in 2015 after completing her degree at Florida State University. She has previously worked in human health care administration and, as a lifelong animal lover, is thrilled to make the transition to a feline practice. She has one rescue cat who she is completely devoted to. In her spare time, Genieve enjoys reading, video games, knitting and collecting even more hobbies.

Jenna – Veterinary Receptionist

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Jenna was born and raised in San Jose, CA, but decided to move to Austin in 2016. She has  previously worked in administration for six years and has always enjoyed it. Four of those years she worked as a receptionist at a human medical office. Jenna is currently taking classes at ACC for her AA in Video Game Programming, as it is one of her passions. Another passion of hers has always been to work with animals, so that’s why she is here! She has always had an interest in vet care and absolutely loves cats. Currently, she has one senior cat named Spooky who resides with her and her son. During her free time, she loves to go to the movies, play video games, sew, and explore places in Texas.

Clinic Cats

Snax – Clinic Purrvisor

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Princess Chloe – Retired Clinic Cat

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