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Certified Veterinary Technician (CVTs)

Betsy

Betsy Tenpas grew up in central Wisconsin. She attended Madison Area Technical College where she earned an Associate Degree in Veterinary Technology. She has worked in this career for over 25 years, and 16 of those years have been with Dr. Elizabeth Stokes. She is licensed as a Certified Veterinary Technician, is a member of the Wisconsin Veterinary Technician Association (WVTA), and the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in North America (NAVTA).

Betsy enjoys working with both dogs and cats. She loves to talk about behavior in both species. Her favorite part of working as a veterinary technician is interacting with clients and talking about the special relationships they have with their animals.

Betsy and her husband Steve have two sons. In her free time, she enjoys reading, biking, and spending time with her family.

Caitlin

Caitlin was born and raised on the east side of Madison. At a very early age she knew she wanted to work with animals. Her menagerie of critters has included cats, dogs, guinea pigs, rabbits, gerbils, hamsters, rats, mice, a chinchilla, frogs, fish, and even quail as part of a high school FFA project!

Caitlin lives in McFarland with her boyfriend, Jacob and their 2 Munchkin cats, Fabio and Watson and Basset Hound, Larry! She graduated from Madison East High School in 2007. In 2009, she earned her Veterinary Technician Associates Degree from MATC and her CVT license months later.

Her special interests include emergency medicine and client education. In what little free time she has, she enjoys hanging out with friends, traveling, being outdoors, and watching football (rooting for Wisconsin and the Packers of course!) Caitlin enjoys meeting all of the critters she comes across in any given day and helping keep them healthy and happy for many many years.

Jeana

Jeana completed her Veterinary Technician degree at MATC in May of 2012. Jeana is originally from Barnes Wisconsin. She grew up there with her parents, older brother, and 3 sisters. Jeana currently lives in Madison with her husband David. They live with their two cats Jade and Sabrina, their rabbit Georgie, and their bearded dragon Gizmo. These four cuties together are surely a sight to be seen!

Jeana has loved animals since before she can remember. She always wanted to care for and give shelter to every animal she saw - from chipmunks to raccoons to horses.

Jeana’s favorite part of working in the veterinary profession is bonding with each and every one of the critters who walk in the door! In her free time Jeana loves to swim, go for walks, goof around with her nephew, and most of all spend quality time with her friends and family.

Jena

Jena completed her Veterinary Technician degree at MATC in May of 2012. Jena also has a Bachelors degree in Animal Science from UW- River Falls. Jena has been an animal-lover her entire life and has enjoyed her opportunities to care for animals over the years. Growing up, her family had hamsters, guinea pigs, and fish. Jena has also gain animal experience from pet-sitting, working with horses, volunteering at a shelter that cared for special needs animals, and working at an animal sanctuary.

Jena grew-up Wisconsin Rapids with her two older brothers. After completing her degrees, she moved to the Madison area where she currently resides with her fiancé Andrew (she is currently planning their wedding for the summer of 2017). When she was 16, Jena got a horse name Stetson and although he is a bit too large to live in Jena’s current apartment, his stable is close by enough that the two can spend plenty of time together. When she is not riding her horse, Jena also enjoys spending time with family and friends, golfing, and doing anything outdoors.

Jena finds her work as a Veterinary Technician extremely rewarding since animals are her passion and she views each and every one of them as a loyal and lovable part of the family.

Monica

Monica earned her Certified Veterinary Technician degree from MATC in 2004. She has loved animals for as long as she can remember and grew up with plenty animal interaction while helping out on relatives dairy farms. She recalls being the only 7 year-old who would willingly wake up at 5 AM so she could help milk the cows and feed the calves.

Monica currently lives in Belleville with her husband Duane, their 2 year old daughter Isabell and their cat Benelli who she adopted from the Technician Program at MATC. She also has a 22-year-old Quarter Horse named Andy who is boarded at a stable near home so she can visit him often. Monica got Andy when he was just 6-years-old and he is now becoming Isabell’s first horse (which of course mom is thrilled about!!) Monica also enjoys camping and spending time outdoors. Monica’s husband Duane is an active member of the Belleville Volunteer Fire Department where she also helps with numerous activities/fund raisers.

Her favorite part of being a CVT is improving the quality of our pets’ lives thru educating clients which strengthens the bond they share with their owners. She really enjoys seeing clients come in with a new puppy/kitten and to see them grow up over the years and to get to know their personalities and quirks.

Veterinary Assistants

Shelley

Shelley joined the Odyssey team as a Veterinary Assistant in March of 2009, after gaining experience in the field at a small animal practice which specialized in exotic animal care. She has been an animal lover since childhood, having grown up with a variety of beloved pets including a cat, rabbit, four dogs, two hamsters, and several fish. She was first able to enjoy working with animals in a professional setting after high school when she joined the staff of a local dog daycare. She feels incredibly fortunate to be able to indulge her passion for animals on a daily basis by working with so many of Madison’s special four-legged companions.

She now shares her home with two beloved cats (Cricket and Kitty Kitty) who keep her constantly entertained!

When she’s not at the clinic, Shelley loves going to concerts, making art, hiking, reading, playing guitar, and singing.

Sam

Sam was born on a military base in Augsburg Germany, but has lived in Madison with her mother and grandparents almost her entire life. She attended Madison schools and also studied social work and child psychology at MATC and UW-Madison.

Sam was recruited to work at Odyssey by Dr.Stokes in 2006. Her mother was a longtime client and little Sam used to accompany her mom to their vet visits. When she was old enough to work, Sam got a job at a doggie boarding facility. When Dr.Stokes ran into her one day, she recognized Sam’s compassion and talent and offered her a job on the spot. Many years later, Sam notes that the best part of her job is helping many patients with a variety of issues. She enjoys that each day is unique and interesting and identifies grumpy kitties as her favorite patients to work with. "As a child, my mother had one cat who hated me. I would always try to pet her and she would always bat and hiss at me. I loved her anyway and I believe this is where my love of crabby kitties comes from.”

Sam lives with her husband Ian, their daughter Alice and their three kitties, Neo, Jimmy and Maddie. In her free time, Sam loves to play with her daughter, be outside, read and watch movies. Sam and Ian are also big football fans — Go Pack Go!!

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Chelsea

Chelsea was scooped up by the Odyssey family in February of 2014. She had been working at a local restaurant when Emily offered her a job due to her bubbly personality and shining smile. Chelsea currently lives in Madison with her adorable tuxedo kitty aptly named Pandora, her roommate Luca, and her roommate’s hedgehogs Cerridwen and Ru. Pandora is a very sweet and snuggly kitty but with a fiercely independent streak. She is quite the food hound and she swears Pandora was a lab in a previous life!

Having been born with a cat in her cradle, as she likes to put it, has allowed Chelsea to enjoy animals from infancy. She had quite the menagerie of pets growing up - cats, dogs, guinea pigs, hamsters, rats, gerbils, a rabbit and even chickens. Chelsea lived in the country through her childhood and her next door neighbors were some very sweet cows who loved to accept grass treats from her and her three younger brothers. Chelsea enjoys reading science fiction/fantasy novels, watching movies from the same genre, reading comic books, and going on walks in the green spaces around the Madison area. She loves to draw and paint, write, go to karaoke with friends, and of course cuddle with her kitty.

Chelsea feels that she has been very fortunate to have become a part of the Odyssey team. "I could never imagine a day in my life without an animal in it. They have always been there for me and I think I am the luckiest duck to have found myself in a position where I can be there for them."

Emily

Emily graduated from UW-Madison in 2007 with degrees in Psychology and Spanish. When the Practice Manager position at Odyssey became available, Emily knew it would be the perfect opportunity for her to develop her HR and business skills while working in a setting that would still allow her plenty of kitty and puppy interaction.

Emily currently lives in Fitchburg with her husband Sean and their two "spirited” young daughters, Riley and Celeste. They also have a wonderful dog named Sammy, an energetic Shih-Tzu Maltese mix who loves cheese and tennis balls. Sammy is very gentle with his human sisters who insist on pulling his hair and stealing his toys but as soon as they throw him a tennis ball, all is forgiven.

Emily has been an animal lover since before she can remember. Having a veterinarian for a mother meant her home was never without creatures. In addition to cats and dogs (often casts offs from her mom’s work), Emily’s parents allowed her to bring home a pair of mice, a handful of fish, a bunny, and even 3 adorable baby raccoons that Emily found abandon in the middle of the street.

When asked about her favorite part of working at Odyssey, Emily notes, "In addition to the interactions I get to have with our wonderful patients and their people, I love seeing how the staff treats each animal as if it were their own. Even the small things like a kiss on the head or taking the time to comfort and sit with a sick animal really makes me feel good about what we do.” She adds, "Oh yeah, I also love the Halloween costume contest; Sammy has 7 costumes and counting…”

Lauren

Lauren grew up in Wisconsin but moved to Georgia when she was 19-years-old where she has lived up until March of 2012 when she decided to move back to her northern home. While living in Georgia for 11 years, Lauren indulged her love for animals by working in a small animal practice. Being closer to family brought her back to Madison where she currently lives with her boyfriend Cale and three dogs Lola and Milli both Pitties and Reggie a lab. It is a full house, but we always have someone furry to snuggle with!

Lauren has always had a passion for animals and knew early on her career would involve working with animals. Growing-up, there was never a shortage of animals in Laurens home. Thanks to her wonderful parents, Lauren has owned everything from dogs, cats, ferrets and hamsters to snakes, birds and horses.

While in Georgia, Lauren particularly enjoyed working at a local Pit Bull rescue, fostering animals, and the opportunities she got to bottle feed kittens, puppies, squirrels and raccoons. Now she is thoroughly enjoying being part of the Odyssey team as she loves the interactions she gets with the patients and the proud parents who bring them in. "Being surrounded by animals on a daily basis is a great place to be!” notes Lauren with her adorable southern twang.

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Odyssey goes above and beyond my expectations, and truly cares about my dog. We will always come back to Odyssey and highly recommend it to anyone who asks!
— Meagan

Dr. Bruss is great—he is very kind and caring. He called us several times to explain our options and didn’t pressure us to make a particular decision.
— Anne

My dog sees Dr. Stokes for his vet care and she is the best vet ever. She understands my dog’s unique needs and I highly recommend them!
— Debra

No matter which vet we've seen, they’ve always been loving and compassionate whether we were there just for yearly vaccinations or for something a bit more serious.
— Melanie

I am in love with all of the staff at this facility. If I could, I would want to be treated there, but sadly, they only take the four legged types...
— Terri

Wouldn’t go anywhere else! I feel surrounded by people that love animals as much as I do. Wouldn’t change a thing.
— Powder78

Services are very reasonably priced and we've never felt like we had any unnecessary procedures or products pushed on us. we really feel that we can trust Dr. Bruss and Odyssey Veterinary Care with our cats’ health.
— Onion Girl

Dr. stokes has seen our family through kitten to senior cat, puppy and loss of dog, new puppy and everything in the middle! We think the care our animals get here is top notch!
— Courtney

Great people, great care! You've all made such a difference in my life and Abby's too. Thanks Odyssey Staff!
— June

When they prescribed my dog eye drops for an infection, they gave me the instructions and then called me within a 48 hour period to ask me how the medication was going and if I had any questions.
— Debra

They are very friendly and very thorough. The dog loves them, and she’s shy, so that’s a good thing. We have always had a lot of confidence in what they have told us.
— Sandra

They happily accommodate our special request to see our big dogs in their fenced back yard, since our 100-pound German Shepherd gets nervous in a small examination room.
— Peter

We bring our dog to Odyssey Vet Clinic and will continue to do so as long as we live in this area. They are the best vets we’ve ever had.
— David

They are very friendly, and they always remind you of when your appointments are. They are the top veterinary hospital in Madison. They are very good.
— Sandy