Veterinary Technicians

Registered Veterinary Technician

Stephanie Gagné, RVT, CCRA

Head Technician

Stephanie joined the Animal 911 team as a Registered Veterinary Technician in 2003.  She has a love for nursing and all which that entails, with a particular passion for Orthopedics it seemed a natural addition for her to further her education and become certified in Canine Rehabilitation in 2009.  She therefore splits her time between being vet nurse and being in our rehab department.

In her spare time she enjoys a multitude of dogs sports including agility, dock diving and Frisbee with her two Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers, her other fur kids include one cat and a chinchilla.

Tanya with her cat and dog

Tanya St-Germain, CAHT

Tanya graduated from the Animal Health Technology program at Vanier College. She did her clinical stage in a veterinary practice that is known for its reproduction specialty. As for her laboratory stage, she chose a rescue wild life center located in Montreal.

Tanya joined the Animal 911 team in 2011.She has many interests such as Hematology, Reproduction and Radiology – just to name a few! Tanya obtained her C.A.H.T. accreditation in 2014 and is interested in becoming specialized in internal medicine.

In 2013 Tanya assisted in creating the Animal Health Technology Tool Guide for the personal orientation project of the Commission Scolaire de la Beauce-Etchemin. In her spare time she likes to volunteer for the wild life rehabilitation center and at the Ecomuseum. At home she has two cats and a lemon dog that she loves very much!

Gabrielle Vachon, TSA

Gabrielle Vachon, CAHT

I’ve had a passion for animals my whole life. Be it furry, feathered, or even scaly. I was known for rescuing toads from pools and ringing doorbells to inform neighbours their cat wanted in. So it came as no surprise to family and friends when I chose a career in animal health. I graduated from Vanier College in Animal Health Technology in 2013.

In my spare time I enjoy being active outdoors with my dog Cowboy. We hike, kayak, camp and ski. We also compete in agility dock diving and Frisbee. In 2013 we won first place in freestyle Frisbee at the Canadian National Championships. I developed a special interest in animal physiotherapy after seeing the benefits with my own dog.

Emilie and her horse Joyce2

Emilie Gauthier, RVT

My name is Emilie and ever since I could remember I loved being around animals. That is why when I started taking the animal health program at Algonquin College, I knew it was the right career path for me. I graduated in 2014 and have been working at Animal 911 ever since. It has been a wonderful experience so far to be working with such knowledgeable co-workers!

I love assisting in surgeries and especially doing dental cleanings. I aspire one day to specialize in either anesthesia or dentistry!

In addition, I own two lovely cats, Dusty and Schou Schou. As well as a horse named Joyce which I ride for pleasure and take lessons to improve my hunter/ jumper and dressage skills.

pam and dozer

Pam Assels, AHT

I graduated from the Vanier College Animal Health program back in 2003. Working with animals has always been a passion, and what I wanted to do as a child. I have been working for Animal 911 since graduation and I have developed a passion for educating clients on nutrition.  I couldn’t imagine working anywhere else or with a more wonderful and dynamic team!  From the doctors, fellow technicians, receptionists, to groomers and kennel attendants, we all work together to provide the best care for your four legged family member.  I have come to value the relationships I have built with our clients and look forward to building many more new ones in the years to come.

My husband and my two daughters share my love of animals, and we live with 3 fur babies: my dog Dozer who is my old man and my two cats Max and Felix.


Chelsey Lough, AHT

Ever since I was old enough to know what a job was, I knew I wanted one that included helping animals. I was, and have always been, very passionate about animals and their well being. I remember always wanting to save every creature I found that needed help. I even rescued 8 baby ducklings when my mom witnessed mama duck get hit by a car. Growing up, I had many pets of my own of all shapes and sizes, from the tiniest of hamsters to the largest of dogs. Needless to say, when I found out about the Animal Health program at Vanier College I could not resist the urge to apply. I am now a fully graduated veterinary technician and am finally accomplishing my dream of helping animals in need. I would like to further my education and become certified in physiotherapy in order to increase my ability to help animals recover more quickly from injuries and surgeries. Until that time, I will keep fulfilling my duties as a veterinary technician and help my patients to the best of my abilities!

Registered Veterinary Technician

Alysia Rice, AHT

My name is Alysia. I am an animal health technician who recently graduated from Vanier college. I am also currently studying Wildlife Biology at the university of McGill. My favourite thing about my job is helping people and teaching them about proper animal health and care. I have a black cat name Lilah who loves having her teeth brushed.

Registered Veterinary Technician

Vanessa Vasilogianis, AHT

Hello! My name is Vanessa. Since I was a little girl, I had the greatest love for animals. My passion arose from my surroundings of a plethora of pets of all shapes and sizes. Some were adopted by the family and others I would sneak into the house myself knowing that no matter what kind of creature it was, they always deserved a loving home (even when not always appropriate). In my eyes, working with animals would be the most fulfilling profession I could dream of and in 2019, I graduated from the Animal Health Program at Vanier College and made my dream profession come true.

I have been working at Animal 911 throughout the completion of the AHT Program and have been guided by individuals who share the same love and desire to provide the best care to pets and their owners. The Animal 911 team has encouraged me to become the greatest technician I could become and I look forward to growing under their wing.

Having done my stage at the Ecomuseum, I have really come to appreciate reading and understanding animal behavior. I believe that is of utmost importance as our patients communicate differently and greatly benefit from our thorough understanding of them. The animal behavior field is something I would love to specialize in to share my knowledge with pet owners.

Currently, I have two beautiful black cats named Theo and Ninja as well as an African Grey parrot named Rocky but I have a feeling the animal family won’t end there.

Looking forward to meeting you all!

Registered Veterinary Technician

Meryssa Boulianne, AHT

I’ve always had a passion for taking care of animals for as long as I can remember. It wasn’t until I was 13 where I had decided to pursue a career in the animal field after the loss of my first cat. I graduated from Vanier College’s Animal Health Technology program and have an interest in parasitology and pharmacology. I started working at Animal 911 in 2017 as a kennel attendant followed by becoming a veterinary office assistant (VOA). After graduating, I have started my new position as an Animal Health Technician. I currently have 3 lovely cats by the name of Micky, Marly, and Macy and hope to eventually adopt my first dog.

Registered Veterinary Technician

Tanya Giapitzian, AHT

My name is Tanya and I’m an Animal Health Technician. Ever since I can remember, I’ve had this deep-seated passion for animals. I’m still that girl that will rescue a drowning bug because I hate to see any living thing suffer. I’ve had pets my whole life, ranging from tiny goldfishes to huge Rottweiler. I decided to pursue a career in animal health pretty early in my life. I started working at Animal 911 as a veterinary office assistant in 2016. I graduated from Vanier College’s Animal Health Technology program in 2018 and pursued my career at Animal 911 as an Animal Health Technician. I currently have a beautiful beagle named Lucky and a lovely cat named Filou.

Registered Veterinary Technician

Michelle Csenar, CAHT

My name is Michelle. I graduated from the Animal Health Program at Vanier College and received my certification in animal health in 2014. I worked for a short period of time at an exotic clinic before joining the Animal 911 team in 2017. My favorite part of my profession is teaching owners how to provide the best care for their pet and of course, getting to cuddle my patients.

I do not have any of my own pets at the moment. But I have 3 adopted kitties that live with us at the clinic: Dennis, Lola and Kayla whom I love very much.