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Expansion of Services

Article courtesy of Suncoast Pet

By Rick Yocum, Executive Director, Humane Society of Manatee
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Sharing exciting news about Humane Society of Manatee County Veterinary Clinic’s expansion of clinic services on behalf of all the animals is a labor of love. Our expansion of services coincides with increased demand in our community for high quality, low-to-moderate cost veterinary services. Our goal is to provide veterinary care for all cats and dogs in our community, including animals in families facing financial challenges.

Humane Society of Manatee County was selected late in 2017 to participate in The Patterson Foundation-funded “Margin & Mission Ignition” business planning initiative. Humane Society of Manatee County developed our business plan to strengthen the entrepreneurial capacity and heighten our nonprofit mission impact through earned-income strategy and implementation. The business plan is aligned with our Mission Statement, as well as Humane Society of Manatee County’s Strategic Plan.

Goals for increased earned income/revenue over the next
three years are currently projected at an average increase of 15 percent each year through 2020. Clinic support medical staffing has increased, and a training program was implemented and completed.

The business plan details the expansion of services currently being offered at the Humane Society of Manatee County Veterinary Clinic and includes additional services not currently available at the clinic.

Increasing spay and neuter capacity by 20 percent, growing wellness and preventative services by 25 percent and expanding our client base by 20 percent will remain the primary focus.

The veterinarian team has expanded and, as of August 2018, three full-time staff veterinarians are providing medical care for 13,500 animals a year.

Wellness Director Dr. Lindsay Rollend has been joined by Dr. Ashley Gillett, shelter adjunct veterinarian, while Dr. Ann-Marie Roche joined our team in August of this year, serving as our primary surgeon.

Humane Society of Manatee County Veterinary Clinic’s expansion of clinic services is helping to meet the needs of the community’s animal population.

Providing expanded high quality,  low-to-moderate cost veterinary care is meeting a growing and critical need in our community. The expansion of services and  staff also benefits our shelter animals’ quality of care and allows additional medically challenged animals to enter Humane Society of Manatee County’s Second Chance Adoption Program.

If you are interested in learning more about our expansion of clinic services, or if you are interested in supporting the expansion as
an investor/donor, please contact me by sending an e-mail to rick@humanesocietymanatee.org or by calling 941-747-8808,
Ext. 316.

Meet Our Team of Veterinarians at Humane Society of Manatee County Veterinary Clinic

As the newest member of the veterinary team at Humane Society of Manatee County Veterinary Clinic, Dr. Roche has served as the clinic’s primary surgeon since August 2018.

Originally from Braintree, Massachusetts, the Englewood resident first became interested in veterinary medicine as a high school student.

“I worked as a veterinary assistant in a clinic at the time, and I remember thinking to myself, ‘I can and I AM going to become a veterinarian,’” Dr. Roche says. “So, I focused on applying to undergraduate colleges, and the rest is history!”

Dr. Roche earned a bachelor of science degree from San Diego State University, receiving the  Hill’s Scholarship for Academic Achievement as a freshman and graduating with honors in biolo-gy. She then pursued her veterinary degree at The Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine.

While receiving her veterinary training, Dr. Roche worked at the feline and canine blood bank on the college’s campus for three years.

Dr. Roche’s past career experience includes working at both spay/neuter clinics and full-service veterinary clinics in New England and Florida. Before relocating to the Suncoast, she also owned a feline, low-cost mobile spay/neuter clinic in Massachusetts for 10 years.

Immediately prior to accepting the position at Humane Society of Manatee County Veterinary Clinic, Dr. Roche worked as a relief veterinarian for several spay/neuter clinics in the region.

It is the “professional and enthusiastic attitude of the entire staff at Humane Society of  Manatee County and its veterinary clinic that has impressed Dr. Roche most.

“Everyone truly likes their jobs, and it resonates daily throughout the entire building,” she says. “We are truly helping the community, and it is wonderful to work in an environment where this is an unspoken understanding.

“The Humane Society of Manatee County Veterinary Clinic has an extraordinary future,” Dr. Roche continues. “I wholeheartedly believe we will continue to help animals in every way possible and beyond!”

Born and raised in Sarasota, Dr. Ashley Gillett joined the team of veterinarians at Humane Society of Manatee County Veterinary Clinic in July of this year.

Wanting to be a veterinarian for “as long as I can remember,” Dr. Gillett spent the early years of her  life with a variety of animal companions, including  dogs, cats, horses, goats and sheep.

Prior to attending veterinary school, Dr. Gillett worked as an equine/large animal assistant and Compassion. Commitment. Community. technician for eight years.

After graduating from University of South Florida with a bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences, Dr. Gillett received her degree in veterinary medicine from Louisiana State University. Graduating seventh in her class, she was awarded numerous scholarships during her tenure at veterinary school, as well as a certificate of merit in companion animal surgery and medicine in her fourth year.

Dr. Ashley Gillett In addition to earning a degree in veterinary medicine, Dr. Gillett also received a nursing degree from State College of Florida in 2010.

Immediately before coming to Humane Society of Manatee County Veterinary Clinic, Dr. Gillett worked as a general practice veterinarian in Sarasota.

In her new role at Humane Society of Manatee County Veterinary Clinic, Dr. Gillett performs surgery, provides medical care to the shelter’s animals and also sees community pets for wellness appointments.

When asked what she likes most about her work, Dr. Gillett says, “I enjoy seeing so many different and interesting cases every day. Personally, it is especially rewarding to watch the progress our shelter animals make; many of the dogs and cats with multiple medical conditions that were initially unadoptable are given a second chance at finding forever homes with appropriate medical care that we provide at the veterinary clinic.”

Married for five years, Dr. Gillett and her husband have a six-month-old daughter and a menagerie of animals, including four dogs, four cats and three horses. When not at work, she enjoys riding horses, being outdoors and spending time at the beach.

This lifelong animal lover has a clear-cut vision for the future of the Humane Society of Manatee County Veterinary Clinic: “I would like to see the clinic continue to grow in the wellness services we provide, so that we can continue to help as many community pets as possible.”

Hailing from Springfield, Massachusetts, Dr. Lindsay Rollend has served as the wellness director at Humane Society of Manatee County Veterinary Clinic since November 2017. Although she had both birds and dogs as a young girl, it wasn’t until later in life that

Dr. Rollend considered working in the field of veterinary medicine.
After earning her bachelor of science degree from Quinnipiac University, Dr. Rollend contin-ued her education, receiving a master’s degree in public health from University of Connecticut.
It was while working full time and studying for her master’s degree that Dr. Rollend first  contemplated becoming a veterinarian.

“I attended a conference lecture where the speaker talked about helping people by help-ing their animals, and I thought, ‘That’s the job I want!’” Dr. Rollend remembers. “I applied to veterinary school the following year, and here I am!”

Dr. Rollend earned her degree in veterinary medicine from Iowa State University.

With years of experience working in the veterinary field, Dr. Rollend served as an associate veterinarian at Banfield Pet Hospital prior to coming to Humane Society of Manatee County Veterinary Clinic.

In her current role as wellness director, Dr. Rollend has numerous responsibilities.

“I am in charge of all care given to the animals in both the veterinary clinic and the animal shelter,” she says. “I also train and manage staff, diagnose and treat animals, maintain all medical
records and, pretty much, everything in-between!”

It is helping community residents care for their animals and seeing the happiness that care brings to pet owners that Dr. Rollend enjoys most about her work at the veterinary clinic.

“I also am impressed with the veterinary clinic’s willingness and ability to help people that are in need, personally and financially,” she says.

When not at work, the Palmetto resident enjoys cooking, spending time with her husband and friends, sewing, reading and “just plain relaxing.”

Moving forward, Dr. Rollend’s vision for Humane Society of Manatee County Veterinary Clinic is to assist in providing increased care for pets in our community, while also educating area pet owners on how to provide proper health care for their four-legged companions.