VETERINARY TECHNICIANS AND ASSISTANTS 

Fallon Canizares, CVT

Lead Technician

Fallon is born and raised in Key West, She has known from a young age that she wanted to work with animals. She received an Associate of Arts in biology at Santa Fe College in Gainesville FL, then attended Miami Dade College Veterinary Technician Program and graduated with an Associate in Science in Veterinary Technologies. While in the program she was exposed to many different aspects of the veterinary field including; clinical/shelter medicine, laboratory animal medicine, large animal hoof stock, and exotic animal medicine. Fallon completed a laboratory animal medicine internship at the University of Miami, and exotic animal medicine internship at Jungle Island. Fallon currently lives with her husband, Mike, her son, Lucas, her dog, Marley (the sweetest pit bull ever), and the sisters kitty, Luna, Chloe, and Willow. If Fallon is not at work you will most likely find her on the water. This Key West native is a natural lover of all things water and fishing. 

 

Cassie graduated high school in 2013, shortly afterward she obtained her veterinary technician certification in Dallas, Texas. Cassie has remained in the animal field ever since.  She interned at a zoo in 2017 and got to experience working with exotic animals. In 2018, she decided to go after her goal of moving to the ocean and pursue her interests of diving and sailing while continuing to work with animals...this is what brought her to Key West.  When Cassie is not at work, she is on the water, or off on and adventure with Kobe. Kobe is a handsome shorkie terrier. Cassie's heart and soul are with the animals and the ocean. Cassie is truly passionate about sharing her love with all of the critters of the world.

Cassie Ellis

Veterinary Technician 

Kenzie Swaney

Veterinary Assistant 

 

Kenzie was born and raised in the Lower Keys. She attended Key West High School, graduating in 2013, and went on to attend Florida State University, where she majored in Anthropology. While in Tallahassee, Kenzie discovered her love for helping and serving animals, working in pet retail and volunteering with Black Cats and Old Dogs Animal Rescue, for which she currently serves on the board of directors. After returning to the Keys, she began her journey in veterinary medicine as a technician, receptionist, and eventually an assistant manager of a local animal hospital. Her experience in these roles helped her to develop key skills in many aspects of animal care and client education.

When she is not at work, Kenzie can most often be found training and spending time with her dog Charlie, with whom she has earned multiple AKC trick and obedience titles. She also enjoys kayak fishing, hiking, and taking care of her freshwater aquariums. 

Lindsey comes to us from the great state of Texas where she went to college at Texas A&M Galveston. She started working  as veterinary technician in 2002. Her time in the veterinary field began to draw her towards a career in shelter medicine.  This continued into 2015 when she moved to Key West to be closer to her family, and to take a position at the Florida Keys SPCA. You will still find Lindsey hard at the FKSPCA on most days. Lindsey is a single mom to a beautiful 16 year old. When she is not working hard at Keys Animal Care Center, or at the FKSPCA, she is spending cherished time with her family and her many pets. 

Lindsey Thompson

Veterinary Assistant 

Jennifer Weinstock

Veterinary Assistant 

Jen was born in NY, and grew up loving and caring for animals. She has worked within the Animal Care field for almost a decade, and under the mentorship of many influential Veterinarians. She also has an associates degree from FIT in New York City. 

Jen spent many years as a marketing manager in the music industry, and after experiencing  the tragedy of September 11th in her beloved city she moved to a mountain town in Northern NY state. A chance meeting with a Veterinarian for a Vetcor hospital introduced her to the business of caring for animals, which led her to her passion for animals as a career. While in New Paltz, NY, she spent many years assisting a team of Veterinarians which exposed her to both traditional medicine as well as alternative and holistic medicine such as; Veterinary Acupuncture, Chiropractic, and Herbal therapies. While living there, she and her team were also given many opportunities to assist wildlife rehabilitators in the area. After many years in the Vetcor hospital family, Jen was given a chance to advance at a VCA hospital as Supervisor where she helped manage a 5 doctor practice.

 

Jen moved to Key West 4 years ago and joined the team at The Lower Keys Animal Clinic where she developed close client/patient relationships. These relationships bring her such gratitude and she feels honored to be a part of the Key West community through the love of their pets. 

Some of Jen's favorite activities outside of work include kayaking, painting, attending local theater and live music events, and exploring Key West's beautiful community. Jen shares her home with her lazy calico cat, Stinky, her "not so stray cat anymore", Elvis, and her recent FKSPCA rescue dog , Monkey.

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