Veterinary Support Staff
All the techs are wonderful!
Melinda Murray – Head Certified Veterinary Technician
Melinda graduated first in her class from Bel Rea Institute of Animal Technology in March of 1998. During her coursework, which included an intensive internship at Alameda East Animal Hospital, she was selected by the institute’s faculty to receive the “Technician of the Quarter” Award. This award is given to the student who demonstrates outstanding achievement in both veterinary technical skills and classroom knowledge.
Melinda began her career immediately following graduation by joining our team just months after Polo Springs Veterinary Hospital’s grand opening. She quickly rose to the position of Head Certified Veterinary Technician and has held that position for over 15 years. Melinda’s responsibilities are varied and numerous, but her most important role is serving as the supervisor to all of the hospital’s veterinary technicians.
Melinda feels fortunate to have a career which allows her to incorporate two of her passions – her interest in medicine and her love for animals. Her professional interests include anesthesia, radiology, dentistry, surgery and diagnostic laboratory analysis. She believes in treating all of her patients as if they are one of her very own pets.
Gerty Kranz – Veterinary Technician
Gerty is truly a Jack of all trades. She was born in Colorado but raised in Utah. She attended college at College of Eastern Utah, Brigham Young University, University of Colorado Springs and Colorado State University. She has studied everything from political science to travel and tourism to accounting to animal science. She has been a lifeguard, a horseback riding guide in Rocky Mountain National Park, a member of the large animal barn crew at the Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital and a real estate agent (she currently maintains an inactive real estate broker’s license). She also attended a trade school to learn how to shoe horses and ran her own farrier business for several years.
In August of 2000, Gerty joined our team at Polo Springs and has been with us ever since. She started out as a veterinary assistant and quickly rose to the position of veterinary technician. Currently, her main responsibility is office management, but she still keeps her technician skills razor sharp by helping us out frequently with patient care.
Gerty’s greatest pleasure is getting to know our clients. And she, like the rest of us, considers it an honor and privilege to care for their special companions.
Gerty is married with two children and lives on 35 acres with two horses and a cat.
Kristen Peter – Certified Veterinary Technician
Kristen began her career at Polo Springs Veterinary Hospital in 2002. Initially, she cared for all of the boarding animals as a Patient Attendant. During her many years at our hospital, she has also completed her B.A. in Biology at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (graduating in 2005) and subsequently received her Veterinary Technician Certification from Bel-Rea Institute in 2008. In addition to serving as one of our Certified Veterinary Technicians, she also manages our hospital’s boarding facility and supervises all of our Patient Attendants.
Kristen especially enjoys the wide variety of cases we see at our hospital, and has a professional interest in dental prophylaxis and client service.
Kristen has a house full including her husband and son, two Boston Terriers, a Chihuahua mix, and a 21 year old box turtle named “Myrtle”.
Jaclyn Neumeister – Veterinary Technician
Jaclyn served as a Veterinary Technician at veterinary specialty practices in Colorado and Maryland prior to joining our team in March of 2014. Jaclyn enjoys working at Polo Springs Veterinary Hospital because it offers general as well as advanced veterinary care.
Jaclyn loves the hands on work of caring for animals as a veterinary technician, and her compassion is obvious. In addition to having a B.A. in biology, Jaclyn is currently pursuing a master’s degree in anthrozoology (human-animal studies). She is passionate about the curriculum as it highlights current issues facing animals and advocates measures to improve animal welfare.
Jaclyn likes spending time with her cat, two Boxers and boyfriend of 6 years. She also enjoys hiking, camping, paddle boarding, bowling and going to the movies.
Jessica Mazza – Patient Attendant
Jessica joined our team in August of 2013. She graduated from Pima Medical Institute in 2012 and became certified as a Veterinary Assistant. She has also attended Adams State College and Pikes Peak Community College.
Jessica believes that the patients and boarding animals she cares for impact her life just as much as she impacts their lives. The most enjoyable part of Jessica’s job is her ability to interact with all of the animals at Polo Springs. Jessica says that they always put a smile on her face. One day Jessica hopes to start her own animal rescue group.
Jessica has a 6 year old Chihuahua/Toy Fox Terrier mix named Scooter which she adopted from a Colorado rescue group 5 years ago.
Robin Martin – Patient Attendant
Robin recently moved to Colorado Springs from Augusta, Georgia where she had previously lived for the past 20 years. She joined Polo Springs in March of 2014.
Robin’s favorite part of working at Polo Springs is the opportunity it gives her to befriend all of the patients and boarding animals. She loves to see all of the dogs’ tails wagging and hear all of the cats purring. Robin feels that her most important responsibility is to make sure that all of the animals at Polo Springs are comfortable and happy when they are either being hospitalized or boarded while their family is away.
Robin is a stained glass artist and is also currently working towards an Associates of Science degree focusing on environmental sciences. She is passionate about protecting wildlife and hopes to one day make a career out of it.