Veterinary Assistants

Benning Animal HospitalAki Matsuda, Veterinary Assistant

Aki Matsuda is a veterinary assistant who has been with Benning Animal Hospital since July 2009. She began her career in companion animal care in 2006.

When asked what she enjoys most about her work, Aki says that she is able to gain a wide array of experience in animal care, the doctors and owner have a great respect for the staff, and that the hospital has a home-like atmosphere.

Aki has a shepherd mix named Corona, a pit bull mix named Jager and a black Lab mix named Johnny. Her interests include cooking, fishing and hiking.

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Benning Animal HospitalDenise Holm, Veterinary Assistant

Veterinary Assistant Denise Holm comes to our animal hospital all the way from Seattle, Washington. She has been with Benning Animal Hospital for one year. Before Benning Animal Hospital, Denise worked with Russell County School District. She is currently pursuing a degree in mathematics.

At home, Denise has six dogs: five cavalier king Charles spaniels named Shelby, Tootsie, Elvis, Simon and Hunk; and one boxer named Bobo. In her free time, Denise enjoys conformation dog showing, hiking, spending time with her kids and line dancing.

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Benning Animal HospitalTempra Hannagan, Veterinary Assistant

Veterinary Assistant Tempra Hannagan is originally from Springfield, Illinois. She holds an Associate Degree of Science in Criminal Justice with certification in Homeland Security.

Tempra has several pets at home, including four dogs (Gracie, Onyx, Striker, Laney), three cats (Oscar, Milo, Ariel), two horses named Rain and Cosmo, and a ball python named Teddy. In her free time she enjoys drawing, painting and horseback riding.

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Spencer, Veterinary Assistant

Since growing up in Phenix City, AL, our veterinary assistant Spencer has become familiar with helping animals in need. Prior to his involvement here at Benning Animal Hospital, Spencer worked as a veterinary assistant after graduating from Smith Station High School. He hopes to be able to continue gathering experience here at Benning Animal Hospital, and one day aspires to become certified in veterinary technology.

In his down-time, Spencer enjoys playing video games, disc golf, reading comic books, and anything involving dinosaurs. Spencer has a fluffy white dog named Rooster, a Pekingese named Harry, and a munchkin named Chloe.

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Laura, Veterinary Assistant

Veterinary assistant Laura has been working in the animal field for over 5 years. Prior to her involvement in the veterinary industry, Laura worked as a preschool teacher for 7 years. She decided for herself to obtain experience in a different profession, moving into veterinary medical practices.

Laura grew up in Gadsden, AL, where she developed interests in hiking, kayaking, and watching football. At home, she has several pets named Cheeta, Paca, Chewie, and Knox.

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Christina, Veterinary Assistant

Christina has over 15 years of experience in the animal field, and is currently working as one of our phenomenal Veterinary Assistants here at Benning Animal Hospital. Growing up in Virginia Beach, Virginia, Christina fell in love with animals and tending to their specific needs, ultimately encouraging her to become a Veterinary Assistant. She takes a strong interest in bloodwork, helping to detect and identify early signs of health issues in our patients.

At home, Christina enjoys spending her time with her 3 Kids, who’s energies she has to keep up with. She likes camping, hiking, reading, and anything to do with water.

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