Meet Our Team

Veterinary Technicians & Assistants

  • Jennifer Brown
    Lead Veterinary Technician

    Ok here is my story in a nutshell:

    I started as a veterinary technician in 1999 and studied animal science at Cedar Valley College through the American Animal Hospital Association.  I spent 3 years as an animal control officer with Iredell County before starting my career here with Veterinary Specialties at the Lake. My favorite part of veterinary medicine beside the pets and their people is veterinary dentistry. I have my certifications in livestock recovery and rabies vaccinations. I share my home with my husband and daughter. Also, on our farm we have 4 mules, 5 coonhounds, a brood of chickens, and plethora of barn cats. 

  • Star Heaver
    Veterinary Technician

    Star has been an employee of the world of veterinary services for more than 20 years. She first met Dr Barber in 2001.

    She was in a quandary, when her breeding bitch Dragon, a Golden Retriever, couldn’t be shipped to the stud dog in NY. A friend told her about Dr Barber, a Reproductive Specialist who was new to the area. “Why ship your bitch when the stud dog can ship the semen to her and do an artificial insemination she said.”

    After contacting Dr Barber, progesterone testing, two AI’s from two semen shipments, a beautiful litter of 8 was born!

    In 2006 Star began working for Dr Barber as her veterinary assistant in reproduction. Not only can she draw blood but she can draw graphics. She designed the current logo that is used at Veterinary Specialities at the Lake.

  • Lauren Stewart
    Veterinarian Technician

    I started working with animals back in middle school interning at Humane Society of Catawba County and Animal Shelter in Newton. Got my first job working for an animal hospital back in 2017 as a receptionist then worked my way up as a veterinarian technician. I am from the small town of Maiden and I was very interactive during high school with sports, band, and clubs.

     I started working for Dr. Barber in 2018 took a small break from the vet tech life, and I just recently returned in July 2020. I love this job; however, it is not always rainbow’s and butterflies, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

     In my spare time I spend time with friends and my amazing son doing whatever we can get into. Love to hike, drag racing, swim, tubing, anything outdoors I am there. I also have a pet of my own, Scout, a Blue Heeler.  

  • Kara Dawkins
    Veterinary Technician

    I've been a technician for one year but my love and care for animals has been lifelong. I’ve had dogs, goats, horses, pigs, snakes, Guinea pigs, rabbits, fish and more. I currently am mom to two Shar Peis and a senior rescue Shar Pei mix. My life includes caring for your pet and mine. I love the outdoors and camping with my fiancé and our three pups.

Veterinary Receptionists

  • Rachel Nix

     Rachel has been working as a kennel assistant with Veterinary Specialties since 2015 and worked her way up to Receptionist and has not looked back since. After high school, she became a CNA and decided her true calling was for animals. She is continuing her education at Catawba Valley Community College for Nursing. She enjoys working with both people and animals. In her spare time, she appreciates spending quality time with her fiancé and her two dogs, Rocco and Titan. She has recently added a new addition to her small family, a cat named Sebastian, who is a frisky baby.

  • Luzi Ochoa

    Bio coming soon...

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