MEET OUR TEAM

Terri Oxendine
Groomer

Terri has been a groomer for 20 years, 8 of which have been here at Colony Park Animal Hospital. She has experience with cats and dogs of all ages, from puppy-hood to seniors and also is experience in sedation grooming. In her downtime she likes to garden and be outside as well as spend time with her adult children. She has a Remi, a Boston Terrier and Jinx, a chihuahua at home.

Melissa Herrick
Receptionist

Melissa has been working for Colony Park Animal Hospital since October 2013. She recently relocated from the New Jersey/New York area. Now she lives in Raleigh with her Husband, Ian, 4 Chickens and their Dog Misty, a Great Pyrenees.

Rachel Smith
Veterinary Assistant/Kennel Assistant

Rachel has been working at Colony Park since high school. She started out in the kennel and then after a brief time in Savannah, GA, she returned as a veterinary assistant. We all affectionately refer to Rachel as our “crazy cat lady.” If anyone in the hospital or any of our clients have a cat-related question, Rachel is your go to source! She volunteers as a kitten foster parent and is truly passionate about animal care.

Hannah Schwab
Support Staff Manager/Veterinary Assistant

Hannah has been working in the Veterinary Medicine field since November 2007. She started full time at Colony Park Animal Hospital after receiving a Bachelors of Science in zoology with a minor in animal science from North Carolina State University in May 2012. Currently she is working on becoming a Registered Veterinary Technician. She shares her home with 3 dogs, 4 cats, a Congo African grey parrot, 11 chickens, 4 ducks, 3 turkeys, and her husband, Nick. In her spare time she enjoys being outside with her dogs and poultry, agility training and trials with her dog Hemi, attending sporting events, and traveling.

Sasha Toker
Veterinary Assistant/Kennel Assistant

Sasha also started out as a volunteer looking to gain more experience in veterinary medicine with the hopes of attending veterinary school. Sasha works part-time with us as well as working at Suite Paws caring for the daycare pets. While at Colony Park, she has learned a lot about prepping labwork for in-house diagnostics on top of processing samples to send to the reference lab. Her kindness and care for the animals is welcoming to clients and patients during appointments and while helping care for our kennel patients. Her attention to detail and eagerness to learn is essential to our hospital. Sasha recently adopted a young dog and is using her knowledge of behavior learned at Suite Paws and the medical knowledge she has learned at Colony Park to raise a happy and healthy dog!

Martha Payne
Veterinary/Kennel Assistant

Martha came to us after several years working in research and development dealing with dairy cattle. Before that, she received a BS and Master’s in Animal Science at NC State University and worked at another animal hospital while in high school and college. While she is also a newer employee, her previous experience has made the transition back into veterinary medicine seamless. Martha loves veterinary medicine and client education. She enjoys radiology and also helps in surgical and dental procedures. Martha has grown up around dogs, cats, cattle, and horses and loves all of them for their uniqueness. In her spare time, she heads to the NC State Dairy Education Unit to volunteer and spends a lot of time with her cattle dogs, Roo and Hazin. Roo is a recent rescue from the Durham APS that possesses a lot of potential for dog sports. Hazin has titled in dock-diving and has done some informal herding with Martha’s late steer and horse with just her natural instinct. Martha’s knowledge of training and dog behavior allows her to be a safe and effective vet assistant when working with animals in both examination rooms and the kennel.

Jessie Schott
Registered Veterinary Technician

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