Our Careteam

Remington Essary

Pet Parent Liaison

As a child, Remington always viewed the local veterinarians as heroes who saved his family pets. As he got older, his love of customer service started to blossom. What better way to combine his adoration for animals and medicine with his passion for helping others, Remington thought, than by working in a veterinary clinic? Now, he’s a Pet Parent Liaison at BlueSky Veterinary Center!

Remington grew up right here in Jacksonville with his animal-loving parents, an older sister, and plenty of pets. He entered the retail field after high school, building his customer service experience for two years before seeking a new opportunity. When he found an opening here at the clinic, Remington knew it was the perfect fit! He’s been a member of the clinic family since the summer of 2015.

Thanks to his customer service background, Remington’s favorite part of his work day is calling clients to check in about their pets. He’s also fond of jumping in to help the veterinarians when needed; it’s a constant learning experience for him!

Outside of his interests in the veterinary world, Remington enjoys baking, cooking, and spending time with his own pets. He lives with three cats at home: Bridgett, a tortoiseshell who prefers spending her days sunbathing and guarding the front yard; Charlotte, who is a huge softy and will drool all over anyone who scratches her head the right way; and Sambeaux, Charlotte’s brother, who enjoys playing with insects in the grass, sleeping on his favorite chair, and rubbing his face on miscellaneous shoes.

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Monica Velez

Veterinary Technician

Monica grew up in Caguas, Puerto Rico, where her family kept all sorts of pets. Spending time around chickens, pigs, goats, and even ducks sparked an innate passion for animal care that Monica just couldn’t shake. Now, she’s living her dream of working in the veterinary field full-time!

After several years of working in the retail industry and other fields, Monica joined the BlueSky Veterinary Center team in June of 2015, where she’s thrilled to further her skills as a Technician. Monica especially likes critical care; it keeps her on her toes with every patient that comes through the door!

When she’s not at work, Monica enjoys kick boxing and taking self-defense classes. She lives with her son and their two rescued cats, Schrodinger and Minnie. Schrodinger was adopted when his previous owner surrendered him to Monica’s previous place of employment, and Minnie was rescued after she was brought to Monica’s Veterinary Technician school to be spayed.

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Cassidy Gould

Kennel Technician

Cassidy was raised on a farm, and has been spending time around the earth’s creatures ever since she was young; she started competing on horseback at the ripe age of nine. For Cassidy, animal care is a natural part of life! She is proud to serve the area’s pets and animal owners as a member of the Blue Sky Veterinary Center team.

Cassidy is originally from Boston, Massachusetts, but grew up here in Florida. She started volunteering for veterinary clinics during her high school years before moving on to a job at a dog boarding facility, where she gained even more hands-on pet care experience. Cassidy joined the Blue Sky Veterinary Center family in February of 2016, and particularly likes bathing pets and getting to know the clinic’s patients and clients on a personal level.

Cassidy has two wonderful pets of her own at home, both of whom are rescues: Cujo, a feisty Pom-Chi puppy who could give his namesake a run for his money; and Trio, a sweet Labrador/beagle mix. When she isn’t caring for pets here at the hospital or spending time with her animal companions at home, Cassidy can be found on the back of a horse. She’s been riding and taking lessons for as long as she can remember, and won multiple ribbons, medals, and even a saddle with her old horse, Midnight.

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Hans and Sabrina

Volunteers

Hans and Sabina live in Southside Jacksonville with their mom, where they enjoy sleeping in the shade of citrus trees, digging to China, and sharing their thoughts with the neighbors in some form of doggy Morse Code composed of yips, howls, and barks. They have been proud blood donors for Emergency and Critical Care Animal Hospital for over two years now, and plan to continue doing their part to save the lives of their fellow canines until their retirement in November of 2016.

The rescue van pulled in with a litter of puppies who had traveled across several state lines to reach their temporary home at a Black Mountain sanctuary. As the van pulled up, their mom rushed out to meet the litter and help get them situated. As caretaker, Kate was eager to find her best friend in that van, but to her surprise, one of the 2 boys was just as eager to find her and had chosen to adopt her as soon as the doors opened. It was love at first site! …and then he pooped and ruined the moment.

The puppies had come from a neglect situation in which they were confined to a dark basement for the first 6 months of their lives with their mother. When the rescuers arrived at the residence, they were horrified to find the puppies’ mother dead and the basement covered in excrement. The babies were nothing but skin and bones, and required immediate medical care to rehydrate them, and expel a host of internal and external parasites. After a few short weeks of continued care and lots of love, the puppies were bouncing around in their pen, happy and healthy as ever. Meanwhile, Kate and Hans were living up the hill in the caretaker cabin. Hans was a perfect angel and had bonded so well to his new mommy, he stuck to her like glue and required no leash training. Hans and Kate worked every day on learning new tricks, going to town to make new friends, and picking out toys at the local pet store… but something was missing. After the sun went down, Hans sat on Kate’s bed and howled himself to sleep. Exhausted and concerned, Kate took Hans down to the puppy pen to decide which of his sisters he wanted to share his house with. After several minutes of horseplay, the pair had determined that the best fit was Sabina. From then on, Hans and Sabina enjoyed each other’s company, and Kate enjoyed sleeping at night.

In 2009, Kate, like many others, encountered adverse economic conditions, but was fortunate to find work with her brother in Florida. Unable to bring Hans and Sabina at the time, she entrusted their care to the sanctuary owner and moved down to Florida with a heavy heart, looking forward to the day when she could go back and bring her kids home. Finally, that day came!

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