Our hospital team members truly love caring for pets

That’s why the average tenure for our receptionists and technicians is over 15 years, with some in the 25-30 year range. Their dedication to you and your pets provides a level of experience that is hard to find these days. The resulting expertise, attention to detail and compassion benefits your pets in many ways.

Pamela Konakowitz, Hospital Manager
A former veterinary practice manager, Pam offers CAH clients and patients over 28 years of experience in quality pet care. She was a receptionist for many years and you can still find her at the front desk, along with her many other tasks.  Pam is a loyal General Hospital fan, devoted aunt, and loving mother to her Cat Felix and one day soon a new puppy.
Yvette James, Receptionist / Veterinary Technician
Yvette has given our clients and their pets more than 32 years of dedicated service and patient care throughout our hospital. She and her husband have 2 sons, and their extended family includes 1 dog and 2 cats – all adopted. Yvette enjoys reading, watching sports (especially Formula 1 and NFL football) and taking her dog on walks.
Kimberly Desjardins, Receptionist
Kimberly was born and raised in Maine. After working for the hospitality field for over 15 years, she attended Three Rivers Community College and completed the Vet Assistant Program in Dec 2015. Kimberly started with the company January 2016 as a Kennel Technician and now is a full time receptionist.  She lives in Norwich with her husband of one year Brian. They share their home with one dog and three cats.
Donna Aguiar, Receptionist
Although new to Companion Animal Hospital, Donna has been working in the pet care business for over 30 years, as a Groomer and Receptionist. Growing up on a small farm was the starting point for her love of animals. She is thrilled to be part of the Companion Animal Hospital staff, and looks forward to meeting the clientele.
Diane Tinker-Knapp, Senior/Surgical Veterinary Technician
A true animal lover, Diane offers over 25 years of animal care experience, including companion animals and exotics. Diane has achieved specialized training in surgical assistance, dentistry, CPR, emergency medicine and pain management for pets
Tabetha Hatcher, Senior/Surgical Veterinary Technician
Tab’s commitment to animal care began more than 25 years ago as a kennel attendant at CAH. She has received specialized training in surgical assistance, dentistry, emergency medicine and client education.
Nicole Jordan, Surgical Veterinary Technician
Nicole has been with CAH for almost 10 years.  She currently shares her home with 2 dogs-Duke and Lucy, 5 cats, a ferret, a python and her husband Zak.  Having a deep love for animals large and small, she has experience with mice, rats, degus (chilian squirrels), reptiles, hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs and more.  Nicole is very knowledgeable in all areas of the practice, and can’t wait to meet your pets.
Faun Tabor, Lead Veterinary Technician / Receptionist
Faun has been a member of our team for approximately 15 years, working as lead technician keeping the hospital running smoothly and also filling in at the reception desk when needed. She is a loving mother of 2 daughters, a spunky boxer named Darla and an orange kitty named Kringle.
Elizabeth Guimond, Veterinary Technician
Elizabeth has been with us since August 2015.  She is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island with Bachelor’s Degrees in Animal Science and Technology and Marine Biology. Her love of animals started as a young child working and playing on her family’s small farm. She currently has a very sweet kitty, two cows and a fish tank full of tropical fish. When Elizabeth is not working she enjoys spending time at the beach, hiking and camping with her husband and working on her latest sewing projects.
Olivia Korte, Veterinary Technician
Olivia has been with us since October 2016. She is graduated from the University of Connecticut, Storrs, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science with hopes of continuing on to veterinary school. Olivia brings several years of kennel and veterinary experience. She shares her home with two cats, Eglantine and Zivali, and a three-legged pitbull, Bella.
Kimberly Blonar, Veterinary Assistant
Kim is a college graduate with a degree in animal science from the University of Rhode Island. She has experience with a range of animals, including dogs, cats, horses, farm animals and aquatic animals. She even worked with animals in Thailand. Kim has always had great passion for animals. Her dog, Mitch, was a member of the family until he passed at age 16½. He largely influenced her love for animals. Joining our team in 2013, she hopes to further her experience in the field of animal care
Amanda Shawver, Veterinary Assistant
Amanda has been with us since August 2016. She has been interested in animals since she was young and started volunteering at rescues and humane societies when she was 15 years old. She took the vet assistant program at QVCC in 2016 and became a kennel technician/ vet assistant that same year. She plans on continuing her education and becoming a certified vet tech in the future. Amanda has a husband Reuben, young daughter Scarlett and two dogs Brutus and Lily that she loves spending time with. When not working she is an avid reader and also enjoys horseback riding and hiking.
Kelcie Hayward, Veterinary Assistant
Kelcie is our newest member. Kelcie has been an animal lover for as long as she can remember. Before she worked here, Kelcie was a nationally ranked competitive cheerleader. She is currently a loving mother of two daughters and a kitty named Shimmer. She attended Animal Behavior College to become a veterinary technician.