Staff of Slidell Veterinary Hospital

Slidell Veterinary StaffToni Pyatt, Hospital Practice Manager

Toni Pyatt worked in banking and management for 23 years before joining the Slidell Veterinary Hospital team in 2008. As our hospital practice manager, Toni is responsible for payroll, scheduling, supplies, billing, and the day-to-day hospital operations.

"I enjoy using my previous management experience to incorporate changes that will benefit our employees, enhance the experience of our existing clients, and bring additional clients to our practice," she says.

Toni has a Bichon Frise/Shih Tzu mix named Bella. Outside work, she enjoys Saints football, shopping, home decorating, and exercise. She also spends time with her husband and two daughters boating and fishing.

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Slidell Veterinary StaffErika R. Walder, Veterinary Technician

Erika R. Walder has been a vital member of our team since 2006. She has a wide range of responsibilities including surgery assistance, patient care and monitoring, clinic organization and receptionist duties.

"Working at Slidell Veterinary Hospital is very rewarding," she says. "Our staff is like family and our doctors are amazing in every area. All of this makes for a wonderful place to work."

Erika has two sons that keep her very busy: Mason, 12 years old, and Myles, 7 months. She has been an avid softball player for over 17 years and has remained active in various city leagues. She is a dedicated assistant in the STARC program and also enjoys coaching and being involved with her son's baseball team.

Erika has three dogs: a boxer named Blaze, a Pit Bull named Kane, and a Shih Tzu named Maddie.

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Slidell Veterinary StaffJean Noto,
Receptionist and Veterinary Technician

As both our receptionist and veterinary technician, Jean Noto greets our clients and patients, answers questions and takes patient histories, keeps the hospital organized, schedules appointments and answers the phone, maintains patient records, monitors inventory, and assists the doctors during examinations and surgery. Her patience and positive attitude make her a true asset to our hospital. Jean joined our team in 2009 and has over 25 years of experience in animal care.

"When working in the animal field, there is never a dull moment," she says. "We all work well together to assure comforting, quality care for each client and patient. Thanks to my co-workers, at the end of the day, I feel accomplished and appreciated."

Jean also cares for six of her own animals: two dogs (Buddy and Maggie); two cats (Oscar and Beau); and two thoroughbred horses (Dutchess and Wadleigh). Her pet-related hobbies include canine obedience training and thoroughbred horse racing. She also enjoys spending time with her husband and three children, gardening, and sports.

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Slidell Veterinary StaffVeronica Ann Spaide,
Veterinary Technician/Kennel Technician

Veronica Ann Spaide is a friendly and skilled technician who is always happy to lend a hand wherever needed to keep our clients and patients happy and the hospital running smoothly. Her responsibilities include assisting doctors during examinations, taking care of dogs in our kennel, and helping at the front desk.

"I love the people I work with and being able to work with animals," she says. "I can't imagine working in a more comfortable and professional place."

Veronica has two dogs, Sam (black Lab) and Doja (Pit Bull) and two cats, Chyna and Malilasia. She spends most of her free time watching her two young sons play baseball.

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Slidell Veterinary Staff Rachel Hawkins,
Registered Veterinary Technician

Animal enthusiast Rachel Hawkins has eight years of experience working in the veterinary care field. She is a Registered Veterinary Technician in the state of Louisiana and she has an Associates degree in Animal Science. Her previous roles include bathing & grooming from 2011-2013, emergency medicine from 2013-2016, wellness & emergency medicine from 2016-2017, and she now works with us in general practice and preventative medicine.

Rachel officially took on her new role with us full-time on December 3rd, 2020. She helps the vets in exam rooms, assists with surgeries, and helps the hospital run smoothly overall. She loves getting to know our wonderful clients and patients, and we are so grateful for her experience in emergency medicine and general practice!

At home, Rachel has 2 pitbulls named Dixie and Diesel, both 7-years-old, and she has a Tennessee Walker horse named Whiskey. In her free time, Rachel enjoys spending time with family and shopping!

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Slidell Veterinary Staff Stephanie Alexandra Grunsten,
Kennel Technician

Stephanie Alexandra Grunsten is a part-time kennel technician with Slidell Veterinary Hospital. She's spent six years in animal-related positions, and began working with the Slidell team starting in October 2014. As a kennel technician, Stephanie's responsibilities include cleaning and maintaining the boarding area and assisting Slidell's doctors with clients.

Stephanie's become well known around Slidell Veterinary Hospital for her willingness to provide hard work, excellent sense of humor, and passion for working with animals. "Working with the animals and learning their unique personalities is what I enjoy the most about my job," Stephanie says. "The staff is great, too - everyone is helpful and heartwarming, and I learn something new each day."

In her spare time Stephanie enjoys going to festivals, relaxing around the bonfire, and watching Netflix. She's the proud pet parent of five dogs: Precious (a peeka-poo), Rugrat (a corgi-dotson), Bandit (a toy schnauzer), Duke (a poodle), and Reese (a German shepherd).

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