Amanda is the Practice Manager for Mountain View Humane and began working here in May 2012. In her role, Amanda is responsible for administrative staff management and scheduling, inventory control, bookkeeping, budgeting, establishing clinic policies and procedures in collaboration with the Medical Director, training new staff, updating records and overseeing client relations. Amanda earned a Bachelor of Science in Animal and Poultry Sciences from Virginia Tech in 2010. A self-described animal “collector,” Amanda and her husband have four dogs: Jubilee, a 12 year old Heeler/Beagle mix adopted from Pulaski Animal Control; Colby, an 11 year old Pit mix rescued as a puppy from someone giving it away; Mimsie, a 6 year old Chi mix adopted from Montgomery County Animal Control; and Mabel, a 7 year old Border Collie mix adopted from Wythe County Humane Society. She also has four cats: Toby, a 12 year old adopted from Salem Humane Society in New Jersey; Louie, a 13 year old adopted from Montgomery County Humane Society; Pandora, a 7 year old adopted from a shelter in Texas; and Flower, a 2 year old adopted from Cinnebar Kennels in Christiansburg. To add to the mix, Amanda has a Uromastyx lizard (desert lizard) named Little Foot! Amanda came to work for Mountain View Humane in order to work with animals and provide a needed service to the community.
Amber is a Vet Assistant at Mountain View Humane. In this role since 2014, Amber performs routine care for hospitalized patients including administering oral medications and subcutaneous injections/fluids. She also gives vaccines, preps animals for surgery, draws blood, cares for patients post-op and communicates and educates clients on basic health and instructions post-surgery. Prior to this position, Amber served as a vet assistant at a small animal clinic for six years. Amber and her husband have two daughters who are 2 years old and 8 years old. She and her family have an 8-year-old Chihuahua named Ziggy and a 2-year-old cat named Daisy. Amber chose to work at Mountain View Humane because she loves her job and being a part of such an amazing organization. She also loves working with the animals and her co-workers.
Kaitlyn Van Buskirk
Kaitlyn is the Director of Development at Mountain View Humane and the Roanoke Valley SPCA. In this role, Kaitlyn is responsible for effectively planning, organizing, and directing all of Mountain View Humane’s philanthropic efforts including the Major Gifts Program, the Annual Fund, Planning Giving, Grants and the Recurring Gift Campaign. At home, Kaitlyn has a foster failure named Lulu, a Maltese mix. Through hard work and dedication, Kaitlyn knows we will continue to strive for a community where there are no homeless cats or dogs. To learn more about Kaitlyn, visit her LinkedIn page.
Maggie is the Administrative Assistant for Mountain View Humane. Maggie earned her Bachelor’s degree in Animal and Poultry Sciences from Virginia Tech. Prior to this position, Maggie worked as a dog groomer. Maggie shares her home with Arya, a 4-year-old mutt that she adopted from Pulaski Animal Shelter and Kai, a long-haired dilute grey tabby. She has no idea how old Kai is because she appeared in the woods from behind her home. Maggie chose to work for Mountain View Humane because of her love for being able to help dogs and cats get neutered to avoid overpopulated shelters.
Dr. Meghan Byrnes
Meghan is a Veterinarian and Medical Director for Mountain View Humane. In this role, Dr. Byrnes leads the medical team in providing all aspects of medical care of patients, including pain management, surgical prep, anesthetic care, surgery, and recovery. Dr. Byrnes received her Bachelor of Science from Virginia Tech in 2002 and earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine in 2006. Prior to joining Mountain View Humane staff in 2016, Meghan spent three years as an Instructor at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine. Meghan, her husband, and two children enjoy time with their two mixed breed dogs who were adopted from local shelters, two cats that showed up at their home, and two ferrets that Meghan adopted from vet school.
Michelle is the Transport and Program Coordinator at Mountain View Humane. In this role, Michelle coordinates transports and travels to surrounding areas to pick up and return pets that need to be spayed or neutered. She also coordinates volunteers, fundraisers, and events. Prior to starting at Mountain View Humane in 2016, Michelle spent two years at the Roanoke Valley SPCA in various roles. Michelle has been in the animal welfare industry for over 20 years in roles such as small animal hospital manager, vet assistant for both large and small animals, owner and operator of a pet sitting business, fostering, and pet grooming. Michelle and her family have 5 dogs, 7 cats, 3 rabbits, and several chickens. All of their pets came from shelters or were abandoned in some way, with two pets adopted after she fell in love with them during transport from shelters for surgeries. In addition, they take in chickens from local shelters and other places so they can try to re-home them. Michelle chose to work at Mountain View Humane because she enjoys meeting and working with so many people that have the same passion for animals and their well-being.
Call (540) 577-6084 or email Michelle.
Michelle is a Veterinary Assistant with Mountain View Humane. In this role, she helps to maintain high quality, low-cost services by assisting with pre and post-op care as well as helping to keep the facility clean. Michelle started as a volunteer in 2012 and was hired as an employee in 2013. She has worked in animal care on and off for about 17 years and worked in full-service veterinary clinics and for the Salem Animal Shelter. Michelle earned her Certificate of Completion for Phlebotomy from Fast Track Healthcare Education. She shares her home with Jack, a 14-year-old Walker Coonhound who was adopted from Salem Animal Shelter when he was three years old, Gwendolyn, a 6 year old Pomeranian/Terrier mix who was adopted from Pulaski Animal Shelter when she was only four months old, Brimstone and Bishop, 6 year old DSH siblings who were hand raised from 1-1/2 weeks old, and Spooky, a 4 year old DSH cat who, although born feral, became a happy and affectionate indoor kitty after several months of patient work. Michelle chose to work at Mountain View Humane to be active in helping to reduce the number of unwanted homeless pets.
Nikki is an LVT at Mountain View Humane. In this role, Nikki is part of the team providing the patients with the best care possible. Nikki helps with everything from monitoring anesthesia to making sure the hospital is clean. Before Mountain View Humane, she worked at Emergency Vet Services in Roanoke for three years. Prior to that, she worked in the vet field on and off since high school. Nikki and her partner are in the process of creating a mobile app as a new small business adventure. She earned her A.A. Degree at Florida Community College and Rutgers University in New Jersey where she played softball on a scholarship, as well as an Associates in Animal Science from PennFoster University. Nikki shares her home with Cob, a 5 year old Golden Retriever rescued at EVS after he ate corn on the cob. He required emergency surgery which took over 5 feet of intestines from him. Threads is her 8 year old cat who she rescued from PetVet where she worked. He required emergency surgery to remove 9 feet of thread from his intestines. She rescued 2-week old kitten, Lefty, from her job in New Jersey. He was in a shoe box with most of his left front leg missing and she convinced the vet to do surgery. Lefty is now 8 years old! Nikki chose to work for Mountain View Humane because of its great mission, fun staff, and consistent work.
Sylvie is the Executive Director of Mountain View Humane. She is responsible for the overall management of the organization. Sylvie and her husband, Michael, have three furry family members: Millie, a 7 year old black Golden Retriever mix who was her “foster failure” from the Roanoke Valley SPCA; Jasper, a 9 year old cat who was found abandoned in a parking lot; and Sadie, a 5 year old cat who they raised since she was only three weeks old after her mother was found deceased. Sylvie is a lifelong advocate for animals and believes in doing all she can to end pet homelessness and reduce unwanted pets in our communities. She came to work for Mountain View Humane because of its mission to end pet homelessness and educate the public on the benefits of spaying and neutering their pets. Sylvie enjoys working with an amazing team dedicated to compassionate pet care and to helping everyone afford to spay/neuter! To learn more about Sylvie, please visit her LinkedIn Profile.
Call (540) 676-5498 or email Sylvie.