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Katie Fitzgerald, Lead Technician

Katie was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She was on the educational track to veterinary school, but quickly realized that her talents were better utilized behind the scenes. Having 20 years of experience in the veterinary field, Katie has seen just about everything! She has amazing technical skills, a problem solving attitude, and a love for animals that drives her every single day.

Katie treats every pet with the care and kindness she would give to her own pets. She has known Dr. Smith and her family since 2010, and joined Brookside Animal Hospital in June of 2020.

Katie and her husband, Cody, are owned by an English Mastiff named Frank, two regular cats named Oliver and Cheeto, and one tripod cat named Julio.

Fun Facts: Katie loves anything vintage. She likes to garden, and her favorite time of year is Halloween. She is currently studying to pass her Real Estate exam. Katie dislikes sports, gluten, and patriarchy.

Rhonda Farthing, Assistant Manager and Lead Receptionist

Rhonda grew up on a farm in LaVernia, a tiny town east of San Antonio, Texas. She and her siblings raised and showed hogs and were active in the Future Farmers of America. She also lived in Germany for three years before settling down in Oklahoma.

Rhonda spent two years in veterinary technician school, and has worked in the veterinary field since 2001. She has numerous certifications in pet nutrition, business management, and veterinary software systems. She also has experience in handling just about any situation that arises.

Rhonda has a passion for pets, and wants to know each of our clients and patients by name. She has known Dr. Smith and her family since 2017, and she joined the team at Brookside Animal Hospital in August of 2020.

Rhonda has been married to her husband, Steve, since 1999, and they have a son named Kyle. The Farthing family is owned by their dog, Roxie and two cats, Kat and Moe, and their African Grey Parrot, Gandalf.

Fun Facts: Rhonda lived in Germany for three years. She used to teach dance classes, and she loves Starbucks! She dislikes sports, sweet tea, and Coke without peanuts.