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Below are the individuals that make up our Technician, Veterinary Assistant and Kennel team. These are the individuals who care for you and your pets when you visit us. We’re so glad to have all of them on our team. Caring for your pets is something none of them take lightly.

Kristen Hicks / Lead Veterinary Technician

Kristen was born in Houston Texas and moved to Pearland when she was about seven years old. She graduated from Pearland High School in 2008. She took some time off after high school to spend time with family and raise her son.

Kristen has one son, Julian who was born in 2007 and also has one Bichon Frise, “Francois”.

Stephanie Harnish, R.V.T. /Veterinary Technician

Stephanie was born in Gainesville, Florida. Being the daughter of an Army Warrant Officer, she moved around but grew up in El Paso, Texas.

Since military life was what she knew growing up and seemed to be in her blood (both her sister and brother were also in the Armed Forces), she joined the Navy after college, and was ultimately stationed in Japan.

Emily Wallace, L.V.T. / Licensed Veterinary Technician

Emily Wallace is a Pearland native. She acquired most of her education in Pearland Independent School District, but she graduated from Clear Springs High School. After high school, she attended Alvin Community College (ACC) where she earned her associate’s degree.

Kenneth Hill / Veterinary Assistant

Born in Houston, Texas on January 7th, Kenneth enjoyed traveling the U.S. working the pipeline. Towards the end of his traveling job, he found a puppy on the side of the highway. It was discovered the mother had already passed away. He took in the puppy and adopted him.

Lindsay Diekman, L.V.T. / Veterinary Technician

Lindsay started an externship here at Claws & Paws in March, 2017 and is so excited to start her career in the veterinary field. She is a 2017 graduate of the Veterinary Technician Institute in Houston and performed academically as one of the top in her class.

Jeanette Lamoureaux / Veterinary Technician

Jeanette was born in Houston, Texas and raised in Pearland beginning in elementary school. Her love for animals began in Junior High while volunteering at the Pearland Animal Control, wanting to bring anything and everything home.

Kaitlyn Rhodes / Veterinary Technician

Kaitlyn was born in Houston Texas and raised in League City. She is a 2011 graduate of Clear Creek High School. She attended the Vet Tech Institute of Houston and graduated in 2016. She is currently working towards her veterinary technician license. Kaitlyn joined Claws & Paws Veterinary Hospital® Veterinary Technician team in September 2018.

Jessy Pugh / Kennel Technician

Jessy has lived in Alvin her entire life. She is a 2009 Alvin High School graduate. She is a proud mom to two awesome kids, Leila and Dominic and a fur-baby name Nola Leigh. Jessy eventually plans to return to college to earn her Associates in Applied Science.

Nick Landrum / Kennel Technician


Nick Landrum is a Kennel Technician who started working with Claws & Paws in June of 2018. Nick is currently in college student studying Engineering Design- Graphics at San Jacinto College. Nick’s expected graduation is Spring 2019.

Kaylene Sherman / Kennel Technician

Kaylene Sherman

Kaylene joined Claws & Paws in July, 2019 and is working towards her dream job of becoming a Licensed Veterinary Technician. She is currently working to get back in school after a short break, to begin the long journey of achieving her goal.

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