Valerie’s care for animals started at a young age. While growing up in California, Valerie took care of many animals. This included, small breeds (dogs, cats) to farm animals like horses, pigs, chickens and cows. While in High School, she received awards as a member of the Future Farmers of America (FFA). During this time, she enjoyed trail riding and participated in horse shows. In 2006, Valerie, started working as a Kennel assistance in Okinawa Japan. When she arrived in Virginia, 2010, Valerie has worked in a number of facilities as a Kennel Assistant to a veterinary assistance. Through the years, Valerie has also fostered many cats and dogs. In 2007 Valerie completed the Veterinary Assistant Program at Ashworth College. She is currently enrolled in the Veterinary Technician Program at Penn Foster University. When not working, Valerie enjoys exercising, traveling with family and caring for her own animals. She has a Shiba-Inu mix named Ginger (her retired running buddy), Pomeranian/Chihuahua named Henry, Lhasa Apso named Harley, black kitty named Petey, and two guinea pigs named Thelma and Louise.