Mari, Irvington Assistant


Fun facts: We currently have 3 dogs, 2 cats and 3 fish. All of my fur animals are rescues! We are a Helping Paws Animal Rescue family, with 5 foster dogs coming through my home and only one stayed
permanently (so far 👀). I live for a good burger and fries, constantly searching for a new place to try and experience new flavor combinations. Our house is fueled by coffee as well, the pot is rarely empty and we love supporting the local coffee shops around Indianapolis. Travel is a huge part of my life, I’ve been to 45 states and 8 countries solo so far and plan to explore the rest soon. German Shepherds are my heart breed so if I see one on the schedule you can bet I’ll be in the room giving lots of love.

I graduated the Vet Tech Institute of Indianapolis in December 2022 with a degree in Veterinary Technology/Nursing and was a part of the National Technical Honors Society. Previously I was a general History major before I turned to veterinary medicine. I grew up in a home full of cats that were either strays or feral turned house-cats, and a few German Shepherds who fostered my undying love for the breed. It finally clicked to make vetmed a career in 2021 when I adopted my current GSD, Thomas, who has a condition called Megaesophagus. I realized that if I could learn more about the animals in my home and be able to make a career out of helping animals, I could educate other owners on how to manage lifelong conditions, prevent illness and disease, and maximize the quality of life for all our pets. I have a keen interest in Veterinary Nutrition as well as Anesthesia and Surgery, so I hope to grow my career into a VTSpecialist some day!

Working with CWAC has been a serendipitous adventure so far. I started out as a client in 2017(?) with my now senior pittie, Charlotte, and my oldest cat, Ophelia. Being able to work alongside the doctors and techs/assistants/CSRs that have watched all 5 of my pets grow and helped educate me on animal welfare has made my experience familylike. CWAC always makes an effort to maximize the comfortability of our patients as well, we never want a pet to feel like the Vet is a negative space so I really love that we implement a lot of fear free tactics into our routine procedures. We also strive to make connections with our clients as well as our patients, we remember everyone who walks through our doors and I think that makes the quality of our business top tier.