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Meet Our Licensed Veterinary Technicians

As per New York State law, veterinary technicians must meet professional education requirements and complete a licensing examination to practice in this field. Licensed Veterinary Technicians (LVT's) are always supervised by a veterinarian, as they assist in surgery, dentistry, and treatments, prepare and administer medications, take radiographs, induce anesthesia, collect specimens, and perform laboratory procedures and other nursing duties.

Cheryl Apostle, LVT - joined our health care team in 2016 after working at  Millwood Animal Hospital for several years.   Cheryl earned her Bachelor's degree in Veterinary Technology from Mercy College, following earning a degree in Behavioral Psychology from Queens College. She enjoys reading, exercise, karaoke, and iced coffee.  At home, Cheryl, her husband, and 2 young children care for 3 cats, Herbie, Sunny, and Jack and a German Shepherd mix, Reggie.

Arielle Brower joined our health care team in 2012 as a kennel assistant, and now is a tech-in-training, as she attends Penn Foster College for Veterinary Technology.  Arielle, originally from Long Island, earned her Bachelor's degree in Health Science from Mercy College.  She especially enjoys assisting the veterinarians during surgical procedures.  At home, Arielle cares for 2 rescue pets, Bane, and Donner, a dog and a cat.   She also has several frogs and fish.

Crystal Coyne, LVT - Crystal, a native of upstate New York, attended Herkimer County Community College and the Environmental Science and Forestry School at Syracuse University before graduating with her Veterinary Technician degree from SUNY Canton. Crystal joined Central Animal Hospital 8 years ago and has a special interest in Animal Behavior and Physical Therapy.  She, her husband, and their young son and daughter care for 4 cats, Auggie, Theo, Mattie, and Boogie, and a rescue dog, Sandi, who after multiple surgeries, has been rehabilitated, and is a great addition to the family

Christine Flannino, LVT - Joined our health care team in 2013 after working at Veterinary Care of Bedford.   Christine earned her Bachelor's degree in Veterinary Technology from Mercy College and had externships at the Bronx Zoo and Animal Specialty Center.  She enjoys assisting in surgery, and especially likes large breed dogs.  At home, Christine cares for Brodie and Donny, both 4 year old dogs, and a 9 year old cat named Fez.

Rebecca Lantagne, LVT - Joined our health care team in 2016.  Rebecca first earned a degree in Conservation Biology from SUNY of Environmental Science and Forestry.  After spending a year working at Southern Oaks Animal Hospital in North Carolina, she developed a love for veterinary medicine, and pursued and earned her Bachelor's degree in Veterinary Technology from Mercy College. Rebecca enjoys zumba and spinning classes, baking decorative treats, and spending time with her family and friends. At home, Rebecca and her husband care for their only child, a 15 year-old Cocker Spaniel mix, Goldie.

Siobhan Maher, LVT - Joined our health care team in 2010 after completing her undergraduate degree in Biology at the University of Scranton and her Veterinary Technology degree at Mercy College. Siobhan enjoys working with the varied kinds of pets that are brought into our hospital, and has a special interest in wildlife and exotic pets.  She also enjoys emergency medicine.  At home, Siobhan cares for a very active toy fox terrier named Pippin.

Kelly McCarthy, LVT - Joined Central Animal Hospital following her work at the emergency department of Upstate Veterinary Specialties near Albany, NY.  Kelly earned a BS in Biology at SUNY Geneseo, and then graduated SUNY Delhi with a degree as a Licensed Veterinary Technician.  Kelly and her fiance care for a guinea pig named Eclipse and a Terrier named Pip, both adopted while she attended SUNY Delhi.

Igor Onufriw, LVT - Originally from Ukraine, Igor joined Central Animal Hospital in 1995. Igor earned his Veterinary Medical degree at Lviv Academy of Veterinary Medicine in the Ukraine, and then completed the licensing requirements to become a Licensed Veterinary Technician in New York. He enjoys all aspects of the veterinary medical field. He resides with his wife, a son, a daughter, and goldfish in New York City.

Emi Tachinaka, LVT - Joined Central Animal Hospital in 2015, first as an extern while earning her degree from Mercy College, and now as a Licensed Veterinary Technician. Emi has a special interest in exotics and in zoo medicine.  At home, Emi cares for an adopted cat named Nemo.


One of our Licensed Veterinary Technicians, Cheryl Apostle.