Vanessa joined AAH in 2002, and then three years later moved to Emerald Isle, NC. In 2006 she returned to the Tri-Cities and AAH is very happy to have her back as lead vet tech. Vanessa has been involved with animals all her life. She worked on a small farm for 8 years and was a wildlife rehabilitator for 12 years for the state of TN. She and two other women created and designed the Raptor Center at Bays Mountain. Her animal family includes a wire-haired dachshund.