Meet Our Team

Meet the Katz & Dogs Team


Hospital Director

 

Tiffany Holoubek, Director of Hospital Services

Schools Attended: Montclair State University
Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with Minors in Environmental and Criminal Justice

tiff web

Tiffany has been at Katz & Dogs Animal Hospital since 2013. She began her career at Katz & Dogs Animal Hospital as a Care Coordinator at the front desk and has also filled the role of Veterinary Assistant. Tiffany has so many positive traits that it is impossible to list them all, but we particularly appreciate her thoroughness, organization and openness to learning. These impressive characteristics are what earned her the position of Assistant Hospital Director in 2018, and the position of Director of Hospital Services a short time after, in 2020. In her new role, Tiffany continues to wow us with her extensive knowledge about many areas of the hospital, her ability to succeed no matter the task, and her unending support for her fellow team members.

 

Tiffany wants people to know that, “my favorite part of this job is developing and fostering relationships with all the patients and their families. I enjoy helping people and especially their fuzzy friends.” Unsurprisingly, Tiffany carries on these pleasures in her spare time by helping to facilitate adoptions at the Clifton Animal Shelter. She shares her home with three cats: Ebony, a strikingly beautiful Tuxedo, Aurora, a fabulous and feisty orange and brown Tabby, and Bear, a loving and fluffy Maine Coon mix. Tiffany also recently welcomed her sister, Brie- a frenzied Frenchie- into her furry family. Daisy, her beautiful, calico angel will surely live forever in her heart.


Technicians and Assistants

 

Lysha Fernandez, CVT

Schools Attended: Bergen Community College
Degree: Associates Degree in Applied Science/Veterinary Technology; Associates Degree in Applied Science/Radiologic Technologist
Professional Associations: New Jersey Veterinary Technician Association; American Society of Radiologic Technologist

Lysha.

Lysha has a strong work ethic and whenever we need something to be taken care of, we can count on her to jump in and get the job done. Lysha’s passion for, as she says, “caring for those who don’t have a voice,” radiates and does not go unnoticed by our clients nor our patients. We are very lucky to have such a talented, well rounded and versatile technician on the Katz & Dogs team!

Some of her interests include going to the gym, enjoying good food and music, and spending time at the beach. Lysha shares her life with her amazing pit bulls Blu and Rocco.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Anna Zamecka, CVT

Schools Attended: County College of Morris, Bergen Community College
Degree: Associates Degree in Liberal Arts, Associates Degree in Applied Science/Veterinary Technology
Professional Associations: New Jersey Veterinary Technician Association; National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America

Anna #1

 

Anna joined our team in 2017 and successfully earned her C.V.T title the same year. She is smart, skilled, professional, and a true team player. We are lucky to work beside her and our patients are even luckier! Anna says, “My favorite part of my job is making vet visits less scary and stressful for our patients through positivity, calm and gentle handling, patience and of course, cheese! I’m super grateful and proud to work with and learn from fantastic technicians. I also appreciate the high quality of medicine we practice.”

In her spare time, Anna loves watching movies, playing video games, and hiking. She is also a Pitbull and rescue advocate. In fact, in 2019, Anna welcomed Gecko, a Staffordshire Terrier Mix into her family via New York Second Chance Rescue. We know that Gecko hit the jackpot with her forever family, which also includes Anna’s two beautiful cats, Potato and Grandma.

 

 

 

 


Sonia Rivera, Veterinary Assistant

School Attended: Florida Institute of Animal Arts
Degree: Veterinary Assistant Program Certificate

Katz-and-Dogs-Animal-Hospital-Sonia-RiveraSonia joined Katz & Dogs in 2016 and has been a great addition to our team! She is a very compassionate and dedicated veterinary assistant who has moved to the east coast all the way from California! While living there, Sonia volunteered at the Orange County Animal Control and Animal Friends of the Valley Shelter; she has also volunteered at the SPCA in Orlando while living in Florida.

Sonia quickly embraced the warm and calm atmosphere we strive to create here at Katz & Dogs Animal Hospital. She aspires to attend veterinary technician school to further her career.

In addition to taking care of her adorable pugs, Simba and Olga, Sonia’s hobbies and interests include going to concerts, movies and snorkeling on the beach.

 

 

 


Rubie Valentin, Care Coordinator/Veterinary Assistant

School Attended: Valencia College, Orlando, Florida

our_team_rubie_valentinRubie joined our team in 2015. We are extremely happy to have her on board. She has been a wonderful addition to Katz & Dogs Animal Hospital. Rubie’s quiet but positive energy is soothing to everyone around her. In addition, she’s a true team player who is always ready to jump in and lend a hand.

She has said her favorite part of working at Katz & Dogs “is getting to help our clients and their pets in any way I can”.

Rubie and her boyfriend are the proud parents of a beautiful baby girl named Jayleen. They could not be more thrilled and say that every day is a new and exciting adventure!

She loves to read and spend her free time with her strikingly beautiful cat Luna. They enjoy hanging out and binge watching Grey’s Anatomy reruns!

 

 


Leann Kievit, Veterinary Assistant/Care Coordinator
Schools Attended: Bergen Community College

Leann recently joined our team in 2020 as a Care Coordinator and Veterinary Assistant while she is enrolled in the Veterinary Technology Program at Bergen Community College. Leann is expected to graduate in August of 2021 and will then be one step closer to earning her C.V.T, in which we have no doubt she will be successful. Leann has 3 years of experience in the field and she is a passionate team player who will jump in any situation to help. She is skilled in bringing smiles to clients’ faces and her favorite part of the job is “seeing a pet regain their health after treatment and, even better, seeing the owner’s reaction to their pet’s improved health.” Leann quickly became a reliable and positive asset to our team, and we feel lucky to help further her education and experience in her chosen field.

In her spare time, Leann enjoys painting and dancing. She is also the President of the Vet Tech Club at Bergen Community College, a new position that she worked hard to earn. Leann shares her life with 3 cats: Simba, Kovu, and Cleo, her dog, Mickey, her cockatiel Juckita and a leopard gecko named Kiwi.

 

 


Sarah Guy, Care Coordinator
Schools Attended: Montclair State University; Bergen Community College
Degrees: Bachelor of Arts Degree in English

Sarah recently joined our team in July of 2020 as a Care Coordinator with a desire to cross-train as a Veterinary Assistant. Sarah is enrolled in the Veterinary Technology Program at Bergen Community College and is expected to graduate in August of 2021. Sarah had plans to be a Publisher/Editor but changed her path in order to fulfil her love for animals and desire to help. She is very eager to learn and takes interest in all aspects of our practice. Sarah is hardworking, thorough and dedicated, and we are happy to have her on our team as she works to earn her C.V.T. Her favorite part of the job is, “the constant opportunity to learn something new and the ability to be a part of improving the lives of pets and their owners.”

Some of Sarah’s interests include playing softball, fishing, puzzling and being outdoors. She also has aspirations of owning a farm and many large animals in the future. Sarah’s four-legged family includes her Pitbull named Dexter, her Frenchie named Carson, and her recently adopted kitten, Ellie.

 

 


Vanessa Sliker, CVT

Schools Attended: Bergen Community College, Veterinary Technician Northern New Jersey Consortium
Degree: Associates Degree in Applied Science/Veterinary Technology
Professional Associations: New Jersey Veterinary Technician Association, National Association of Veterinary Technicians

Vanessa-SlikerVanessa started working at Katz & Dogs Animal Hospital in 2005 as a technician. She left to pursue her professional development as a critical care technician, an oncology technician, an ophthalmology technician and a radiology technician before returning in 2010 as our hospital director. Vanessa left our full time team in 2014 to work closer to home, but we are still honored to have her “pinch hit” for us.

Vanessa has a work ethic that is unsurpassed. We can always count on her to be here, motivated and ready to work. She truly enjoys her interaction with all of our patients and their people. You can often hear her contagious laughter as you pass an exam room she is working in.

In her free time she enjoys cooking and baking.

Vanessa and her wife, Terri, share their home with a new, bouncing baby boy, two beautiful cats, Sasha and Tybalt, a wonderful Australian Cattle dog, Lola and an Amazon Grey parrot named Chiro.

 


Care Coordinators

Amanda Golderer, Care Coordinator

Amanda Bio PicAmanda joined our Care Coordinator team in 2014. She was guided to work at Katz & Dogs Animal Hospital by her genuine love for animals.  Amanda is cheerful, organized, and a true team player who is always ready to help in any way she can. She is especially skilled in and enjoys giving clients valuable information about treatment, vaccines, and overall care to help them make the best decisions for their pets. As we welcome new team members into our family, Amanda has displayed exceptional patience and multi-tasking as she took on the role as their teacher and mentor. We are thrilled to have Amanda on our Katz & Dogs team.

In her free time, Amanda loves to knit, crochet, read and is very “crafty.” She does much of our artwork for our Adoption Day Events!

Amanda graduated from Fair Lawn High School where she was a member of the Color Guard in Marching Band. Following graduation, she has volunteered as an escort for visiting groups for their band competitions. She now enjoys band competitions from the bleachers.

Amanda recently underwent an exciting new life change when she and her boyfriend Jayson bought their first home together in 2019! They share their home with their spunky cat, Ford,  grey tabby, Alexander and the newest addition to their family, a Cattledog mix named Patrick.


Sydney Battle, Care Coordinator

Sydney and AlpacaSydney is a more recent member of our team, who joined us in 2020 and has been a fabulous addition to our office. Sydney’s infectious enthusiasm brightens up the room and leaves a lasting impression with everyone she speaks with. Even during the most stressful times, we can always count on Sydney to be our clients’ (and our) bright light to help us all get through it. In addition, Sydney is hardworking, caring and dedicated to both our clients and their pets. This is Sydney’s first job in the veterinary field and she says, “helping animals is a dream come true! I am loving every moment of it and I am very excited for the future!” We are also excited to see what the future holds for Sydney and witness her grow and succeed in the field.

Sydney’s hobbies include hiking, walking her dogs, and making soap. Sydney holds the record for most animal family members on our team! She shares her home with her dogs: a Labradoodle named Hoops, a mixed breed named Scout, and a Pitbull mix named Sammy, her cats: A gray, longhaired angel named Catmandu, and a shorthair named Sassy, and her exotics: a bearded dragon named Ronda, a turtle named Dennis, and guinea pigs named Chives and Pig.


Sargent Pepper

Hospital Mascot, Greeter, Spirit Lifter and Friend to All

Katz & Dogs Animal Hospital has a very important team member who, hands down, is everyone’s favorite! Sarge is Dr. Katz’s and her husband, Matthew’s handsome, yellow Labrador Retriever Mix.

Sarge takes all of his many jobs at the hospital very seriously. He is always there to lend a paw if you have a rough day and he enthusiastically greets everyone who comes by.

On the occasional day he chooses to “work from home” if we had a nickel for every time we hear “Where’s Sarge?” we would be millionaires.

Truth be told, if you ask any of the Katz & Dogs team members they will tell you that he never, ever fails to brighten their day!

He waits patiently everyday for his very favorite mail carriers and delivery people, who always treat him to a special snack. Sarge truly looks forward to their visits.

Sarge happily shares his home with his brother Clarence Lemmons, a striking gray and white feline and his little sister Baby Ruth Ginsburg, a beautiful brown tabby.

 


Relief Veterinarian

 

Linda Dziedzic, DVM, MS

Schools Attended: The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Case Western Reserve University, Ithaca College
Degree: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Masters in Neuroscience, Bachelor of Arts Biology and 7-12 Education (Magna Cum Laude)
Professional Associations: American Veterinary Medical Association, New Jersey Veterinary Medical Association
Internship: Garden State Veterinary Specialists in Tinton Falls, NJ

LD pictureAs a single doctor practice there are instances when Dr. Katz is away from the hospital. During these times, it is very important for our Katz & Dogs team to know our family of clients and their cherished babies are in caring and competent hands.

Katz & Dogs Animal Hospital is very fortunate to have several skilled, knowledgeable and extremely compassionate veterinarians who cover for Dr. Katz. These doctors care for Dr. Katz’s pets when she is traveling or attending continuing education seminars. They also see patients during our regular hospital hours.

Dr. Linda Dziedzic who is highly respected, admired and regarded with much affection by our clients, covers for Dr. Katz most often. Please get to know her by reading her biography below:

Dr. Linda Dziedzic has been a relief veterinarian for Katz & Dogs Animal Hospital since 2012. She is a New Jersey native who graduated with her veterinary degree from Ohio State University in 2009. Following graduation, Dr. Linda completed a year-long, rotating, small animal medicine and surgical internship at Garden State Veterinary Specialists in Tinton Falls, NJ. She then started her own business providing veterinary relief services for general practice and emergency animal hospitals across New Jersey. Dr. Linda also works part-time as a shelter veterinarian for the Ocean County Health Department. As a former neuroscience researcher and public high school teacher, Dr. Linda has a passion for client education and the human-animal bond. Linda lives in Whiting, NJ, with her two beautiful children, and a whole bunch of dog, cats, and fish. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, home remodeling, SCUBA diving, skiing, and visiting Island Beach State Park.