Thomas Rodriguez, Practice Manager
Thomas was born and raised in Waco, Texas. He graduated from University High School and later went on to McLennan Community College and obtained an Associates degree in Science. He then continued his education at Texas A&M University and earned a Bachelor of Animal Science. Thomas joined the SBVC team in 2012 as a Veterinary Technician and became the Practice Manager in 2016. Thomas married his wife Liz in May of 2010, and they have three beautiful children as well as two dogs (Chato and Shelby) and a cat named Oreo.
Kaitlan Joiner, Licensed Veterinary Technician
Kaitlan has lived in Texas her whole life and has been a part of the SBVC team since July 2008. She graduated with her Associates degree in Veterinary Technology from MCC. Kaitlan has plans to continue her education at Tarleton State in pursuit of her Bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Technology. She has 2 cats named Chester and Smokee and 1 chocolate lab name Casanova. Her hobbies are singing, camping, swimming, working out and anything dealing with animals. In the future Kaitlan hopes to work in a field that involves protecting animals and making sure they are safe.
Courtney Rains, Veterinary Technician
Courtney was born and raised in Waco and graduated from Connally High School in 2010. She joined the SBVC team full time in August 2014 after graduating with her Associates Degree in Veterinary Technology from MCC. Courtney has plans to continue her education at Tarleton State in pursuit of her Bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Technology. Courtney married her husband Tyler in March 2015. She enjoys reading and watching movies (especially Disney movies) in her spare time.
Erin Anderson, Veterinary Technician
Erin was born in Waco and has lived here her whole life and joined the SBVC team in July of 2015.She graduated from Bruceville-Eddy High School in 2013 and is graduated the MCC Veterinary Technology Program in 2016. She previously worked at a dog rescue and is very passionate about her work with animals. Erin married her husband Drake shortly after graduation. She has three dogs named Beau, Ronald and Tank. In her free time Erin loves to spend time with her family and all of her fur babies.
Sarah Kirkpatrick, Veterinary Technician
Sarah joined the SBVC team in 2016, but began her career in Veterinary Medicine in 2005 near her hometown of Brandon, Mississippi. She attended college and worked as a Veterinary Technician at Mississippi State University, then moved to Central Tennessee where she graduated with a Master’s Degree in Zoology. Sarah loves all animals (furry, feathered, and scaly) and hopes to continue working with them always.In her spare time, Sarah loves to bake, read, hike, and hang out with her husband and fur kids: Gadget, Samson, & Chevy.
Niki Hartigan, Veterinary Technician
Niki was born and raised in New York and made the move down to Texas in the summer of 2017. Niki graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science in 2013, and found her passion working with animals while volunteering at a wildlife rehabilitation center. She plans to further her education in veterinary medicine in the future. Niki has one dog, Uma, and one cat, Nova. In her spare time, Niki enjoys hiking, camping, gardening, and playing guitar.
Morgan Kiphen, Veterinary Technician
Morgan Kiphen is originally from Bruceville-Eddy, Texas. After high school Morgan attended McLennan Community College and graduated from the Veterinarian Technician program in 2012. Soon after graduating Morgan started her first job as a Veterinary Technician at South Bosque Veterinary Clinic and has loved it ever since. Morgan married my husband Ryan Kiphen in 2016 and together we have one daughter named Riley Kiphen. Morgan also has one dog named Oakley and one cat named Duncan. As a family the Kiphens love being outside, playing and watching sports.
Alyssa Roznos, Veterinary Technician
Alyssa was born and raised in West, Texas. She attended the Veterinary Technology Program at McLennan Community College and graduated in 2018. Alyssa has two dogs, Max and Charlie, and a cat named Mayloo.In her spare time, Alyssa loves to spend time with her friends and family. Alyssa also loves listening to musing and watching movies.
Kira Megason, Veterinary Technician
Kira Megason is originally from Fort Worth, Texas and has recently moved from East Texas to the Waco area. Kira’s love of caring for animals started when she was 14 and had to care for her sick tortoise, Lucy, she has been caring for animals ever since. Kira is married with 3 children and has 3 dogs and the best cat in the world, Grands Biscuits. As a family the Megason’s love going to any outdoor activity and watching their kids play sports.
Kayla Goynes, Licensed Veterinary Technician
Kayla was raised in a military family and grew up around the world. She claims Texas as her home since she was born in San Antonio and grew up there for 5 years. Kayla graduated from the Blinn Veterinary Technology Program in 2016 and earned her license a few months after graduation. Kayla and her husband Micheal were recently married in September 2019. Together they have two dogs, Penny & Ellie, and four cats, Huckle, Boo, Atta, & Max. In her spare time, Kayla loves watching movies, spending time outside and playing board games.
Parker Espinoza, Veterinary Assistant
Parker graduated Fairfield High School in 2014 and also graduated from TJC in 2016 for her Associate’s degree in General Studies. Her love for animals brought her to Waco, TX so that she can go to vet tech school at MCC. She joined the SBVC team in February 2017. Parker has two cats and enjoys traveling and seeing different animals.
Sonjia Breeden, Receptionist
Sonjia is a Texas transplant from Roswell, New Mexico. Sonjia’s love of animals and people brought her to the veterinary field in 2007. After recent move to Texas, she found her love of animals again at South Bosque Vet Clinic. In her free time, this grandmother of five enjoys fishing, photography, shooting, cooking and occasionally riding the truck with her husband Johnny as he transports cattle from pastures to feedlots. Sonjia has two active fur babies at home: Merle (7-year-old Catahoula mix) and Kelly (4-year-old Hound mix).
Rachel Mello, Receptionist
Rachel was born in New Jersey and moved to Texas when she was 10. She went to McLennan Community College for her degree and later attended Animal Control in Paige, .Rachel was an Animal Control Officer in Smithville, Texas before starting at SBVC in 2017. Rachel enjoys movies, fiction books, and true crime podcasts. She also enjoys spending time with her two dogs, a bull terrier named Steel and a Boston terrier named Georgia. She hopes to one day have her own doggy daycare.
Kylie Briggs, Receptionist
Kylie was born in North Carolina and moved to Waco in 2006 to be closer to family. Kylie graduated from the University of Texas of the Permian Basin with a Bachelor’s in History. Kylie’s love for animals drew her to SBVC. Kylie has two dogs, two goats, one horse, and many chickens.
Meagan Vahue, Receptionist
Meagan relocated to Waco after her husband left the military and got accepted to Baylor University. Meagan is a graduate of the Aveda Institute in Tucson, Arizona and a former Salon Manager. She is originally from San Antonio, Texas and has 2 spoiled chihuahuas. Meagan also loves to cook and try new food.
Maria Calhoun, Animal Caretaker
Maria is from Rio Grande Valley area of Texas where she graduated from South Texas College in 2017 with an Associates’s degree in English. Her passion and love for animals developed at an animal shelter where she worked as a Healthcare Technician. She recently moved to Waco after getting married and joined the SBVC team in 2018 in order to continue her passion of working with animals. Maria has two rescue fur babies, Petey the chihuahua and Pip the cat. In her free time, she enjoys baking, cooking and occasionally curling up with a good book.