Olga is a mom with two beautiful children and a senior pitbull mix named Bruno! Her husband and children absolutely love animals! Bruno still acts like a puppy, even in his old age. He loves his treats and squeaky toys, enjoys digging gigantic holes in the front yard and especially making friends with everyone in the neighborhood including the delivery drivers and mailman. But, don’t be fooled! He’s still a great guard dog with a sixth sense for house spirits!
Olga had different pets growing up including two Cockatiels, Sarah and Sydney! Her family had an extra large aquarium tank with a lot of tropical fish such as neon tetras, rainbow sharks, and cherry barbs just to name a few. She owned some turtles (Red-eared sliders and Pond) ; Princess, Speedy, Ralphy, Cherry, and Tim. She had a Syrian hamster named Hammy and two bearded dragons named Chimuelo and Chimuela (the dogs of the lizard world!)
Olga started her journey in the veterinarian industry taking classes dedicated to animal care and started as a volunteer at a local animal shelter. She would clean kennels, groom and walk dogs, clean cat wards, spend time with pets that were going to be euthanized, and also spent time with pets that were going to be fostered.
Aside from all that she grew up with Labradors, a Cocker Spaniel, a Boxer, German Shepherds, an Akita, Rottweilers, and her two favorites, Chihuahuas and Pitbulls. Olga had adopted a pitbull of her own named Forrest and from the shelter she worked at, ended up adopting the hospital ward cat that her child promptly named Karrot.
Olga worked in an animal rehabilitation center to assist and aid in the recovery of injured and post-op animals with physical therapy. One of the best things she always looked forward to was working in the underwater treadmill tank for low resistance work outs for pets that were extremely overweight. She also assisted veterinarians while they did acupuncture on so many different pets. It was a lot of work to keep count of 20 pins on a fluffy Alaskan Malamute or long-haired felines, but so worth it when she realized how relaxed these pets were after those one-on-one sessions. Olga also had the pleasure of working with Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson) on several occasions, caring for his Golden Retriever Nugget. From there she had moved onto reception work in 2 different hospitals and was a supervisor for a General Practice/Urgent Care and an emergency hospital and although the work was tiring, it was extremely fulfilling!
However, having the chance to work with a plethora of different fur moms and dads she learned one thing that they all had in common: The special bond that everyone had with their pets! Olga believes that is something that no one in this world can take away from us! She is a customer service professional and is here to make sure that you have the best experience here at Belmont Shore Veterinary Hospital! If you see Olga, don’t be afraid to say hi!