Dan has been a Veterinary Assistant with Village Veterinary Practice since 2003 and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from the University of Hartford. Dan is a big Star Wars fan, and also loves Soccer (go Chicago Fire!), comic books, music, reading and writing. During Danís free time he can be found having fun with his three Australian Shepherds Ė Six, Derry, Medb. 

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Cheryl became part of the VVP family in 2003 as the Western Springs Animal Clinic transitioned to become Village Veterinary Practice. Cheryl brings many years of experience to her Veterinary Assistant position.  


Cheryl earned her Bachelor of Science degree from North Central College and enjoys cooking/baking, fishing, reading and walking in her personal time. Cherylís family would not be complete without their Golden Retriever, Hunter.


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Marie began her career in the veterinary field in 2004 and joined the VVP team as a Veterinary Assistant in 2013.  Marie enjoys reading and watching movies, and of course, spending time with family and friends.  Marie and her family currently own one dog, Amy, a lab/cattle dog mix.  



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Jason began volunteering for a local humane society several years ago and enjoyed this work so much that he decided to pursue a new career in veterinary medicine.   He joined the VVPís veterinary assistant team in 2016 and plans to become a certified veterinary technician.   


Jason enjoys photography, cooking, traveling, reading, being outdoors and spending time with his mutt, Zooey.   He has special interest in animal welfare.    



Ryan joined the VVP assistant team in 2014 after graduating from Olivet Nazarene University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology.  Ryan has a love of all felines and had the great experience of performing an internship at a sanctuary for wild cats in California.  In his free time, Ryan can be found watching/playing sports, playing video games, and spending time with friends.  Ryan has a golden retriever mix at home named Sandy.      



Darec graduated from the University of Illinois with a major in agricultural economics, dual concentration in farm management and agribusiness, and a minor in animal science.  He is currently taking additional classes to complete the pre-requisites needed to enter vet school. Before Darec joined our team in 2016, he worked on a thoroughbred farm in Kentucky.   He loves all things equine, but tultimately wants to be a mixed animal veterinarian.     


When Darec is not working or attending classes he can be found working out and following sports.  He also enjoyes storm chasing now and then.      




Amanda joined our veterinary assistant team in 2016 after graduating from Northern Illinois University with a Bachelors of Science in psychology.   She enjoys cooking, hiking and photography.  She also appreciates spending time with friends, family and her ball python, Monte!  


Fun Fact:  Amanda actually became part of the VVP family in 2012 when she began working as a kennel assistant for the practice during her senior year of high school.   We are excited to have back as a veterinary assistant until she leaves us again for vet school.