Our Careteam

Practice Manager
Zach has always believed that the world needs a little more compassion. He couldn’t think of a better place to focus that energy than in a veterinary hospital! His varied professional experience coupled with his lifelong passion for animal care made the veterinary field the perfect fit. Zach is proud to help pet parents and their furry companions as a member of the clinic’s front-desk team.

Zach grew up in Amsterdam, New York and first came to the Syracuse area to study at Le Moyne College. His professional background includes experience in fundraising, recruiting, and workers’ compensation, and when an opportunity arose for him to use his business and human resources experience in a veterinary setting, he jumped at the chance! Zach became a member of the Fayetteville Veterinary Hospital family in June of 2017 and hasn’t looked back since.

Zach’s favorite part of his work here at the clinic is the direct impact his efforts can have on pet owners and their companions. He loves being able to make each and every visitor to the hospital feel welcomed, comfortable, and cared for. Getting to meet and greet adorable pets every day is just the icing on the cake!

Away from work, Zach’s main hobby is exercising. He likes competing in triathlons and other races, including the local Mountain Goat race. So far, his greatest accomplishment has been completing the Ironman race in Chattanooga, Tennessee in the fall of 2018, a feat that involved 13 and a half hours of straight exercise!
Licensed Veterinary Technician
Sarah is a pet owner herself. She knows how important our animal companions are, and she’s always wanted to do her part to help them live the best lives possible. That’s why Sarah decided to become a veterinary professional! She’s proud to serve pets and animal parents on a daily basis as a member of Fayetteville Veterinary Hospital’s Veterinary Technician team.

Sarah is from Chittenango and attended the State University of New York-Canton to earn her degree in veterinary technology. She graduated in 2012 and launched her animal-care journey at a one-doctor practice in Syracuse before moving to a bigger practice a few years later. When the time came to look for a smaller, family-oriented practice once again, Sarah was thrilled to come across an opening here at the clinic. She joined the Fayetteville Veterinary Hospital family in the fall of 2020 and hasn’t looked back since!

Medically, Sarah is fond of dental cleanings and loves seeing a dirty mouth become clean again. Above all, she likes to meet a wide variety of pet personalities every day and chat one-on-one with their loving owners.

Away from work, Sarah is an avid quilter and even runs her own small business making keepsakes. She and her husband have two wonderful daughters who always keep Sarah on her toes, and she also shares her life with several animal companions: Bleu, a German Shepherd who is trained in obedience and search and rescue; a pair of lovable cats who go by Mowgli and Thor; and a Lionhead rabbit named Frankie who is truly the boss of the house.
Licensed Veterinary Technician
When Renee was around 13 years old, she was gifted a 10-year-old Arabian horse, whom she named Chance. She could frequently be seen walking him up and down the road like a dog. It was in caring for Chance that Renee discovered a new-found passion for animal wellness. Even at that young of an age, she knew she would one day grow up to work in the veterinary industry.

Having been homeschooled, attending veterinary school seemed a bit daunting, so Renee opted for a smaller vet tech program in Pittsburgh. After graduating in 2006, she joined a small animal practice before taking a hiatus to care for her two sons. While devoting her time to family as a stay at home mom, Renee kept up with her continuing education with the goal of eventually returning to work. In December of 2021, Renee joined the Fayetteville Veterinary Hospital team. Professionally, she loves the variety of animals she gets to see, and she has particular affinity for ear cleanings.

Outside of the clinic, Renee resides with her husband and their two boys. Their fur family consists of a smart but goofy boxer/pit bull mix named Arlo, two curious house cats named Clover and Calla, a couple of barn cats named Shadow and Phantom, several chickens and three Nigerian dwarf goats - Atticus, Brody and Copper.

An avid reader, Renee can often be found nose-deep in a good fiction novel. Her favorite genres include psychological thrillers and mysteries. Her other pastimes include baking, which helps her de-stress, and staying active through walking, hiking, running, taking fitness classes and keeping up with Arlo and her sons. In 2017, she took part in a relay race in the Adirondacks and she ran her first full marathon in 2019.
Veterinary Technician
Ashley grew up around everything from dogs and cats to horses and cattle. She’s spent her whole life working with animals, and always knew that a career in the veterinary world would suit her well. Now, Ashley gets to live her dream every single day—she’s a Veterinary Technician with the Fayetteville Veterinary Hospital family!

Ashley grew up on a dairy farm in Chittenango, New York and first joined the Fayetteville Veterinary Hospital team in May of 2004 on the recommendation of fellow employees. She began as a Kennel Assistant, and is currently enrolled in classes at Penn Foster College in order to receive her official certification as a Veterinary Technician.

When she’s not here at the clinic helping pets to feel better, Ashley likes showing draft horses, relaxing at the beach, and spending time with her own animal companions at home. She has two dogs—Lilly the Silver Labrador and a Doberman named Khall—as well as a pair of loveable cats who go by Gary and Beans.
Veterinary Assistant
The very first dog that Diane owned as an adult was only three weeks old when he was given to Diane. The pup had a few medical issues that needed to be addressed, and Diane found herself fascinated as she helped medicate and nurse the dog to full health. She quickly realized that she wanted to learn more! That’s why Diane decided to become a veterinary professional herself.

Originally from the Detroit, Michigan area, Diane began her animal-care journey by volunteering at an animal shelter. It wasn’t long before she was hired on as an employee. From there, Diane ventured into day practice, emergency care, and animal control work before joining the Fayetteville Veterinary Hospital family in August of 2017. Having previously worked with Dr. Bunnell, she was thrilled to join forces once again to provide the best possible care to the area’s pets!

When she’s not at work, Diane can be found curling up with a good book or enjoying the company of her own pets at home. She has two dogs—a Golden Retriever named Duke and a playful German Shepherd named Shelby—as well as three adorable cats named Yuki, Celery, and Pandora.
Veterinary Technician
Stephanie grew up in Canastota, New York with her parents and younger brother, and felt an intrinsic connection with the earth’s creatures from a young age. She’s always suspected that she would love working alongside other pet-lovers in a place that valued the love and loyalty our animal friends give us. Stephanie has found just that here at Fayetteville Veterinary Hospital!

Stephanie became a member of the hospital’s front-desk team in 2009, and her favorite part of the job is talking with clients and interacting with their adorable pets. In her 10-plus years as a member of the hospital family, she’s found that no two days are ever quite the same!

In her time away from work, Stephanie likes reading, traveling, and spending time with her family. She and her husband, Andrew, share their home with their two wonderful sons, Austin and Mason, as well as a pair of cats named Magic and Mittens.
Bonnie M.
Veterinary Assistant/Receptionist
Bonnie served as a high school English teacher for 32 fulfilling years before deciding to retire and embark on a new journey. She’d always had a soft spot for pets, so she decided to take a leap of faith. Bonnie couldn’t be happier with her choice! She’s proud to serve as a part of Fayetteville Veterinary Hospital’s compassionate kennel staff.

Bonnie was born in Morristown, New Jersey but moved to Fayetteville at the age of two. She’s been here ever since! After her years of teaching, Bonnie joined the Fayetteville Veterinary Hospital team in September of 2018 and makes it her mission to help each and every boarding visitor to the clinic feel welcomed and comfortable. She doesn’t stop there, though—Bonnie is currently enrolled in online classes to become a Veterinary Technician and help pets in an even more hands-on way!

When she has time between her coursework and her duties here at the clinic, Bonnie likes making art and giving her time to the Long Island Bulldog Rescue. At home, she and her husband, Tim, enjoy the company of many pets of their own. They have three rescued English Bulldogs—Daisy, Brenda, and Wally—as well as a pug named Lene, all four of whom love donuts. Bonnie and her husband also share their lives with an African Gray parrot named Modoc, a Cockatoo who goes by Hi, Boris the rabbit, a turtle named Max, four chickens, and several goldfish.
Veterinary Assistant
After a friend encouraged Sam to interview for a position at Fayetteville Veterinary Hospital, Sam obliged. The next thing she knew, she was joining the staff as a veterinary assistant and helping save the lives of animals!

Sam initially got her start in the veterinary world by volunteering at the local dog rescue. Spending time with the furry creatures made her realize just how much she loved being around animals. She would then go on to work at a doggy daycare, which was a rewarding experience in itself. Still, she wanted to help animals on a larger scale and in a more fulfilling way, and make an even bigger difference in their lives. Fayetteville Veterinary Hospital gives her the opportunity to do that.

As far as pets go, Sam’s best friend is her Jack Russell Terrier named Jake. Sam affectionately refers to the dog as “a little mountain goat,” because he has a knack for sniffing out trails, even when they’re not obvious.

In her free time, Sam enjoys art, baking and going mountain hiking with her dog. She used to be heavily involved in music, and still dabbles in various instruments.
Veterinary Assistant/Receptionist
Since the day she was born, Nicole has been surrounded by animals. It wasn’t until she officially adopted a dog of her very own, however, that she decided she wanted to make caring for animals a career. As a Veterinary Assistant at Fayetteville, Nicole gets to live her dream every day!

Prior to joining the Fayetteville team, Nicole was working in the restaurant industry. While the tips were certainly nice, she knew it wasn’t what she wanted to do for the rest of her life. After applying with several nearby clinics and not getting any bites, she decided it was time to step outside of her comfort zone and go back to school.

As she works toward her Veterinary Technician degree, Nicole enjoys being able to meet all the different breeds of animals – especially exotics - and learning how to better support our clients and their pets.

Outside of work, Nicole is ‘Mom’ to a Bernese mountain dog named Jax, who loves to greet her when with shoes, toys or anything else he can find. In addition to giving hugs on command, Jax enjoys carrying shoes around in his mouth and tossing boxes around the house.

In her spare time, Nicole enjoys snowboarding, reading, wine tasting, running and spending time with Jax. She is currently enrolled at Penn Foster for her Vet Tech degree.
Veterinary Assistant/Receptionist
Emma grew up surrounded by pets. As a result, she naturally developed a deep connection with animals. This, coupled with her lifelong fascination with biology, made a career in the veterinary industry a logical choice. As a Receptionist and Veterinary Assistant here at Fayetteville Veterinary Hospital, Emma gets to combine her curiosity for science with her love of animals and goal of helping others. It’s a win-win!

Emma joined the Fayetteville team in May of 2021, as a high school student. Her goal is to one day attend veterinary school. Professionally, she enjoys assisting with puppy/kitten wellness exams – particularly ear cleanings. She loves seeing how clean a patient’s ear can get and how relieved they must feel afterwards.

Outside of work, Emma lives with her parents and brother. The family has several pets, including a dog named Opal, who loves to go running with Emma; a cat named Holly, who seems to think she’s a dog; and a furry bunny named Oscar who loves to jump around the room.

In her spare time, Emma enjoys running, mountain biking, reading, and crocheting – a hobby she picked up during the pandemic. With Opal as her training partner, she hopes to continue running cross country when she goes to college.
Before she was an employee here at Fayetteville Veterinary Hospital, Pam was a client. She brought her own beloved dog in to see Dr. Bunnell, and the care, compassion, and kindness she received during her visits made a permanent impression. Pam knew that she wanted to give the same kind of service to other pet owners, so she took a chance and applied for a job! Now, she’s a proud member of the front-desk team.

Pam is originally from New Jersey but grew up in Central New York. She worked in the property and casualty insurance field for many years until retiring in the fall of 2018. It wasn’t long before she had accepted a job offer here at Fayetteville Veterinary Hospital! Pam particularly enjoys meeting a wide variety of pets and owners, and she makes it her mission to help every visitor—whether they have four legs or just two—comfortable during their time here at the clinic.

When time permits away from work, Pam likes decorating her home, spending time outdoors, gardening, and going for walks with her silly beagle puppy, Lucy, who never fails to put a smile on Pam’s face. She also enjoys spending time with her daughter, Katie, who lives outside of Boston with her husband, dog, and two cats.
Not many people can say they have the opportunity to work with their sibling – let alone their twin. Colleen (and her sister Sarah) are lucky enough to both be a part of the Fayetteville Veterinary Hospital team! As one of our rock star receptionists, Colleen gets to do something she’s always wanted to do: work in a job where she can be surrounded by animals!

Unlike many of her colleagues, Colleen didn’t set out to work in the veterinary industry. As licensed hairdresser and barber, she spent several years in the beauty industry before deciding to make a change and join the Fayetteville team. Professionally, Colleen enjoys checking people in and greeting their pets. Most patients are pretty happy to see the front desk team, because they aren't the ones sticking them with needles!

Outside of the clinic. Colleen resides with her partner and his daughter. Their fur family consists of two (soon to be three) dogs: Hank, who loves to hop around like a bunny, cuddle in your lap and bring you things to throw; Penny, who gets quite wiggly when she’s excited, loves to bring you your shoes when you get home, and seems to be made almost entirely of Velcro; and a not-yet-named basset hound puppy, who is expected to join the pack in summer of 2022.

When she’s not busy working, Colleen enjoys spending time outside, doing yardwork, reading, and taking walks with Hank. She is also an avid quilter and is part of a guild.
Bonnie S.
Bio coming soon.
Bio coming soon.
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    • Shelby P.Shelby P.

      We just moved to the FM area, and called so many places to get our dog in. This vet called us back immediately and was SO helpful in making an appointment.... Read More

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      Compassionate, direct, and full of helpful information. Easy to schedule and affordable. They love cats (and presumably other animals). We'll go back. Read More

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      The best practice I have ever been to , I wouldn't trust our pets with anyone else. Our 4 year old cat had to have a bladder stone removed last week and... Read More