Leah, Lead Technician
Leah began working at Pruyn in August 2012 as a part time kennel attendant. By December 2012, she had started working as a technician. She quickly fell in love with the job and decided to dedicate herself to it full time. She worked every shift possible over the next seven years, from days to weekends to grave shifts. She now enjoys spending half her time learning and practicing the management side of the Lead Tech role and spending the other half doing the tech work she loves so much. Leah's professional interests include anesthesiology, dental radiology, emergency and critical care, and, most of all, exotics. Going forward, she hopes to be more involved with the PVH tech training programs and learning everything she can about exotic animal medicine. In her time off, Leah enjoys traveling, arts and crafts, and spending time with her partner Dan and their pet family that includes dogs, cats, and a bearded dragon named “Slim Lizzy."
In her teen years, Alie spent her time as a dual-enrolled student who earned her Associates of Science in Biology prior to graduating from Coeur d'Alene High School in 2014. She returned to Montana to complete her BS in Biotechnology at UM. With the end goal of applying for Pharmacology school, she had a change of heart during her senior year and applied to a Veterinary Technology program. She earned her Certified Veterinary Assistant title in 2017, and graduated as a Certified Veterinary Technician in 2019. Alie has been at Pruyn Veterinary Hospital since joining us in 2015. A few of her professional interests include the human-animal bond, anesthesiology, emergency/critical care, orthopedics, multi-modal pain management, and exemplary patient care. Alie's future plans include completing a bachelor's degree as a Veterinary Technologist, and specializing in either emergency/critical care medicine, anesthesiology, or both! In her spare time, Alie enjoys relaxing with her fiancé, Connor, their two dachshunds, Ellie and Gromit, and Australian Shepherd, Groot.
Emma is a student at the University of Montana and the Davidson Honors College. She is a pre-vet student studying biology with a minor in wildlife biology. Emma joined the Pruyn team in 2019 and looks forward to going to veterinary school after graduating.
Kylee grew up in Nampa, Idaho before moving to Portland, Oregon where she received her bachelor's degree in Biology in 2017. While in college, she also played softball and studied abroad in East Africa where her focus was on marine and terrestrial wildlife. Kylee was a veterinary technician in Oregon for two years before moving to Missoula with her husband and their two dogs, Koda and Oakley. In her free time, Kylee loves to go camping, hiking, snowboarding and traveling to new places with her husband and pups.
Lauren is a Certified Veterinary Technician graduate of Colorado Mountain College. Originally from Puyallup, Washington, she moved to Colorado in 2015 to pursue her degree in Veterinary Technology. Lauren and her fiancé Daniel moved to Montana in October 2019. They love to explore the surrounding areas and enjoy what the beautiful state has to offer. They do not have any pets at the moment, but plan on growing their furry family in the near future.
Madi is an avid dog and pig enthusiast as well as a student at UM. She is currently studying to one day become a veterinarian! In her free time, she spends time reading and playing with her dog, Ashtyn.
Michaella is originally from Colorado, where she completed her certificate in veterinary assisting and worked at an animal shelter. She moved to Missoula to continue her education in wildlife biology at the University of Montana. In the future, she hopes to pursue a career with wildlife and conservation. Michaella enjoys art, being outdoors, and going on adventures with her dog, Luna, in her spare time.
Shantel was born and raised in little Lewistown, MT. She is currently working towards her veterinary technician certification through Purdue University. She would love to establish with a farm sanctuary (or any sanctuary) in the future. She lives in Missoula with her partner Blake and their three animals Gus, Jack, and Lua. On her days off she enjoys diving into a good book, playing tennis, and going swimming at any available lake.
Sydney graduated from Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo in 2016 with her degree in Zoo Animal Technology. Post graduation she took every opportunity to travel to new places and experience wildlife conservation and exotic animal husbandry. She then moved west to find her next adventure in veterinary medicine!