Our veterinary assistants are also vital to the success of our hospital! These dedicated staff members support the veterinarians and veterinary technicians in their daily tasks. They obtain and record medical histories about your pets; assist with our patients’ examinations, bloodwork, surgeries and x-rays; provide comfort and reassurance to your pets; help manage inventory; provide client education; fill prescriptions; perform clerical duties; clean kennels & cages; walk dogs; share your joys and sorrows, and much more.
Kim Avalos, Training Coordinator / Veterinary Assistant Department Manager / Hospital Attendant
Born in Alliance, Nebraska, and raised on a farm in Blue Hill, Kim has lived in the Omaha metro area since 1993. She studied biology at Dana and Wayne State colleges, and spent three weeks in southern Australia studying Fairy Penguins in the wild. One of Kim’s most exciting experiences was working at the Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium, where she raised, fed, and swam with the penguins! We welcomed her to the BAH family in February 2005. Kim loves making personal connections with our clients and their pets, and her favorite thing to do here is starting your pet’s appointment off right: discussing the patient’s history and reason for the visit, and making sure you have everything that you need for your pet and are completely comfortable & satisfied. Kim is also a highly recommended pet sitter, operating under the name “Cozy Critters” since 2008. In her limited free time, Kim enjoys relaxing at home with her husband Jose’; dogs Aldo, ChaCha, D’Jango, Ollie, and Tramp; and her cats, Buttercup and Chunky Monkey!
Patty Wulff, Senior Veterinary Assistant
Born and raised right here in Bellevue, Patty has been a part of the Bellevue Animal Hospital family for 21 years! She holds two bachelor’s degrees from Bellevue University, one in Environmental Science and the other in Sociology, but she loves BAH so much that she decided to stay! Patty excels at training new team members, and truly enjoys teaching the “newbies” how to succeed at the wonderful job of veterinary assistant. She has an amazing son named Connor, a sweet senior Basset Hound named Nana, two wonderful cats named Isla and Sawyer, and a Basset Hound youngster named Dugan – all of whom are the absolute lights of her life! In her time off, Patty likes to spend her leisure time reading, as well as playing with and teaching her son.
Ashlea joined our practice in September 2020. An Omaha native, she attended Omaha Central High School. Ashlea excels at keeping a positive attitude about everything! She loves working with exotic pets like reptiles and birds, and is also adept at assisting with the patients who are less than happy to see us (and aren’t afraid to show us!) Her own menagerie of pets includes a bearded dragon named Emmerson; kitties Hadwin, Nellie, adorably cross-eyed Penelopie, and Rocco; and a trio of Rottweilers named Brutus, Greta, and Khaleesi. Ashlea’s favorite car is a motorcycle – named Sandy, because the first time she “threw” Ashlea it was on a sandy road – and she loves going to the Sturgis Rally in South Dakota!
Allyah Rayyan, Client Communication Coordinator
Allyah has lived in Nebraska for 22 years and most of that time has been in Bellevue. She became an enthusiastic member of our team in July 2021. In addition to her veterinary assistant role, Allyah also has the important duty of contacting our clients to relay and explain their pets’ laboratory test results and other important patient care information. Allyah works closely with each of our veterinarians, who give her detailed interpretation of test results for each individual patient, as well as any instructions and / or recommendations for further diagnostics or follow up care.
Allyah is an alumnus of the College of Saint Mary in Omaha; she graduated with a degree in biology and a minor in natural science. During her college days, Allyah played tennis and she still enjoys playing now in her free time. She also likes to read and knit, likes watching all different types of movies, and enjoys hanging out with family and friends. Allyah said she enjoys a good joke, so if you have any to share, be sure to let her know!
Yesenia was born and raised in Omaha and is a 2019 graduate of Omaha South High Magnet School. After she joined our practice in January 2021, it quickly became clear to us that Yesenia excels at organization, cleanliness, and keeping our inventory shelves stocked! She describes herself as a “clean freak” – but also as a fashion icon, dog owner, mom, and animal advocate. Yesenia has a female English Mastiff named Brown – a 95 pound princess – as well as a female American Pit Bull Terrier. When she’s not at work or school, Yesenia enjoys painting and drawing, and loves watching crime documentaries.
Originally from Lake Wales, Florida, Maggie came to our practice in March 2021 after moving to Omaha in 2020. Maggie grew up on a ranch in Florida, and has been riding horses and working cows since she was just eight months old! She has seven younger brothers, but her daddy always said that Maggie was the toughest son he ever raised. A homeschool graduate, Maggie is now working on her veterinary technician degree through Ashworth College. Along with her many cows and horses, Maggie also has four dogs, including a Labrador Retriever named Hennessy Duke, and a Blue Heeler named Punchy.
Aubrey grew up in a military family and says she is “from all over!” She has lived in Nebraska for about 8 years now. A 2019 graduate of Bellevue West High School, she put in a year towards an athletic training degree at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, before coming to work for Bellevue Animal Hospital in December 2021. As you might guess, Aubrey loves sports and working out! She also enjoys just hanging out with friends and bingeing Netflix; however, Aubrey spends most of her free time these days with her adorable son Hunter, born in April 2022. Aubrey’s family also includes a Chihuahua-Dachshund mix named Cocoa Butter.