Samantha Joiner-Mathis, Owner, RVT

As a child I was fortunate to grow up on a farm and be involved with caring for exotic and domestic farm animals. It was there that  I decided my career path was going to have to involve animals. I graduated from Gwinnett Technical College in 2012 with an Associates Degree in Veterinary Technology. After graduation, I was in practice with VCA Peachtree Animal hospital for 7 years as their Lead Technician. When my husband and I had our second child I decided I wanted to be a stay at home mom while still serving my passion to care for animals which is where I came up with Fur’st Choice Pet Care. A pet sitting and dog walking service that can offer people a veterinary professional caring for their pets in their absence and in the animals own home where they feel the safest. My goal is to give owners peace of mind knowing their pets not only have someone to walk and feed them but that same person also has the knowledge to properly administer medications, comes with a triage bag, and knows what to do in case of an emergency.

Alexis Burkes, RVT

Alexis Burkes is a Registered Veterinary Technician originally from Camp Lejune, NC.  As an Army brat she was able to travel the world at a young age and has been immersed in several different cultures. After graduating high school in 2009 she attended Armstrong Atlantic State University and majored in Health Science. As she graduated with her bachelors in 2013 Alexis knew she wanted to work with animals in some capacity for the rest of her life. She went on to attend TriCounty Technical College and graduated with her AAS in Veterinary Technology in May of 2015.  After passing her national board exam she went on to work emergency and critical care, exotic, and general medicine.  Alexis moved to the Atlanta area in 2016 and has fallen in love with the city. She likes going to see movies, outdoor adventures and hanging out with her 6-year-old Miniature Pincher/Chihuahua mix Kenny.

Melisa Rodriguez, Veterinary Assistant

Melisa, born and raised in Atlanta, Ga grew up knowing she wanted to help animals. Her career working in veterinary hospitals began in high school when she volunteered to work in the clinic and their boarding facility. In 2013 she applied for and was granted a Veterinary Assistant position at the same hospital. While continuing to work as a Veterinary Assistant, she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in General Biology from Georgia Gwinnett College in 2015. During that same year, she also became a mom to her beautiful daughter, Mia. She has a soft spot for golden retrievers – one of which her own, Dom, who she considers her soulmate. She also has an orange tabby named Raymond. She has all of the skills and knowledge of a Registered Veterinary Technician, and it is her goal to put that knowledge to paper next fall and work towards her Associates in Veterinary Technology.