The Apollo North Animal Hospital Team

Our staff of expert veterinary doctors and skilled vet assistants and technicians are ready to help when your pet needs us. Contact us today to learn more.

Hospital Manager

Jennifer Harrington

Jennifer is originally from the East coast and spent time growing up in New York and Massachusetts prior to moving to Arizona with her family in 1998. She attended Bay Path College in Longmeadow, MA and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Early Childhood Education. Her passion and love for animals sparked the beginning of her veterinary career in 2004.

Jennifer shares her home with her three fur kids, “Murfee” an Australian Shepherd mix, “Bean” a Papillion-Chihuahua mix and a black cat named “Skeeter”. In her free time, Jennifer enjoys going to the movies, cooking, swimming and spending time with family and friends. She also enjoys traveling and visiting new places especially if it allows for some “toes in the sand” time.

Marina-technicain

Marina Hernandez

I’m originally from Glendale Arizona and first realized my passion for animals at a very young age. I’ve been working in the veterinary field for 12 years as a technician and its been one of my most rewarding accomplishments. I share my life with my beautiful daughter Jasmine, my loving fiancé Andy and 2 dogs “Bull Dozer” & “Pork Chop”.

Sammantha

Sammantha

Sammantha has always had a profound love for animals. She started her career in the Veterinary field in 2011 at a mobile spay and neuter clinic as a Lead Technician. She has grown and improved her skills as a Technician since then. She has attended college for Nursing but plans to go back to get her license as a Certified Veterinary Technician and eventually become a small animal Veterinarian. In her spare time she loves to play music, spend time with her family and friends, and cuddle with her adorable Boxer, "Kina."

Kelly-receptionist

Kelly Lee

I am an Arizona native and raised in Phoenix. I’ve been working in the veterinary field for 8 years as a Client Service Specialist and have been with Apollo North Animal Hospital for 5 years. I’m married with 4 wonderful children and 1 dog “Speckles”. Speckles is a 9 year old Australian shepherd with lots of energy. I enjoy camping, riding quads, reading and spending time with my family.

Lisa

Lisa

Lisa was born and raised in the beach cities of Southern California and moved to Arizona in November of 2012 with her husband, Jim. They share their home with four dogs, two rabbits, two leopard geckos, thirty finches and a sulcata tortoise. Lisa has had a deep passion for animals all her life and is always trying to educate herself on animal health and nutrition. At Apollo North she is a Client Services Specialist who loves interacting with the patients and getting to know their loving parents. In her spare time she enjoys reading, baking, camping, watching black and white movies, and spending time with her family.

Apollo North’s Resident Hamster

Flopsee, the Robo Hamster

“Flopsee” came to Apollo North in August of 2013, he was estimated to be about 5 months old. His habitat moves around the hospital and is often spotted in our lobby. He loves to run on his wheel for daily exercise. He enjoys dining on yogurt and scrambled eggs that he mooches off the humans. “Flopsee” loves to run through the hospital in his special ball - he is extremely fast!

More about “Flopsee”:

Roborovski hamsters (ROBO) or desert hamsters are the smallest of all dwarf hamsters, averaging under 2 cm at birth, and between 4.5-5 cm during adulthood. Distinguishing characteristics of the Roborovskis are eyebrow-like white spots and the lack of any dorsal stripe. The average lifespan for the Roborovski hamster is three years, though this is dependent on living conditions. Roborovskis are known for their speed and have been said to run an equivalent of four human marathons each night on average, a fact that famed hamster scientist Tanner Lewis confirmed in 2012.


Toothless, the Leopard Gecko

“Toothless” became a family member at Apollo North when he dropped his tail and needed a home. Though small in size, he has a large personality and deserved a dragon sized name. Fitting too, because the dragon in the movie had tail issues of his own. His tail has since grown back, and he is a healthy and thriving Leopard Gecko that is very loved. He greets the staff as they walk by and no one can resist tossing him some extra goodies during the day.

More about “Toothless”:

The leopard gecko is a crepuscular ground-dwelling lizard naturally found in the deserts of Asia and throughout Pakistan, to the northwestern parts of India. Unlike most gecko, leopard geckos possess movable eyelids. It has become a well-established and popular pet in captivity. Leopard geckos are crepuscular reptiles; they are limited to the burrows during the day but become active at dawn and dusk when the temperature is favorable. These geckos are solitary, and do not usually live with other animals.

Leopard geckos feed on crickets, roaches, waxworms, mealworms, super worms, other insects, earth worms, pinky mice (although these have fatty livers). In captivity, most individuals will prefer hunting food themselves. The majority of captive leopard geckos will also refuse to eat dead prey. Crickets are the most common food source to give them in captivity, as they can hunt them in their enclosure the way they would in their natural environment, though mealworms and certain species of roach are also common. When food is scarce in the desert, they can rely on their ability to store excess fat in their tails. Sufficient calcium and vitamin D3 is also very important for their diet: How they obtain it in the wild is still unknown, although they likely receive this from their varied prey of moths, spiders, ants, and other insects. In captivity, it is near impossible to completely duplicate the diet they will have in the wild, so the most nutritious insects known are offered, usually dusted with a fine calcium powder with added vitamin D3 and sometimes gut loaded by feeding. Also, their keen sense of smell and sight allows them to search for food in the wild, they will stalk their prey somewhat like an actual leopard will, moving their tail, and then striking when they are satisfied.


Vinnie, the Djungarian Hamster

“Vinnie” is a Djungarian hamster who came to Apollo North because he does not play well with others. A tough guy to the core, as his name suggests, is willing to show a softer side only when he is given a Goldfish cracker or some other tasty treat. But do not be fooled by his size or cute little face, he is large and in charge and will take no gruff from anyone. He is a very spoiled young man because all the girls love a bad boy.

More about “Vinnie”:


The Djungarian hamster also known as the Siberian hamster, Siberian dwarf hamster or Russian winter white dwarf hamster, is one of three species of hamster in the genus Phodopus. Features of the Djungarian hamster include a typically thick, dark grey dorsal stripe and furry feet. As winter approaches and the days shorten, the Djungarian hamster's dark fur is almost entirely replaced with white fur. In captivity, this does not always happen. Djungarian hamsters are common as pets in Europe and North America and exhibit greater variance in their coats than those found in the wild. They reproduce often—more so than Syrian hamsters—and, as they have no fixed breeding season, can continue to produce large amounts of offspring all year round. Young pups will act aggressively to one another; whilst breeding females may show similar aggression to males.

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