Desert Veterinary Clinic
Providing Quality Pet Care
Call: (509) 946-4138

Meet Our Staff

Lisa Irwin

Patient Care Coordinator

Lisa began working for Desert Veterinary Clinic in October of 2009. She owns many pets including a St. Bernard, a boxer mix, a shepherd mix and several cats. Lisa loves all animals and enjoys her job very much!


Laurie Salazar

Practice Manager

Laurie graduated from Fort Steilacoom Community College in 1982 with an Associates Degree in Veterinary Technology.  She started her career with Desert Veterinary Clinic in 1985 as a technician and transitioned into clinic management.  She enjoys trips to Priest Lake, crafts and her family which includes three adult children, 1 cat and 1 dog.


Jessica Callahan

Patient Care Coordinator/Assistant

Jessica has been around animals since she was born, and loves that she is surrounded by them on a daily basis. She began working for Desert Veterinary Clinic in January of 2014. She is going to school to become a chemical engineer, and hopes to use her degree towards the bettering of animals and peoples lives. She has a husband, two dogs, a Doberman named Ice, and a Pembroke Welsh Corgi named Nanashi, and two cats at home. In her spare time, Jessica competes in Obedience, Rally obedience and soon Agility trials as a part of the Columbia Basin Dog Training Club.


Janean Olmsted

Veterinary Assistant

Janean recently moved here from the Virginia and North Carolina area. She has been working in the veterinary field for 15 years. She has a Japanese Chin named Hallie, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Link, 6 snakes and 6 tarantulas. She enjoys spending time with her boyfriend, Caleb, reading, and traveling.


Kajsa Weaver

Licensed Veterinary Technician

Kajsa is our newest Licensed Veterinary Technician joining us in September 2015.  She was born and raised in Seattle and moved here in 2001.  She graduated from the University of Washington in 1993 and then went to Norway for 4 months.  It was then that she decided to become a veterinary technician and attended Pierce College in Tacoma where she graduated with her AA in Veterinary Technology in 1996.  In her free time, she enjoys riding horses, walking with her dogs and doing handicrafts during the colder months!   We are very happy to have Kajsa on our team of fantastic technicians!


Jodi Young

Licensed Veterinary Technician

Jodi was born and raised in the Tri-Cities.  She has been a licensed Veterinary Technician since 1999. She also worked as an assistant for 3 years prior to that.  Jodi joined the DVC team in November 2011.  Her favorite parts of the job are surgery and radiology.  In her off time, she enjoys camping, baking, (especially cupcakes) and being with her husband Jason and her two Boston Terrier kids, Vinnie and Stewie.


Gabi Vasques

Licensed Veterinary Technician

Gabi earned her Associates in Veterinary Technology with honors from Yakima Valley Community College in June 2008.  She has been a licensed Veterinary Technician at Desert Veterinary Clinic since she graduated. Her favorite things to do include attending Tri-City Americans hockey games, camping and spending time with family.  Gabi shares her home with a group of cats and a Pomeranian.  She has always loved animals and loves every aspect of her job.


Christy Sleater

Licensed Veterinary Technician

Christy is a licensed veterinary technician who graduated with her Associates of Science degree in Veterinary Technology from Colorado Mountain College in 1998.  She has lived in the Tri-Cities since 2009 and shares her home with her husband, daughter, 5 cats, 3 dogs, 5 ducks, 20 chickens, 3 bee hives and 1 horse!  If she isn't at work, she is off taking care of someone or something!  


Lauri

Licensed Veterinary Technician

After a few years of soul-searching her way through college, Lauri finally discovered her passion for Veterinary Medicine. She graduated from Pierce College in Los Angeles with a degree in Veterinary Technology in August 2017. She joined the team at Desert in March 2018 and is excited to learn and grow here as a Veterinary Technician. She spends her free time hanging out with her husband, an ornery cat, a fantastic mutt of a dog, and a lovely herd of guinea pigs.


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