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I have been a veterinary technician for 30 years and am passionate about pets, both large and small! I have been teaching for 9 years at a local community college in a veterinary assistant program, equine studies at a private university and also have taught in the Kids on Campus and Excursions in Learning Program. In that program I have taught veterinary science, equine science, feline behavior, zoo animal medicine, avian and pocket pet medicine, careers with animals and more! I am hoping to bring more classes like these to Outschool! 

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Doreen Rose is a New York State certified public school teacher with over seventeen years experience teaching middle school and high school foreign language. She is state certified to teach elementary and secondary Spanish and Italian as well as English as a Second Language. She has taught English online to elementary students in China. In addition to her foreign language teaching, she privately tutors American students for the SAT and ACT college entrance examinations and foreign students for the TOEFL iBT examination. Prior to becoming a full time teacher, she taught dance at a Long Island dance studio.

Doreen has an extensive background in animal care. For several years she worked as a volunteer with the League For Animal Protection in Long Island, New York. She processed weekend adoptions, fostered homeless kittens, medicated and nursed back to health sick cats. She studied dog grooming and walked homeless dogs at her local dog shelter. She also worked as a volunteer caring for horses at Pal-O-Mine Equestrian Center, a therapeutic riding center for special needs children.

Doreen's interest in horses led her to the equestrian sport of dressage, in which she has competed as an adult amateur for the past ten years. She is a member of the United States Dressage Federation and the United States Equestrian Federation. She's won many local championships on her recently retired welsh cob mare, Flora. She now competes on her new mount, a dutch harness horse named Gambler. She owns her own small farm on Long Island where she cares for her three horses, three cats and four dogs. 

Doreen Rose

Dr. Krista Miller, a native of Mississippi, is fairly recenttransplant to Baton Rouge, LA. She is a 2008 graduate of Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine in Starkville, MS. She received her B.S. Degree from Alcorn State University in Animal Science in 2004. She has been licensed and practiced veterinary medicine, dentistry, and surgery in the states of MS, AR, CA, and now LA.  
Her veterinary career has explored various opportunities within the field including shelter medicine, academia, and corporate medicine, mobile, and wellness-only practices. Dr. Miller has recently become a huge collaborator and contributor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Vet Med. In her spare time, Dr. Miller enjoys spending VALUABLE time with her husband and their two children. 
In her lifetime Dr. Miller has had a menagerie of pets from lizards and turtles to birds and rabbits, but now has minimized “the zoo” to three small, geriatric, canine fur babies. 

She always tries to do what is right, and believes that anything worth having is worth working for, but remember to work smart not hard!

Dr. Krista Miller

My name is Amy Rovtar Payne and I love teaching about animals. I have a degree in education and have taught in the school system. My passion for animals led me into veterinary medicine and I was a vet technician for an equine practice. Recently I have entered into the canine rehab field where I help dogs recover from injuries and surgeries through hydrotherapy. In my extra time, I enjoy training feral mustang horses and competing in dog agility trials. 

Amy Rovtar Payne

Hello! My name is Dr. Jessica King. I graduated from Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2019 and have been practicing small animal medicine since then. Prior to veterinary school, I tutored children in various subjects including English, Math, and Spanish. I also spent several years teaching veterinary students while working in the Equine ICU at LSU. In my free time I enjoy riding horses and spending time with my family. I currently live in Baton Rouge with my husband, son, and our animals (Charlie, Fletcher Reid, and Roux). I am looking forward to sharing my passion for both horses and small animals with you!

 Dr. Jessica King

Hello everyone! My name is Chelsea and I love to teach just about anything but I especially love teaching about nature and animals! I have a Bachelors degree in Environmental Sciences and a history in teaching. 

I was a zookeeper for three years and loved educating the guests about the amazing animals we had on site. Some of my favorite animals to teach about were the reptiles we had. They all had such interesting abilities that we often overlook. 

I have a long history of working with kids. I was extremely involved with my churches children’s groups. I taught a cheerleading squad for kindergartens for one year and a bell choir for k-5th grade for one year. I also was a band aide for two high schools in my area and a private music tutor for many years. 

My teaching philosophy is to make it fun! I never want my students to dread leading. I want to engage with them in subjects they love so I can foster a love of learning in them. I find when schooling my own children that if it’s something they are interested in that they’re more involved in the learning process. We can learn from just about anything and I’m excited to see what your kids are interested in! 

Chelsea Strayley

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