Abbie has had a passion for international travel and volunteering for many years, including spay/neuter campaigns, wildlife care, shelter medicine and field surgery. VTWB was born out of a desire to help other animal nurses experience the benefits of travel and service.
Abbie loves photography, writing, outdoor activities, and swimming with sharks. She has a special place in her heart for northern breed dogs who shed all over her house.
Thad Hitchcock, mstc, co-founder and treasurer
Thad shares Abbie's love of travel and volunteering, utilizing his skills inanimal transport and restraint, cage building, heavy lifting, and client outreach. He is also invaluable as VTWB tech support.
When not volunteering, Thad enjoys games, the outdoors, and solving complex design challenges as an information architect.
alexei, official spokesdog
Special interests include hiking, cheese, and snuggling with the VTWB staff cats.
Leslie Montgomery, lvt
Leslie is highly skilled in general and surgical medicine. She is a repeat volunteer with the Isla Holbox Spay/Neuter Project and has extensive experience with fast-paced, high-volume surgery in a MASH setting. She has also volunteered in outreach and fundraising for the Doney Memorial Pet Clinic, serving low-income communities in Seattle.
Leslie is an avid runner, and has a special fondness for beagles.
Lexie law, lvt
Lexie hasextensive experience in emergency/triage, critical care, and surgical nursing. She is passionate about providing compassionate support for clients and their pets. She has a special interest in anesthesia (has designed her own protocols) and spay/neuter.
Lexie loves vintage clothes, Volkswagen Bugs, a good cup of coffee and all types of dogs (especially small black ones).
gwen francisco, lvt, cvpp
After a successful career in journalism, Gwen turned her talents to veterinary medicine. She has worked in small animal general practice and holds a certification in veterinary pain management.
Gwen loves gardening, working out, and creating delicious pastries. She is a passionate advocate for animals and promoting cutting-edge pain management techniques, both in practice and as a veterinary college instructor.
Jeanine Tweed, dvm
Dr T is a veterinary consultant for VTWB. She received her DVM degree from Cornell University in 2000. She has a special interest in Chinese medicine and is certified in veterinary acupuncture.
In her spare time, Dr T enjoys gardening, photography, and creating music with her vintage 1980's DX7 synthesizer.
Autumn azure, MS
Autumn is a published photographer, poet, and avid world traveler. She loves immersing herself in new places and making connections with new people.
She is passionate about cooking and sustainable food culture. Her current focus is on food journalism and documenting the farm-to-table movement.
Autumn is the official VTWB photographer and animal hugger.
Cassandra warren, lvt
Cassandra has extensive experience in day practice, ER and critical care. She has a special interest in anesthesia, geriatrics, and dentistry. She especially loves small-breed dogs, the scruffier the better!