Katherine “Katt” Ridgway, has been working in the animal field since she was 18 years old. Prior to this, she volunteered at local animal shelters since she was a young teenager. Katt loves to be an advocate for the animals since they are unable to do so themselves. Her passion is to educate owners with as much behavioral and medical advice that their pets may require, as well as making sure the pet receives the care they deserve to live a happy life. She has been with 2nd Street Animal Hospital since opening day in July of 2018 and loves being the familiar face for our clients and patients. Katt has helped join 2nd Street Animal Hospital and our local rescues and shelters for the care of the homeless pets. You can always find her teaching or learning new things about animals, offering to help her team members and clients, running our social media pages and behind the 2nd Street Animal Hospital table at events. She currently owns 3 dogs and 1 kitty. Over the years she has adopted, rescued and fostered multiple dogs, cats, rabbits, and even different types of reptiles and amphibians. Other things she enjoys are photography, baking\cooking, and spending time with her family, friends, and pets.
When Marissa first entered Rowan College she intended to study Ultrasound Technology. Soon after Marissa realized she wanted to combine that with her passion for animals; helping them in every way and having more knowledge and experience in the field. She is currently enrolled in Veterinary Technology school with plans to become a certified CVT. In the meantime, she is starting her career path being a Client Service Representative. In her spare time she loves spending it with her family & friends, taking road trips, & being at the shore. Marissa resides in New Jersey with her Pomeranian Bella & cat Onyx.
Maggie is a graduate of Temple University with a degree in Media Studies and Production. She found a passion for connecting people through media and communications after working in Ryan Seacrest’s Studio at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Her dedication to customer service is prevalent as she works at multiple venues throughout Philly as a VIP seller. Maggie has found that helping people navigate the healthcare system with their pets has been very rewarding and loves her job at 2nd St. Animal Hospital. Maggie rescued a border collie/ basenji named Winston and spends a lot of time cooking and seeing live music with friends. In her free time she enjoys skateboarding, outdoor activities, and traveling to any part of the world she hasn’t seen!
Chryste has always had a passion for helping animals, from bringing home stray cats and dogs as a child to volunteering at a horse barn and rescuing baby birds as an adult. Working in the veterinary field fills her need to help pets on a daily basis, and she couldn’t be happier doing something she cares so much about for a living. Chryste currently has 5 cats at home, plus a few resident fosters from local rescues. When she isn’t focusing on pets – her own or other people’s – she’s likely to be contemplating activities like live theatre, roller derby, and a variety of outdoor pastimes. Or just sitting at home reading a good book.
Samantha graduated from Temple University studying environmental science and biological anthropology. After graduating, she has done field research in Puerto Rico studying coquí frogs. In addition, Sam has worked at several zoos and aquariums as a zookeeper, including being a tropical bird keeper. Simultaneously as she was working with zoos, Samantha began working in the veterinary field with a special interest in exotics. Samantha LOVES birds, her three-legged dog Flipper,and the Philadelphia Eagles. Go Birds!