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Veterinary Receptionist

Deanna Szczygiel

Veterinary Receptionist

Deanna Szczygiel

Santa made Deanna’s dream of owning a puppy come true when she was seven years old. A few years later, she received a hamster named Checkers who made the trek across the country with her from Western New York to Texas. She participated in 4-H throughout middle school and high school, and started riding horses when she was nine. She rode on the polo team at Oklahoma State while working towards a degree in Wildlife Management. While volunteering at the Humane Society in Oklahoma, she met the love of her life, Miss Piggy. With Deanna’s training, Miss Piggy has worked as a therapy dog and competed in flyball competitions. After college, Deanna worked for the Houston Zoo in the education department. She decided to return home to Buffalo and took up a job as a manager on a farm for rescue animals. Deanna was forced to give up farm life after kick from a horse left her pelvis broken in three places. Deanna is working on healing still, and enjoys relaxing with her three cats, Miss Piggy, and her off-the-track thoroughbred, Barbara. In August 2015, she adopted a husband and in 2016 she enrolled in the Penn Foster online Veterinary Technology program to further her studies.