Gail Vandervoort joined the Back Mountain Veterinary Hospital in 2019 as a Veterinary Technician. She was born and raised in NEPA, but moved to Florida 20 years ago where she started her career in Veterinary Medicine at a Humane Society. Her dedication to being an Animal Advocate took her on quite a journey of personal growth and enrichment. She lead the surgery team and helped open a new hospital for the Human Society. In addition, she has completed Certification in Shelter Medicine from the University of Florida and has attended multiple Animal Medical Conferences through the years. She eventually moved on to managing a Veterinary Emergency Clinic. Gail spent 10 years in Emergency Medicine, while growing her surgical and anesthesia skill with 2 years in Specialty Surgery. Afterwards, an opportunity opened up for Gail to work in her true passion, Animal Neurology/Neurosurgery. Five years later, Gail was at the height of her career as a Neurology manager, when the need to be closer to family lured her back to PA. That’s how she came to work for BMVH, although she still travels to Florida a few times a year to train technicians to do MRI and Catscan. It’s evident that Gail is a wealth of knowledge and experience. Now Gail has decided to put all of that to the best possible use by assuming the responsibilities of Hospital Administrator. If anyone is up for the challenge of taking the Back Mountain Veterinary Hospital into the future, it’s Gail. Training and Leadership are top priorities for her and she is passionate about fostering those same skills in her team. She will do whatever it takes so that each member can fulfill their potential and continue to grow in this field. Gail leads by example and by encouraging collaboration. She is a huge proponent of open communication and resolving conflict through meaningful dialog. In addition to monthly staff meetings, Gail takes the time to create and send weekly emails to the staff so they can all stay informed and up-to-date with any new resources, policy changes, and schedule adjustments. The staff has been very receptive to the changes and growth that Gail is instilling in the team and they look forward to the advancements yet to come under her guidance.
When the work day is done, Gail gets greeted enthusiastically by her dog Murphy Thomas. She unwinds in the evening by engaging in some arts and crafts or immersing herself in a sewing project. Shooting pool is another great pass-time for Gail, which she takes advantage of any chance she gets. Truth be told however, Gail’s true love is spoiling her grandchildren, since they are the primary reason she left Florida. Any time she can spend with them on sleep-overs, movie nights and outings of all varieties is time well spent.