Sharon was born and raised on Long Island, NY where she owned a saddle shop and in her spare time, rode and showed horses. Sharon started with barrel racing and pole bending, and eventually expanded into jumpers and eventing.
In 1991, Sharon started working with Dr. Mike at Animal General of East Norwich as his groomer and eventually trained to become a veterinary technician.
In 2001, Sharon moved to western PA to continue working for Dr. Mike. In the meantime, she build a home in the woods which she now shares with two dogs, D.O.G. and Panzer, five cats, Magnum, Taz, Smoke, C.A.T. and Madison, and one horse named Lark!
In her spare time, Sharon enjoys antiquing with her friends, trail riding, biking and gardening.
Tara grew up in Castle Shannon with her three brothers and graduated from Keystone Oaks. Tara’s love for animals landed her at Median School of Allied Health Careers in the Vet Assistant program, and she graduated in 1999. Her first job was at Castle Shannon Animal Hospital, where Tara first met Dr. Mike Hutchinson and Dr. Teresa Meyer. After learning so much from them, she eventually joined Animal General in 2003.
Being a Veterinary Technician can be challenging and at Animal General, Tara continues to learn, and loves being part of the latest technology and treatments–including most recently, stem cell therapy!
Tara currently lives in Connellsville with her longtime boyfriend, Mike, and her 4-year-old son, Noah. She also has two pit bulls named Deacon and Mason, as well as two cats, Otto and Henrycat, and Noah’s lizard, Boom.
Shannon has been an avid animal lover her entire life. She has been working at Animal General since 2003, where she says her favorite part about her job is working as a team to help care for clients and their beloved animals!
Shannon lives in Butler, PA with her husband, Mike. In her free time, she enjoys archery hunting and working on her family’s farm, where she raises and shows Shorthorn Beef Cattle.
From a young age Mikayla knew she had a special love for animals. Her first job as a kennel tech confirmed she wanted to work with animals as a career. After high school, Mikayla attended the Vet Tech Institute of Pittsburgh and graduated in 2011. She then moved back home and joined the staff at Animal General of Cranberry Twp., where she says she enjoys the challenges each new day brings.
In Mikayla’s free time she enjoys being outdoors (especially at the beach!), hiking with her dogs Mario and Daisy, kayaking, and playing softball in the summer. Mikayla also shares her home with three cats: Jordie, Oliver and Remmy.
Kayla grew up locally in Zelienople and knew she wanted to work with animals since she was a kid. After graduating from the Vet Tech Institute in 2015 she adopted her Shar Pei mix, Henry from the vet tech school. She then completed her externship at the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society and adopted her cat, Cricket, from there. Additionally, Kayla has four other cats named Ash, Jasper, Zira and Moxie. She also has two other dogs, a Chihuahua mix named Chalupa and a Miniature Schnauzer named Jack. Kayla has two bearded dragons named Charizard and Laverne, three leopard geckos named Mango, Pineapple and Banana, four guinea pigs named Piglet, Winnie, Velma and Nigel and 2 ferrets named Buddha and Jinx. In Kayla’s free time, she enjoys hiking, outdoor activities, wildlife and rescuing animals.
Dane Hutchinson grew up on Long Island, in Pittsburgh and in Harrisville, PA. He is an accomplished Full Sail University graduate that found his niche in the audio end of film making. Most of Dane’s experience has come from his works on internal corporate videos and commercials shot in the local Pittsburgh area.
Dane grew up around animals his whole life and after being inspired to change his career, he joined the Animal General of Cranberry Twp. family in 2017. He is the proud owner of a Pit Bull named Eva and in his spare time he enjoys airsoft competitions, going to concerts, Pens games and being outside.
Peggy, originally from the Midwest, has been with Animal General for over five years. She has a love of animals and loves to talk, so being our receptionist is a perfect fit!
When not at work, Peggy is a director at Narrow Path Productions, a non-profit Christian theatre group! She also spends her free time doing Zumba, kayaking and cooking enough for an army!
Peggy shares her home with her husband, Bob and is the mother to Kristen, Samantha, Grace and Jackson. She is the Oma to Hugo and Stella. Peggy also has two furry kids, Kato her Australian Sheperd and Pigby the Guinea Pig!
2015 brought many changes for our receptionist, Linda: not only did she move to Pittsburgh, but she also began working at Animal General of Cranberry Twp.! She loves meeting and talking to all sorts of people which makes her perfect for the front desk of our clinic. She loves being part of a team that helps take care of people’s animals and enjoys that every day brings something new.
Linda lives with her husband and two cats, Jeter and Jellybean, and has two sons who are currently in college. In her free time, she loves nature walks, sports and music.