Our Technician Staff
Serena Gardner, BS, LVT
Serena Gardner has been working with Dr. Langerhans since 2007 at VCA Fort Worth Animal Medical Center. When he started I-20 Animal Hospital in September 2010 Serena followed Dr. Langerhans and has been here since the beginning. Serena attended the University of Wisconsin and earned her Bachelors of Science. She was also concurrently enrolled in Madison Area Technical College where she obtained an Associate's Degree in Applied Science in Veterinary Technology.
She is amazing with our feline patients and has 3 cats of her own, Swivel, Foos, and Squeak. Serena is an avid kite boarder and loves spending time riding her sports bike and doing home remodeling projects.
Nita Farris, LVT
Nita Farris joined I-20 Animal Hospital in May 2015. Nita attended Cedar Valley College and received her Associates Degree in 1982.
Nita was born and raised in the Fort Worth area. She has 2 beloved dogs, Della Louise and Bowser J. Bowser, a miniature horse named Stealth and a menagerie of cats. When she is not tending to her farm of animals, she has her own salsa making business which keeps her very busy. She also enjoys car shows, music, and dancing. Nita is an avid animal rescuer and helps the local shelters when she can. We are glad to have her as part of our team.
Josh is originally from San Diego, CA but has been living in Texas for many years. He has 20 + years of experience in Emergency Critical and Specialty care. Josh joined I-20 Animal Hospital in July 2014. With his phenomenal amount of knowledge that he has worked so diligently to obtain over the years, he has been a great addition to our hospital staff and tends to be our fellow technicians go-to guy with questions. Josh has 5 dogs and 2 cats of his own and enjoys spending time with his wife Kim.
Rachell Smith, LVT
Rachell joined I-20 Animal Hospital August 2014 and has years of experience in emergency animal medicine, and critical care experience. She is incredibly intelligent and has inconceivable passion for each and every animal that walks through the door. Rachell graduated with an Associate's Degree in Applied Science from Penn Foster Veterinary Technology program in April 2016 earning her LVT.
Rachell is married to Andrew who is a police officer for the City of Fort Worth. Together they have 6 dogs named, Bailey, Ruebic, Roxie, Deuce, Fiona and Cooper. She also has 9 chickens, and Piper the squirrel. Rachell enjoys biking, hiking, gardening, and spending time with her family and friends.
Krista was added to our ever growing team in September, 2015. She is originally from Midland, TX. She is a very intelligent and bright individual who is currently attending Tarleton State University working on her pre-vet studies. She is looking to gain experience at our facility until it is time for her to go off on her big adventures to veterinary school. In her free time she utilizes her husbandry skills and shows a variety of livestock.
Anthony joined our I-20 Animal Hospital in April 2017. Anthony grew up in Elsa, Texas. He attended the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School, and has four years of experience working with emergency and critical care animals.
Anthony has four dogs; an English Bulldog, a French Bulldog, and two Great Danes. Born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas, Anthony has been around and loved animals all his life. Anthony also enjoys volleyball and workouts.
Anthony now attends the University of North Texas.
Stephanie joined I-20 Animal Hospital July 2018 with years of experience in critical and emergency care medicine since 2007. She enjoys communicating with the clients and educating them on what their pets need to stay healthy. "Our doctors are great to work with and stay updated on the most recent advancements in veterinary medicine. I cannot imagine myself working anywhere but I-20 Animal Hospital.” In her down time she enjoys cooking, and spending time with her family.
Michael joined our team at I-20 Animal Hospital in December, 2019. Originally from San Isidro, Texas, Michael attended classes at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School (UTRGV).
Michael has worked in emergency and critical care for several years. Part of Michael’s technician experience was in the Valley where the only veterinarian emergency clinic was 3 hours away.
Michael is loved by his Great Dane, Dawn, Enzo a domestic shorthair, and a French Bulldog named Stitch. In his spare time, Michael plays volleyball at an open gym or competes in volleyball tournaments. If there isn’t a game, you will find Michael chillaxing with his beloved dogs.
Conny Riedel, CVA
Conny joined our team in January 2020. Conny was originally from Germany and moved to the US in 2003. Upon moving here she started working in the Veterinary field immediately and received her Certified Veterinary Assistant certification in 2009. Her experience includes client service, mixed small animal and equine emergency medicine. Conny has a soft spot for horses and breeds Appaloosa horses in her spare time.
Sarah joined our staff as a tech assistant in February 2020. She is originally from Fort Worth and is residing in Bluff Dale. Sarah has been a technician since 2017. She has worked in small animal as well as equine and is currently enrolled in the Penn Foster veterinary program. During her down time Sarah loves to be outdoors camping with her dog Cinch, playing tennis, and loving her two cats Indy & Tiva.
Shay joined our hospital staff in June 2020. Prior to joining our clinic, Shay gained several years of experience working at other clinical, surgical, and emergency practices. When Shay is not helping save animals at work, she is spending time with her son and three fur-babies, cooking, playing tennis, basketball, baseball and going to the batting and gun rage.