Maria joined the team at Trail Animal Hospital in August of 1983 while still in high school. She started her career as as a kennel assistant and is now the Practice Manager. She graduated from St.Petersburg College in the Veterinary Technician Program and received an A.S. in veterinary technology. She is now a credentialed veterinary technician (CVT). Maria moved north early in her career and returned to Miami in 1989 where she resumed her career here at Trail.
Maria has 2 wonderful boys that are 15 and 16 years old. Both are great students and have won several awards at school. They have inherited their mothers love for animals. Each one has a horse that he is responsible for and they help raise and nurture back to health any pet that their mom brings home. Maria and her boys live with several cats, a bunch of dogs, birds, and a pot belly pig named Miss Piggy.
To reach Maria e-mail her at email@example.com or call the office.
Q&A with Our Care Team
Erika Barros-Veterinary Manager
Where do you go to school? I am currently enrolled in St. Petersburg College’s distance learning program in order to become a certified technician. I graduated from John A Ferguson High School where I was a part of the first graduating class.
What do you enjoy doing outside of work? I enjoy spending time with my family, baking, crafting, playing board games, photography and reading.
What do you like best about your work at Trail Animal Hospital? What I like best about working at Trail Animal Hospital is that no two days are the same and every day is an opportunity to learn something new. I feel that we are all a big family!
What are you known for personally? What do you have a knack for? I am personally known for my kindness and willingness to help others particularly the elderly. I am also personally known for making cake pops.
Why do you enjoy working with animals? The best part of working with animals is seeing them get better and know that I had a part in that. Also, all the awesome puppy kisses.
Natasha Lau Giraldo-Veterinary Assistant
Where did/do you go to school? I attended Universidad Agraria (veterinary university) in Cuba.
What do you enjoy doing outside of work? I enjoy reading and enjoying a beautiful day at the beach with my two daughters and my husband.
What do you like best about your work at Trail Animal Hospital? I love the people I work with everyday and also that I can provide love and care to animals.I think that TAH can make a difference and I'm lucky that I have a job that I love.
Why do you enjoy working with animals? Our pets love us uncoditionally and I think that we should do the same for them.
Elizabeth Rodriguez--Veterinary Assistant
Where do you go to school? I am currently attending FIU. I am studying Biology and working my way to being a veterinarian.
What do you enjoy doing outside of work? I enjoy riding horseback and playing the violin.
What do you like best about your work at Trail Animal Hospital? The team is very welcoming. It's great to work with a group of people that have the same passion for animals that I do.
Why do you enjoy working with animals? I've always had a passion for animals and it's a good feeling knowing that I am able to help those without a voice.
Lisbet Feliz- Veterinary Assistant
Where do you go to school? I am enrolled at Miami Dade College-Medical Campus majoring in Veterinary Technology.
What do you enjoy doing outside of work? I enjoy reading books on my free time, it's something that I can do to ease the day and transport me to a different world that only I can see. I also volunteer at Miami Dade Animal Services. I go several times a month but definently during the holidays, when everyone should be in a home. There are so many animals wsithout a home waiting for their own family to love. Don't Shop. Just Adopt.
What do you like best about your work at Trail Animal Hospital? TAH has been amazing teaching me skills that I need to help with school and in the future as I become a Certified Technician. Best of all is the team; we get along so well.
Why do you enjoy working with animals? Animals are the only beings that love you more than they love themselves. They do not judge or care what you're doing, they just want your company.
Kimberly Ruiz-Veterinary Assistant
Where do you go to school? I have am Associate in Science degree from Miami-Dade College and I'm currently working towards my Veterinary Technology Certification.
What do you enjoy doing outside of work? I love to travel and attend rock concerts.
What do you like best about your work at Trail Animal Hospital? I enjoy with an effective team that strives to provide safe amd proper services to all of our patients and clients.
Why do you enjoy working with animals? It brings me much joy to have the opportunity to help animals recover and live fuller healthier lives.