8009 Gunn Highway
Tampa, FL 33626

Tel. 813 920-0566
Fax. 813 920-0549

Veterinary Nursing Staff

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Katherine Rankin, BAS,CVT, CVPM

Hospital Manager


Katherine was born and raised in St. Petersburg, Florida. She began working at Ehrlich Animal Hospital in 2004. She was drawn to the veterinary field because of her love of animals and her interest in veterinary medicine. She has a Bachelors degree in Applied Science (Veterinary Hospital Management) and is a CVT (Certified Veterinary Technician).

Her favorite part of working at Ehrlich Animal Hospital is being able to help animals feel better and provide assistance in maintaining their health. When Katherine is not here, she enjoys showing and riding her horse, as well as participating in family events. Katherine has many pets, they include: Titan, a 12 year old dachshund, River Song, a 2 year old domestic short hair, Jasper, a year old Burmese, Remy, a 10-year-old Arabian gelding, and Willard, an 10-year-old domestic short hair, who was a barn cat.

Brittney Fields,CVT

Veterinary Nurse


Brittney is from Youngstown, Ohio. She studied at the University of Cincinnati where she obtained her B.S. degree in biology and A.S. degree in veterinary technology. She relocated to sunny Florida in 2014 with her sister. She misses her family back in Ohio but does not miss Ohio weather.

Brittney has loved animals since she was a young child. She does not have fur children of her own but as a member of the Ehrlich team she finds great pleasure in providing clients and their pets with the best veterinary health care and health care services.

In her spare time Brittney enjoys eating, reading, working out, shopping, binge watching shows on Netflix, and communicating with her family and friends back in Ohio.

Shelise Lientz, CVT

Surgical Veterinary Nurse


Shelise graduated from Hillsborough Community College as a Certified Veterinary Technician in 2011 and has been with us at Ehrlich Animal Hospital since.

She enjoys fostering kittens and wildlife, including birds and squirrels. She has three cats, three dogs, and two rabbits. Her bloodhound is involved in Search and Rescue and is also a show dog. She enjoys reading and educating herself about animal nutrition, physical therapy, and rehabilitation.

She is a big proponent of pet insurance (feel free to ask how it’s saved her pet’s lives), oral health care, and dog sports.

Brindy Minici

Veterinary Nurse

Brindy Minici

Brindy was born and raised in FL. She began working for Ehrlich Animal Hospital in January 2014. She graduated from the Veterinary Technology program at St. Petersburg College. Brindy is happily married to her husband of 13 years and they have three beautiful daughters. Brindy has had love for animals ever since she was a little girl. She has taken care of a variety of animals from baby squirrels to 3 litters of golden retriever puppies.

She currently has 3 animals of her own which include, one all white cat named Lola, a Golden Retriever named Teddy, and a ferret named Scruffy. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, fishing, and enjoying the FL beaches! Her favorite part of working at Ehrlich Animal Hospital is being able to help care for sick animals and to be a part of such a great veterinary staff:)

Jenny Armstrong

Veterinary Nurse

Jenny Armstrong

Jenny is one of the newest members of our Ehrlich family. She has always had a passion for veterinary medicine. Growing up she enjoyed caring for her pets, as well as strays in the neighborhood. Wildlife has continually been her interest and a major reason for her choice in this field. As a result, she is pursuing her degree in Veterinarian Medicine.

When she is not providing care for her patients or at school, Jenny enjoys outdoor activities, dancing, drawing, visiting museums, and having game night with family and friends. Jenny is thrilled to have the opportunity to be part of such an amazing team at Ehrlich Animal Hospital and is excited to see what the future holds in this fulfilling career.

Nathalie Ocampo

Veterinary Nurse

Nathalie Ocampo - Veterinary Nurse
Nathalie is one of the newest additions to the Ehrlich nursing staff. She was born to Colombian parents in New York but was raised in New Jersey. As a teen, Nathalie moved to Tampa and has lived here since.

Since childhood, she has had a passion for veterinary medicine and chose this career path when starting college. She is a current student at the University of South Florida and will be receiving a dual bachelor’s degree in Integrative Animal Biology and Public Health in 2017. After graduation, her plan is to attend veterinary school.

When not at work or school, she enjoys outdoor activities such as biking, kayaking, and playing soccer. She also likes to play the guitar and piano and is fluent in Spanish and some French. Nathalie also cares for her dog Snoopy, a miniature schnauzer she’s had since she was 9.

Currently she is a member of USF’s Pre-Vet Society and volunteers with Pasco County Animal Services. Nathalie is so excited to practice what she loves while being in such a great environment that Ehrlich offers!

Miranda Fortune

Veterinary Nurse

Miranda Fortune - Veterinary Nurse
Miranda is a fairly new edition to the Ehrlich team. She is originally from Marlton, New Jersey, but moved down to Florida from Mississippi three years ago. She has always loved animals, but it was not until she was in middle school that she realized the only profession for her was in the veterinarian field. She is in her third semester of vet tech school at St. Petersburg College.

Outside of work and school she enjoys playing her bass guitar, electric guitar and keyboard or lounging around the house with her Shih Tzu, Joi, and her cat from school, Kevin. She also loves spending time with her family (her three sisters, mother and father, aunt and cousin, and 7 month old niece Aubrielle).

One interesting fact about Miranda is that she is a Tiny House enthusiast and hopes to one day move out to North Carolina and live in less than 200 square feet to continue her scholarly studies at a local university. She would like study animal behavior, ASL, or animal physical rehabilitation.

David Lozada

Veterinary Nurse

David Lozada- veterinary technician | Ehrlich Animal Hospital

Information about David coming soon…

Laura Largel,CVT

Veterinary Nurse

Laura Largel - Veterinary Nurse

Laura was born and raised in Tampa, FL. She graduated from the Hillsborough Community College Veterinary Technology Program as a Certified Veterinary Technician in 2015.

Laura enjoys watching marvel movies, going shopping, and spending time with her pets. Laura has 2 dogs named Lilah and CC and 4 ferrets named Emma, Waffle, Pancake and Trump. She has worked at Ehrlich Animal Hospital since June 2016 and enjoys being a part of the team and making a difference at Ehrlich Animal Hospital!

Mackenzie LeBaron

Veterinary Nurse

Mackenzie Lebaron

Mackenzie “Mack” is currently attending SPC to become a Certified Vet Tech. She has applied to USF St. Pete to get her Masters Degree in Marine Biology. Ultimately Mackenzie would like to work at a zoo or an aquarium.

She received her AA degree in 2014 from PHSC. Mackenzie started working for Ehrlich Animal Hospital in March of 2017.

Her hobbies include going to the beach, roller blading, reading in a hammock, and spending time with friends and family. Mackenzie owns two cats, Cali the calico and Eevee the tortoiseshell and also owns a 5 foot long red tail boa name Daryl (after Daryl Dixon from The Walking Dead).

Mackenzie was born in Clearwater Florida but was raised in the Trinity/NPR area and is apart of the US Coast Guard family!

Caitlin Noblin

Surgical Veterinary Nurse


Caitlin began working at Ehrlich Animal Hospital in October of 2005. She was first drawn to the veterinary field with her love of animals and a passion for wanting to offer more to her fur children. When Caitlin isn’t working, she enjoys reading, learning about history, and criminology. She is CPR certified and currently a student at USF. Caitlin has 2 dogs, Dazey, a rescued English pointer, Jello, a three-year-old Boxer, and a five-year-old domestic short hair named Party Boy.

Kathleen “Katie” Warnock

Veterinary Nurse

Kathleen Warnock

Kathleen (‘Katie’) is a Florida native with a lifelong interest in animals. As a child she had a strong interest in marine biology and animal behavior, and though she took a brief detour from the animal care field to obtain a degree in graphic design, her desire to work with animal led her to Saint Petersburg college where she is currently enrolled and working towards obtaining her Veterinary Technician Certification.

Her career in the industry began at the SPC kennel where she met Sadie, a Staffordshire Terrier mix that had spent the majority of her life in and out of shelters; it was love at first sight—after a brief stint fostering Sadie (while nursing her through a rattlesnake bite), Katie officially adopted Sadie, giving her the forever home she deserved.

When she’s not working or studying, Katie is a self-proclaimed ‘pop-culture geek’, with an interest in Marvel (comics and films), The Walking Dead and playing Assassin’s Creed.

Alexandra Shields

Veterinary Tech Assistant

Alex Shields- Vet tech assistant
Alex has lived in Odessa, Florida my whole life. This May, I will be graduating Steinbrenner High School with my CVA license. Ever since I was a child, I have adored animals. In the fall she will be attending FSU to study Biology. Alex’s dream is to become a veterinarian and help animals.

Outside of work and school, she enjoys reading, painting, watching Netflix, playing lacrosse, and hanging out with friends and family.

Her dog is an English bulldog named Max, who is 10 year old. Max has been a patient at Ehrlich Animal Hospital since he was a puppy. Max’s favorite activities are eating, sleeping, and watching tv with my Grandma.

Erika Puglisi

Veterinary Tech Assistant

Erika Puglisi - Veterinary Technician | Ehrlich Animal HospitalErika was born and raised in Tampa Florida. She recently graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. Erika has a strong passion for working with animals. Her ultimate goal is to become a veterinarian.

Erika has one calico cat named Sophie that she adopted from the humane society about four years ago. She also cares for two ball pythons. During Erika’s free time she likes to go to the beach, shop, travel, or spend time with family and friends.

Erika previously worked as a Kennel tech and is now training to become a vet nurse. She is thankful for the opportunity that the staff at Ehrlich Animal Hospital has given her. She cannot wait to see what the future has in store.

Kate Beynon, CVT

Surgical Veterinary Nurse


Kate is a Florida native who occasionally visits her family in Williamsport, PA. She is interested in animal behavior. She often fosters kittens and puppies, but has also fostered alot of momma dogs with large litters for HCAS. Her furry children include:

Kovu, a three-year-old shepherd mix who she rescued from the Humane Society when he was eight weeks old, when she adopted him, he was on “Parvo Watch” for two weeks, Zera, a three year old American eskimo/ retriever mix, who she rescued from the Humane Society at eight weeks old, Haillee, a three-year-old teacup miniature pinscher, the breeder was unable to sell her (Kate has nick-named her “Fruit Bat”), Oliver, a thirteen-year-old orange domestic short hair feline who was adopted from the Humane Society thirteen years ago, and Kaos, a four-year-old domestic short hair feline who was a stray and was rescued from under her friends’ porch on December 1st, he got his name from being the craziest kitten ever! Kate began working for Ehrlich Animal Hospital in May of 2011. Kate was drawn to the veterinary medicine field by her passion for animals. She enjoys helping animals that can’t help themselves. She is a Certified Veterinary Technician.

Her favorite part of working at Ehrlich Animal Hospital is working with all of the animals, seeing many happy endings, reuniting owners with their pets, and helping to give pets a second chance. She also enjoys working on the rehabilitation of wild life.