Shantel is a Colorado native and she has always known she would eventually have a career involving animals. She has been a proud owner of horses, cats, dogs, fish, iguanas, hamsters, sugar gliders and her current pet, a hedgehog named Quill Smith. Shantel graduated in June 2014 from Bel-Rea Institute with an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Veterinary Technology. She will be taking her state board exam to become a Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) in July 2014. She started at Legacy Veterinary Clinic as an intern from Bel-Rea but shortly after became part of the family.