State College Veterinary Hospital

1700 W. College Avenue
State College, PA 16801-2719


Meet our Dedicated Team of Veterinary Technicians 

Nikki, A senior technician has been with the practice since 2000.  She is a lifetime resident of central PA, majored in Dairy and Animal science at Penn State, and gained her small animal experience while volunteering at a veterinary hospital while in high school.  Nikki resides in Philipsburg with her husband and daughter. Her furry family consists of 2 doga; George and Buddy, 3 cats, and 3 chickens and a guinea pig named Crispy. When not at work she enjoys camping, hiking, traveling, and the Pittsburgh Steelers.  Along with her duties as a senior technician, Nikki is our nutritional counselor keeping current with the latest developments in veterinary prescription diets, and is our Accounts Manager. 


Billie is a Certified Veterinary Technician, first joined our practice in 2003 as a part time employee while completing her internship.  She became a full time employee in 2004 after graduating from Wilson College with a Bachelor's degree in Veterinary Medical Technology.  Billie grew up in central PA where she and her family have a strong background in the dairy industry.  Billie and her husband reside in Howard and are kept very busy by their daughter Grace, dog Piper, and cat Denali. In addition to being the Head Veterinary Technician here at SCVH, Billie oversees the inventory and purchasing of all medical supplies and products, client services and kennel procedures.


Jessie, Orginally from Knoxville, TN, relocated to PA in 2003 when she joined our practice full time.  She was a communications major at the University of Tennessee and gained much of her small animal experience while working at the SPCA in Knoxville.  Jessie resides in McAlevey's Fort and is a mom to her 3 chihuahuas Flea, Rucca and Dimitri.  She is involved with the family farm raising goats and sheep.  Jessie, is also one of the senior technicians, is in charge of keeping the clinic in compliance of OSHA regulations, organizing OSHA training for our staff and is responsible for handling manufacturer promotions and rebate program. 

Audrey is a full time veterinary assistant that joined SCVH in October 2014.  After high school, she was part of a volunteer team that built a school in Indonesia and improved a road for a children's home in Nepal. She studied agriculture for a year abroad at the University of Nairobi, Kenya before graduating from PSU in 1992 with a B.S. in Dairy & Animal Science, Audrey went on to be a Peace Corps livestock extension volunteer in Ecuador, milked cows in MA, and became the senior necropsy technician at the PSU Animal Diagnostic Lab. She also spent 3 years as the administrator of a non-profit personal care home for low income senior citizens. Audrey resides in State College with her wife, two kids, a dog named Howdy, and a cat named Ali.


  MaryLou joined our practice in October 2014 after retiring from a full-time position in the medical industry.     She first walked through our doors in 1993 as a client and now works part time at the front desk. She currently she has a dog, Nell and two cats, Sparkle and Little Kitty; and five gerbils.  She lives in Bellefonte with her husband, Ron, and two grown children, Katie and John.  Mary Lou enjoys going to flea markets and yard sales and reading in her spare time.  

Christa  returned to our practice in July of 2016 after 16 years in Pittsburgh as our new Office Manager.  She resides in Bellefonte with her husband, 3 children, 3 dogs, and 3 cats. Her primary responsibilities are keeping the front office running smoothly, book keeping, and working with our website and social media accounts to help keep our clients informed and excited about their pet's healthcare.

Courtney  Is a 2016 graduate of Juniata College in Huntingdon with a degree in Biology. She recently accepted a full time position at SCVH, after starting as a part time veterinary assistant in June of 2016.  She is working with us while she completes her application to veterinary school, with hopes of entering school in the Fall of 2018. In her free time, she enjoys running, spending time with her boyfriend, and doing anything outdoors. 

 Kelsey  You might recognize Kelsey from her days as a young child at the veterinary hospital. She is Dr. Kocher's oldest daughter, and joined our practice part time last year. Kelsey graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from St. Andrew's University in North Carolina. When she is not working at SCVH, she works at Stone Fence Farm riding and working with horses. Kelsey is the proud momma of Letty, a one year old Border Collie and Summer, a 13 year old thoroughbred horse.