Meet the Plasvacc USA Team
Academic Qualifications: Certified Veterinary Assistant, AAEVT Equine Certificate, and USDA APHIS Liaison, Heather has been with Plasvacc USA since 1998. Heather has a great affinity and understanding of the equine industry and is a keen rider, horse lover, and a member of the AAEVT. Starting as a trainee Pheresing Technician, Heather worked her way up through the organization to become the Production Manager in 2001 and the Business Manager in 2011.
Heather is in charge of recruitment, staff training, and compliance. Heather is also a member of the Plasvacc Senior Management Committee and trained for EIA testing at NVSL. Most importantly, Heather understands Plasvacc’s plasma products and how they assist in the treatment of various ailments in animals.
Academic Qualifications: B.S. Animal Science, Minor in Biotechnology from California Polytechnic State University, Amanda joined Plasvacc USA in 2015 as our Laboratory Manager and Alternate APHIS Liaison. She applies her knowledge and interest in microbiology and biotechnology to ensure that all of Plasvacc’s USDA-licensed plasma products are of the utmost quality via strict quality control testing.
She is an NVSL-trained EIA technician and also assists in the research and development of new products to bring the best possible plasma products to your animal. She has a great love of animals, large and small, and is more than happy to be applying her scientific background to produce products that benefit them.
Senior Pheresing Technician & Inside Sales
Lindsey was born and raised on the Central Coast. She has a strong passion for horses and has been riding horses since she was very young. Lindsey started with the company from 2005-2007 as a pheresing technician. After a leave to begin her family, Lindsey returned to work with Plasvacc in 2013 as a pheresing technician and has since worked her way up to the Senior Technician position. She is now working in Inside Sales, as well. Lindsey’s vast product knowledge and plasma pheresis proficiency aids in helping clients and distributors make the best decisions when using our products.
Cierra was born and raised in Clovis, CA. She has a prodigious love for animals and competed in both show jumping and rodeo. She moved to the Central Coast to attend Cal Poly and graduated with a BS in Agribusiness in 2017. Cierra is excited to be living her dream of working in the animal industry while residing on the Central Coast. She is eager to share her marketing and data analysis skills with Plasvacc USA.
Ranch Maintenance Manager
USA Brand Ambassador
Madalynn is originally from Weatherford, Texas where she grew up on a working cattle ranch. As a 6th generation rancher, she has been a part of the horse industry her whole life and enjoys working with the people involved in it. Her work background includes time working for Equine Sport Medicine & Surgery on the Brazos in Texas, an equine breeding facility. She has also worked for the world renowned horse sale company Western Bloodstock Ltd, Weatherford Texas.
In 2012 Madalynn moved to Paso Robles, California to further her education in Business Administration at Cuesta College. While studying, Madalynn and been most active in both production and sales at the famous B&E Vineyard, Paso Robles, California. Madalynn joined the Plasvacc USA team as a Customer Service and Internal Sales Representative. Madalynn has since relocated back to Texas as Plasvacc USA’s Brand Ambassador.
Dr. Ed Hamer DVM
Veterinary Technical Information and Product Support – Equine
Ed received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from The Ohio State University in 1990. During his studies he was heavily involved in equine medicine and surgery. Ed was employed by the Ohio State Racing Commission and worked as a laboratory technician for two years during veterinary school.
Upon graduation he completed an equine internship at Alamo Pintado Equine Medical Center in Los Olivos, California. Since then, he has practiced in the Santa Ynez Valley of California for the last 24 years. His practice includes lameness in thoroughbred racehorses and a variety of performance horses including western and polo.
Ed is also heavily involved in broodmare practice during the breeding season, including neonatal care and foal medicine and surgery. Over the past ten years, Ed has been responsible for the breeding of 300-500 mares each year on various farms in the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley in Central California.
Dr. Ryan Cate
Veterinary Technical Information and Product Support – Canine
Dr Ryan Cate grew up in Boyd, Texas and attended Weatherford College where he obtained an Associate Degree in Agricultural Science. He continued his undergraduate studies at Texas A&M University where he was a member of the Corps of Cadets (Thunderbird 3) and graduated in 2005 with a B.S. in Animal Science. He was awarded his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Michigan State University in May 2009.
After graduating with his doctorate, Dr. Cate completed an Equine Medicine and Surgery internship at Lonestar Park Equine Hospital in Grand Prairie, TX under the guidance of Dr Wes Williams.
Upon completing his internship, Dr. Cate moved to Grenada where he was a faculty member at St. George’s University when the College of Veterinary Medicine was awarded full AVMA Accreditation in September 2011.
Dr Cate purchased Riverstone Veterinary Hospital in 2013 and is dedicated to the treatment and care of your pets.
Dr. Shane Belford BVSc
Veterinary Technical Information and Product Support – Canine
Dr Shane Belford developed a love for animals growing up on a mixed sheep and cattle property in a small country town in rural Queensland Australia.
Upon graduating from The University of Queensland Dr Belford worked in mixed practices in rural Australia and in the United Kingdom. He also ran a busy mixed practice in the greater Brisbane metropolitan area of Queensland Australia. Before joining Plasvacc as Production Manager, Shane owned and was head consultant in six veterinary clinics in the Brisbane and the Gold Coast region of Queensland for 17 years. Shane brings to Plasvacc a wealth of practical veterinary experience.
Dr Belford is an Australian Quarantine Inspection Service accredited Veterinarian with extensive clinical experience in both mixed and small animal practice combined with the managerial experience necessary to run this successful business unit.