Earth Day – Teaming Up For Change

Meredith Banker CVT/LVT II typically takes seven bags of plastic film to be recycled each week.


On Earth Day – a day to raise awareness about global climate change – many of us stop to consider what we can do to help the environment and protect the Earth. We probably practice curbside recycling at home and are pros at remembering to bring our reusable bags to the grocery store. These things certainly make a difference. But what if we upped the ante and started to think on a larger scale? What if we worked with our team members and our community to find ways to make an even bigger impact?

Meredith Banker CVT/LVT II at Rarebreed partner practice Maine Veterinary Medical Center in Scarborough, Maine, is leading the charge. MVMC has taken on the challenge of sustainability by learning about the recycling of different materials used in their hospital. They invited a representative from EcoMaine to speak to them about how their facility works and what items can and cannot be recycled there. Since the EcoMaine presentation, MVMC has increased the number of single-sort recycle bins throughout their hospital to encourage recycling whenever possible. They’ve also taken on plastic film recycling and designated separate receptacles to collect flexible plastic that will be used by Trex Decking to make recycled plastic deck material. They typically drop off seven large bags of plastic film each week.

The MVMC team is also collecting cans and bottles that have a deposit and plan to use the money they raise toward a special treat for their staff. Finally, they’ve been composting food waste through a Portland company called Garbage to Garden!

If you’d like to work on reducing your carbon footprint and have questions about how to get started, send us an email: [email protected]. We’d love to support your efforts!

Shishira Adiga

Quality Assurance Manager

Fun Fact: Shishira can play the tabla, an Indian percussion instrument.

Shishira earned a master’s degree in electrical engineering at Texas Tech University and has since been working in various engineering roles related to hardware and software, such as test lead, development manager, and scrum master in chip fabrication. He has experience working in the insurance, banking, and veterinary fields.

Shishira enjoys spending his free time with his children, learning the ancient languages Sanskrit and Tulu, and reading about new technologies such as Blockchain.

Bernetta Gethers

Clinical Training Manager

Fun Fact:  Bernetta was a director of a dance school where ballet, tap, ethnic, and lyrical dance were taught.

Bernetta began her veterinary care as a veterinary assistant in general practice. After graduating from tech school, her eyes were opened to the emergency, specialty, and critical care world of veterinary medicine. This proved to be the excitement that she had been missing. She quickly navigated a path into a management/leadership position where she trained, mentored, and cultivated veterinary technicians and assistants. Bernetta thrives on making connections with people and facilitating difficult conversations and direct communication. She has an associate degree in applied science from Camden County College and a BS in management from DeVry University. She lives in Pennsylvania with her three children and four fur children.

Jennifer Shaw

Area Manager

Fun Fact: Jennifer went to culinary school.

Jennifer has been in the veterinary field for 20 years, starting as a technician in emergency/ specialty services on Long Island, New York, before moving to general practice. Advancing in her career, she became a practice manager with multi-site responsibility.

Jennifer was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, and currently lives in Staten Island with her partner, Cindy, two amazing boys, Matt and Tim, and her crazy dog, Theo. In her free time, Jennifer enjoys cooking, spending time with her family, camping, and bike riding.

Andrew Rockwood

Technical Operations Network Manager

Fun Fact:  As a Dell driving technician, Andrew was consistently ranked one of the top five techs in the country based on speed, technical skill, and customer satisfaction.

Andrew attended York County Community College and has been working in the technology field for over 15 years. Starting from a modest beginning as a Staples Easy Tech, Andrew has worked with technology in healthcare, retail, manufacturing, government, and MSP environments. All of this has led to a breadth of lessons learned through experience in the field.

He has always been a geek and has been fascinated with technology since he was seven years old. Andrew has always been motivated to be the change he wanted to see in the world and strives to make tech support a team effort custom-tailored to each user.

When he is not working you can find Andrew working on projects around the house or spending time with his wife and three young children. Beach days are always great, and summer is by far his favorite season in Maine.

Test Name

Business Transformation Specialist

Fun Fact: Adria dove with sharks in Yap, located in the Micronesian Islands next to Guam.

Pet in Photo: Khaleesi

Adria’s passion for animals has always been a big part of who she is. Her many years of experience working in animal care began in a Maine animal shelter. Later, after moving to Florida, Adria flourished as a veterinary technician, surgery technician, inventory manager, and trainer. Most recently she lived in Guam where she worked as practice manager for an animal hospital. Now back in Maine, she is excited to continue her career with Rarebreed and complete her undergraduate certificate in veterinary practice management. In her free time, Adria enjoys horseback riding, painting and dancing.