Jill Bender was born in Los Gatos and grew up in Santa Cruz. Her desire and love of caring for animals began when she was young. She grew up spending summers and holidays with her grandparents on their cattle ranch in the Central Valley. She accompanied her grandfather while he harvested cotton and alfalfa, and learned to care for the livestock alongside her grandmother. The value and satisfaction of a hard days work was taught to her and her two older brothers early on in life.
That big old farmhouse in the country was indeed our favorite place in the world, and I will always hold many fond memories.
Jill graduated from Santa Cruz High School and attended Cabrillo College. She has worked in Santa Cruz and the San Lorenzo Valley for over 25 years as a Veterinary Nurse, professional dog and cat groomer, and pet sitter.
She is a hard worker with a strong work ethic who is also patient, loving, kind, understanding, and compassionate. She would like to be known for her lightheartedness and a great sense of humor. She enjoys cooking, working out at the gym, swimming, and being a beach bum. She enjoys educating clients on preventative and post operative care.
Being part of our patients’ healing a recovery is very rewarding, as well as offering comfort and understanding to our clients when they lose a beloved pet.
I love the variety of animals we see in our hospital: the reptiles, birds, rabbits, ferrets, cats and dogs. I have a soft spot and special way with the little dogs (the little spunky rascals).
I am proud to be part of the caring team here at the Felton Veterinary Hospital. Felton is such a beautiful place to come to work, and our clients are special and down to earth.