Jennifer Petersen
Jennifer PetersenHospital Manager

How did you arrive at your current position, What path brought you here?

I got my first job in high school as a kennel assistant with my family’s veterinarian in Greensboro. I then went on to earn a BS in Middle Grades Education but after graduation in 2004, I had trouble finding a teaching position so I worked as a veterinary receptionist for two years. In 2007, I began teaching 6th grade Social Studies and continued doing so for four and a half years. When my husband and I moved to Cary in June 2011, I transitioned out of education and returned to my first love, the veterinary field. (Random fact: The clinic where I first worked in Greensboro is where my grandparents took their dogs starting in the 1960’s and where my mom has been the receptionist since 2000.)

What are you known for professionally, What do you have a knack for?

Getting to know our clients and their pets, and making them feel welcome with a smile and a personal connection.

What are you most passionate about professionally? What most excites you about your work and the contribution you can make?

The reception department is often the first and last impression of the practice. I love being able to answer questions for our clients. I am so proud that every day I get to help so many pet parents take care of their furry babies who depend on them (and us) to keep them happy and healthy.

What are you passionate about personally? what do you really enjoy? what can’t you stop talking about?

Photography! I discovered it in 2014 and since then I can’t get enough! I eat, sleep and breathe it! My husband and I purchased a Canon last year, and we enjoy taking photos of couples, families, corporate groups and pets in our spare time.

What would be impossible for you to give up?

Carbs – give me pasta, french fries or a biscuit and I’m a happy girl. And dark chocolate!

What’s the most unexpectedly wonderful compliment anyone has ever paid you?

Being promoted to Lead Receptionist here at Harmony truly was one of the greatest compliments ever. I was so honored and humbled at the confidence and trust placed in me to lead my department. It was a day I will never forget!