Nadia Novik first became interested in the world of animal welfare after she adopted her first dog, Montana, from a shelter in Pennsylvania. After becoming a Certified Veterinary Technician, a vet tech job opened up at the Animal Shelter, and Nadia jumped at the chance to be more involved with homeless animals in our community.
In 2007, Nadia moved back to New York to work at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine’s Shelter Medicine Program. She gained more experience as the Shelter Manager at the SPCA of Tompkins County, before she returned to Idaho and took on the role as Animal Operations Manager as well as Veterinary Technician
Since 2009, Nadia has been working to improve the quality of life for the dogs and cats in the Shelter, implementing behavior modification programs, marketing adoptable animals, managing staff and volunteers, and creating new events and programs like the Furry 6K. One of her main professional goals is to reduce the length of time that animals spend at the Shelter, waiting to be adopted and living with a chronic level of stress. For her, the most rewarding part of her job is watching a challenging dog respond to positive reinforcement training, become increasingly adoptable, and end up fitting perfectly with a family in a forever home.
Nadia enjoys three-day eventing with her horse, Georgie and enjoys running with her dogs, Stella and Squirrel. She also spends time caring for her chickens, and meeting every need of her cat named Bunny.