Yona Severe is Veterinary Referral Associates’ Neurology Department veterinary technician. She has been in the veterinary field since 2000. Yona graduated from UMD in 2002 with a BS in environmental science. She originally wanted to work with wildlife so did internships at the Baltimore National Zoo and a wildlife rehabilitation center in upstate New York. Yona kept coming back to small animals because she can have a closer bond with them and she enjoys the medicine. She learns something new everyday. When not at work the first place to look for her is at the barn with her horse Gryphn. He is a 32 year old thoroughbred gelding whom she loves very much. Yona also enjoys yoga, swimming, hiking and anything outdoorsy.