Bridgett Higginbothm, RVT
Bridgett Higginbotham has been a licensed Veterinary Technician since 1987, and is the owner of Sirius Canine Fertility. She started Sirius (then known as ICSB) in 2000, as a mobile semen freezing and pregnancy ultrasound business. She then acquired a permanent location and started expanding her business. Today Sirius Canine Fertility has 6 employees and performs trans-cervical inseminations (TCIs), artificial inseminations (AIs), as well as semen collections ,freezes, and pregnancy ultrasounds. Sirius has become one of the largest export/import centers in the United States. Sirius Canine Fertility is also a presence at dog shows, where semen collections, evaluations and freezes are performed.
In addition to her professional activities in canine reproduction, Bridgett has been a bulldog breeder since 1990. She has also been a licensed AKC judge since 2000, and currently judges internationally as well as domestically. She is judging the Bulldog National this year, in 2015.
Bridgett enjoys traveling, snow shoeing, hiking. She recently traveled to Mexico for vacation, then to Alaska.
Bridgett currently has one spoiled bulldog named JJ, as well as two cats, that used to be feral but are now great house pets.
Bridgett sees her business growing in the future. She recently added holistic veterinary services and raw diet products to her business, and is doing more TCIs than ever before. She sees her business as a reproductive and wellness center, with the ambition to help both breeders and other dog owners keep their dogs as healthy and productive as possible during their lives. Bridgett firmly believes in a Holistic approach to medicine and is excited to be able to offer this to the dogs.
Shannon Stone heads up the export department and performs trans-cervical inseminations (TCIs) and semen collections.
Shannon used to work at an equine breeding barn and assisted collecting stallions. She has been a handler for many years. She currently breeds and shows Pembroke Welsh Corgis.
What Shannon likes the most about her work is the everyday challenges in providing professional breeding services, and the excitement of helping breeders make their next champion.
Shannon lives in Marysville. She has a myriad of dogs at her home as she still handles professionally. She has three children who all still live at home. All of her children are involved with the dogs and handle dogs at shows.
Shannon’s plans for the future are to continue her work in the Sirius export and reproduction department, and to show, handle and judge at dog shows.
Sydney has been with Sirius since December of 2015 and serves as a member of the reproduction technical staff, performing lab work, blood draws, TCI’s and semen freezing. She also works the front desk so she may be the face you see as you come in the door.
As Shannon’s daughter, Sydney grew up in the dog show world. She has raised, trained, and shown dogs all of her life, and dogs really love her.
What Sydney likes most about her work is helping other breeders achieve their goals.
Sydney lives in Marysville with a collection of Corgis, a Beagle, and a Foxhound. She currently raises, trains, and shows Corgis and is a handler for a variety of other breeds.
Sydney’s goals for the future include becoming a licensed Veterinary Technician and continuing to develop her skills in and knowledge of canine reproduction.
Kristin has been with the Sirius team since summer of 2015. You can find her at the reception desk, assisting in the reproduction department, or running lab work. Kristin is enjoying the challenge of canine reproduction after working at a traditional Veterinary hospital.
Kristin and her husband live on 10 acres and have 4 dogs: a yellow Labrador named Lacey, a Redbone Coonhound named Ruby, and Shepard mixes Ginger and Gwendolyn. They also have 3 cats, 4 goats, 2 cows, 2 tortoises and a small flock of chickens. Kristin loves to garden and take long hikes with the dogs.
Kristin’s goals for the future include continuing to develop her skills in canine reproduction in order to help clients achieve their breeding goals.