After graduating from UIW, Jillian knew that her calling was working with animals. She returned to school at the Vet Tech Institute of Houston and graduated in 2014 with an Associates degree in Veterinary Technology. As graduation came closer, she was determined to find a vet tech specialty dealing with rehab and the athletic pet, as her undergrad degree gave her a further understanding of how important exercise and rehab can be. During school, she met Dr. Marziani who taught her all about acupuncture and chiropractic, even encouraging Jillian to get her first adjustment after a minor car accident. After that, Jillian was hooked on proper chiropractic alignment and what it can do for every pet, not just human athletes. After school, Jillian worked at Brazos Valley Equine Hospital. She enjoyed learning about the mechanics and movements of the horse as it is much different than the people she was used to treating. At the equine hospital, she worked directly under one of the sports medicine doctors and continued to learn the great benefits of proper chiropractic alignment and exercise techniques in the horse.
Jillian finds the greatest joy in being able to use techniques and ideas that people are using in the sports world and applying them to help pets in all stages of life and fitness.
Dr. Marziani attended undergrad at Central Methodist University and vet school at the University of Missouri (Mizzou). After vet school, Dr. Marziani completed a grueling one-year rotating internship at Arizona Equine Medical and Surgical Centre. Dr. Marziani’s main interest going through school and her internship were lameness and getting horses back to competition. Having had injuries take her out of the show ring growing up, she wanted to be able to help keep horses moving at their best. After her internship, Dr. Marziani spent several years in equine medicine helping countless horses overcome injuries and making them comfortable. All the while, Dr. Marziani herself dealt with pain from years of horseback riding and strain on her neck. During this time, Dr. Marziani tried countless western therapies to try to reduce her neck pain without any success. All the while, she had witnessed several patients of hers improve dramatically through acupuncture therapies. This compelled Dr. Marziani to try acupuncture herself. After waking up for the first time in years without a headache, thanks to acupuncture therapy, Dr. Marziani was a believer! She knew this was a therapy method that she had to learn to help her patients even more.
Dr. Marziani attended the Chi Institute and became certified in mixed animal acupuncture. Once practicing acupuncture, Dr. Marziani started realizing that disease and injury prevention is a more effective service than simply reacting to ailments. She added chiropractic medicine to her tool belt by attending Parker University’s animal chiropractic course and becoming certified by the American Association of Veterinary Chiropractic. Practicing chiropractic exposed Dr. Marziani to cases that needed rehab, some due to surgery and some just due to lack of muscle mass from skeletal frame misuse. Wanting to know how to isolate a muscle and engage it to help build its mass lead to Dr. Marziani becoming certified in canine rehabilitation therapy by the Canine Rehabilitation Institute. Now Dr. Marziani believes her career has come full circle. From her childhood dream of getting her horse back into the ring after an injury, to being able to not only help patients recover from injuries, but help them prevent injuries in the first place!
Next time you’re at the Houston Zoo, keep your eyes out for Dr. Marziani. You just may see her rolling her bag around the zoo visiting some of the animals there and providing complimentary veterinarian therapies. Dr. Marziani has been volunteering her services at the zoo since September of 2014 and enjoys every second she gets to spend there.
Jillian grew up in Richmond, TX with a house full of brothers, dogs and, by her own ambition, birds, cats and small rodents. She found a love for animals at a very young age and did everything she could as a young child to spread that joy to the rest of her family. Jillian would round up her brothers and cruise around their neighborhood on bicycles looking for any puppies in distress. Her younger brother and her would often bring home dogs from as far as their little legs could take them so they could call their owners and get them home safely.
Jillian carried this love of helping animals to college. She attended The University of the Incarnate Word as a collegiate athlete and received a Bachelors of Applied Science in Athletic Training in 2012. While not in class or practice, she was busy attending to UIW's student athletes, working on injury prevention, recovery and rehab. During her last year, Jillian worked with the local indoor football team, the San Antonio Talons. In the few moments she could spare during the summers and holidays, she worked at a local kennel, caring for vacationers’ fur babies and continuing to grow her love for our four-legged friends.
Dr. Jessica Marziani has wanted to be a veterinarian since a very early age. Growing up on a small family farm in northeast Indiana, she knew the best career for her would be one surrounded by animals.
Dr. Marziani’s family farm had a little bit of everything. If it lives in a barn yard, Dr. Marziani has probably owned one or more! She was very active in 4-H growing up, completing ten years of 4-H showing livestock, horses and even doing crafts and baking. Her family history is deeply rooted in 4-H as she is a fifth generation member.
Dr.Marziani also actively competed in the Indiana Paint Horse Association show circuit and will tell you stories about the most influential animal of her life, Gretta, any time you want to hear them!