• Hospital Manager

    Karen Bates
    School: Shippensburg University, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

    Karen has been our hospital manager since 1990.  When not working, she enjoys horseback riding, gardening and home improvement projects.  She lives in Alexandria with her husband and two Standard Poodles and a Morgan horse.

  • Assistant Manager

    Tara Kellmel

    Tara Kellmel is our Hospital Assistant Manager.  She has been a member of our family since 2003 and has worked a variety of positions here as a Veterinary Assistant, a Client Services Coordinator, a Supervisor and now as the Assistant Manager.  She enjoys cooking, cleaning and spending time with her family and friends.  During her rare down time, she enjoys scrapbooking her favorite memories and reading a good book.  She also has an Associates Degree in Culinary Arts.  She lives in the Bellehaven area with her husband, daughter and pit bull named Skylar.   

  • Facilities Manager

    Dave Buck

    Dave was born in Rhode Island but has lived in Northern Virginia for over 30 years.  He currently cares for a German Shepherd, a Springer Spaniel, three Dachsunds, two cats, two guinea pigs, a Goffin Cockatoo, four snakes and a handful of salt water fish.  (yes, he has kids, too!)  Besides working in an animal hospital, he and his wife own an animal clinic in Fredericksburg, Virginia.  One of his favorite pastimes is to chauffeur for his daughter.  He also enjoys biking, fishing, photography and big guns.  Dave thought of becoming a Veterinarian and after moving to Northern Virginia in 1979, the family poodle, Bluch, got sick and his family found themselves at VCA Alexandria Animal Hospital.  Unfortunately, the news was not good and Bluch didn't make it.  He always remembered how the late Dr. Hawe and staff treated them during that difficult time.  So in 1986, he got a job as an assistant at VCA Alexandria Animal Hospital, moved up through the ranks to administration and has been here ever since.  He is our facilities and maintenance manager and safety coordinator.  He keeps this hospital running smoothly and makes sure we are top notch in the field of technology.