Veterinarians

We invite you to explore the biographies of our doctors and learn more about them. Our doctors have a wide variety of backgrounds and interests.

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  • Katie Gies

    Associate Veterinarian
    Veterinary School: North Carolina State University

    Dr. Gies, a native of Concord, NC, joined VCA Alexandria Animal Hospital in 2008. After graduating from North Carolina State University (Summa Cum Laude) with a major in Biological Sciences in 2002,

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  • Jennifer Gilbert

    Associate Veterinarian
    Veterinary School: Tufts University

    Dr. Gilbert is a native of Newark, Delaware.  After graduating from Tufts University cum laude, she taught in Japan for a year before returning to Tufts Veterinary School. She completed an emergency

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  • Donna Krochak

    Associate Veterinarian
    Veterinary School: University of Wisconsin-Madison

    Dr. Krochak earned her B.S. degree in Genetics/Biology from Cornell University in 1987, and graduated from the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine in 1991. She then came to VCA

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  • Stephanie O Brian

    Associate Veterinarian
    Veterinary School: Auburn University

    Dr. O' Brian joined the VCA Alexandria Animal Hospital team in 2012.  A native of Kentucky, she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Music from The University of Louisville in 1997 while studying

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  • Bridget Shirley

    Associate Veterinarian
    Veterinary School: Auburn University

    Dr. Shirley is a native of Birmingham, Alabama. She attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham and received her B.S. degree in Biology and Chemistry in 1999. Following her undergraduate degree,

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  • Marcus Smail

    Associate Veterinarian
    Veterinary School: Cornell University

    Dr. Smail joined the critical care team at VCA Alexandria Animal Hospital in July 2003. Born and raised in Albany, NY, Marcus graduated from Siena College with a B.S. in Biology in 1996. He received

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  • Jackie Suarez

    Associate Veterinarian
    Veterinary School: Ohio State University

    Dr. Suarez has worked as an associate veterinarian at VCA Alexandria Animal Hospital since 1995. Dr. Suarez graduated with high honors from The University of Notre Dame in 1988 with a B. A. degree

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  • Shannon Talbott

    Associate Veterinarian
    Veterinary School: Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine

    In 1996, Dr. Talbott joined VCA Alexandria Animal Hospital as a veterinary assistant and returned in 2002, after receiving a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the Virginia-Maryland Regional

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  • Kristin Terrio

    Associate Veterinarian
    Veterinary School: Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine

    Dr. Terrio is VCA Alexandria Animal Hospital's resident abdominal ultrasound associate. She has been a member of our veterinary staff since graduating from Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary

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  • Yao Yao

    Associate Veterinarian
    Veterinary School: University of Pennsylvania

    Dr. Yao joined VCA Alexandria in 2013. She received her bachelor's degree in molecular biology with a minor in art history from Bryn Mawr and Haverford College prior to attending University of Pennsylvania,

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