Veterinary Support

  • Technician Supervisor

    Jenna Hagar, BS, LVT, VTS (ECC)
    Veterinary Tech School: Community College of Baltimore County

    Jenna has been a Licensed Veterinary Technician since 1997 who, in 2003, was certified as a Veterinary Technician Specialists in Emergency & Critical Care by the Academy of Veterinary Emergency Critical Care Technicians (AVECCT). AVECCT certification is an in-depth 2 year long application and examination process designed to assure the public and the profession that veterinary technician specialists in emergency and critical care are truly qualified to provide a higher standard of care to patients. There are currently only 194 members worldwide. AVECCT was established in 1996 and was the first academy to be recognized by the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America.


  • Technician Supervisor

    Toni Pullen, LVT
    Veterinary Tech School: Northern Virginia Community College

    Toni Pullen is a licensed Veterinary Technician Supervisor and has been employed at VCA Alexandria Animal Hospital since August 1999. She achieved her Associates in Applied Science degree from Northern Virginia Community College in 2004. Toni is married with four kids, (two four-legged), time managment is her priority! Her enjoyed leisure activities are crafts and gardening. Toni is a very proficient, well rounded LVT that aspires to excellence in the Veterinary field.


  • Technician Supervisor

    Arrie Scribner, LVT
    Veterinary Tech School: Pierce College

    Arrie is a Licensed Veterinary Technician working for our Emergency Department overnights. She started working in veterinary hospitals before she even graduated from high school. Having been a licensed Technician for the better part of 18 years, she started working for VCA Alexandria Animal Hospital in December of 2004. This was after a few years hiatus, during which time she was home schooling children and caring for her own pets. She is a mother of seven children and has a full menagerie, including two Weimaraners, six kitties, ferrets, birds and fish. Her special interests in Veterinary medicine include cytology, taking a peek microscopically and identifying cells that may give clues to disease processes as simple as infection or as dangerous as cancer. She also especially enjoys radiology and ultrasound as non-invasive diagnostic tools. Through on the job experience and schooling, she hopes to become more proficient, particularly in ultrasound. The emergency service gives her ability to spend more time with her family and at the same time hone her skills in caring for animals. Arrie finds her niche where the circumstances call for quick responses, with gentle compassionate handling, to let the animals know we are there to help them when they are in distress.

  • Technician Supervisor

    Tecnician Supervisor

    Toni and Arrie are our Technician Supervisors. They provide our support staff with guidance and keep them up to date with new policies and procedures. With their many years of combined experience, Toni and Arrie are two of the "go-to" Licensed Veterinary Technicians; always willing to teach more junior staff some tricks of the trade. You can learn more about Toni or Arrie in  their individual bios.


  • Licensed Veterinary Technician

    Amanda Blankenship, LVT
    Veterinary Tech School: Northern Virginia Community College

    Amanda grew up traveling all over the world with her military family.  After finally settling in Northern Virginia, she started working at the VCA Alexandria Animal Hospital in 1999 as a Veterinary Assistant. She was impressed by the level of care and family like environment. She then pursued an Associates Degree in Veterinary Technology at Northern Virginia Community College, graduating in 2003. Some of her special interests include anesthesiology/pain management, feline behavior, and nursing care and comfort. In her spare time, she reads, walks and enjoys time with friends and family.  Amanda lives in Manassas with her kitties, dog and husband.


  • Licensed Veterinary Technician

    Cybille Delacroix-Muirheid
    Veterinary Tech School: Northern Virgina Community College

    Cybille grew up in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Her education consists of a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Mary Washington. In May 2004, she received a Juris Doctor from George Mason University School of Law. Nine years later she added an Associate of Applied Science degree in Veterinary Technology from Northern Virginia Community College. Her interests and activities include but are not limited to, foreign languages, sharks and enjoying a good meal with great friends. The veterinary profession became a second career for Cybille; a chance to start over and return to a profession that she loves. Cybille was told about VCA Alexandria Animal Hospital from a friend who was preciously employed here as an LVT. During her job interview, she observed different areas of the hospital; for a few hours and decided then that this would be a great place to work!


  • Licensed Veterinary Technician

    Jessie Frick, LVT
    Veterinary Tech School: Bel- Rae Institute of Animal Technology

    Jessie received a Bachelors degree in Biology from Hollins University in 2005, followed by an Associate of Applied Science from Bell-Rea Institute of Animal Technology in 2008. Jessie completed a summer internship at a wildlife preserve for sub-Saharan African animals, and also at VCA Alameda East Veterinary Hospital, one the world's leading veterinary hospitals. As a former military brat, Jessie has lived all over the world, including Belgium and The Netherlands, but decided to return to her hometown of Northern Virginia after 4 years in Colorado. Her cats Daphne and Potato kindly allow her to live with them in Alexandria. Her professional interests include emergency, critical care, anesthesia and pain management.


  • Licensed Veterinary Technician

    Farrah Keller, LVT
    Veterinary Tech School: Northern Virginia Community College

    Farrah graduated from Northern Virginia Community College with an Associates in Applied Science in May 2010. She came to work with us a few months after she graduated. Farrah chose VCA Alexandria because she knew with all of the different services they offered it would be a great place to learn and grow into a great LVT. Her special interests in the veterinary field are dentistry, surgery and nursing care. She has 2 happy (and fat) cats named Leo and Hugo and a rambunctious Pit Bull Mix named Moesley. Farrah lives in Alexandria with her husband and her daughter.  Outside of work, Farrah enjoys cooking, hiking with her dog and spending time with her family.


  • Licensed Veterinary Technician

    Sarah McKinney
    Veterinary Tech School: Northern Virginai Community College

    Sarah, a recent graduate of the Northern Virginia Community College Veterinary Technician program, joined VCA Alexandria in April 2014. She lives in Fredericksburg, VA with her German Shepard/Great Dane mix Gunner, 3 cats; Simba, Gracie and Lilly and 2 rabbits; Zoey and Pippin. Before entering the technician program she attended Virginia Tech to earn her B.S. in Animal Science and worked extensively with large animals such as dairy cattle and pigs. Sarah would love the opportunity to continue working with exotics animals, as she completed an internship at the Wildlife Center of Virginia in Waynesboro. Her favorite animals to interact with at the center were the bear cubs and barn owls.

    In her free time she enjoys watching movies and exploring the Northern Virginia area for new and interesting places. However on the weekends, you can usually find her at the National Zoo or a baseball game!


  • Licensed Veterinary Technician

    Dee Ritenour, LVT
    Veterinary Tech School: Northern Virginia Community College

    Dee graduated from Northern Virginia Community College with an Associates in Animal Science and became licensed in 1990. She worked at another local veterinary clinic for about 14 years before she joined our team at VCA Alexandria Animal Hospital in 2000. Her main work interests are critical care medicine and patient care. She lives in Fredericksburg, Virginia with her husband, 3 children, 2 dogs and 2 cats.


  • Licensed Veterinary Technician

    Christine Thomas, LVT
    Veterinary Tech School: Northern Virginia Community College

    Christine has spent most of her life working with and around horses. She worked many years in the nursing department of a large equine referral hospital, and came to the VCA Alexandria in 2003 during her externship for school. She applied for a permanent position and has worked for the Emergency Department since then. Christine passed her boards and was licensed as a Veterinary Technician in 2004, and is presently working toward technician certification in emergency and critical care. Christine resides in Fredericksburg with a varied assortment of cats, a less varied assortment of dogs, and two very similar Fjord/Draft cross ponies. When not working Christine can be found either at the barn - with her small stout horses, in the kitchen happily cooking, or out hiking with the dogs.


  • Licensed Veterinary Technician

    Staesha Walker
    Veterinary Tech School: Sanford-Brown College Veterinary Technology Program

    Staesha grew up in Madison, Virginia. She graduated from Madison County High School in 2008. Staesha then went onto and graduated from the Sanford-Brown College Veterinary Technology Program, an American Veterinary Medical Association accredited curriculum, with an Associate Degree in Applied Science. Currently, Staesha has 2 cats, Levi a black and white domestic short hair and Piddles a grey and white domestic short hair. Staesha loves cats, riding horses and everything to do with aquariums and fish keeping. She loves to sit and watch the fish; she finds it very calming and relaxing at the end of a long day and especially enjoys watching her cats try to "catch a meal". She chose to be a Licensed Veterinary Technician because she likes being able to help patients feel better and teaching owners how to proved the best care for their furry friends. Staesha picked VCA Alexandria Animal Hospital specifically because it is a 24 hour emergency hospital, offering her a great opportunity to see the extreme cases and add to her growing knowledge of medicine.


  • Veterinary Assistant

    Veterinary Assistants

    Our Veterinary Assistants are an integral part of the VCA Alexandria Animal Hospital team!


  • Veterinary Assistant

    Veterinary Assistant Supervisors

    La' Cola and Brittney are resposible for the training and managing of our veterinary assistants.  They make sure that our doctors and technicians have the help they need during appoinments, surgeries and procedures.

    La'Cola grew up in Alexandria, VA but currently resides in Maryland. At this point in time she does not have any pets, but she loves dogs! During her spare time, La'Cola loves to cook and spend the rest of the time with her children. La'Cola choose this field because she has a big heart for dogs. She has learned so much working at VCA Alexandria Animal Hospital and knows there is always room to grow and learn more. La'Cola enjoys her co-workers and what we do as a practice to provide excellent medicine for the animals. With her customer service background, she is also proud of the 24 hour service we provide to our clients.

    Brittney grew up in a city about 45 minutes northwest of Baltimore, Maryland with her parents, younger brother and their German Shepard. In 2010 she graduated from Delaware Valley College, a small private school in Pennsylvania. Brittney now lives in Alexandria, Virginia with her boyfriend and pets; a Ball Python, a Leopard Gecko, and a cat. In her free time she is a loyal Baltimore Ravens fan and enjoys bike riding along the Mount Vernon Trail. Brittney volunteers once a week as a Keeper Aide at the National Zoo. It has always been her passion to take care of animals. Brittney decided that getting into the veterinary field would help her expand her knowledge into the medical aspect of caretaking. She chose to come to VCA Alexandria because of the willingness of all the employees to teach and give the chance to learn.

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