VCA Alexandria Animal Hospital

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 Bel- 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 Associate in Applied Science in May 2010. She came to work with us shortly after she graduated. As a recent graduate, her interests in the veterinary field have not been fully defined but so far she is enjoying dentistry, surgery, and nursing care. She lives in Alexandria with her boyfriend of 8 years and their two cats Leo and Hugo, 2 leopard geckos, Zeke and Bella, and their newest addition, a dog Moesley. She enjoys spending time with friends and family, watching movies, and cooking.


  • 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

    Meg Murphy

    Meg joined Alexandria's family in February 2005. Due to her interest in pets and their human families as well as client education and assistance, she chose to begin her work as a client service coordinator. Finding herself unexpectedly and pleasantly fascinated by the medical aspects of the practice, she was given the opportunity to transfer into Veterinary Assisting in 2008. She happily continues in this role today, and currently works in the hospital's laboratory division.

    Meg's special interests include animal behavior and care, diagnostic imaging, anesthetic monitoring and laboratory techniques. She is currently researching educational options with the goal of becoming a Licensed Veterinary Technician, and is proud to work in a practice where every member of the staff is a wealth of information, experience and skill.


  • 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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Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

As part of the VCA family, we have over 83 specialty hospitals across the US and Canada which provide referral specialty care, so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: behavior, cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, integrative medicine, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology, rehabilitation, reproduction, and surgery.

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Emergency Care

OUR EMERGENCY NUMBER - 703-823-3601

VCA Alexandria Animal Hospital is here for you 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. You can count on our critical care team to be here when you need them the most.

Your pet's health deserves the finest care. Each member of our team strives for the advancement of veterinary medicine. When you bring your pet to us, you can be certain you will receive the dedication and compassion that makes our hospital stand out in patient care. 

Please call us at 703-823-3601 immediately if you believe your pet is experiencing an emergency.

Find out what might constitute an Emergencyor read more about our Services.

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