Client ServiceAshley Johnson
I was born and raised on a farm in a very small town in Idaho. I spent my childhood always playing with the cows, pigs, and barn yard cats. I always had special touch when it came to cats. Every once in a while a stray cat would show up on the farm and almost every time, I would be the one the cat would trust. The cat would come up to me and allow me to take care of them. I have always wanted to work and help all forms of animals. I decided to take a veterinary assistant program in 2005, which I completed in 2007 and since then I have been doing all I can to help client's pets.
My husband, Chris, has been in the Navy for 7 years now and still going strong. So far in those 7 years, we have lived 5 years in Jacksonville, Florida, and now have been in Maryland for 2. We still have 2 more years left in Maryland and to this day not sure where we will go next. We have two wonderful kids, Richard and Keira. We also have 3 furry four-legged children, our dog Titan, and our cats, Spinx and Ty. In my spare time I always enjoy spending time with my family, watching professional wrestling, and reading a good book.
"Why do I love working with animals? Because growing up, I wanted animals to feel they could trust me. I would try to develop any relationship I could. There were a few times I have saved kittens from drowning in wells, stuck behind dangerous machinery, and from coyotes. If anything major would happen to them, I would find my dad and insisted that we need to take them to vet. I always try to look out for the best interest of the animal and I try to do the same with our clients pets."
Client ServiceGina Kreigh
Gina has been worked at VCA Beacon Hill Cat Hospital since 2012 and was previously working at VCA Old Town. She is married to Andres and they have a son, Ziv. He is a nonstop little pistol! Ziv is learning English and Spanish, and now they are tackling potty training! They love to travel there whenever they can. Gina is fluent in Spanish as well. When Gina is not at work, she enjoy spending time with her family, studying, playing soccer, photography, and resting! She is also currently studying Animal Massage and Reiki and plans to get her certifications within the next year.
"I love my line of work! I do not really view it as work though. I enjoy coming here everyday in order to help others; animals and people alike! I feel that animals prolong our lives and make us happy, so we should do the same for them. They cannot tell us how they feel or if they are sick, so it’s our job to figure those things out so we can care for them! This makes us feel accomplished, the clients happier, and keeps the pets healthy! They are all our friends. The cats and owners here bring a lot of joy to my life. I enjoy making them happy and I love when they show us their appreciation. I have really grown to love cats. I am so glad that I work here. I hope to continue to build upon my skills and learn more, especially regarding what technicians do. I also want to improve on customer service skills. I love working with animals and people. I think we have a wonderful crew here at VCA Beacon Hill. It is so fun working with all of my pals."