Licensed Veterinary TechnicianMichelle Harris
Michelle is one of our licensed veterinary technicians (LVT). She has been working in the veterinary field since 1998 when she began as a kennel assistant while finishing her undergraduate studies. She continued her on the job training; working as a veterinary assistant, receptionist, and in 2003 she graduated from NOVA’s technician program. Since then, Michelle has become assistant hospital manager and a regional technical supervisor for VCA. Michelle strives to make a valuable difference in the nursing care of the patients she works with. Her knack for organization has also helped shape VCA Chancellor’s efficient hospital team. She has a soft spot in her heart for ferrets, Rottweiler’s, and Poodles. When not at work, you may see Michelle at church, in her garden, or at one of her sons various activities. "To be able to apply my education and experience so that I can provide the best possible nursing care at VCA Chancellor".
Licensed Veterinary TechnicianTerry Kirby
Terry Kirby is one of our licensed veterinary technicians (LVT). She graduated from NOVA with her technician’s license in 2001. Her first job was in Northern Virginia, but she decided to come to Fredericksburg a couple of years later and has worked at Chancellor every since. As a technician, Terry is responsible for duties such as; intubating and monitoring surgical patients, placing IV catheters, performing dental prophylaxis, laboratory maintenance, sample collection, and the nursing care of our hospitalized patients. Her love for animals keeps her coming back to work everyday. At home, Terry lives with her boys (1 grown, 2 kids), 2 dogs, and 3 cats. Outside of work she enjoys reading, puzzles, and beadwork. "I have loved animals since I was a child and love helping them feel better."
Veterinary AssistantKayla Dickhute
School: Mary Washington University
Kayla began working with VCA Chancellor as a receptionist part time while finishing her degree at Mary Washington University. Since graduation, Kayla has committed herself full time and in four years has been cross trained as receptionist and as a veterinary assistant. Kayla loves animal and loves working with them. She is always willing to go the extra mile for people and their pets and can be found doing everything from arranging for a special order of medication to be delivered, to helping a geriatric dog into a car after an appointment. "I have always loved animals and love Biology as well. The two just seem to go together!"
Veterinary AssistantSammie McFarland
Sammi is a veterinary assistant. Her primary duties are working in kennel and helping in exam rooms, however she is beginning to train as a receptionist as well. House sitting served as an introduction to animal care and led to her entrance into the veterinary field. Sammi has an intense love of animals and hopes to finish her education and apply to veterinary school one day. She resides with a tuxedo cat “Lilo” and a German Shepherd “Star” and one day she hopes to acquire a Leonberger. When not at work Sammi spends time working out or being outside.
Veterinary AssistantKaren Salter
"I have been in the animal industry several years now, and am always rewarded when I can help return a pet to the family happy and whole".
Veterinary AssistantAndrea Thurston
Andrea is a veterinary assistant who is also cross trained as a receptionist. She started off at a local veterinary emergency hospital before making to move to our day time hospital in 2011. The veterinary profession called to Andrea because of her compassion for animals and a personal understanding of how important pets are to their people. Andrea finds fulfillment when she can be a comfort to pets when they are scared, sick, injured, or just away from their owners during a stay at the kennel. Andrea lives with her daughter, husband, and three dogs (a Maltese, Miniature Pincer, and an Old English Sheepdog). She relishes the time she has with her family and has a penchant for karaoke.