VCA Columbia Animal Hospital at Centre Park

Veterinary Support

  • Technician Supervisor

    Shannon Wallace

    Shannon graduated from University of Maine at Machias in the spring of 2007 with bachelor’s degree in biology. She has been working for VCA since February 2009. She has two rescue dogs Lexi an English Springer Spaniel and Madie a Pit-Bull Mix (in picture). Shannon grew up in Catonsville with her parents Jim, Linda, brother Patrick and sister Katie. She has goals to go back to school and further her education. She likes to spend time with her family in their Delaware home by the beach. She is passionate about Team in Training and finished the Nike women’s Half Marathon in DC April of 2013, it was the first of many runs to come for her.


    "I never imagined having a job where I was not working with animals. My passion began at a young age when I wanted my dad to buy me a horse to keep in our shed.  Since then it has turned into so much more. I have had the opportunity to get to know some great clients and their pets.  It is an awesome feeling when you have helped the pets and the client leaves to greatful for fixing their best friend.  With this job, there are sad days and happy days, hard days and crazy days, but everyday is a great day when you get a kiss from a puppy!

  • Technician

    Rachel Karner

    Rachel was born and raised in Baltimore. She has loved animals all of her life and has always wanted to care for them. She grew up with many different kinds of animals ranging from rabbits and birds to cats and dogs. She has been working in the veterinary field since 2007 and joined the VCA Animal Hospital at Centre Park team in April of 2012. She currently has two beagles named Lacie and Allie (pictured) and an orange tabby cat named Shelby.


    "Throughout my life, I have had a variety of animals and have always loved being able to help provide care for them.  It was a natural progression to join the veterinary field. it is a unique business because not only do we get to do what we love, but we are able to get to know pets and their owners.  One of my favorite things about this job is being able to educate our clients about how to properly care for their pets. I thoroughly enjoy my job!"

  • Technician

    Sara Schwarz

    Sara joined our staff in March 2014, and are very pleased to welcome her to our team! Stay tuned for more information about our newest team member!

  • Technician

    April Woodall

    April has been with VCA Columbia Animal Hospital at  Centre Park since March of 2005. April was born and raised in the veterinary field, her father was a highly respected veterinarian in the community for many years and she has been working as a veterinary technician for since 1993. April's compassion for all animals shows the instant you meet her. She resides in Ellicott City with her husband, Brian and her daughter, Kylie. A confirmed collie fanatic, April has three of her own; Wyatt (pictured), Chase, and Cooper.

    "I consider it a great privilege to work with precious animals because, like Albert Schweitzer, I hold a high reverence for all life. I strive to make a difference in the lives of animals and their human counterparts who come to our office with a need.  My goal is to provide comfort, assurance, and healing through sound medical practices, with patients and their families leaving the office feeling better than when they first came in.  Touching an animal's life in a positive and loving way is one of the most fufilling things I can do."


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

IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY DURING NORMAL BUSINESS HOURS:  Please call us immediately at (410) 995-9077

IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY AFTER NORMAL BUSINESS HOURS:  Please call the following emergency hospital immediately.

Emergency Animal Hospital
10270 Baltimore National Pike
Ellicott City, MD 21042
(410) 750-1177