Veterinary Support

  • Technician Supervisor

    Marissa Anderson

    Marissa joined our VCA family in November 2006 as a kennel assistant. She was then promoted to technician and became our Technician Supervisor in 2010. She is devoted to exceptional client service and patient care and is continuing her education through VCA's education and training programs.

    "Client education is the most important thing.  Being able to to be a voice for our 'furry' family members is why I do what I do.  An educated client makes a healthier pet."

  • Registered Veterinary Technician

    Emily Facet
    Veterinary Tech School: Community College of Baltimore County

    Our designated Cat Champion! Emily joined our VCA family in June of 2014.  She was born in Mendoza, Argentina and raised in Potomac, MD.  Emily received her bachelors’ degree in Animal Science from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2007.  In 2012, Emily was accepted to the Veterinary Technician Program at CCBC and graduated in June 2014.  Emily is now a Maryland Registered Veterinary Technician and she enjoys learning and honing her skills everyday.  Emily is fluent in Spanish and studied French for many years.  In her spare time, Emily loves spending time with her family, husband, and their dog ‘Krum.’  She loves the beach, scuba diving, hiking, reading, yoga, and helping feral cats.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          “Since I was a little girl, I knew I wanted to help and work with animals.  After receiving my Bachelors’, I went to work for an animal rights group in the DC area where I discovered my passion for working with animals in a clinical setting.  I worked as a orthopedic rehabilitation technician while attending CCBC and then fell in love VCA Columbia Hickory Ridge during my internship.  I knew immediately that VCA Columbia Hickory Ridge would be the perfect place for me.”                                                                                                                                                        

  • Registered Veterinary Technician

    Chris Frank
    Veterinary Tech School: CCBC-Essex

    Chris has worked as a veterinary technician since 2002 and joined our VCA family in 2010.  He earned his Associate of Science Degree from the Community College of Baltimore County in 2004 and became a Maryland Registered Veterinary Technician.  Is special interests are emergency, exotics, and surgery.  Outside of VCA, Chris enjoys spending time outdoors hunting, fishing, hiking, and spending time with his family.  Chris and his family have three dogs, two rabbits, and two bearded dragons.                                                                                                                                                                                                            "I started in the veterinary field to combine my interest in science with my love for animals."

  • Technician

    Robyn Collins

    Robyn has been with VCA since October 2012 and joined the Hickory Ridge team in April 2015.  She grew up in Ellicott City, MD working on the Clark Elioak Farm and has always had an interest in animals.  Robyn earned her Bachelors of Science in Biology with a concentration  in zoological nutrition at the Florida State University in 2009.  Robyn has worked with Walt Disney World's Department of Animal Health in the Animal Nutrition Center previous to joining the VCA family.  Robyn currently shares her home with a Siamese and Russian Blue mix who occasionally answers to Blue.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  "I work with animals because they are more than just that.  They are family.  It is a privilege to care for our clients family members and to see them grow up.  Knowing that I can make a even a small difference  in a pet's life makes my day."

  • Technician

    Shelbie Riley

    Raised in the Baltimore area, Shelbie joined our VCA family in October 2012.  She has been a technician since 2006.  Shelbie’s special interest is animal dental health and sharing what she learns with the rest of our team.  Outside of VCA, Shelbie enjoys cheering for the Baltimore Ravens and the Baltimore Orioles.  She also enjoys camping, reading, DIY home projects, attending community festivals, and spending time with her furry family members Charlie and Alice.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            "When I was 20 years old, I still had no idea what I wanted to do with my life and I needed a job.  A local kennel was hiring, and I applied and got the job.  Within days I knew there was nothing else I would ever want to do more than spending my days surrounded by animals.  Training my way up, I worked as a technician and receptionist.  Over the years I have taken a strong interest in dental health as well as what it takes to keep a hospital running."

  • Technician

    Rachel Williams

  • Veterinary Assistant

    Nikki Collins