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

    Dane Ratajski
    School: Auburn University, Zoology

    ¡Hablo bien el español!

    Born and raised in Howard County, Dane has always loved animals both wild and domesticated.  He earned a degree in Zoology in 2010 from Auburn University before pursuing a career as an umpire in Minor League Baseball.  Dane joined our VCA family in May 2013.  He has shown his determination to learn and his enormous compassion for our clients and their pets.  Dane plans to further his veterinary career in wildlife or conservation research.

    Outside of VCA, Dane's passions are surfing and international travel.  He's had the opportunity to visit Canada, the Caribbean, Spain, France, Morocco, Greece, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, and Portugal.  He speaks fluent Spanish and is currently learning French.

    "I fell in love with VCA Columbia Animal Hospital @ Hickory Ridge during the interview process when I witnessed Dr. Kelso using the ultrasound to image a pregnant collie.  I knew at that moment that I wanted to begin my veterinary career working here."

  • 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."