VCA Columbia Animal Hospital at Hickory Ridge

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 membersis 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

    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.”                                                                                                                                                        

  • 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, 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."


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 410.730.2122

IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY AFTER NORMAL BUSINESS HOURS:  Please contact one of the following Emergency Hospital's immediately:

Emergency Animal Hospital of Ellicott City
10270 Baltimore National Pike
Ellicott City, MD 21042

Emergency Veterinary Clinic-Catonsville
32 Mellor Avenue
Catonsville, MD 21228

VCA Veterinary Referral Associates
500 Perry Parkway
Gaithersburg, MD 20877