Licensed Veterinary TechnicianCaitlin .
Veterinary Tech School: NOVA
Caitlin’s love for animals brought her to Commonwealth in May of 2008. As a receptionist she took on many responsibilities and decided to expand her knowledge and attended the Veterinary Technician Program at the Northern Virginia Community College in Loudoun, Va. She graduated with a degree in applied science and became a Licensed Veterinary Technician in 2011. Caitlin came back to join her friends at VCA Commonwealth in October 2012 as an LVT where she continues to grow in her career. She loves animals and has a passion for all kinds of Comic books and science fiction stories. Her unique furry friend is a gorgeous chocolate point feline named Falkor.
"I grew up with animals. In high school I was preparing to continue to Northern VA Community College and found out about the Vet Tech program. At first I wasn't sure I would be accepted so I tried out a few other jobs first. I worked at a bookstore and then as a credit card collector. Being a collector made me realize very quickly I had to follow my dream and become a veterinary technician so I would be doing what I love!"
Licensed Veterinary TechnicianSheri Virgulak
Veterinary Tech School: NOVA
Sheri has been working in the veterinary field since 2006 and decided to continue her veterinary path by attending veterinary technician school in 2008. She graduated from NOVA’s Veterinary Technology Program in 2010. She received her associate’s degree in science as well as obtaining her license in veterinary technology. Sheri has been with Commonwealth since 2009 and she enjoys the close, family-like relationships the staff has. Her special interests are in dentistry and surgery. She loves spending time with her family, traveling when she can, scrapbooking and working out. On her bucket list she was able to check off completing the “Tough Mudder” competition which is one of the hardest obstacle course runs in the world. In her spare time she loves traveling all over the world with her new husband. Her adorable pets include 2 Chihuahuas named Zoe and Lily.
"I ventured into the veterinary field so I could play an important role in preserving the bond between people and their pets. I am the pets next best friend, a professional, compassionate listener who is committed to caring for pets and educating people about their responsibilities as pet owners."
Veterinary AssistantLinda Vogel
Linda has been in the veterinary field for many years. Prior to that, she was an intellectual property paralegal. Linda holds both a master's and bachelor's degree in international relations. Her keen passion for the animal - human bond inspired her to change paths and to start working with animals in 1996, where she was trained as a Veterinary Assistant. She has continued to bring such loving compassion and excellent care to all the patients over the years. She is a devoted cat lover with six cats at home. She is also very active in feline rescue and loves to dedicate her time helping those animals without homes, making sure they have enough food and hopefully finding a loving owner for them.
Linda is also an avid traveler, having visited mare than thirty five different countries. She takes an exotic vacation every year. Previous pursuits while vacationing have included, climbing dunes in the Sahara desert in Morocco, snorkeling off the Great Barrier Reef In Australia and sand boarding in Namibia. Some of her favorite places have been South Africa, New Zealand, India, and Argentina. Linda also loves attending the theater and the opera at every opportunity. She enjoys reading and taking classes, and she is always interested in exploring new adventures.
"As a young child, I always loved animals. I vividly recall the time I found a stray beagle wandering the streets as I was walking home from school. I had never had a dog, but I was quite concerned that this dog was homeless and that she would not have food to eat or a comfortable place to sleep that night. I decided to bring the dog home, explaining to my mother that it would only be "temporary". It would just be until I could find a permanent home for the dog. Needless to say, that dog, which I named Sugar, stayed in our home for fifteen years. Sugar turned out to be the first in a long line of dogs that I brought home over the years. My introduction to cats began when I heard that there were some kittens trapped in a neighborhood sewer. I felt compelled to try and save the kittens. I was so intent on finding homes for the kittens, even though I had never actually seen them that I set off running from house to house; imploring anyone and everyone to please take a kitten! Unfortunately for me, my enthusiasm got the better of me, and I failed to notice a step I was approaching at breakneck speed... I tripped on the step and fell through the glass door to the house. I distinctly remember pleading with the neighbor whose door I had just destroyed, to please take a kitten. Moments later I noticed the damage I had done to my wrist, and I fainted. When I woke up in the hospital the first thing I did was to ask the doctor and nurse if they would please take a kitten!! It is this innate love of animals that inspired me to become a veterinary assistant!"