School: University of Maryland
At a young age, Maresa became fascinated and inspired by the education & conservation efforts of wildlife and also of the humane treatment of all animals through the work and contributions made by Steve Irwin and Jeff Corwin. Everyone at VCA North Rockville Animal Hospital location shares her passion for animals, and with over 600 VCA hospitals in the US and in Canada, she's excited to have the unique opportunity to expand her knowledge concerning the highest quality of pet care through our comprehensive training, which gives her the tools and resources to advance within other departments and also the freedom to relocate to any of our countless locations. She is currently the mother of three red-eared slider turtles named Michelangelo, Donatello, and Tootsie; she's also been honored to be the godmother of her best friends' surprisingly mellow Chihuahua, Paco.
School: Trinity University, Bachelor of Science in Biology
Being Native American the love and respect for animals is imbedded in her DNA. Karen knew what she wanted to do with her life at the age of 5. It happened when she found two baby rabbits that were on the side of her childhood home. She quickly ran and told her mother, who immediately called the wild life center to ask what to do. As her mother called, she kept a very close watch over the rabbits and protected them until someone came to their rescue. During that time she already had an adult rabbit, an English Mastiff, a fish tank filled with fresh water fish, and a bird. After living in the US Virgin Island for 8 years, she developed a love for marine life and reptiles. She currently owns a ball python, Cthulhu, and a Bearded Dragon name Jabberwocky. They are like her children to her. In her spare time she loves going to reptile conventions, medieval reenactments, sword collecting, and costuming. She also belly dances and has been dancing off and on for 10 years.
Veterinary Tech School: Vet Tech Institute
School: Penn Foster College, vet tech program
Amy grew up in a small town south of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania and has been surrounded by animal companions her entire life. After trying out a few different career paths she began working in the veterinary field in 2006. Since then she has worked mainly in specialty practice including emergency medicine and oncology, but in November 2015 decided she was ready for a new challenge and found her new home at VCA North Rockville. Her main professional interests are anesthesia, pain management, and veterinary hospice care. Outside of work Amy enjoys Olympic Weightlifting, crossword puzzles, and spending time with her husband Galen and their animal family members (two cats: Gilgamesh and Ishtar, and dog: Bowser). “I believe that the greatest privilege in my life is being an advocate for my animal patients. Working in the veterinary field allows me to give animals a voice.”
School: University of Indiana, B.S.
Growing up in Indiana, Alyssa recently moved to Maryland for her fiancés job. She has grown up with a multitude of dogs and had a passion for horseback riding. Alyssa's strong love for animals began with her rescued German Shepherd mix, Molly Girl, who taught her the unconditional love and support animals offered. Alyssa believed that every animal deserved the same love and support in return. After earning a B.S in Biology and a minor in Animal Behavior from Indiana University, she was left wondering what career path she wanted to pursue. Her love for animals, big and small , brought her to VCA North Rockville. With the same passion and commitment to excellent patient care, Alyssa knew VCA North Rockville was a good match. She hopes to eventually go back to school and is excited for the education and opportunities VCA has to offer.
Alyssa currently owns a Shiba Inu named Kylo (pictured). In her spare time she loves to lift weights, run marathons, spend time with her fiancé Dylan, and watch a variety of T.V. shows.
"Pets deserve the same love and compassion that they give to us. Being in the veterinary field is one way to show them that same love and compassion."
School: Montgomery College
Emmanuel has been with VCA since July 2015 . Emmanuel has joined the North Rockville team as one of our client service representatives. As a kid Emmanuel enjoyed loving and caring for many small animals. Of the many pets he had as a child, Fluffy the hamster was bought while ill, unbeknownst to him. He realized that Fluffy was not well when she went a week without eating; so he got concerned and took her back to the pet store. One of the pet care members suggested he exchange Fluffy for another hamster so they could help Fluffy get better, but Emmanuel refused to. Instead he was determined to help make Fluffy's health improve. The pet care member realized the dedication and prepared him for the task. After a few treatments that were suggested by the pet care member, Emmanuel saw that Fluffy was getting better and her appetite had improved. He felt so happy to know that Fluffy was better and more active. Since that day he became more involved with animals and he said to himself that when he grew up he would love to help animals in need get better. Now he is able to start pursuing that dream. The desire to help make a difference in furry friends life has never been stronger. He comes to our team ready to start helping you understand all he can about your pet's health. When he's not at work Emmanuel likes to do Karate and MMA, go to petstores, go to the gym and listen to music. He loves to also spend time with his pets: his Rabbit- Nix (pictured), his Chameleon- Pascal, his Bearded Dragon- Stitch, and his Iguana- Rex. "I do this because I love to see animals relieved from any suffering. As VCA says " Where your pet's health is our top priority, and excellent service is our goal."