VCA North Rockville Animal Hospital

Veterinary Support

  • Technician

    Mariah Brittain
    School: Appalachian State University, Anthropology/Sustainable Developement

    Mariah has been working at VCA North Rockville since July 2012.

     Mariah has always been an avid animal lover. She grew up with dogs, cats, horses, birds and various wildlife that she saved.  She has always been "horse crazy"- learning ride before she could walk. She graduated college in 2009 and moved from NC to MD to work on a horse breeding farm before she found herself working in small animal practices.  In her "free time," Mariah is currently learning obedience training with Noel (co-worker) and Wes Jensen, rides horses, hikes with her dogs and takes all types of art classes. She has a career goal of eventually becoming a certified technician. She has Roux (mixed breed-pictured), Tate (rottweiler-pictured), and Vienna (calico DSH).  She also lives, loves and helps out  with horses, bunnies, goats, chickens, pigs and cows.

    "Love. The unconditional love that you receive from animals is the reason I do what I do. Being able to return just a small portion of that love is why I love what I do. When you have an animal and their human come into the hospital and you see that they would do anything for each other- seeing that bond brightens any mood, any day. Helping prolong and improve that bond between people and their pets is what keeps me looking forward to going into work."

  • Technician

    Tiya Butler

    Tiya has been at VCA North Rockville since July 2011.

    Tiya has been in the veterinary field since 2008. She lives in her family home with her 3 dogs: Taz (Shar Pei), Smokey (Chow Chow), and Spanky (Shar Pei).

    "I, myself, love people. It brings me great joy when I'm able to help a client with the needs of their pets on a daily basis. I love the smiles, the warm hugs, the cards and candy, but nothing is more pleasing than hearing how much of a big help you have been in the process of helping their pets (loved ones). It's a satisfying feeling, a feeling of great accomplishment to help others not only am I helping them but their bestfriends too."

  • Technician

    Holly Riston
    Veterinary Tech School: Community College of Baltimore County

    Holly has been with VCA North Rockville since March 2012.

    As a child, Holly grew up around dogs and cats. She never really knew anything about veterinary technology until she got into high school. She was originally interested in being a Marine Biologist and what changed her mind is the following incident that occurred in her neighborhood.

    It was a warm day just before Holly turned 16. She was walking home from where she worked at the time and as she walked by a neighbor's house she could hear a dog crying. Of course she had to investigate. She walked around the side of the house and saw a man kicking his dog. She was so horrified and shocked that she didn't even know what to do. She just remembers yelling at the man to stop. He yelled back at her to get off his property and Holly went home crying. She remembers being so afraid that she never even said anything to her dad. She will never forget how helpless she felt that day and how bad she felt for the dog as well. That is what caused Holly to switch her goal. She wants to help those that can't speak for themselves and protect them. After that she immediately started volunteering at shelters taking care of abandoned animals in need.

    Holly went to the Community College of Baltimore County which has a state wide program for Veterinary Technicians. She received a 4-year degree and started an internship here at VCA North Rockville. Her areas of special interest are dentistry and surgery. Her primary reason for doing this job is to help animals in need. When patients leave the hospital she wants the animals and clients to be happy.

    "It makes me happy when I see a patient wagging their tail after treatment. It is rewarding to bring a sick patient back to good health and to see how grateful/happy the client is. A happy animal and client make me feel like superwoman."

  • Technician

    Noel Shaw

    Noel has been with VCA North Rockville since July 2012.

    Noel is a single mom who's daughter is attending her freshman year (2013) at St. Mary's College of Southern Maryland. Hoo-rah for single mom's and for the Seahawks!

    In her spare time, Noel is very involved with sport dogs. She has a young female German Shepherd, Tortuga, who, at 19mo old, is going for her B.H. in the spring Schutzhund. (The start of many levels of the Schutzhund sport.) She does advanced off leash obedience, tracking and guard/protection work. Noel also has a Dutch/German Shepherd cross, Godric, that she rescued a few years ago from Mid Atlantic German Shepherd Rescue. Godric loves doing off leash obedience and teaching others that all is possible. Noel trains and works with Wesley Jensen aka Arrowwood Shepherd Inc.

    Noel has been involved with veterinary medicine since the early 1990s. She started as a kennel worker, then a receptionist and is now a veterinary technician. She found her love of animals is more than her love of humans. 4 paws are better than 2.

    "I was probably 13 years old or so when a commercial on TV aired a young tattered dog chained to a tree with a small dirt shack with audio sounds of a little girl asking, "Uncle Charlie, where's that cute puppy you all had a Christmas?" A man's voice replies, "Out back yonder." As the young dog perks up at the sound of voices, only to lay back down in disappointment and whimper. To this day, uncertain of who promoted the commercial. Only know it left a lasting impression for life. Inspiring me to become an advocate for the misfits and less fortunate ones. Self taught from horses, snakes, rats, wildlife, cats and of course dogs. I've worked for and with horse farms, racetracks, kennels, animal control/animal shelters, rescue groups, and proud to be a technician at VCA North Rockville. I continue my quest and journey through  help of education, training and demonstrating that: YES! You too can have that cute adorable puppy 24-7."


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 emergency, please call us immediately. If it is after hours, check with a local animal hospital emergency clinic.