Veterinary AssistantShannon B
Shannon started out her veterinary career as a kennel assistant. Three years later, she has worked herself up to a cross trained veterinary assistant and receptionist. She was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia and graduated from Highland Springs High School. She was drawn to the field of veterinary medicine because she has a passion for learning and wanted to help educate others on the importance of early consistent wellness care. She loves watching puppies and kittens grow up healthy and happy. She also enjoys the nursing care involved in helping sick pets recover. Shannon spends her spare time with her husband, son, and daughter, and they have to share her with Chopper the Chihuahua (the baby of the family). She also loves the beach and her family takes an opportunity to have fun in the sun as often as possible. When Asked Why: “Veterinary medicine can be dirty, hard work, but at the end of the day I get satisfaction knowing I was able to help make the bond between an pet and their parent stronger”.
Veterinary AssistantLara D.
Lara joined the team at VCA Pets First in April of 2014. Lara graduated in 2007 from Longwood University with a degree in English. She came to us with kennel experience and veterinary assistance skills, but has quickly picked up working reception as well. She has an excellent memory and never forgets a face. Lara loves dogs and exotic pocket pets but she has a passion for cats. Lara is a pro at gently handling our shy, fearful, kitty patients. In fact, she is now our designated Cat Champion for VCA Pets First. This means she has been given some extra training in how to help cats deal better with trips to the hospital. If you have questions on ways to make your cats travel and time here less stressful, please call us before your appointment and Lara can offer some tips and tricks. Lara also spent some time as a baker in a bakery and is always bringing the team some amazing treat or other. In her spare time, she enjoys camping, cooking, and movies. She also has a "Handi-Capable" rescue cat named "Charley", who has a gimpy leg, but it doesn't stop him from loving life. When Asked Why: “I enjoy helping people and I love working with animals, this field allows me to combine both passions”.
Veterinary AssistantKelli Duff
Kelli came to us after working at veterinary clinic on a military base overseas while her husband was deployed. Now they have settled down in Richmond Virginia where she was born and raised. Kelli has always had animals growing up and now that she is staying in one place, she is formalizing her interest by starting school to become a licensed veterinary technician. We hope to help Kelli achieve her dream here and have her working with us for years to come. Kelli has four kids and two American bull dogs who take up most of her limited spare time. When not at home she enjoys karaoke, taking her kids on adventures, and going to Kentucky to see the extended family. When Asked Why: I like knowing that at the end of the day I helped at least one animal have a good quality of life.