Licensed Veterinary TechnicianKatie Grichtmeier
Veterinary Tech School: Northern Virginia Community College
Meet Katie, our Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT) here at VCA Pets First. Katie graduated from NOVA (Northern Virginia Community College) in 2013 with a degree in Veterinary Technology. To be a LVT, she had to graduate from an AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) accredited program and pass a national board exam. Katie has been trained in venipuncture, anesthesia and monitoring, clinical care, client education, laboratory procedures, radiology, and surgical assisting. She joins us after coming from a busy practice in Loudoun County. She has a special interest in weight management, anesthesia, and senior care. When not at work Katie can be found playing with her Springer Spaniels or spoiling her cats. If you would like to meet Katie, she will be in the hospital Wednesdays, Thursdays and some Saturdays. Feel free to come by and chat with her.
Veterinary AssistantShannon B
Shannon started out her veterinary career as a kennel assistant in 2013. She now is 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. They share their home with Chopper the Chihuahua (the baby of the family). She also loves the beach. They take every opportunity to have fun in the sun. 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 a pet and their parent stronger”.
Veterinary AssistantLara D.
Lara joined our family 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 her true passion is 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 completed extra training in how to make a better veterinary experience for cats. 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 treats. 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 a veterinary clinic on a military base overseas while her husband was deployed. They now call Richmond their home. Kelli was born and raised here. 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 shares her home with four children and two American bull dogs. When time allows, she enjoys karaoke, taking "adventures" with her children, and trips to Kentucky to see her 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.