Veterinary Support

  • Licensed Veterinary Technician

    Katie 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 Assistant

    Lara 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 Assistant

    Mary Ellis
    School: Randolph-Macon

    Mary joined our VCA Pets First family in March 2015.  She is currently a student at Randolph-Macon pursuing a major in Biology and a minor in Chemistry.  She is on the pre-med track to become a veterinarian.  Mary has been involved with animals since she could walk and talk.  She currently lives on a farm with a menagerie of animals including dogs, cats, goats, horses, and a bearded dragon just to name a few.  When she is not working with animals, she enjoys hiking, camping and horseback riding.  Mary is excited to be a part of our VCA team!

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