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

    Kristen A.

    Kristen joined our team in November 2015, however she is not new to the VCA family. She comes from our sister hospital VCA Chancellor in Fredericksburg, VA with two years of experience! Kristen in going to Blue Ridge College to get her associates as a veterinary technician and has only about a year left! You could catch Kristen running rooms with one of our doctors or up front helping out! Her favorite part of veterinary medicine is a toss up between helping and loving on the animals and helping in surgery. In her spare time she enjoys horseback riding and has 5 cats and 1 dog that she gets to go home too! Welcome to Pets First Kristen!


  • 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!


  • Veterinary Assistant

    Kayla T

    Kayla joined our staff in August 2015 as a Veterinary Assistant. Kayla comes to us with 3 years of veterinary experience. Away from work Kayla has a fur family consisting of three cats and one dog. Kayla has an interest in becoming a Licensed Veterinary Technician in her future.

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