VCA St. Mary's Animal Hospital

Veterinary Support

  • Licensed Veterinary Technician

    Laura Belleavoine, RVT

    Laura completed her A.S. degree with the University of Georgia in Veterinary Technology. She has been devoted to the veterinary field for over 28 years. Laura's special interests include preventive and critical care, exotic pet health care, public health awareness of zoonotic diseases, laboratory, dentistry, anesthesia and pain management. In Laura's spare time she enjoys horseback riding, fostering kittens and making jewelry.

  • Technician

    Becky Dych

    Becky has been a dedicated veterinary technician to our family for over 13 years. Becky's special interest include surgery, radiology, dentistry and preventive care. She also enjoys customer service, public health awareness and providing education on zoonotic diseases. During Becky's dedication to our hospital she was our Technical Supervisor for over four years followed by devoting herself to our surgical department and assisting in training. Becky has been a devoted asset to our family. During her spare time she enjoys genealogy, spending time with her family including her husband Ed of 30 plus years, and her three children. She also enjoys spending time with her 4 dogs and 7 cats.

  • Technician

    Shanda Mikulewicz

    Shanda has been dedicated to the veterinary field for over nine years. She has an extensive background working at veterinary specialty centers as well as general practice. Shanda has continued her education within the veterinary field through CPR training, a focus on animal behavior and advanced canine training. In spare time Shanda enjoys spending time with her Great Dane Nika, Mini-Dachshunds Penny and Jack Baur and her husband Stan.

  • Technician

    Heather Nelson

    Heather has been devoted to the veterinary field for many years. Heather's experience includes working as a veterinary technician in which she enjoyed exotic medicine, cardiology and opthamology. She especially enjoys working with pet parents assisting with pet parent education. In Heather's spare time she enjoys spending time with her children and going to the beach.

  • Technician

    Nicki Kolberg

    Nicki has been dedicated to the veterinary field for over six years. Her experience includes working at a general practice as well as a specialty hospital including surgery and critical care medicine. Her special interests include surgery, critical care and pain management, emergency medicine, preventive care and public health awareness. Nicki enjoys spending time with her husband who is also a veterinary technician and their Chihuahua Isabelle and Italian Mastiff cross Mason.

  • Technician

    Pam Bader

    Pam has been a dedicated Veterinary Technician to our family for over ten years. Pam attended the University of North Carolina and received her BA degree. She enjoys Preventive Care, Exotic Medicine and customer service. In her spare time she enjoys spinning, yoga, fishing and paddle boarding. She also enjoys spending time with her husband and Vizsla named Cedar.

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 AN EMERGENCY DURING NORMAL BUSINESS HOURS:  Please call us immediately at 301-862-2441

VCA Southern Maryland Veterinary Referral Center immediately at 301-638-0988