Fairfax Pet Grooming & Boarding

  • Kennel Manager

    Sir Thomas Cooley

    Canine Accommodation Technician (C.A.T.)

    Thomas is our resident grey tabby.  He has been a member of our team since 2011.  Thomas takes his C.A.T. duties seriously.  Once a spot has been made up for a canine boarder, Thomas goes in and personally inspects to ensure the bed and bowls are up to par.

    Thomas enjoys long naps on top of the blanket pile and his Whisker Lickins treats.

    "The reason I work for VCA University Veterinary Clinic is because it is the only hospital that has recongnized my executive leadership skills. My promotion to kennel manager has enabled me to tell dogs what to do and in a cats world, that is the best. My motto has always been "Cats Rule...Dogs Drool!. VCA University Veterinary Clinic has the finest boarding facility as long as I am in charge."

  • Groomer

    Masha Bartell
    Veterinary Tech School: Baltimore School of Dog Grooming

    Masha has spent the past 11 years in the service of animals in various roles with a specialty in dog and cat grooming.  One of her first jobs was working as a pet care specialist in the local pet store.  Upon graduating from the Baltimore School of Dog Grooming, Masha began her professional career working for the Gaithersburg Animal Hospital.  Here, she was able to perform breed specific grooms while also receiving training as a vet tech so she could assist with routine procedures.  After moving on from this job, she worked as the primary groomer and salon manager for numerous pet store chains across the Northern Virginia region.  In these roles, she was responsible for developing safety policy, establishing training curriculum for new groomers, overseeing all salon operations, and grooming.  However, her passion has always remained focused on grooming and delivering optimal service to her customers.   She views every pet as an extension of her own family which includes her 14 year old Chihuahua, Pooka, a beagle/hound puppy, Cocoa, and her prized Persian cat, Jimmy. "The reason I work at VCA is because I'm very passionate toward dogs and cats have a great respect or animals, dogs particularly, they do so much for us as humans. Nurture, love, respect, trust, loyal, and they even are lifesavers. I'm very creative I love crafts and projects and got into the grooming industry applying both passions. I have a special place in my heart for service animals and have given back to the community with bathing and grooming services for all registered service pets. I love working at VCA and feel such support from the team,  it's more like my second family than work. We genuinely care and support each other and we all have the same passion and love for pets."