Veterinary AssistantMike Gomez
Mike has been with VCA now for 17 years. He helps create and deliver food and supply donations for animals that were affected by Hurricane Sandy in 2012. He loves the relationship that is created between clients and their pets. His current animal companions are Chavo, his Golden Retriever and Jackie his cat.
"To ask me why I work at VCA University Veterinary Clinic is to ask me why I still work at VCA University Veterinary Clinic. First My love and respect for the 4 legged companions and what they mean to families. Also for my co-workers, the team a.k.a. family. But especially for the legacy Dr. David E. Jackson left behind that will never die."
Veterinary AssistantJessica Magnotti
Prior to working at the clinic, she worked at a small pet store while attending school. At the pet store, she learned to groom all kinds of animals from guinea pigs to poodles. Being an assistant, she gets to experience work in all parts of the clinic but her main interest is in the lab. She loves preparing and examining slides under the microscope. She loves the variety of people and animals she gets to work with in the veterinary profession. She soon hopes to attend Veterinary school. Her current animal companions are her two cats, Goose and Jimmy, five parakeets and her macaw, Wiley. Outside of work, she enjoys volunteering at a cat rescue and has taken a recent interest in research. She started her first research project on avian behavior as an undergraduate at George Mason University and hopes to continue on similar projects in the coming years.
"I love working at VCA University Veterinary clinic because I enjoy helping people, animals, and learning as much as I can about veterinary medicine. This job is unique in that everyone who works here genuinely cares about each other and our clients. Veterinary medicine is not just about treating animals. I think that one of the most important and valuable parts of this job is working with clients on personal level, understanding that each relationship is unique, and striving to provide personalized care to best fit each situation.
I am fortunate to work in an environment that encourages learning on a day-to-day basis. This job is never boring--there is always something new and exciting to work on. I am impressed with this hospitals ability to practice state-of-the-art medicine and to stay current on the latest products so we can provide the best available medicine."
Veterinary AssistantBrooke Neubauer
Prior to working here, Brooke worked as an assistant technician in Chesapeake, Virginia. She is interested in the surgical aspect of veterinary care and loves assisting in procedures. She loves helping the helpless and has always loved animals. Her current animal companions include four dogs named Bella, Guapo, Duke and Shadow. Outside of work she loves field hockey and mission trips with her church.
"The reason why I work at VCA University Veterinary Clinic is because I love the bonds that are made between clients, their pets, and our team. We strive to get to know all our clients and pets personally, because we genuinely care about what is going on in their day to day lives. It's not just about treating the pets, but also loving and caring for them just as much as their owners."
Veterinary AssistantVirginia Scruggs
Virginia joined the UVC team in August 2014. She came to us as a transfer from a VCA located in Oahu, Hawaii. Her husband was in the Navy and was medically discharged so they moved to her hometown, Arlington, VA. Currently, her position is to assist our veterinarians with appointments and procedures. She aspires to become a licensed technician in the future and is currently in the process of getting enrolled into a program. She has 2 German Shepherds named Heidi and Cristie and 2 cats named Gracie and Isaiah.
Her favorite part about working in the veterinary field is getting to know and love all the different animals that come through our doors. Virginia looks forward to working with you and your furry friends!
The reason why I do what I do as a veterinary assistant is simple: I have so much compassion for animals. I believe that all animals deserve the best care and love that we can offer. It is my personal goal to do everything within my power to help as many pets as I am able to, live a long, joyous, and healthy life.