Our licensed veterinary technicians have either a two or four year college degree in veterinary technology. They must pass state board testing before receiving their licenses. We are proud of our “animal nurses” and couldn’t do our work without them. The veterinary technicians act as the veterinarian’s prep nurse before surgery and as their surgical assistant during surgical procedures. They help with anesthesia, and help to monitor your pet’s heart rate, pulse and breathing during procedures – making sure your pet is as safe as possible.
Veterinary technicians perform tests on blood work in our in-house laboratory, for quick and accurate results. They serve as radiography and dental technicians as well. We rely on our veterinary technicians to work directly with you and your pets, gathering critical health information, providing you with education on pet health topics, and by taking diagnostic vitals before your pet sees the veterinarian. Our “animal nurses” do such important work and we are thankful for them.
Meet our Technicians
GABBY grew up in a small town in northern New York. Her love for animals began at an early age. She grew up on a dairy farm and loves everything from the cow to the chicken and even the mice. She graduated from SUNY Canton in 2011 as a licensed veterinary technician. Since then she has worked with doctors in holistic medicine, exotic (including zoo and wildlife animals), ER and specialty. She moved to Charlottesville Virginia in May 2015 to escape the cold and snow of New York and to explore the mountains of Virginia. She has had the pleasure of working at Old Dominion since September 2015. On her off time you will find her around town with her boyfriend, 2 dogs (Bella and Gaiah), and three cats (Meemers, Erie and Asher) or exploring the Blue Ridge.
MEG has a long history of working for Old Dominion Animal Hospital. She came to work here while attending The University of Virginia, moved away briefly after graduation, but has been back part-time ever since. She is a great help to us, as she knows all our hospital’s positions. You might find her answering phones, admitting or discharging patients, running lab work, or assisting the veterinarians during an office visit. Her career keeps her busy, but she still finds time to come help out with the animals. When not working, Meg is an avid gardener and enjoys growing flowers and vegetables.
LYNN has always loved animals, including exotics, and has an interest in pain management. She has spent most of her career doing anesthesia because she enjoys it so much. Aside from her career she enjoys hiking, reading, and gardening. She lives with her three cats and her boyfriends dog.
LEIGHA moved to Hampton Virginia in 2010 from Southern Wisconsin. She relocated to the Charlottesville area in 2014 with her fiance and their three children to be closer to her beloved sister who has worked for UVa for over 20 years. Her background has been in Graphic Design and management for over 13 years. She continues to work from home for that same company, but decided she would also like an out of the home job. After searching for something to fit her absolute love and compassion for all animals (except snakes), she found a home here at Old Dominion – she says “I love our clients and my coworkers!” In her spare time you will find her most likely cleaning or organizing everything in sight. She enjoys outdoor adventures with her family, cooking and shopping.
JEN has been working in the veterinary field since 2014, and is currently working on getting her license as a veterinary technician. She grew up in Bangkok, Thailand, and has since lived in Massachusetts, New York, and Florida. She and her husband, David, moved to Charlottesville in 2017 with their two rescued pitbulls, Malcolm and Drogo, and they are so happy to have made this area their home. Jen is passionate about animal rescue, big dogs, and end-of-life care.