Merrifield Animal Hospital's Dedicated Team
Our team of caring support professionals is devoted to you and your pet!
Emily — Hospital Manager
Emily’s 20 years of veterinary experience began while she was still in high school. Without giving her age...it was sometime in the 1990’s. She began her career at a small animal hospital in Carrollton, Texas and worked there for almost 10 years. Emily ultimately made the difficult choice to leave the industry. It was so difficult because she has always loved working with animals, but decided she needed to be home with her five children, all under the age of seven!
Thirteen years later, Emily returned to her passion of helping animals at a wonderful small clinic in Seaside, Oregon. In the summer of 2015, her family made the long journey from Oregon to Virginia. They made it even longer via a 7,500 mile, 4 week road trip that included the Redwood Forest, Disney Land, Vegas, the Grand Canyon, Craters of the Moon National Park, Flathead Lake, Yellowstone, and much more!
Brittany — Veterinary Technician
Brittany is a Licensed Veterinary Technician at Merrifield Animal Hospital, first joining our team as a Veterinary Assistant in 2007. She graduated from the vet tech program at Wilson College in 2009 and earned her LVT license soon after. As well as enjoying her time assisting in surgery, Brittany has a particular love for behavior and training, and will try her hardest to make your pet’s visit stress-free!
Brittany lives with her husband, her dogs Bealie and Cameron, and her cat Jeeves. In her free time, she enjoys being outdoors, running, and horseback riding.
Daisy — Veterinary Technician
Daisy has been with Merrifield Animal Hospital since the summer of 2006. She is currently enrolled in the veterinary technology program at Northern Virginia Community College. She feels she is too busy to give a furry animal the care it deserves, but she does have several freshwater fish and shrimp at home.
Outside of the hospital, Daisy enjoys singing with a local community choir, Choralis, and has several performances with them throughout the year. She has been known to annoy her coworkers by playing classical music, although the pets don’t seem to mind!
Rachel — Veterinary Technician
Rachel joined the Merrifield Team in 2018. She graduated from the Northern Virginia Community College Veterinary Technician program in 2016 and immediately began her LVT career in specialty medicine, working in both Internal Medicine and Neurology before returning to general practice. She loves the personal connection with clients and their pets that she can foster at Merrifield as well as the new opportunities that come with working in general practice.
She lives in Woodbridge with her husband and 3 cats-Henry, Ramsey, and Nymphadora. When she's not working, she enjoys obstacle course racing and triathlons.
Jen — Veterinary Assistant
Guinevive (“Jen”) has been a Veterinary Assistant for almost 3 years and joined the Merrifield Animal Hospital team in June of 2019. She is also a full-time college student, studying Zooarchaeology, or animal fossils and other remains, in conjunction with Paleontology and Biology.
Guinevive enjoys running, hiking, reading, writing, and playing Dungeons & Dragons outside of work. She even takes her trusty kitty, Lovana, along with her on some of these adventures!
Nikki — Veterinary Assistant
Nikki joined the team in May of 2019. She has worked at several different hospitals but has found a home here at Merrifield. She brings compassion, joy, a bright smile, and lots of love which makes your pets feel relaxed and stress free. She has an adorable black pug at home named Apollo.
When she is not caring for your pets, she enjoys event planning and sports. Go Cowboys!!
Kayla — Veterinary Assistant/Pet Care Attendant
Kayla started working at Merrifield Animal Hospital in February 2019 as one of our Vet Assistants and Kennel Attendants. For three years she was a student in the Animal Science program at Edison High School. She’s been working at animal hospitals for over two years now and would like to be a Veterinarian in the future.
She enjoys spending time with her dogs Rosie and Georgia. In her free time she loves dancing and spending time with friends and family.
Tim — Veterinary Assistant/Pet Care Attendant
Tim joined our team in early 2019 as a pet care attendant. He studied Dog Behavior and Dog Training through Animal Behavior College. He is patient with handling and caring for all animals. Tim has a natural gift of taking care of animals of all kinds and enjoys making sure your loved ones are comfortable and happy.
Katie — Client Care Specialist
Katie joined the Merrifield Animal Hospital team in 2016. She grew up in the area and moved back here in 2015. Katie was at her previous animal hospital in central Virginia for two years working as a receptionist and assistant.
She enjoys spending time outdoors with her dogs Bella and Sadie, who love taking walks as much as she does. You can also find Katie in the kitchen cooking up new recipes and singing in her church choir in her spare time.
Lindsey — Client Care Specialist
Lindsey comes from a military family and grew up in various parts of the world. She joined our team in July of 2020. She’s currently a senior at Marshall High School. Outside of school, she enjoys horseback-riding, photography, and spending time with friends.
Lauren — Client Care Specialist
Lauren has lived in Northern Virginia her whole life. She joined our team in December of 2018. She got her Associates in Business Administration at Northern Virginia community college. In her free time she spends time with her fur kids, hikes various trails at Shenandoah National Park and Great Falls Park.
Tangie — Client Care Specialist/Pet Care Attendant
My name is Tangie and I started working at Merrifield Animal Hospital in February 2019. My family has been going to this practice since 1999 so this practice is like a second home, and it has always been a dream of mine to work here. I have a two-year-old German Shepard mix named Millie and two cats named Sugar Ray and Cooky.
In my free time I enjoy playing with my dog and watching investigative shows on Netflix. I have a degree in Criminology from George Mason, and I hope to explore more legal work with regards to animal cruelty.
Jake — Pet Care Attendant
Jake is one of our pet care attendants who ensures the health and comfort of animals who stay with us. He is currently a senior at Marshall High School and has a love for animals and volunteering. When not studying for his classes he can be found on the tennis courts or playing with his four dogs!