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Lindsey Bowlby, DVMDr. Bowlby, our Chief of Staff, joined the Merrifield Animal Hospital team in March 2015. She grew up in Clearwater, Florida. At a very young age, Dr. Bowlby knew she wanted to be a veterinarian and was always surrounded by animals — dogs, cats, an iguana, a cockatiel, hedgehog, frogs, fish, rabbits and gerbils. She attended the University of Central Florida in Orlando, where she received a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She then went on to receive a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Kansas State University.

Throughout undergraduate and veterinary studies, Dr. Bowlby worked as a technician in both small animal and equine veterinary hospitals. After graduating from veterinary school in 2011, she accepted a position at a very busy practice in El Paso, Texas where she treated cats, dogs and small pocket pets.

Caroline Nothwanger, DVMDr. Nothwanger ("Dr. N") has been with Merrifield Animal Hospital since 1987. She was born in Argentina, where she learned to ride horses on her maternal grandfather's cattle ranch, and grew up in Maryland. She credits her father and grandfather (both surgeons) with giving her an interest in medicine. Before earning her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland and attending veterinary college, she lived in England and worked as a cook and au pair. A 1985 graduate of the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, she initially practiced in Dundalk, Maryland for two years before moving to Virginia.

Since 1985, Dr. Nothwanger has been accredited by the USDA, which permits her to sign international health certificates for animals being shipped overseas. Her professional interests include behavior and surgery, and she is a long-time member of the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), Virginia Veterinary Medical Association (VVMA), Northern Virginia Veterinary Medical Association (NVVMA), and the District of Columbia Academy of Veterinary Medicine (DCAVM).