Ridge Lake Animal Hospital

1400 Old Bridge Rd

Woodbridge, VA 22192

(703) 491-1111
In case of an after-hours emergency please contact the following emergency hospital:

Prince William Emergency Vet Clinic/Veterinary Referral Center
8610 Centreville Rd
Manassas, VA 20110
Phone: (703) 361-8287
http://vrc-nova.com/emergency

Regional Veterinary Referral Center (Emergency Department)
Backlick Shopping Center
6651 Backlick Rd
Springfield, VA 22150
Phone: (703) 451-8900
http://www.vetreferralcenter.com
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Meet Our Care Team

Our care team provides many important services to our patients including: pre and post surgical care, monitoring symptoms, administering medications, alerting the doctors to any problems, and giving lots of hugs to frightened animals.

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Sherry, Practice Manager


As a young child, Sherry adored the company of animals and only became more interested in their health and care as she got older. It wasn’t long before she realized that helping pets involves helping their owners as well—Sherry knew that a career in the world of veterinary medicine was the perfect choice for her! Sherry is originally from Bucks County, Pennsylvania, where her family has owned a local business since the 1800s. She moved to northern Virginia after college, where she was referred to a local veterinarian for employment. The day she started, Sherry knew that she’d made the right choice! She’s been working in veterinary medicine ever since. Sherry joined the Ridge Lake Animal Hospital family in January of 2016 and serves as the clinic’s Practice Manager. Some of her favorite parts of the workday are getting to hear clients’ fun pet stories and being a first-hand witness to the incredible bonds between animals and their owners. Above all, Sherry likes knowing that she’s made a true difference for the families of the area. Outside of work, Sherry enjoys volunteering her time to animal rescue efforts, going for walks with her family, and riding dressage. She has two horses: Jalapeno Poppers, who is retired and now lives comfortably at home with Sherry and her family; and Sherry’s dressage horse, Semper Fi. The family also owns a rescued collie named Mollie and four rescued cats named Phoebe, Raphael, Lucie, and Linus.




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Lindsey, Veterinary Assistant


Ever since she was a little girl, Lindsey said she was going to be a veterinary technician. She never gave up on that dream. At first, she volunteered at Ridge Lake Animal Hospital, quickly working her way up to Vet Assistant. Now Lindsey is attending Penn Foster College, working towards her degree to become a certified Veterinary Technician! As a Vet Assistant at Ridge Lake, Lindsey performs a variety of crucial tasks, like drawing blood from patients, getting vitals, helping to restrain rowdy patients, and caring for pets that are boarded at the facility. She even assists during surgeries! Outside of work and her education, Lindsey enjoys spending time with family and friends. She and her parents love to spend time outdoors with their pets. They have an extremely energetic Bluetick Coonhound named Levi, a pony named Flower, and four African geese.




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Heather, Veterinary Assistant/Receptionist

Heather has adored the company of animals since she was a little girl—she wanted to bring home every critter that she laid eyes on whenever she visited the pet store. She’s owned everything from dogs and cats to fish, pocket pets, and birds! For Heather, helping animals in need as a veterinary professional is a dream come true. Heather is from Alexandria, Virginia and began her veterinary career at a local animal clinic when she was only 15 years old. She joined the Ridge Lake Animal Hospital family in February of 2016, and serves the area’s pets and animal owners as a Veterinary Assistant and receptionist. When time allows between her work schedule and her studies at Northern Virginia Community College, Heather enjoys spending time with her family and friends, pet sitting, going on road trips, and tending to her own pets. She has three animal companions at home: Spencer, a deaf Boston terrier; a spunky French bulldog named Otis; and a Netherland Dwarf rabbit named Binx.

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Jenny, Groomer

Jenny was born in Washington D.C. and raised in Woodbridge, VA. Jenny has been grooming for over seven years and has always been passionate about animals. As a child, she always cared for stray animals, even though her mother was not happy about it; however, her care for each stray taught her responsibility and compassion. Her favorite breeds are pit bulls and Great Danes. Jenny keeps up-to-date with current grooming and animal care techniques through continuing education year round. She has a great deal of patience and observes her patients carefully before she begins grooming to insure every pet she sees is at ease and has a pleasant experience. Her hobbies include exercising, car shows, Muay Thai boxing, running 5k marathons, art, and activities with her beautiful daughter. Jenny’s goal is to become a licensed veterinary technician and to always keep improving her grooming skills. She hopes one day to be proficient enough to groom for American Kennel Club (AKC) shows.


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Kristen, Receptionist


Caring for others is simply in Kristen’s nature—she has worked with children in daycare and also tended to the needs of the elderly in a retirement community. Having adored animals since she was young, Kristen jumped at the chance to use her instinctive compassion to better the lives of pets! She’s a receptionist with the Ridge Lake Animal Hospital team. Born on a military base in Panama, Kristen grew up here in Northern Virginia and has been working in veterinarians’ offices since she was 17 years old. She’s currently studying business management in college, and has been a member of the hospital family since the summer of 2016. Her favorite part of the job is meeting new clients and their adorable pets on a daily basis. When time allows between her commitments to school and work, Kristen enjoys spending time with friends, family, and her own pets at home. She lives with two dogs: Khaleesi, a beagle, loves to cuddle and take long walks, while Oliver the Shih Tzu prefers to lick anything he can get his paws on. Kristen also owns Philip, a frog who spends most of his time basking in the glow of his heat lamp.




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Samantha, Receptionist


Sam likes to joke that she was raised in a zoo rather than a house—she spent time with everything from dogs and cats to ferrets and frogs while growing up. By the time she moved to northern Virginia with her family at the age of six and began fostering cats on a frequent basis, her mind was made up. Sam wanted to do everything in her power to help the earth’s creatures! She’s proud to serve the area’s pets as a member of the Ridge Lake Animal Hospital team. Sam is originally from Pennsylvania, and joined the Ridge Lake Animal Hospital family in September of 2016 as a receptionist. She loves the opportunity to learn something new every day, and soaks up as much knowledge from her fellow staff members as she can. Sam also enjoys talking with local pet owners and seeing the amazing connections they share with their beloved companions. When she’s not caring for pets here at the hospital or immersing herself in her collegiate studies, Sam enjoys playing video games, discussing philosophy and politics with her boyfriend, and spending time with her own pets at home. She and her family live with five cats—Gizmo, Itty Bitty, Lance, Lucy, and Camelot—as well as a pair of foster felines named Pumpkin and Princess Lea.




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Lauren, Veterinary Assistant


Lauren recalls taking in homeless animals when she was barely five years old—she’s always felt an overwhelming urge to care for any pet that was in need. For her, working in the world of veterinary medicine simply makes sense! Lauren is a native of Woodbridge and began her veterinary journey at a large, fast-paced clinic in Falls Church, where she learned the ropes of the profession and gained crucial hands-on experience that serves her well to this day. When she heard great things about Ridge Lake Animal Hospital from a friend who brings her own pets here, Lauren decided to take a leap of faith—she joined the clinic team in 2016 and now serves the area’s pets and animal owners as a Veterinary Assistant. Lauren and her husband, Jameson, have a beautiful young daughter named Zavia and share their home with three silly cats—Kitty, Marley, and Bob—as well as a gorgeous Sheltie named Sophie. When she’s not tending to pets’ needs here at Ridge Lake Animal Hospital or spending quality time with her family, Lauren runs and co-owns an Etsy shop with a fellow cat-loving friend of hers; they make dream catchers and cozy blankets for feline companions!




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Joan, Veterinary Assistant


Joan has been passionate about animal care ever since she was young—she remembers rescuing a feral kitten and helping nurse it back to health with her mother many years ago. The experience made a permanent impression! Now, Joan is proud to help the area’s pets and animal owners as a member of the Ridge Lake Animal Hospital family. A native of northern Virginia, Joan took a veterinary course in 2008 and earned her Veterinary Assistant’s certification upon completion. In the spring of 2010, she joined the Ridge Lake Animal Hospital team and cared for pets here for three years—in the fall of 2013, Joan moved out of state before returning in 2016 and becoming a member of the hospital family once again. Medically, she’s fond of conducting in-house laboratory work and learning about new techniques on a daily basis. Most of all, Joan likes meeting and forming relationships with clientele and their beloved pets. Joan and her husband, Adam, share their home with their two wonderful children, Madison and Jared, as well as a pair of pets. The family owns a sweet black Labrador, Sparky, and a cat named Sadie who is under the impression that she alone runs the household.




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Jessica O., Veterinary Assistant


Jessica grew up here in northern Virginia, where animals were consistently a part of life. She’s always known that she wanted to work in the veterinary industry in one capacity or another. She’s proud to serve the area’s pets and animal caretakers as one of Ridge Lake Animal Hospital’s Veterinary Assistants! Jessica completed multiple internships throughout her college career, working with small-animal practices (including Ridge Lake Animal Hospital!) and a large-animal facility. Next, she got into laboratory research, which allowed her to grow both as a scientist and a technician. The longer she worked in research medicine, the more Jessica found herself drawn to veterinary care itself. She knew that a job in a veterinarian’s office was the next step—now, she’s happy to help pets as a Veterinary Assistant here at the clinic. At home, Jessica keeps a few animal friends of her own. She lives with Addie, a Labrador/Coonhound mix who is constantly learning new tricks, as well as a betta fish who enjoys building bubble nests. Outside of her animal-care interests, Jessica enjoys reading good books, skiing, and traveling. She recently visited Iceland, where she had the opportunity to hike a glacier and see the Northern Lights!




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Tammy H., Veterinary Assistant


I have always had a passion for animals but never thought to make it a career until my guinea pig got sick and I had to nurse him back to health. I’m currently pursuing a certification as veterinary assistant through Penn foster College and will likely pursue a technician license in the near future. I’m the owner of two guinea pigs, Nipper and Holmes, and two rambunctious kitties, Shadow and Smokey. My hobbies include sports, being outdoors, spending time with my husband Jamey, and snuggling with my fur babies.



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