I can’t remember ever being without animals in my life so a career in animal care seemed the way. There were no Veterinary schools in Va. when I graduated from Stafford High School. The State had started limiting what duties veterinarian employees could do medically. The State created a 2-year Community College program followed by a State Board of Veterinary Medicine Exam thus creating the Licensed Veterinarian Technician.
There was a waiting list to get into the “LVT” program…. While waiting, I attended Germanna Community College and received an Associate of Science in 1975 then graduated from Blue Ridge Community College in 1977. I passed my LVT Exam, got my license, and came to work for Confederate Ridge Animal Hospital that August.
I married in 1983 and in 1986 left to have our first child. I stayed home to help my husband in his business and to be a Mom. I kept my license active taking the required continuing education classes. At home I life helped establish the Caroline County Humane Society, worked on restoring our home (1745 Colonial) in the Town of Port Royal, and by the end of 1990 had 3 children. I came back to Confederate Ridge (part-time) when our youngest started school.
I have been blessed in my marriage and family. Our children are established and make us so proud! We have a Marine, a IT specialist, and an Actress. At this writing we have 5 Grandchildren, and 4 grand-dogs! I have 2, 15-year-old Jack Russell Terriers “Jackie” and “Dewey”, and a yellow and white cat, Odin.
I have stayed active in church and community. I served on the Port Royal Town Council and then as Mayor for many years. In 2016 was elected to the Caroline County Board of Supervisors. I enjoy choir and serve on altar guild at church. My husband and I helped establish the Port Royal Rappahannock Wildlife Refuge which has wonderful walking trails for your family!
Throughout this life I have loved and been loved by many wonderful animals of all shapes and sizes. Each making my heart grow and each breaking it when we said, “goodbye.”
Thank you for letting Confederate Ridge be a part of your lives and for allowing us to love and care for your 4-legged family. You will find caring and compassionate hearts at The Ridge!
For as long as I can remember my heart was set on taking care of puppies and kittens, I never once had a thought of doing anything different.
I started working at Confederate Ridge Animal Hospital after graduating from Stafford High School in the year 2002. I was hired as a kennel assistant with a few years of prior assisting experience. Soon after I received my Veterinary Technician License with the help of Dr. Witter and supportive co workers. I’ve had the opportunity to get to know so many amazing families while watching their puppies and kittens grow to live very long lives. Guiding owners through fun puppy experiences, educating them on what vaccines and preventatives are necessary, snuggling and offering treats to every dog and cat that enters the exam rooms and holding the hand of an owner while making tough decisions. I truly love what I do.
In January 2018, I became a proud owner of Confederate Ridge Animal Hospital. Im so happy to be part of a team that always make our clients and their pets feel special, just like we do with our own. I wish everyone who enters to feel at home.
When Im not snuggling our furry patients, I am raising three active children in my Fredericksburg home. My son Ashton is a Junior Olympic- Award Winning Track Runner that keeps me laughing. My youngest daughter Cassidy has a passion for donuts and horseback riding. Kelsea is my oldest daughter, she is an enthusiastic high school cheerleader and loves serving at our church. All of my children are wishing we had more pets. We currently have a tabby cat named Sparkles & a Chihuahua mix named Chevy. We spoil our pets and give way too many treats!
Aaron HayesLVT Student
I moved to the Fredericksburg area at the age of 16 from a small town in Kentucky. I attended School at Stafford Senior High School. Currently I am enrolled in Penn Fosters Veterinary Technician program and I am on the Dean’s list for academic Excellency. I have worked in the veterinary field since the year 2000, most recently working for 11 years at a local emergency clinic before starting my present position at Confederate Ridge. In my spare time I love doing anything outdoors, with my 2 daughters (Frances & Jordyn), and soon to be wife Heidi. We have four dogs Rose, Foxy, Lucy, and Remington.
My first job in the Veterinary field was at a local animal hospital when I was 19. Since first stepping into this field I realized I had found my passion and it has continued since that day. I am happy to have brought my skills and knowledge to Confederate Ridge Animal Hospital where I have found a true home and family.
Mara AnsleyLVT student
Since I was a young child I have been passionate about animals. I have owned a variety of small to large animals including guinea pigs, hamsters, cats, dogs, chickens, goats, and horses; as well as a parrot and a rabbit.
I graduated from Delaware Valley University with a Bachelor’s degree in Equine Science and Management with a minor in Business. I really enjoyed going to college there because I was able to learn about and show animals that I had not had a chance to work with before, including cows, pigs, and sheep. While I was attending college, I volunteered at a rescue where I learned a variety of other techniques in handling and caring for animals that had been neglected, abused, injured, or unwanted that needed to be rehabilitated before they could find their forever home. Currently I am going to school at Northern Virginia Community College to earn my Veterinary Technician License.
I started working at Confederate Ridge when I was a high school student and continued throughout my college years on the breaks working as a veterinary assistant. I enjoy being a part of this practice because it is like a second home. While I am attending veterinary technician school I am acquiring additional medical knowledge to learn and understand better ways to care for our customer’s animals. Additionally I am able to speak with you about how to properly care for your pets so that they stay as healthy as possible.
In my spare time I enjoy spending time with friends and family. When I am not with them, I can be found riding my horses or spending time with my other animals.