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Meet Our Veterinary Technicians

Licensed Veterinary Technicians

  • Jessica Strong
    Receptionist & LVT Student

    Welcome to Confederate Ridge Animal Hospital, My name is Jessica Strong. I was born in Northern Virginia but that never stopped my family and I from loving and having animals. My mother bred and trained Labrador Retrievers for field trails, so dogs have been apart of my life ever since I can remember. We moved to Spotsylvania after I finished elementary school and throughout the years, my love for animals grew even more. We moved onto a farm where I was able to get my own horse and that sparked a passion to work with horses.

    Throughout high school I worked on a few farms training horses and hunting dogs. Shortly after graduating high school in 2011, I started working at Confederate Ridge as a kennel assistant caring for our boarding pets. I stayed at that position for about 5 years then was asked to also be a receptionist. In addition to a receptionist, I am cross trained as a doctor’s assistant.

    When I’m not working, I am either riding horses, fishing, kayaking and loving on my two cats. Working at Confederate Ridge has given me the opportunity to expand my knowledge in all areas of small animal care and I am proud to say I am an employee here. I could not imagine a life without working with animals. I plan to further my education to become a licensed veterinary technician. 

  • Aaron Hayes
    LVT 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.

  • Kathy Rau

    Hi, I'm Kathy! I currently work for Confederate Ridge Animal Hospital a few days per week. Although you may have seen me in and out of the office for many of years. I graduated from NOVA in 1992 with a degree in Veterinary Technology. Over the years I have worked in emergency practice, general practice, nuclear medicine and as a hospital manager. I love general practice most so that I can have a bond with the owners and their pets. My outside activities are advocate for children with 20 years foster care and adoption experience. I am married with 4 children. We love all things Golden Retriever!  I have lived local for 17 years, outspoken on the topic of bullying in our schools and I love essential oils. 

  • Samantha Slease LVT

    Slease joined the CRAH Team in October 2021!


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Office Hours

Our Regular Schedule

Fredericksburg Office


7:30 am-6:00 pm


7:30 am-6:00 pm


7:30 am-6:00 pm


7:30 am-6:00 pm


7:30 am-6:00 pm


7:30 am-12:00 pm


4:00pm - 6:00pm

*Boarding drop off and pick up ONLY*

Our Office is Closed on New Years Day, Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve & Christmas Day

In Case of an EMERGENCY after hours, please call MEDVET

8614 Centrville Rd. 

Manassas, VA. 20110