Meet Our Veterinary Technicians

Licensed Veterinary Technicians

  • Jessica Keaton

    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 recommended, snuggling and offering treats to every dog and cat that enters the exam rooms and holding the hand of owners while making tough decisions. I truly love what I do. 

    In January 2018, I became a proud owner of Confederate Ridge Animal Hospital. I'm 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 I'm not snuggling our furry patients, my husband Daniel and I are raising four active children. We have 3 girls and youngest is a boy. All of the 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 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. 


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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 
Virginia Veterinary Centers 
1301 Central Park Blvd Fredericksburg, VA 22401