Stratford Hills Veterinary Center's Dedicated Team
Our team of veterinary technicians, assistants, client care specialists and pet care attendants is dedicated to delivering the best customer service and compassionate care to you and your pets.
Rita — Lead Client Care Specialist
Rita began working at Stratford Hills Veterinary Center (SHVC) in January 2002 as a veterinary attendant. She currently serves as the lead client care specialist and a "fill-in" attendant. She enjoys working with clients and patients, and has a love for all pets. When not at work, Rita enjoys family, friends and quiet time.
Kim — Client Care Specialist
Kim joined the Stratford Hills Veterinary Hospital team in October of 2016. Before that, she spent many years in similar roles in more human-focused workplaces. She brings a great deal of experience to help make sure our clients are as well taken care of as their pets are.
Sara — Veterinary Technician
Sara came to Stratford Hills Veterinary Center after having worked at companion animal practices and animal shelters for about five years in northern Virginia. She graduated from NOVA's veterinary technician program. The veterinary license reflects the education and experience that Sara has in the field, and enables her to provide for our patients as completely as possible.
Sara was born in Honduras, but grew up in Arlington, VA where she spent most of her life. Sara and her husband both decided to move to Richmond, VA to seek better opportunity. They both own a house together in Richmond, where they are raising their two kids, dog and cats.
Alphonsa — Veterinary Assistant
Alphonsa came to Stratford Hills Veterinary Hospital in October of 2015. Pets are very comfortable with him, and his interest in ensuring a less stressful, more enjoyable experience for each of our patients has been important in the hospital’s transition to become more "fear-free."
Karina — Veterinary Assistant
Karina is a recent graduate of the University of Virginia, and has been accepted into the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, where she will start this fall. She has worked with all types of animals, from bald eagles and snapping turtles to cats and dogs, both in the United States and abroad.
Katie — Veterinary Assistant
Katie moved to Richmond from Boston in 2015. She worked as a veterinary assistant for over four years in the Boston area, before leaving the field to work in human medicine. After quickly realizing that her passion was in the "furry" side of medicine, she returned to work in the veterinary field. She joined Stratford Hills Veterinary Center after moving to Richmond and is starting a program to become a licensed veterinary technician to further her abilities in the field.
When she is not at work, Katie enjoys spending time with her family and watching her young daughter grow up. She also has a rescue dog named Kale and two cats, Boo and Gracie.
Taylor — Veterinary Assistant
Taylor joined the Stratford Hills Veterinary Hospital team in April 2016. She is currently enrolled in a veterinary technician program with aspirations of becoming a licensed technician. Her hobbies include reading, hiking, and attending concerts and festivals. She lives in Richmond with her spoiled kitty, Fettuccine, and her Dalmatian, Pongo.