Many of the same health problems that affect us, including hearing loss, also affect our pets. Fortunately, most pets adapt very well to the disability with a little help from their owners.View Article
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When Anne and her husband, Dr. Lonam, purchased Village Vet in 1987, her intention was to help get the practice organized and on its way, then continue on her own career path in landscape design. Very quickly she found herself more and more deeply entrenched in the practice. The business challenges were more daunting than she first realized.
Working at the clinic also gave Anne a chance to meld her biology background (Colgate University, 1978) with her business experience. She loved meeting new people and developing relationships with the clients and their families, and has always had a soft spot for animals. It’s a stimulating environment and one that provides constant learning opportunities. After 25 years in the business, she still derives a great deal of satisfaction from helping clients and their pets. Thanks to the wonderfully loyal client base that’s developed over the years, Anne and Dr. Lonam are still going strong and have been able to share their success with the community.
The Lonams have one son and a menagerie including cats, dogs, and birds. She is active with Matthew’s Boy Scout troop, enjoys community service projects, gardening, numerous outdoor activities, cultural events, visiting museums and travelling anywhere!
Marianne joined the Village Vet family in 2011. She graduated from Ohio State University in 1979, majoring in Animal Science. After almost 20 years of experience as a veterinary technician, she made the move to assistant manager. Her family moved several times across the country with her husband in the Navy, finally settling in Burke where their children graduated from Lake Braddock Secondary School. Kyle went on to attend the Naval Academy and is now a P3 pilot in the Navy. Hillary graduated from James Madison University, majoring in viola performance. In additional to human children, they have a Golden Retriever named Moose, and a Maine Coon named Rocky. Marianne is an avid quilter, belonging to the Burke Chapter of QU. She loves to cook and is frequently asked to make cheesecakes for her family and friends!
After working at Marriott for over 10 years, Joann thought she needed a career change. From a very young age, she has had a love for animals. That passion and decision led her to Village Veterinary Clinic, when she was hired as a member of our front desk team in 2006. Over time she became very interested in more of the medical aspects of the practice and assumed some technician assistant duties. Being a quick and enthusiastic learner, Joann picked up the skills quickly and has become a jack-of-many-trades here! She enjoys learning new and exciting tasks and is always up for a challenge.
Joann enjoys spending her free time with her lovable dog, Melo, as well as her two family dogs, Pudge and Brownie. She does quite a bit of pet sitting as well, and can’t get enough of her niece, who shares the same love for animals. Her newest hobby is baking for family and friends.
Ana has been a dedicated member of the Village Vet staff since June 2002. Her big heart, gentle touch and cheerful manner have endeared her to many a pet and owner over the years. She has a passion for really big, lovable dogs. Pictured here is Escobar, a 125 lb. Boerboel, with whom she spends a lot of time training.
Rosemary joined our staff in October 2003 and has kept our customers and staff smiling since. Rosemary’s recipe for great customer service includes a whole lot of compassion, concern, attention to detail and a great sense of humor! Initially, Rosemary thought that it would be fun to work with animals because she loved them so much. After working for a hedge fund in Manhattan for 10 years, she thought to herself, why not work with real animals? Now, after being in this business for over 10 years, there have been as many lessons on people as there have been on animals, from the young family with their first puppy to the elderly client whose only living family member is a kitty cat. This career has taught her more about compassion and care for all living things than she ever imagined it could. Rosemary dotes on her beloved pets, a pit bull named Punch and cats named Mocha and Nam.
After working at another veterinary practice for 15 years, Dalsie joined our staff in May 2009, following the retirement of her former boss. She found herself another veterinary family and says she really loves being part of the Village Vet staff. Her love of animals extends beyond Village Vet. She has a menagerie at home that includes an African Gray, a Gold Macaw, a cage full of finches, cats, a dog, several fish tanks and aquatic turtles! The day starts early at Dalsie’s house, with so many mouths to feed. She spends a lot of her free time pet sitting as well. Otherwise, you can find her camping, walking, reading and especially spending time with her grandchildren.
Michelle is our most seasoned kennel staff member but currently devotes most of her time serving as a veterinary technician assistant. She joined the VVC staff in 2005 and spoils our pets rotten. "One of the most rewarding aspects of my job is taking care of the animals and becoming acquainted with their owners."
Not only is she devoted to the health and well-being of our boarding and hospitalized pets, but she also does an excellent job of training new kennel staff and keeping the facilities spotless and tidy. Michelle enjoys hiking with her dog, Rico, and playing with her 3 young nephews, camping, fishing, movies, painting and hatch hooks.
Michelle joined our staff during the summer of 2013. She is an outstanding kennel worker who is crazy about animals. Her favorite part of the job is taking care of our boarding pets and seeing them leave with a happy face after their stay here. “Your pet won’t regret their stay at Village Vet, and they’ll leave with pure bliss in their hearts!”, says Michelle. She also enjoys learning something new every time she comes to work. During her free time she enjoys walking her dog, Benji. Michelle is currently working towards an Associates degree in General Studies at Northern Virginia Community College. She plans to continue her education to become a veterinary technician.
Lexi has been a member of our staff since January 2014. She has a passion for working with animals. Her favorite aspect about working at Village Vet is getting to know each boarding pet individually and earning their trust. She feels great satisfaction knowing a boarder feels comfortable staying at Village Vet. In her free time Lexi volunteers with Lost Dog and Cat Rescue, and dotes on her two cats and a ferret named Twix, who she spoils rotten! Her goal is to continue working with animals. After graduating from Robinson High School in June 2015, she plans to study veterinary technology at Northern Virginia Community College.
Matthew, the son of Dr. and Mrs. Lonam, is no stranger to the clinic and has gained plenty of experience over the years caring for all sorts of animals. In addition to his part-time job at Village Vet, Matthew is active in his high school theatre program, Boy Scout Troop, Scout Venture Crew, is an accomplished cellist and enjoys a wide variety of outdoor activities.