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Shannon Harker LVT
I am a 1994 graduate from the Blue Ridge Community College in Veterinary Technology. I enjoy working with people as well as their pets ! I especially enjoy seeing and working with exotic pets like the reptiles, avians and pocket pets. When I am not at work, I enjoy bluegrass music festivals. My family includes my husband, Matthew, 3 dogs: Kanani, Bruce and Simon as well as a one-legged cockatiel named Peg-Leg Pete and a Bearded Dragon named Sydney.
Cassie Rini LVT
I earned my Bachelor's Degree in Animal Science at Virginia Tech in December, 2012. I am now a licensed Veterinary Technician and I love working and learning a lot at The Animal Hospital of Lynchburg. I have always had a passion for healing and bonding with animals, and thoroughly love working here. I have a sweet chocolate lab named Nicki, A new addition, a golden doodle named Mango. I also have two sweet ferrets named George and Koto.
I have been working at the Animal Hospital of Lynchburg since May 2012. I have earned my degree at Liberty University studied business- human resources. I have a dog named Jose and a cat named Mickie that I love very much. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and supporting my sister who is currently serving in the military.
I grew up a New Jersey beach girl then moved to Lynchburg over 15 years ago. I'm the oldest of 4 children and my parents have been married for almost 40 years now, I love watching my family grow! I've been working in the veterinary medicine field for over 18 years now and its never a dull moment. I am excited to be part of the Animal Hospital of Lynchburg Family and they have welcomed me with open arms. I have 2 fire belly toads named Johnny and June, and a tree frog named SoJe. In my free time I love to travel, I enjoy spending time with my niece and nephews, and go camping any chance I get as well as taking in all of the many festivals Virginia has to offer.
I began working at the Animal Hospital of Lynchburg as a kennel assistant during my senior year of high school in April of 2015. I am studying Business Administration: Marketing at Liberty University. I have a sweet Yorkshire terrier named Lee, a cool leopard gecko named Petra, and a pond of beautiful Koi fish. In my free time, I enjoy shopping and being outdoors with my friends and family.
I started working here over a year ago, but have been working with animals for over 6 years now. I have multiple pets of my own to keep me busy when I'm not at work; with 2 dogs, 4 cats, 2 ferrets and a tortoise as well at my 3 wonderful children. Being originally from the Chicago area I do enjoy the mild winters of Virginia. I am most excited about working with all of the Exotic animals that we see here daily.
A new addition to the hospital as of September 2016, I have several years of working and being around animals. Owning several dogs, a cat and a miniature pig keep me busy. I've always had a passion for helping and working with animals. During my free time I love to be outdoors and being with friends and family.