October Pet Dental Special

Starting July 1, 2018, we will no longer be able to fill long term prescriptions for certain medications here at Ashburn Village Animal Hospital.

pet supplements This is due to a change in the state of Virginia Prescription Monitoring Program. This may affect your pet’s prescriptions if they take chronic medications for pain or cough.

Some of the medications included in this change are Tramadol, Tussigon, Gabapentin, and medications that contain Codeine.

Our doctors will need to write a prescription for these substances that you can fill for your pet at any local pharmacy. We will need your date of birth and address to include on the written prescription. Non-steroidal pain medication like Rimadyl, Deramaxx, Metacam and Galliprant are not affected by this new rule. We also offer Therapeutic Laser as an alternative treatment to manage your pet’s chronic pain.

Please feel free to contact us at 703-729-0700 if you have any questions!

Animal Behavioral CollegeAshburn Village Animal Hospital recently worked together with the Animal Behavior College in training a student for their Veterinary Assistant internship. The student came well prepared in knowing what skills they had to practice and they also had a good basic knowledge of how a veterinary clinic works. It was a great opportunity not only for the student to learn but also for our team to get to help shape the future of an eager veterinary assistant!

Are you or someone you know looking to become a certified veterinary assistant? We highly recommend this program to anyone! This program is comprised of a 90-hour internship during which they learn various skills in a real world setting. We look forward to hosting other students in the future!  

Is Your Pet Afraid of the Vet? Bring Them in for a Cuddle!

Dr. Germann cuddles puppyWe know that having a pet that is afraid of the veterinarian is stressful for both the owner and the pet! Our veterinarians and staff want to try something new and need your help. We are now offering free cuddle visits to help promote a better relationship between doctor and patient.

These visits are 5-minute slots that allow fearful patients to come just to be cuddled. By doing this, we hope your pets will begin to associate our hospital with a "good place" rather than a place where they get nail trims and shots! This service is especially good for puppies in between their vaccine series and for those pets that are already fearful and aggressive.

Thursday is Senior Citizen Day at Ashburn Village Animal Hospital!

Any new or existing client who is 65 years or older is eligible to receive 10% off all veterinary services on Thursdays. Simply tell one of our client care specialists your age and save.*

January DNA testing specialDiscover What Breeds Make Up Your Dog

Ever wonder what breeds make up your dog? You now have the chance to find out! We are currently offering Royal Canin DNA test kits.

Why Test Your Dog's DNA?

  • To inform your veterinarian on what breed(s) your dog is
  • To give insight into predispositions to certain diseases
  • To help us create a targeted wellness plan for your dog

Call us today at (703) 729-0700 to learn more about canine DNA testing.

Our team of caring support professionals is devoted to you and your pet!

Sue Vlasic, Client Care SpecialistSue joined Ashburn Village Animal Hospital in June 2009. She enjoys working the front desk and greeting clients and their pets. Sue lives in Ashburn Village with her husband, her dog Hobo and her two cats, Zoe and Rocky.

In her spare time, Sue enjoys hiking, gardening and visiting the local wineries, as well as traveling and spending time with her three adult children.

 

katie-mcauliffeKatie’s dream job has always consisted of working with animals, and she is excited to work daily with dogs, cats, and to be a part of AVAH’s team. She grew up and spent most of her life in Fort Collins, Colorado, and loves anything that has to do with her home state. Katie moved to Ashburn two years ago with her husband, Sam, who was offered a great opportunity as a firefighter at Fort Meyer. She lives in Ashburn Village with Sam, her dog Cooper, and her cat Denver.

In her free time, Katie enjoys traveling, spending time with family and friends, taking Cooper to a local farm, playing card and board games, and sightseeing around Virginia and DC. She is also a huge Disney fanatic.

Veterinary Technician Mandy with DogMandy has worked in the field of veterinary medicine off and on since 1996. She started out as a veterinary assistant and then became a veterinary technician. She has an Associate degree in Business Management from Strayer University.

In her free time, Mandy enjoys traveling with her daughter. She also enjoys taking walks and playing fetch with her Great Pyrenees, Ticuna.

Veterinary Technician Shannon Wisniewski with CatShannon joined AVAH in November 2017 as a Veterinary Technician. She has worked with cats for eight years and has a very gentle manner with them. Now Shannon enjoys the opportunity to learn more about dogs and is applying her extensive knowledge of cats at AVAH. She will be going back to school this year to finish getting her veterinary technician license.

Shannon lives at home with four cats and two reptiles, a ball python and leopard gecko. During her free time, she enjoys hanging out with her boyfriend and crocheting.

Veterinary Technician Nick with catNick has always had a strong affinity and love for animals. From a very early age, he knew he wanted to work in a profession that combined his interests in science, medicine, and animal husbandry. After graduating from Virginia Tech in 2015 with a B.A. in Microbiology and Animal & Poultry Sciences, Nick worked at VT’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital for two years in their Emergency/ICU department.

Nick started working at AVAH in April as a veterinary assistant and since he is a local from Ashburn, he was excited to be back in his childhood community. In his spare time, he likes to run with his two Australian Shepherds Bear & Gigi on the W&OD trail and relax on the couch with his three cats Bernard, Sassy, and Lulu.

Veterinary Receptionist Bailey with her HorseBailey is very excited to have the opportunity to work with and learn from animals as well as be a part of the Ashburn Village Animal Hospital team. She has been a part time client care specialist since October 2016, but also likes to help out wherever needed around the hospital. Bailey is currently working toward a Bachelor’s degree in pre-veterinary science and hopes to advance to veterinary school. She enjoys learning from our staff and the opportunity to be a part of helping animals stay healthy.

In her free time, Bailey enjoys playing volleyball and horseback riding on her farm.

Client Care Specialist Nancy Martinez with DogNancy joined AVAH in August 2017 as a Client Care Specialist and is also currently attending college at NOVA, working towards her degree in criminology with the goal to transfer to a two year school. During her free time she enjoys exploring D.C, fishing, finding new hiking trails and going on walks.

After work she enjoys coming home to her dog, Kitty, and her two cats, Nugs and Athena. Her favorite thing about working at AVAH is meeting new people and listening to them tell their funny stories about their own pets.

Pet insurance can help you manage the cost of caring for your pet should the unexpected happen. Here at Ashburn Village Animal Hospital we strongly encourage you to consider health insurance for your pet.

Why Do I Need Pet Insurance?

No one likes to think about their beloved pet getting hurt or sick, but it can happen at any time. Pets are typically curious, active and often quite fearless, so it's difficult to protect them from all dangers all the time. Pets also get sick, just like we do. In fact, every year about 6 million dogs and cats are diagnosed with cancer in the United States.

Pet Health Insurance FAQsFortunately, there are more life-saving treatments available for pets than ever before. However, with these new advances, come more expenses. That's where pet insurance comes in. By covering your pet, you can make sure you will be able to afford the medical care he or she needs.

How Does Pet Insurance Work?

With pet insurance, you can visit any veterinarian or emergency hospital. You pay your bill at the time of service and submit a claim to the pet insurance company, which reimburses you directly with a check.

Some insurance companies even have the ability to make a direct deposit straight into your bank account, or submit payment directly to the veterinary hospital.

pet insuranceAt Ashburn Village Animal Hospital, we feel it is a great idea to get pet insurance right away when your pet is a puppy or kitten. We also recommend getting insurance with a newly adopted pet, despite the age, as it can help with veterinary healthcare costs and allow you to be able to care for your pet as best as possible.

This month we'd like to highlight the pet insurances we recommend – VPI Pet Insurance and Pets Best Insurance.

VPI stands for Veterinary Pet Insurance and we offer different plans, including Comprehensive, Economical, Emergency, and Just for Cats. These plans cover chronic conditions but no preexisting conditions. They also cover some hereditary conditions, once covered for one year.