Dr. Valeria Rickard
Dr. Valeria Rickard, the practice owner at North Oatlands Animal Hospital & Reproduction Center and Dominion Valley Animal Hospital, is a Virginia Tech Veterinary School graduate. She has been practicing small animal veterinary medicine and surgery in the Northern Virginia area for the past 13 years. In 2005, she realized her dream and opened her own state-of-the-art practice in Leesburg. With her husband John, Dr. Rickard has designed and built a facility large enough to serve the needs of all their companion animal clients while retaining the feel of personalized service. Being involved with their local community and seeing the need for a family oriented practice - as the Haymarket area was growing and developing - in 2012 she opened a second, "satellite" facility under the name Dominion Valley Animal Hospital there in Haymarket, VA.
Dr Rickard enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine, from routine wellness visits and dentistry to complicated medical cases. She loves performing surgeries and has developed a special interest in minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery. In addition to her excellent skills in feline and canine medicine and surgery, Dr. Rickard is well known for her special interest and expertise in canine reproduction and pediatrics. Her vast clientele is drawn from across the entire United States including Alaska, and includes numerous international clients from as far as Europe and South America. The local airport has more than once been the recipient of private planes bringing their beloved pets to visit with Dr. Rickard and reap the benefits of her extensive knowledge, expertise and attention to detail.
Dr. Rickard offers seminars and symposiums in the latest advances in canine reproduction and pediatrics to local, national, and international organizations, schools, and kennel clubs. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American and European Reproduction Societies, and local and national kennel clubs.
Dr. Rickard was born in Moscow, Russia and attributes her deep love of animals to her first Airedale "Toybritt" with whom she did agility, conformation, and Shutzhund training. She has been an avid breeder and exhibitor of champion Airedale Terriers for over twenty years. She likes showing her dogs in conformation events and has titled numerous dogs to their championship titles. Her most notable wins include Westminster Kennel Club and National Specialties in the United States, as well as Crufts and the World Dog Show internationally. Dr. Rickard enjoys her time at home with her husband John and daughter Olivia. In College on full scholarship, Dr. Rickard played Division I tennis and continues to play in her "spare time". Her additional interests include gardening, photography, scuba diving and travelling.
- Virginia Tech
- transcervical artificial insemination, canine semen freezing, and minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery
Dr. Shannon Heath
Shannon Heath graduated from Colorado State University in 1993. She returned to her hometown of Cheyenne, Wyoming to practice in a large animal practice for a few years. She was also in large animal practice and a USDA meat inspector in Idaho. Dr. Heath has been in the Northwest, just outside Seattle, for the past 12 years. Her interests have evolved over the years into companion animal medicine and dentistry. She has a special fondness for cats.
Dr. Heath was a nine year 4-H Horse Club member. She enjoys supporting the young people of the community. She volunteers her time to speak at 4-H meetings, Girls in Science Projects, etc. She even helps with hair and makeup design for stage productions.
Dr. Heath is very excited about her move to Dominion Valley Animal Hospital and the Haymarket/Gainesville area. She moved with her teenage daughter, mother and four cats. Her older daughter is currently a senior at the University of Wyoming and an avid snowboarder. She loves to walk, kayak and volunteer with community theater productions in which her daughter is acting.
- Colorado State University
- Dentistry and Feline medicine
John Rickard is the Business Manager for the Practice (as well as providing computer support, web & graphics design, and the one who has to do all the heavy lifting). Little did he realize when first he first met Dr. Rickard (10 years ago...then just Valeria) that he would eventually marry her and become Business Manager for NOAH. Funny how things work out...
John was born and raised in nearby Thurmont, Maryland, by wonderful parents who instilled him with strong values, honor and common sense. John's dad Glenn owned his own business as well as possessed the skills required to build their house (along with HIS father). Just working along side him allowed John to develop his work ethic as well as learning all his life-practical handyman-type skills. Throughout high school and college, John "pushed the envelope" in both the Math and Computer Sciences departments (that time not being very extensive) and found his own way to leverage those areas towards a Bachelor's Degree from Mt St Mary's College.
At age 14, John attended his first martial arts class, thus beginning an introspective journey which continues today. For the next 23 years, he has studied with a non-profit, traditional Martial Arts school - In Ji Yong Martial Arts - in Frederick Maryland. He has earned the rank of 3rd degree black belt and today teaches both children and adults in the same traditional fashion that he learned.
In addition to the many "menial" jobs held throughout school, and his martial arts teaching, John has worked as a computer programmer and software designer in both the Public and Private sectors, landing as Senior Software Designer for UUNET -> WorldCom -> MCI -> Verizon).
At home in Haymarket, with his wife (Dr. Rickard) he tends the herd and tries to keep the house from being taken apart by the numerous dogs & cats they have as well.. so add kennel assistant and dog groomer to the list of jobs. In his "spare time" John enjoys traveling and scuba diving.
- Mt St Mary's College
Joel A. Schroeder, CVPMPractice Administrator
Joel was raised in Kailua-Kona, HI. He attended Northern Virginia Community College and Old Dominion University, where he received degrees in General Studies and Industrial Technology, with core focuses in professional ethics and administrative leadership.
For the last 17 years, Joel has dedicated himself to the veterinary industry gaining extensive knowledge in various positions and practice profiles, including multi-location general medicine and emergency/specialty hospitals. He considers his career within the veterinary profession to be a satisfying and rewarding service, driven by a deep appreciation for the human-animal bond. His professional interests finance, marketing and human resource management/development.
Joel received the designation of CVPM (Certified Veterinary Practice Manager) in 2012. As a CVPM, he has achieved the industry's highest credential for practice management professionals, demonstrating experience, knowledge, and commitment to the pursuit of veterinary excellence.
Joel lives in Clarke County, VA. In his spare time he enjoys cooking, traveling, and various motor sport activities.
- Old Dominion/Northern Virginia
Angela hails from a place she likes to call "everywhere USA." Born and raised in a military family, she has lived pretty much everywhere from overseas in Turkey to the west coast of the United States. She resides in Purcellville, Virginia with her family and pets. She has a younger sister and an older sister.
Angela came to NOAH in November of 2007. Although this is her first job in the veterinary world, her love for animals has been with her for all of her life. While she is not working, she likes to spend time training her 3 dogs (3 year old German Shorthaired Pointer "Dixie" and 8 year old beagles "Buddy" and "Amber") and working on cars. She is a full-time student at Penn Foster Career School, working towards her Veterinary Technology degree and eventually becoming a LVT. She enjoys spending time with friends whether it be bowling or just hanging out. The best place to find her is under the hood of her husbands 2006 STi, learning everything that she can possibly learn and working on anything that she can possible work on.
Angela hopes to make everyone's visit to our clinic as pleasant as possible and hopes to meet all of our clients and their beloved pets in the near future. She also hopes to assist everyone's needs in the best way possible and help build the bridge between clients and their best friends' providers.
Ashley was born and raised in the small town of Meadville, PA. She graduated from the Vet Tech Institute in Pittsburgh, PA in October 2008 with an associate's degree in veterinary technology. She hopes to specialize in veterinary dentistry in the future. The day after graduating, Ashley moved to Frederick, MD and joined our team in November of 2009. She moved to Winchester, VA in 2012 and currently resides there with her rescued cat "Zivot".
Outside of NOAH, Ashley enjoys spending time with friends. She also enjoys pet sitting and shopping in her spare time. Being six hours from her hometown, Ashley always looks forward to seeing her family.
Ashley is excited to be part of NOAH's team and hopes to meet all of your furry friends.
- Vet Tech Institute
Andrea Brownstein, LVT
Licensed Veterinary Technician
Andrea was born and raised in Great Falls, VA. She attended Northern Virginia Community College where she received her A.A.S degree in Veterinary Technology, later completing her LVT licensure in 2003.
Throughout her career, Andrea has gained extensive experience and knowledge in numerous profiles of veterinary medicine including: small animal, equine, emergency and internal medicine. She is excited to join NOAH and expand her knowledge and experience in to the field of reproductive medicine.
Andrea is active in the veterinary community and volunteers her time to support various professional and philanthropic initiatives including Gorilla research in Rwanda and being an active member of the National Veterinary Response Team assisting with disaster relief.
In her spare time, Andrea enjoys foxhunting, low-level eventing, camping, hiking, and trail riding with her horse Quinn. She shares her home with her boxer-mix sidekick Baxter, and her backyard flock of chickens.
- Northern Virginia Community College
Aleta & Gary FoxAleta lends her talents to inventory management, Website Design and Software Configuration. She also has a wonderful eye for decorating and gardening. Along with her husband Gary, she is responsible for the outside plantings in both the front flower bed and alongside the street entrance and all of the seasonal decorations. (the doggie statue was her idea and everyone loves it!).