Our Veterinary Technicians

Our veterinary technicians work hard every day to provide the best care possible for your exotic pets. They are continually improving their knowledge, by keeping up to date on medical literature, attending veterinary medical conferences, and working as a cohesive team to provide the best care for the patients. Technician responsibilities are far­reaching and include assisting doctors in appointments, answering client questions, performing medical treatments (phlebotomy, radiography, emergency care, etc.), grooming, and anesthetizing/monitoring patients during medical procedures.

Jenn Hutchins, LVT

Jenn began working with Dr. Stahl in 1993 during an educational internship at a nearby veterinary practice. She completed Northern Virginia Community College’s Veterinary Technology Program in 1994, after which she started working with him full time. Jenn continued to work with Dr. Stahl when SEAVS was founded in 2003,...

Kathy Burrier, LVT

Kathy began working at SEAVS in 2006 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science from the University of Maryland. Recently, Kathy obtained her Associate’s Degree in Veterinary Technology from Penn Foster College, becoming a licensed veterinary technician. Kathy shares her home in Maryland with her husband and their two daughters....

Nadja Obradovich, LVT

Nadja graduated from Northern Virginia Community College’s Veterinary Technology Program in 2015, and obtained her technician license in January of 2016. She has been working with SEAVS since 2010, when she started as a veterinary assistant. She and her boyfriend live in Oakton with her conure, a Russian tortoise, a...

Alissa Hoklutubbe, LVT

Alissa graduated from Northern Virginia Community College’s Veterinary Technology Program in 2004. She has been working in veterinary medicine since 2001, at SEAVS since 2003, and with exotic animals all of her life. Although she loves all animals, she is particularly fond of lizards, rats, and canaries. She lives in...

James Garrison, LVT

James graduated with his degree in veterinary technology from Sanford Brown College in 2011, then worked at several small animal clinics. His pursuit of exotic animal medicine began at a local clinic soon after, where he gained significant hands on experience. He joined SEAVS in 2014, where he continues to...

Katie Willis, LVT

Katie graduated from the Northern Virginia Community College Veterinary Technician program in 2010, passing the VTNE later that year. She has worked with animals of all sizes including cats, dogs, and horses. In 2015 she discovered her passion of exotics animals when she began working with them at a nearby clinic....

Zack Romeo

Zack began working with Dr. Stahl as a veterinary assistant in 2001. He continued at that clinic, expanding his knowledge and experience through hands on training, as both an assistant and technician, until joining SEAVS in 2008. Zack has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from George Mason University. He lives...

Freda Rubio

Freda came to SEAVS recently, and brings with her an extensive background in wildlife and exotic animal veterinary medicine. She worked at the South Florida Wildlife Center for thirteen years, managing the nursery for two of those years and acting as lead technician. She also managed an exotic animal house...

Oscar Chavez

Oscar started his career path as a veterinary assistant in 2012 working with dogs and cats, after which he completed the Veterinary Assistant Certificate Program with ACE. In 2014, he became a level 2 nurse at an exotic animal medical facility, where he received a high level of hands on...

Courtney Thompson

Courtney graduated from Northern Virginia Community College’s Veterinary Technology Program in 2012, after which she worked at a veterinary clinic in the area for several years, focusing on exotic animals. She recently joined SEAVS in an effort to continue to further pursue her interest and expand her knowledge in exotic animal...