A licensed veterinary technician (LVT) is a trained, credentialed professional who is an integral member of the veterinary health care team. An LVT must complete a veterinary technician program from a credited school, as well as pass a national exam at the end of their training. In Virginia, licensed veterinary technicians working under the direct supervision of a licensed veterinarian may perform those tasks related to animal health except the diagnosis of disease, prescribing drugs, or performing surgery. Those tasks include complete dental cleanings, dental extractions of single rooted teeth, routine skin closures, diagnostic microscopy, and placing intravenous catheters among many others. All work performed by the LVT is done under the direct supervision of licensed veterinarians and is carried out in compliance with state law. Your LVT’s here at Hanging Rock Animal Hospital are caring, compassionate team members that are vital to the hospital.
Hi! My name is Allyson and I joined the Hanging Rock family in 2008. The two hats I wear while at the office are Practice Manager and Licensed Veterinary Technician. I've worked in the veterinary field since 1997 and have a degree from Blue Ridge Community College. My interests in veterinary medicine include behavior, client communications, and nutrition. Outside of work, I spend my spare time on search and rescue work with my dog. I am also licensed as a wildlife rehabilitator by the state of Virginia and the Federal Government. My family includes Jeff, my husband, as well as Sampson, Sid, Emily, and Pete, our beloved pets.
Heather joined the Hanging Rock team in 2008. She has worked in all areas of the hospital including kennel and reception. She graduated as a Licensed Veterinary Technician in May 2012 from Blue Ridge Community College and has Veterinary interests which include dentistry and radiology. She has 4 furry children.