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Practice Manager, LVT Student
Cristal, our Practice Manager, is attending school to become a Licensed Veterinary Technician and hopes to utilize her experience at ADC in achieving that goal. Always an avid animal lover, she studied zoology before working in the infant section of a local zoo. She studied Rufus Naped Tamarins for two years while living in Panama with her husband, a soldier. For more than 30 years Cristal has worked with numerous horse breeds but especially enjoys Miniature Horses. She currently owns five that she hopes to show in breed registry shows. She has been competing in Miniature Horse shows since 1988 and has spoken on the topic many times. She is also a carded judge for the World Class Miniature Horse Registry and helps new owners by leading training seminars and one-on-one training sessions.
Cristal, her husband, and two children are originally from NY but have moved around the country during his military career. In addition to her horses – Danny, Sneakers, Sarge, and Goldie – s he shares her home with her Australian Shepherds Chewie, Finley, and Angus and her cats Doughal and Sweetpea.
Kourtney is our Licensed Veterinary Technician. She always knew that she wanted to work in Veterinary Medicine even as a young girl. Her favorite part of this field isn’t just the animals, but the fact that she can help people give their pets the best lives possible. Kourtney has a BS in Biology with a Minor in Equestrian Studies from Houghton University as well as an associates degree in Veterinary Technology from Northern Virginia Community College. She has been in the Veterinary field for 7 years and earned her license as a Veterinary Technician three years ago. She has a special interest in client education, animal dentistry, and anesthesia. She hopes to become a Veterinary Technician Specialist in Veterinary Dentistry in the future. In her free time, Kourtney enjoys hiking, video gaming, and just hanging out with her husband, Jimmy, and their Corgi mix, Reagan.
Senior Animal Assistant, LVT Student
Antel has been working in the field of veterinary medicine for the past 15 years, since graduating from Tuskegee University with a B.S. in Animal Science. She was led to this field by her passion to care for pets when their pet-parents are unable to. More than half of her career was spent in emergency medicine where she worked in the intensive care unit. After getting married and starting a family 6 years ago, Antel needed a slightly slower pace and returned to general practice.When she’s not caring for pets at work, she can be found enjoying the outdoors with her 2 fur-babies, husband, son, and daughter.
Selena, our animal assistant, has been passionate about animal care and veterinary medicine from a young age. In 2018, she received a B.S. in Biology from American University and will continue her education with aspirations of becoming a Veterinarian. Selena worked as a veterinary assistant in general practice in Arlington for three years before joining our team. When not at work, Selena enjoys hiking, crafting, videogames, and the company of her Holland Lop rabbit named “Abbott.”
Born in Germany, Manny’s family moved the United States when she was about to start kindergarten and now she is fluent in both languages. Growing up, she had continuous pairs of guinea pigs but she always wanted a dog. Manny spent lots of time dog walking and pet sitting to spend as much time with animals as possible. One day a regular dog walk turned into re-homing Ally, her mini poodle! Manny has a strong desire to help animals of all kinds and hopes to fill her home with rescues in the future!