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Meet Our Technicians

A veterinary technician is considered to be a nurse in animal healthcare, but we play an even broader role than that of a human medicine nurse. We have either a 2 or 4 year college degree in veterinary technology and we are the veterinarian's surgical nurse, anesthetist, laboratory technician, radiography technician and dental technician. We work directly with you, communicating patient health, providing education and taking diagnostics. Basically, we do anything that the patient, you and the veterinarian needs or assigns.


Nora McKay-ClarkNora McKay-Clark, CVT

I have been working at Kingsbrook Animal Hospital since July of 2000. I was fortunate enough to find a position here shortly after graduating from a 2 year veterinary technology program. I feel very fortunate to work in an environment where I feel valued and useful. I am also very fortunate to work with such a dedicated group of people who share my vision and goals for providing quality service and care to our patients. It has allowed me to maintain an enthusiasm for my profession that I consider a gift.

I spend my free time taking care of a house full of fur that includes 3 dogs and 2 cats. Amazingly they all get along marvelously. My 3 dogs couldn’t be more different if they tried which makes them a fun and unique little pack. You might see us walking in downtown Frederick sometime. Look for the miniature poodle, Aussie mix and pit bull. They are 3 very sweet females that were all adopted from Frederick County Animal Control.


Melissa SasuMelissa Sasu, RVT

I joined the KAH crew in August of 2004. Originally from Ohio, I moved here where I now live with my family after graduating from tech school.

I received my Bachelor of Science degree in biology at Marietta College in Ohio, but I found my true calling after working as a veterinary assistant in a small animal hospital. It was then that I decided that I wanted to be a veterinary technician. I attended Columbus State Community College in Columbus, Ohio for 2 years to receive my license.

Part of my training included working with students at The Ohio State University who were studying to become doctors of veterinary medicine. I also had the pleasure of spending 5 weeks at the Ohio State Chimp Center, which was an awesome experience. I was lucky enough to be there at a time when the 2 youngest chimps, Emma & Harper, were small enough that we could interact with them. I spent many days with them in their playroom – chimpsitting. I also got to meet Keely and Ivy, who have been on the Discovery Channel.

I enjoy spending my free time playing with my family and laughing with my friends.


Julie FulghumJulie Fulghum, RVT

I grew up in Pennsylvania and received a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Shippensburg University in 2003. In my last year of college, I hand raised a litter of orphaned kittens. From then on, I was hooked! I kept one of the kittens and named him Calvin. A year and a half after graduation, I decided to pursue my love of animals and enrolled at Wilson College in Chambersburg, PA.

While at Wilson, I fell in love with sighthounds. When I saw Stewart, a white and brindle Whippet, it was love at first ‘sight’. Also during that time, I was fortunate enough to intern here at Kingsbrook!

I graduated in 2008 with a Bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Medical Technology. Throughout college, I worked at a mixed animal practice in Shippensburg, followed by a small animal practice in Gettysburg, PA until I re-joined the Kingsbrook Team. Along with Stewart and Calvin, I have Buckley, a Galgo (Spanish Greyhound), Burley, a Bernese Mountain dog, Sasha Fierce and Sullivan, whippet mixes that were once fosters, and BenjaminFranklin (all one word), the cat. They are all rescues!

I am very fortunate to have found my way back to such a progressive hospital with a compassionate and hardworking staff.


Katie BrunerKatie Bruner, RVT

From a young age, I have always known that I wanted a career in the veterinary field. Growing up, I convinced my parents to adopt several stray cats that were wandering our neighborhood. I got my first horse when I was 10, and worked to foster, rehabilitate, and rehome over a dozen horses rescued from slaughter pens during my teenage years, until I adopted a wild Mustang mare and foal from the Bureau of Land Management. During and after high school, I worked in a small animal clinic in Hagerstown and then worked for the Humane Society of Washington County, where I also fostered countless kittens, a few puppies, a ferret, and a sugar glider.

Currently, I live in Martinsburg, WV with my fiancé, Jason, and our boys: Nick, Gage, and Tristan. We are privileged to share our home with our “furry friends:” Madeline; Surge; our cat, Bear; and my Mustang, Dancer. I recently graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Medical Technology from Wilson College in Chambersburg, PA and passed my boards to become a Registered Veterinary Technician. During my final semester at Wilson, I completed my internship at Kingsbrook, and was so proud to accept a position upon my graduation! I look forward to working with this progressive and passionate team for many years to come.

In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family, hiking with our dogs, and working with Dancer (I’m hoping to eventually be able to compete again in some endurance races!).


Samantha SnyderSamantha Snyder, RVT

I have always wanted to work with animals. I begged my parents for every animal they would let me have. I had frogs, ferrets, hamsters, cats, dogs and even goats and a pig! I was fortunate enough to be accepted into the Veterinary Medical Technician program at Wilson College in Chambersburg, PA, where I received hands-on training. The day after my graduation in May of 2014, I began working at Kingsborok Animal Hospital and I have loved every minute of it! I couldn't imagine a better place to work, with such a passionate and loving team.

Currently, I live in Hagerstown, MD with my husband, Keith; my Cardigan Welsh corgi mix, Emmie; my guinea pig, Hawke and my Red Eared Slider turtle, Aang. I have a particular interest in nutrition and exotic animal medicine (especially guinea pigs!). In my spare time, I enjoy camping and hiking, as well as traveling.


Lainey Anderson, RVTLainey Anderson, RVT

I have been working in the animal field since I was 17 years old. I grew up loving animals, especially dogs and cats, and knew that I wanted to work with animals as a career. I came from a family that always had at least one cat in the house. I adopted my dog, Jamie in 2003 who I found on PetFinder.com after searching their website for months for the perfect fit. I have a heart for rescues and mixed breed dogs.

I graduated from Penn Foster College with an Associate Degree in Animal Science in 2010. In the beginning of 2011, I became a Registered Veterinary Technician in the state of Maryland. I have previously worked as a kennel attendant/receptionist, grooming assistant and veterinary assistant before becoming registered.

I started working at Kingsbrook Animal Hospital in July 2013. I enjoy working in a general practice because we do a bit of everything. We care for both sick and well animals. I love how the doctors and staff at KAH truly care about the animals and want what is best for them and their owners. I feel fortunate to be part of the team. I am lucky enough to call my coworkers my friends. I am continuing to learn from everyone here. I want to strive to be the best technician that I can be.

I currently live in Frederick, MD with my mixed breed dog Jamie, and a number of cats.


Morgan Waldron, RVTMorgan Waldron, RVT

Ever since I was little I've had a love and curiosity for all animals. Growing up we didn't have animals until I was older, but I got my fix by playing with the neighbor's animals or bringing stray cats home. I was more of a tom-boy so I had frogs and lizards and I was always picking things up outside and trying to convince my mom to keep everything I found. My first job, at 13 years old, was working at a kennel, walking dogs and cleaning. I loved it! I later started working at a veterinary hospital near my home when I was a Junior in high school and I have been working in the veterinary field ever since. I was fortunate enough to travel to Africa for three months in 2011 on a humanitarian mission. It opened my eyes to many things. Of course I was trying to feed and pet all of the stray cats and dogs, but I was able to experience a lot of Africa's nature, which varies greatly from Pennsylvania and Maryland. I knew when I was there that when I got home I would apply to college to pursue my dream of working with animals.

I graduated from Wilson College in May of 2016 with a BS degree in Veterinary Medical Technology. I passed my board exams in July 2016 and am a registered veterinary technician. I've been a part of the Kingsbrook family since October of 2014. At Kingsbrook, I am fortunate enough to work with so many awesome people who share the same passion and goals as I do.

I currently reside with my family in Gettysburg Pa along with our two dogs, Jaxon and Freddy, and our two cats, Alaska and Caspian. I enjoy spending my time with my family and friends. And when I'm not working you can find me enjoying the outdoors, traveling, or riding my motorcycle!


Abby Burkhart, RVTAbby Burkhart, RVT

I officially joined the KAH family in January of 2015 after completing an internship with all of the wonderful KAH doctors and staff during one of my college winter breaks.

I always knew growing up, that whatever path I took in life, it needed to involve animals. Some of my greatest childhood memories are of summers spent at my Nana’s house in the Southwest PA farmlands. When my mother would come to pick me up, after my countless refusals to leave the beautiful PA woods and countryside, she knew to always check my bags and shirt for smuggled barn cats before we drove home. Luckily, I have always had pets at home to love and care for- although I’d still love to take home every stray kitten I see.

I graduated in 2016 with a Bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Medical Technology from Wilson College in Chambersburg, PA. After graduation I passed the state boards and became a registered veterinary technician.

I currently live in Williamsport MD with my family, our small flock of chickens, (including two pet Silkie chickens), a bunny, and my three cats- Buffy, Muffin and Bug. In my spare time, I enjoy playing ice hockey with my team from Hagerstown and going to local concerts with my friends.


T. Rush Lester, RVTT. Rush Lester, RVT

I grew up with animals always in my home and constantly on my mind - I took every opportunity I could to engage with creatures of all types and sizes. It wasn't until after receiving my undergraduate degree and working for several years that I realized I wanted a more fulfilling career working with animals, so I shipped back to school and acquired a degree from the Vet Tech Institute in Pittsburgh. While earning my degree, I also worked for a mobile veterinary clinic, administering vaccines (and equal amounts of affection) to the dogs and cats of Western Pennsylvania. Upon my return to Maryland in January 2016, I was lucky enough to intern at Kingsbrook, where I continue to work and learn in an ever-supportive environment.

In my spare time, I like to read a variety of books and watch movies, often despite the best efforts of my young pup Wallace. I love to get outdoors, swim, and play board games. My humble home can be found in Kensington, MD.


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