Culpeper Animal Hospital

441 Aspen Street
Culpeper, VA 22701



Meredith Vargas, DVM

Meredith Vargas, DVM - Owner / Veterinarian

Dr. Meredith Vargas received her undergraduate degree in Animal Science from the University of Connecticut in 1994 and her doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Purdue University in 1997. Originally from Connecticut, she moved to the area to work as an equine veterinarian. After falling in love with the community and the area, she and her husband decided this was the place to call home. Dr. Vargas started working at Culpeper Animal Hospital in May 2000 just months after it opened, and in 2003 Dr. Vargas became the proud owner. Not far from the clinic, Meredith lives with her family, which includes her husband, 3 amazing children, 6 horses, 2 dogs, 2 cats, and 4 bunnies. Her husband, Juan, can often be found lending a hand at the clinic, on the tennis court, or coaching his daughter's soccer team. Dr. Vargas is committed to providing exceptional, quality care for both cats and dogs, while maintaining a friendly and caring environment for her clients and team members. Her professional interests include dentistry, surgery, ultrasound, and preventative medicine.



Susan Jacobson, VMD, MS

Susan Jacobson, VMD, MS - Veterinarian

Dr. Susan Jacobson received her Bachelor of Science from Colorado State University in 1973, her doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Pennsylvania in 1977, and a masters in Veterinary Science and Shelter Medicine from the University of Florida in 2017. Dr. Jacobson worked at, and eventually owned, a full service facility on the North Shore of Long Island for 25 years before moving to Virginia in 2002. She started her time here working with several small animal facilities before joining the CAH team in 2005. Dr. Jacobson currently divides her time between the Orange County Animal Shelter and CAH. She shares her home with her husband Rick Newman, Max the Doberman and Mr. Mann the cat. Susan enjoys gardening, baking, camping, and overloading in vintage LandRovers. She is also the occasional Parrothead! Rick and her participated in the first Vermont Overland Trophy Event in August of 2013 and learned how great their Rover was and still is! 

"How fortunate I am to say I still love my job after 42 yrs!!!" - Dr. Jacobson

Traci Sandberg, DVM

Traci Sandberg, DVM - Veterinarian

Dr. Traci Sandberg is originally from rural upstate NY, north of Watertown. She got her undergraduate degree in Marine Biology from Long Island University in 1988. In 1997, she graduated from the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts university in Massachusetts. After graduating, Dr. Sandberg worked in mixed animal practice serving Ma and NH until moving to Va in 2003. She currently lives in the Warrenton area and enjoys, trail riding, skiing, and spending time with her family and other pets, which include a German shepherd and a cat. She is married and has 2 daughters and a new granddaughter. Dr. Sandberg is at Culpeper Animal Hospital on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and has been there for 4 years now.

Courtney Rosenberger-Hale

Courtney Rosenberger-Hale - Practice Manager / Veterinary Technician

Courtney started her first job at a veterinary clinic when she was in high school and fell in love with the profession. She joined Culpeper Animal Hospital in 2008. Over the years here, Courtney has worked as a veterinary technician, a front office coordinator, front office manager, then finally, as our new Practice Manager.

She was born and raised in Culpeper County and is blessed to be able to raise her children on the same family farm that she herself grew up on. When she isn’t here at the clinic, working hard to better our practice, Courtney lives on the farm with her husband, two sons, and their 4-legged babies.

Sarah Peyton

Sarah Peyton - Licensed Veterinary Technician

 Sarah has been with Culpeper Animal Hospital since 2006 and is one of our licensed veterinary technicians and also manages inventory and ordering. She graduated with an A.A.S. degree in Veterinary Technology from Cedar Valley Veterinary Technology Program and earned her state licensure in 2015. Sarah’s professional interests include anesthesia, surgical nursing, and exotics medicine (Guinea Pigs!!).

Shawn Marr

Shawn Marr - Licensed Veterinary Technician

Shawn is one of our licensed veterinary technicians and also oversees nutrition and prescription food ordering. She started with Culpeper Animal Hospital as a kennel assistant in 2001 and has since advanced her career to earn two Bachelor’s degrees from Virginia Tech in Animal & Poultry Science and Dairy Science in 2008. Shawn also received her licensure as a veterinary technician from Cedar Valley Veterinary Technology Program. In her personal time, Shawn enjoys volunteering at her daughter's school and caring for her array of pets - a pot bellied pig named LuLu, 2 cats, 2 dogs, and a freshwater tropical fish tank. She also has a unique passion for anything Halloween!


Michele Rosano-Seale

Michele Rosano-Seale - Veterinary Technician - Fear Free Certified 

Michele is one of our Fear Free certified veterinary technicians. She started with Culpeper Animal Hospital in 2000. Michele lives in Orange County with her husband, 2 grown children, 2 dogs, 2 horses, and 2 leopard geckos. Her personal interests include trail riding and her professional interests include canine and feline dentistry.

Danielle Stanley

Danielle Stanley - Veterinary Technician

Danielle graduated from Culpeper County High School in 2002. She started working in the kennels at Culpeper Animal Hospital at the age of 16 and has gained extensive experience over the years. She is passionate about animals and really enjoys working in the veterinary field. She returned to Culpeper Animal Hospital as a veterinary assistant in 2012. She currently resides in Culpeper County with her boyfriend and two children - accompanied by their two dogs, Rilee and Trixie.

 Samantha Settle

 Samantha Settle - Veterinary Technician 

Samantha joined our team at Culpeper Animal Hospital in 2011, working as an intern during her summer semester of college. After graduating with an A.A.S. degree in Veterinary Technology, Samantha decided to continue her career here and work full time as a veterinary technician. She is passionate about working with animals and enjoys caring for her own pets including cats, snakes, chickens, and a bearded dragon! Samantha grew up here in Culpeper, VA and has two wonderful children.


Kristen Utley

Kristen Utley - Veterinary Technician 

Kristen joined the staff at Culpeper Animal Hospital in 2018 and has brought her intense love for animals and excitement to learn to our team. She earned an A.S. degree from Lord Fairfax Community College and her Veterinary Technician degree from NOVA Community College in 2022. She is now currently working towards becoming a licensed veterinary technician. Kristen started working primarily in the kennel at our clinic, learning and improving her skills throughout the years. Now, with all her hard work and veterinary experience, she is providing care as a veterinary technician for your furry babies as if they were her own.


Avah Bache - Technician Assistant 

Avah joined out staff at Culpeper Animal Hospital in March of 2024. Avah's new passion for  Veterinary medicine started in school when she participated in classes such as Animal Science, and pre-vet and, joined the FFA. Throughout Avah’s life animals have helped her shape a career path and have helped her personally. Avah now has a goal to return the favor by providing adequate care to your furry pet. When Avah is not working at the clinic you can catch her serving as this year’s FFA’s president and caring for all 42 cows on her family’s farm.


Lo Loy

Lorinda (Lo) Loy - Customer Service Representative   

Lorinda joined the front desk/customer support team in August of 2018. In 2021, she took some time away and returned to us as a married woman in June, 2023.  She is happy to see the many existing clients and their fur babies again. A proud mom to a senior K9 who needs reminding she can’t play catch like she used to, and still loves to run after the stray cat coming through her yard.  In her free time, Lorinda enjoys walking, golfing (when it’s not raining) with her husband, and traveling to Florida where her parents reside for visits.  For Lorinda, the most rewarding part of the veterinary industry is the variety of people you get to meet and interact with daily.  Caring for someone's furry family member in need and helping console clients through difficult times is very important to her.  Getting a chance to learn something new every day is exciting and challenging, which Lorinda thrives on.  Lorinda is devoted to continuing to gain knowledge with all the experiences in the field of animal care here, and she looks forward to assisting you with your furry family member(s) needs on the phone, e-mail and text.  When she finally greets you in person it will be with a friendly smile when you walk into our clinic. 


Jennifer (J.J.) Jackson - Customer Service Representative   

J.J. is on of our CSRs here at Culpeper Animal Hospital. She has an extensive background in veterinary medicine and is a strong addition to our team here. J.J. started working in the veterinary industry 31 years ago and has worked at clinics from Virginia to New York city to Los Angeles and finally, back to Virginia. She has specialized in emergency critical care practice for most of her career, but she is glad to be back in general practice here. She says, “It gives me a chance to get to know our clients and patients at a deeper level.” J.J. has had an exciting and eventful life in entertainment, but is now happy to be living a quieter life in Culpeper, taking care of her elderly mother. J.J is eager to assist you and your pets’ needs!