Culpeper Animal Hospital

441 Aspen Street
Culpeper, VA 22701

(540)829-9085

www.culpepervet.com

MEET THE TEAM 

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 - 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

 

 




Scott Johnston, DVM - Veterinarian

Dr. Johnston moved back to Virginia in 2016 after several years practicing in Las Vegas, where he met his wife, Amanda, who is a licensed esthetician in Charlottesville. He went to UVA for his bachelor's degree and then to Virginia Tech for vet school, graduating in 2009. They have 3 children, 2 dogs, and 3 cats at home. He also works at Greenbrier Emergency Animal Hospital in Charlottesville. When he isn't working he enjoys skiing, camping, live music, and spending time with family and friends here in central Virginia. 

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.

Missy Heneghan - Manager

Missy and her family moved down from Vermont in 2004 to help her sister, Dr. Meredith Vargas, manage her practice while she was starting her family. What began as a temporary position turned into a home, where Missy and her husband, Kevin, have raised their two children. Her daughter, Maddie, recently graduated from Virginia Tech and her son, Andrew, is now a Maryland state trooper. Missy lives in Rappahannock with her husband, their 2 dogs, goats, pony, and cat, Cassie.

Sarah Peyton - Licensed 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 - 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 -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.

Daniele 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.

 

 

Courtney Rosenberger-Hale - Veterinary Technician / Front Desk

Courtney started her first job at a vet office when she was in high school and fell in love with the profession. She joined Culpeper Animal Hospital in 2008. 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. Courtney lives with her husband, two sons, and their 4-legged babies.

 

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.

 

 

Allyson Clapp - Licensed Veterinary Technician / Front Desk  

Allyson has been an animal advocate and involved in the animal rights movement her entire life, so working in the veterinary field just came naturally. She started cleaning kennels in high school in Florida and has gradually advanced her career to earn her licensure as a veterinary technician in Virginia in 2008. Allyson worked for 8 years as an LVT in the specialty fields of veterinary internal medicine and emergency critical care before joining the Culpeper Animal Hospital team in 2015. She is now primarily focused in the front office along with being a mother of two beautiful girls, Leah and Scarlett. Allyson’s personal interests include learning about holistic medicine and homeopathy, practicing yoga, and indoor rock climbing.

 

 

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 is currently working towards her licensure as a veterinary technician. Kristen works primarily in the kennel at our clinic, providing care to our boarding animals, giving baths, and assisting with veterinary treatments. She cares for every animal here as if they were her own.

 

 

Lee Kwai Scott - Kennel Assistant

Lee was born and raised in Culpeper, VA and graduated from Eastern View High School in 2018. She started working at Culpeper Animal Hospital in July of 2018 and hopes to pursue a career as a Veterinary Technician or Veterinarian. She is currently attending Germanna Community College and hopes to transfer to Virginia Tech. In her free time, Lee enjoys painting, kayaking, fishing, and relaxing with her 4 cats, 3 dogs, and 6 koi fish.