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Our veterinary clinic is owned and operated by Dr. Amy DeFries. Our team consists of four veterinarians, three receptionists, and a large backup crew of assistants and LVT's. Our team is commited to educating our clients on how to keep your pet healthy year round. Lake Forest Animal Hospital stays on top of the latest advances in veterinary technology and above all remembers that all pets need to be treated with loving care at every check up, procedure, and or surgery.

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Amy Taunton DeFries, DVM

Owner and full time vet, Dr. Amy graduated from Auburn University. She has two great kids which are actually young adults now. Her Bull Mastiffs are the furry loves of her life. Dr. Amy loves to see exotics, including reptiles. She also loves a good challenge and a complicated surgery.

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Auburn University


Angela Holley, DVM

Dr. Angela has been with the practice from the beginning. She started working one day a week to give Dr. Amy some time off. As the practice began to grow, we were blessed to have Dr Angela work more hours. Dr. Angela graduated from Va Tech, and has three great kids, one cat, and two new puppies.


Virginia Tech

Sara Bray, DVM

We are happy to have added Dr. Bray to our team. She is an awesome doctor who loves surgery. She likes to spend her time hiking with her dogs, and curled up reading with her cats. Her husband is also an important part of her life.


Univ. of Florida

Lorna Coyle, DVM

Dr. Coyle is a very recent addition to our staff. She previously worked with large animals but has decided to go with a change. Since we are all about the small animals, we think she's on the right track. She has a passel of furry kitties and a Golden Retriever.


Virginia Tech

LEO, Office Manager

Leo came in via animal control. At the time he was looking pretty rough, but as you can see, that is no longer the case. He keeps us on our toes and makes sure everything gets done like it's supposed to.

Office Manager

Lake Forest Rehab Program

Cathy Bush, LVT

Cathy has been with us since '99. She attended Blue Ridge Comm College and obtained her technicians license in '03. Cathy has a 3 dogs, two of which are her favorite breed, the Papillion and a horse who is her pride and joy.


Blue Ridge Community College

Mandy Jamerson

Mandy has been at the clinic since opening day. That's somewhere around April of '98. She graduated with an associates in Animal Science at NVCC. She has two daughters, 4 dogs, 1 cat, a hamster and a ferret. Mandy loves to raise babies, especially wildlife. 

Office Manager

Central Va Community College

Northern Va Community College - associates in animal science

Sharon Daussin

Sharon has been an assistant since 2006 and really wishes she had retired from her previous career much earlier than she did.  She and her husband, David, are owned by 4 dogs (a Doberman, 1 shelties, a dachshund and a mixed breed), 2 cats and her equine partner, Joe.  Sharon is a volunteer with Northern Va Sheltie Rescue and frequently has a foster dog, or two.  You may have seen her bringing foster shelties to the clinic, some in not so good shape, so don't worry!  They are on the road to recovery!


Northern Va Sheltie Rescue


Suzanne is one of our 3 great receptionist. She has completely joined the family by adopting multiple furry children from us. We are happy to have her finish out our receptionist team.



Amanda Larson

Amanda is a wonderful part of our reception team. She started in April 2015 and has fit in so well that it feels as if she has always been a part of our family. We truly feel blessed to have her.



Tyler Schnarr

The only gentleman on our team, Tyler is the best. He has blended into our team perfectly. Completely able to deal with a gaggle of ladies all the while caring for any furry critter. Notice I say furry. Tyler isn't much on snakes. ;-)


He has his CNA and was going to be an EMT but decided to join the animal community instead. 

Savannah Schrock

Savannah joined us in January 2017. She has fallen in love with all things kitty. So much so, that she adopted 2 rescues from the clinic. 



Morgan Weigand

Morgan is a great assistant and we can't wait until she graduates and becomes an actual technician. We are happy to have her on our team.

Penn Foster

Set to graduate with her associates in animal science in 2021.

Lizzie Hudson

Lizzie always has great attitude and is willing to try new stuff. 

Penn Foster

Set to graduate with her associates in animal science in 2021.

Tara Gurbarg

Tara is an LVT who recently joined us part time. We are excited to welcome her to our family.


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