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Our veterinary clinic is owned and operated by Dr. Amy Taunton. Our team consists of two 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, along with dogs, cats, and an African Grey. 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 and one cat.


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

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.

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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, 3 dogs plus a foster dog, 2 cats, a guinea pig and a rabbit. Mandy loves to raise babies, especially wildlife. 

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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 5 dogs (a Doberman, 2 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.



Liza May

Liza is the mother of two human kids and two furkids. She has been with our clinic for 4 years and is a people person. This has made her a perfect part of our reception team. She likes to perform and will sometime put on a little show if you ask nicely.


People person!

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 enjoys her work so much that she plans on starting tech school in the fall. She is still learning her way around but is doing a great job as an assistant and a receptionist.



Lauren Smith

Lauren is hanging out with us until May when she will go back to school full time. We are so happy to have her as long as we can. She is a great person and hard worker.

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Graduated from Lynchburg College

Hannah Hargrove

Hannah is working with us part time while she is in college. She has enjoyed working with us and loves to see reptiles whenever they come in.

Lynchburg College

Majoring in biology

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.