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Meet Our Technicians


Our veterinary technicians are a important part of the medical team at Acredale Animal Hospital. They are responsible for drawing blood, placing catheters, taking x-rays, and monitoring anesthetized patients among many other responsibilities.  And perhaps most importantly, our technicians offer lots of TLC and provide detailed attention to our patients.

Bettina Strobach, veterinary technician at Acredale Animal HospitalBettina, LVT

Bettina attended veterinary technician school in Camden County, New Jersey and graduated in 2002. She has a strong interest in behavior and excels in training low stress and low fear handling techniques to our assistants. When Bettina is not working, she can be found somewhere outdoors enjoying sunshine and nature.

Lesley Esposito, Veterinary Technician,, Acredale Animal Hospital, Virginia Beach VA

Lesley, LVT

Lesley is a native New Yorker. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a degree in Equine Management in 1994. In 2003, she received her associates in veterinary technology from Blue Ridge Community College. Lesley enjoys dentistry and is currently working towards her specialty certification in this field. She is also proud to give back to our local community by serving on the advisory board for Veterinary Science at Tidewater Community College. When not busy making your pet’s breath smell amazing… she has found time to author three books, and enjoys raising her 2 teenage girls whom are actively involved in the local pony club.

Jennifer Clouse, Veterinary Technician,, Acredale Animal Hospital, Virginia Beach VA

Jennifer, LVT

Jennifer received her degree in veterinary technology from Tri-County Technical College in Pendleton, South Carolina in 2010. She lives in Chesapeake with her husband, Matt and two fun little boys: Conner and Jordan. They share their home with two very sweet and smart border collie mixes-- Dotty and Oreo. Both have served as blood donors to help save other dog's lives at Acredale! In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys horseback riding and spending time with her family.

Kalee, Veterinary Technician, Acredale Animal Hospital, Virginia Beach VA

Kalee, LVT

Kalee was born and raised locally in Virginia Beach. She attended James Madison University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Communications in 2010. She received her Associate’s in Veterinary Technology in 2015. Kalee has a special fondness for German Shorthair Pointers and enjoys helping with internal medicine/ critical care cases. Off duty activities include hiking, kayaking and hanging out at local craft breweries.


Katie, LVT

Katie was born in Syracuse and graduated in 2008. Although a little camera shy, Katie has a huge personality and is always making her co-workers laugh.   She speaks fluent "pug" which seems to soothe our flat-faced patients.   Katie excels at patient care and can often be found cuddling with hospitalized patients after their treatments are done to ensure they get plenty of TLC while away from home.

Amanda Dean, Veterinary Technician, Acredale Animal Hospital, Virginia Beach VA

Amanda, LVT

Amanda is a local girl, born and raised in Virginia Beach. She graduated from ODU with a B.S. in Biology and is currently seeking her Associates in Veterinary Technology through San Juan College. Amanda’s veterinary interests include small animal internal medicine. She is also skilled in anesthesia monitoring, pain management and surgical assisting. Amanda shares her home with 3 cats, 2 dogs, and 2 happy girls. Outside of work—Amanda can be found biking or playing wiffleball at the oceanfront with her co-workers.

Wes Lockwood, Veterinary Technician,, Acredale Animal Hospital, Virginia Beach VA


Wes graduated with his Associates in Veterinary Technology from Northern Virginia Community College in 2015. He is a Native of the Hampton Roads area, and has worked in the veterinary field since he was 14 years old and enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine and helping improve the comfort level of his patients. His busy household includes 6 dogs, and 2 cats.

Angela Ness, Veterinary Technician,, Acredale Animal Hospital, Virginia Beach VA


Miranda grew up in Canada. She attended school to become a veterinary assistant and then continued her training to become a veterinary technician. Miranda loves helping with emergency and critical care cases. She is also a talented bandage designer and enjoys helping make your pet's splint or cast look as fancy as possible. Miranda's household includes her two dogs, also known as "the girls": Gertrude and Sweet Dee, and her two cats, a cantankerous torti named Miss Jess and a ragdoll named Lord Montague of Purringham. Outside of work, Miranda enjoys crocheting, quilting, hiking with her girls and camping.

Karen Kolber, Veterinary Technician,, Acredale Animal Hospital, Virginia Beach VA

Karen, LVT

Karen earned an associate's degree in veterinary technology from Cedar Valley College and holds a bachelor's degree from Drew University. She completed a post graduate certificate in veterinary education from the University of London's Royal Veterinary College, where she is now pursuing a master's degree. She is a fellow of the U.K. Higher Education Academy. Karen particularly loves working with clients to help them understand their pet's medical condition and treatment plan, thereby fostering a strong human-animal bond. A Cavalier King Charles Spaniel enthusiast, she's passionate about animal rescue, live music, travel, and sports of any kind.

Katie Aiken, Veterinary Technician,, Acredale Animal Hospital, Virginia Beach VA

Shirley, LVT

Shirley moved often as a child as part of a Navy family. A graduate of Kempsville High School, she now calls Chesapeake her home. She is a firm believer in preventative medicine and routine dental care to keep your pet feeling his or her best. Shirley is a wonderful teacher who enjoys challenging her surgical assistants to keep up with her! When not working at Acredale, she also works as a massage therapist/ teacher and enjoys SCUBA diving.

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