About Veterinary Emergency ServicesMeet our veterinarians and learn more about our after hours care facility in Verona, VA.
Veterinary Emergency Services was founded in 1998 by a group of veterinarians from Verona, VA and the surrounding local area. Their goal was to establish a local animal hospital that provides high quality emergency pet care for critically ill or injured animals during the hours when regular veterinarian offices are closed. Now a veteran owned and operated business, we carry on that mission to this day!
We are here to help you through the toughest times you are likely to experience as a pet owner. Our state-of-the-art facility is open from 6pm to 8am from Monday through Friday, and 24-hours on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays. We are fully equipped to diagnose and treat any veterinary emergency. We primarily see cats and dogs.
Is your pet experiencing a day-time emergency? We refer our clients to VETSS in Charlottesville to ensure they’re in good hands when we’re not available.
We are Veterinary a Team That Values Our Community
As members of the Shenandoah Valley community, we pride ourselves on being active members of our local community. Below are some of our recent activities in the area. Check us out on Facebook to get the latest updates and our upcoming fun!
- We have taken dogs to visit the elderly at King’s Daughters Community Health & Rehab and at Accordius Health of Waynesboro. We also collect donations for local nursing homes.
- We have participated in both the Staunton Veteran’s Day Parade and the Happy Birthday America celebration.
- We are proud supporters of the Augusta County Fair Dog Show and the Churchville Ruritan Club Dog Show.
- We support local animal rescues, including Cats Cradle, the Friends of Shenandoah Valley Animal Services Center, and Augusta Dog Adoptions.
- We regularly work with our local Police, Fire Department, Animal Control Officers, and First Aid Crews.
- We support local youth animal programs through the Augusta County 4-H and FHA Market Animal Show.
- And in 2016, we also collected truckloads of donated food for flood victims in West Virginia.
We are so proud of our remarkable team and their contributions throughout the area!
Meet Our Team
Meet our wonderful team of hard-working professionals and veterinary care experts!
Our Emergency Care Veterinarians
Renee Addison, DVM
Originally from Stuarts Draft, Virginia, Dr. Addison has lived in exotic places around the world. These include tropical islands, such as Maui and St. Kitts, as well as the austere deserts of Djibouti in eastern Africa. Dr. Addison also has a varied and extensive medical background. She has been a rescue squad medic, a United States Navy Hospital Corpsman (combat medic), and spent years as a veterinary technician before finally becoming an ER doctor.
She completed her small animal medicine and surgical rotating internship at VCA Animal Referral and Emergency Center of Arizona. After, she was their overnight emergency doctor for several years. Dr. Addison is happy to be home, and proud to be a team member at Veterinary Emergency Services. She spends her off time with her wife and their two children along with five dogs, three cats, numerous fish, a parakeet and a gecko.
Kate Stauffer, DVM
Dr. Stauffer joined Veterinary Emergency Services as a relief veterinarian in April of 2019 and became a full-time associate in October 2020. Growing up in a house full of dogs, cats, rabbits, rats, hamsters, and even hermit crabs, she always knew she wanted to be a veterinarian. After she received her DVM from the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine in Blacksburg, Dr. Stauffer worked at various practices. It was at VES, however, that she discovered a love of emergency care.
These days, she has far fewer animals than she did while growing up; just two rambunctious dogs and a pet turtle. Outside of the clinic, she enjoys crocheting, reading, and traveling with her family.
Donald Kettelkamp, DVM, MPH
Growing up on a dairy farm in Iowa, Dr. Kettelkamp developed a strong attachment to animals at a young age. He received his DVM from Iowa State University and his Masters of Public Health from the University of Iowa. Prior to joining VES in March 2021, Dr. Kettelkamp gained experience working with many different species at animal hospitals in North Carolina and Virginia. Clients can also find him working at our sister practice, Cedarcrest Animal Clinic in Fishersville.
Skilled in soft tissue and orthopedic surgery, Dr. Kettelkamp finds great reward in the successful treatment of complicated medical cases. However, he also enjoys the close relationships that he develops with clients and their pets over the years. Helping to guide clients in their decisions through education and giving options for diagnostics and treatment are important facets of the type of veterinary medicine he practices.
In his free time, Dr. Kettelkamp and his wife enjoy remodeling older homes. They are also avid travelers along with their two boys, and Dr. Kettelkamp even has a pilot’s license! His fur family consists of a Dapple Dachshund named Finnegan, a Chihuahua named Ricky Rocko, and a DSH cat named Rhino.
Our Licensed Veterinary Technicians
Jessica Wenger, LVT
Jessica is our lead veterinary technician. A Virginia native, she joined VES in May 2016. She received her Associates degree in Veterinary Technology from Blue Ridge Community College. Prior to becoming a member of the VES family she worked at a practice in Salem, VA.
When not at work, she enjoys hiking, kayaking, horseback riding, and spending time with her family. She has four dogs, three cats, and a horse.
Crystal, who joined VES in August of 2009, is our lead veterinary assistant. Growing up, she had a love and passion for animals and was constantly surrounded cats, dogs, and livestock. Crystal volunteered at small animal practice in her hometown throughout high school to gain experience in the field. After graduating, she worked at The Homestead Resort as a trail guide at their stables for 4 years interacting with guests and caring for the horses on a daily basis.
Crystal moved to the Shenandoah Valley in 2007 and she currently resides with her three dogs: Zeus the miniature pinchser, Flame the smooth collie, and Pax the German Shepherd. She also has Nipper, a quarter horse cross, who moved with her to the Valley in 2007. She dearly misses her pet boxer Bentley, who she lost in 2019. Bentley was well-known in the community due to frequent public appearances at events like the Augusta County Fair.
Before coming to VES in December of 2018, Morgan worked in a local day practice. Working with animals has always been a passion of hers, and she feels lucky that she has an opportunity to do so night after night.
In her free time, she enjoys hiking and thrift shopping. She has a collection of about 350 vintage Pyrex dishes. Her Great Pyrenees, Josie Mae, is a certified canine blood donor for VES. She also has five cats: Gabby, Addy Bug, Letty Jo, Burr, and Stewart.
Lisa Smith, Lead Customer Service Representative
Lisa, our receptionist extraordinaire, was born and raised in the Shenandoah Valley. Growing up, she owned horses, dogs, and cats. Her love of animals extended to wildlife, too. She brought home crawfish, turtles, and even a bat!
Lisa has worked in the veterinary field for over 12 years, but has always had a thirst to learn new things. In her colorful life, she has been a heavy equipment operator, and was the only female State Certified Blaster in Virginia. She also held a real estate license, owned her own business, and has a degree in accounting.
Lisa lives in Bridgewater with her husband and a menagerie of animals. She has a bengal cat named Mufasa, and five dogs: A Morkie named Maggie, a Shih-tzu named Daisy, a Parti-yorkie named Maverick, and a pair of Yorkies named Wyatt and Marley.
Teresa has worked at VES since May of 2005. She lives in Churchville with her husband Raymond and son Robert. She has two dogs: Molly and Katie.
When not at work, she enjoys Garden Tractor Pulling, collecting and showing farm toys, hunting, and fishing. She is a support member of the Churchville Volunteer Fire & Rescue Squad, a member of the Western Augusta Steam and Gas Club, the Virginia International Harvester Club, the Shenandoah Valley Garden Tractor Pullers, and the Little Switzerland Strutters.
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Donors, AKA Our Four-Legged Support Team
Millie the Cat
Millie joined the VES team in 2017. She is a 5 year old domestic shorthair. When the practice is quiet, she will come out of her private bedroom and visit with the staff. If you walk by VES during the day, you may see her sunning herself in front of the door, watching the people and cars pass by. She has helped save 15 feline lives through blood transfusions.
The Donor Dogs
Several VES team members have had their dogs tested and approved to be canine blood donors. They are always on call and ready to come to the rescue whenever needed. Their names are Josie Mae, Katie, Eve, Flame, and Pax.
We proudly provide after-hour and weekend emergency veterinary care from our convenient location in Verona at 465 Lee Highway, off Route 11 next to the Goodwill. View our Augusta County pet care facility in the sideshow below.
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