Our Team

At VCA Columbia Animal Hospital at Hickory Ridge we have made it our mission to provide the best, most progressive and compassionate veterinary care for our patients, in addition to an amazing client experience. To be true to our mission, our hospital team relies on several individuals, each equally important in helping us deliver the best patient and client experience for both you and your pet. And, if things get complicated, we are fortunate to have access to the nation’s largest network of VCA board-certified specialists.

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paw Team Spotlight
Nancy Kelso
Medical Director

The Kelso family was one of the first dozen families to move into Columbia in 1967. Dr. Kelso graduated from Wilde Lake High School, and then received her undergraduate degree from Purdue University. She then attended and earned her veterinary degree from The Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Kelso practiced for ten years in Virginia before returning to Columbia, MD and joining the staff of VCA Columbia Animal Hospital @ Hickory Ridge. She enjoys practicing the top-quality medicine and surgery, while maintaining a special interest in reproduction and performance dogs. Away from the hospital, Dr. Kelso is active with her family on a small sheep and horse farm. She breeds Collies and successfully campaigns in dog shows, herding, agility, and obedience trials. Her dogs have won national awards in both show and working competitions.

"I've been told that in pre-school I repeatedly said, 'I want to be a petinarian.' Whether it was through destiny or hard work, I am blessed to have the best job in the world. I deal with the excitement and growing field of veterinary medicine and surgery. I have the daily joy of seeing the world through the eyes of a young, playful puppy or kitten, experiencing the wisdom of a senior pet, and working with the pet parents who share the life of their pets. It's my daily goal to make a positive difference in every pet's life that I have the honor to care for."

Jessica Martin
Hospital Manager

Jessica was born in Pennsylvania and raised in Howard County, Maryland. During her childhood, Jessica and her family were involved in showing and breeding German Shepherd dogs. They were also involved in raising goats and rabbits and rescued and adopted cats. Jessica began her veterinary career in 1995 as a kennel assistant and moved on to become a technician and then a supervisor. She has been with VCA Columbia Animal Hospital at Hickory Ridge since May 2006. Away from the hospital, Jessica enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and cheering for the Baltimore Ravens and the Baltimore Orioles.

"Animals have always been a part of my life, but it wasn't until my early twenties that I began working in the veterinary field. The moment I stepped into my first job as a kennel technician, I knew where I would spend my life. Over the years I have learned so much about medicine and the positive impact we make in pets and pet parents lives. As a hospital manager, I have the extraordinary opportunity to see my staff learn, grow and blossom in their positions. I consider myself extremely fortunate to be able to say, 'I love what I do.'"

Veterinarians

Our veterinarians are a team of highly trained individuals dedicated to the health and well-being of your pets. Explore our veterinarians' biographies and learn about the individuals who make our hospital an excellent choice for your pet's care.

Veterinarian Support

Our technicians and support team members are all gentle animal lovers who treat your pets with the compassion and respect they deserve. Explore our support team members' biographies and learn about the individuals who make our hospital such a good choice for your pet's care.

Administration

The hospital administration team consists of management personnel who oversee all staff members, hospital activities and the facilities. Together, they keep the hospital running smoothly, ensuring quality patient care and excellent client service. From the moment you check in, our administrative staff is here to deliver the best possible experience to you and your pet before, during and after your visit.

Client Services

We are committed to providing the best possible service and our Client Services team loves to exceed pet owner's expectations. Whether it's answering your calls, guiding you and your pet to the exam rooms or checking you in and out quickly, our Client Service representatives and Receptionists are dedicated to providing helpful client and patient support that raises the bar on customer service.
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