Jessey Scheip, LVT

Jessey graduated with an Applied Associates Degree in Veterinary Technology in 2011.  During her career she has practiced medicine in a variety of settings that include general practice and surgical specialty.  In 2016 she joined Amy Pike, DVM, DACVB at the newly formed Behavior Medicine Division of the Veterinary Referral Center of Northern Virginia.  Jessey serves as head nurse and trainer and assists clients with implementing their prescribed treatment plans, troubleshooting, and providing regular behavior modification for their patients.

Jessey is Fear Free Certified and a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner.  She serves on the Board of Directors of the Society of Veterinary Behavior Technicians and volunteers as a trainer at the Prince William Humane Society.  Jessey is pursuing her Veterinary Technician Specialty in Behavior.  During the past year she began to serve as a speaker for her colleagues at veterinary conferences.  Jessey is deeply passionate about the importance of behavioral education in order to ensure the best medical care for the pet, quality of life for the family, and job satisfaction for the professionals.

Kayla Paugh, Veterinary Assistant

Kayla was born and raised in Warrenton, Virginia. She graduated from George Mason University with a B.S. in Psychology. During her studies of human behavior she realized that she had a desire to learn more about behavior modification. After rescuing and training her own dog using principles she learned in school, she became enlightened with the idea of joining her education with her passion for training animals. Kayla’s knowledge of learning theory, skills of educating the human-end of the leash, and more than nine years of customer service experience make her an asset to assist Dr. Pike during assessments.

Kayla lives in Midland, Virginia with her partner Sarah, her dog Grady, and her Mini-Pot Belly Pig Aretta-Lou. In her free time she enjoys being outside, cooking, running, kayaking, and going to Washington Nationals games.