Meet the Team

Veronica Jarvinen, DVM

Practice Owner

Dr. Veronica Jarvinen trained in veterinary medicine at Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech. Her undergraduate degree is in Biology and Chemistry from Wake Forest University. Between her undergraduate training and veterinary degree, she served as an assistant in a specialty/referral practice in Surgery, Neurology, and Ophthalmology.
After obtaining her degree in veterinary medicine, Dr. Jarvinen completed a rotating internship in Small Animal Surgery, Medicine, and Emergency at the Angell Animal Medical Center, in Boston, MA.

At Angell, she developed a deep commitment to Emergency Medicine. While working in Emergency and Specialty Referral Centers, she realized that Urgent Care remains in most areas an underserviced need, including in the Alexandria, VA district. To meet the need for Emergency Medicine in the region, she decided to launch EMMAvet – Veterinary Urgent Care to provide state-of-the-art care to the area’s cherished dogs and cats.

Dr. Jarvinen is the daughter of Foreign Service parents. She and her older sister, Lilian, began their lives in Hong Kong, Togo, and Morocco, after which time the family moved for their school years to Fairfax, VA.

EMMAvet (EMergent Medical Attention) is named after one of her own dogs, Emma (a somewhat eccentric hound you might meet at the clinic). Her other precious pet is Jaildog, a little hound mix found on the streets of Tennessee during a spay/neuter clinic. Jaildog had been raised by inmates, hence her name.

Dr. Jarvinen and her husband, Mike, spend as much of their time as possible outdoors with their two dogs, and they enjoy traveling the world as often as possible.

Craig Randolph, DVM

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Craig Randolph is from Springfield, Virginia and has worked in veterinary medicine since a young age. He started as a kennel attendant at a local general practice where he later worked as a veterinary assistant. Initially interested in politics, Dr. Randolph went to James Madison University to study political science and international relations. He completed a master’s degree in European Union Policy Studies from James Madison University’s Graduate School located in Florence Italy, but still found himself drawn to the veterinary field. He traveled to St. Kitts, West Indies to complete his veterinary training at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, which is where he adopted his beloved female shepherd mix named Kaiah (Kai-yah).

He applied and was the only student in his class to be accepted to complete his clinical year at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Dr. Randolph stayed at the University of Pennsylvania for an additional 6 months completing an anesthesia internship prior to starting a traditional rotating emergency, surgery, and medicine internship at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital in Tinton Falls, New Jersey. Following his internship, Dr. Randolph has been committed to emergency and critical care veterinary medicine and has worked in multiple specialty referral practices as a staff ER clinician.

Caitlin

Licensed Veterinary Nurse

After graduating from The University of Arizona in Tucson in 2013, she made the journey with her pup, Newton, eager to find new adventures and grow in the veterinary field. Caitlin developed her passion for veterinary medicine at 12 as she began volunteering for a small, family-owned practice in Yuma, AZ. At 15, she became a part-time employee and at 18, she sat for and passed the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE) to become a registered veterinary technician (the youngest to do so in Yuma County). Within the veterinary field, her passions include hospice and palliative pet care, pet loss support, and client education. She’s active in continuing education and is always looking for new ways to connect with pet families. On her days off, you’re sure to find her out for a run or hitting a trail somewhere with Newt.

Ashlyn

Licensed Veterinary Nurse

Ashlyn was raised in a small town in Pennsylvania. Her love of animals began while she volunteered at a therapeutic riding center. Following graduation from Wilson College in 2014, with a bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Medicine, Ashlyn joined a busy Emergency and Referral Hospital as an ICU technician. Ashlyn’s passions include caring for the critically ill, playing games with family and friends, and going to the park with her dog, Captain. Ashlyn is thrilled to be working at EMMAvet with such a passionate team.

Hannah

Licensed Veterinary Nurse

Hannah grew up in Hagerstown, Maryland, where she was always surrounded by pets, including dogs, cats, rabbits, hamsters, mice, and rats. With her bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Medicine, Hannah started working in a referral center as an ICU technician. She enjoys hiking, reading, writing her first novel, and snuggling with her dog, Mason. She is passionate about emergency care and is excited to be part of EMMAvet’s compassionate and caring team.

Jess

Veterinary Nurse

Jess was born in Kalamazoo, MI but spent the majority of her life growing up in Northern Virginia, in the city of Centreville. She always knew she wanted a career caring for animals in some way, and spent her childhood owning various pets and helping my dad rehabilitate injured and orphaned wildlife. She currently resides with her two rescue pittie mixes, Sabo and Tegan, and her cat, Atari. Jess has plans to attend NVCC to obtain a degree and license in veterinary technology. In her free time, she enjoys taking her dogs hiking, kayaking, and camping (and almost any outdoor activity!) as well as spending the night in binging Netflix and playing video games.

Gennifer

Client Service Representative

Gennifer grew up in Tucson, Arizona, and relocated to Maryland 18 years ago. She has ten years of experience in emergency and general veterinary practice. An avid animal rescuer, she’s fostered hundreds of rescue dogs. She lives at home with her husband and their five rescue dogs: Toby, Gracie, Dharma, Captain, and Morgan. During her free time, Gennifer loves beachcombing, photography, creating sea glass crafts, volunteering for a local rescue, and of course, fostering dogs. Gennifer is thrilled to be a part of EMMAvet’s team.

Ashleigh

Ashleigh V. Fairfield, LVT, CCRP, VTS (Physical Rehabilitation)

A Northern Virginia native, Ashleigh began her veterinary career in 2004 as an assistant for a small animal practice in Herndon, Virginia. It was there that she developed a love for nursing care and medicine and went on to earn her degree as a Licensed Veterinary Technician from the Northern Virginia Community College Veterinary Technology program in 2009, graduating Summa Cum Laude. Shortly before graduating, Ashleigh began working at a large referral practice and became interested in rehabilitation medicine. In 2012 she graduated from the University of Tennessee's Canine Rehabilitation Program, a curriculum in which veterinarians, veterinary nurses, and physical therapy professionals become educated in veterinary rehabilitation. In 2018, she took her devotion to rehabilitation a step further by becoming one of only two veterinary nurses to pass the Academy of Physical Rehabilitation Veterinary Technicians (APRVT) exam earning her Veterinary Technician Specialist (VTS) certification in Physical Rehabilitation.

Mike

Technical Team Manager

Mike was born and raised in Northern Virginia. He and Dr. Jarvinen met when they were just in middle school, and they share a passion for helping others. Mike’s history is in administration and management, and he spent five years working at a school for children with special needs. You may find Mike helping out around the practice, bringing Emma and Jaildog to/from, or hanging around making people laugh. He is a valued part of this team!

Jonathan

Marketing Director

Jonathan has worked in the veterinary field since 2007, starting his first veterinary job as a client services coordinator in a general practice. He has since gathered a diverse experience in the field working as a client services team leader in oncology and ophthalmology specialty services and promoted to marketing associate for emergency and specialty hospitals. During the time, Jonathan was enrolled at Lord Fairfax Community College earning his general business certification and continues to work towards a business administration and IT degree. In his spare time, he loves spending time with family and friends, his dog “Bella,” and his cat “Maxi.” He enjoys cooking, reading, playing tennis, hiking and traveling.