Meet the Team
Veronica Jarvinen, DVM
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.
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.
Ashleigh has a cat named Michael Keaton and an Ibizan Hound named Ferdinand (the bull)!
Jessie started her career in small animal practice where she developed a love for rehabilitation and pain management. She received her certification as a canine rehabilitation practitioner from the University of Tennessee in 2016 and worked in a large referral practice seeing rehabilitation cases for 4 years. In 2019, Jessie also completed the curriculum from the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management and received her certification as a veterinary pain practitioner (CVPP).
In addition to rehabilitation and pain management, Jessie’s special interests include Fear Free veterinary visits (www.fearfreepets.com) and managing fear, anxiety and stress in the hospital setting and at home. She is a Fear Free Certified Professional and is committed to providing comfortable, cooperative, low stress veterinary care in the urgent care setting.
Jessie lives in Northern Virginia with her partner, Jeff, and their hoard of pets. Together they have 3 dogs (Neena, Kirby and Ryuk), 3 cats (Reeses, Elektra, and Natalia), and ball python (Ikora). Jessie enjoys yoga, hiking, and kayaking with Ryuk, and competes in C-WAGS Canine Nosework trials.