Dr. Lauren Ranivand
Dr. Ranivand’s bond with animals began as early as she can remember. Any chance that she got, she spent outside or at the barn riding horses and taking care of the animals. Dr. Ranivand learned the profound value in the human-animal bond through horseback riding, and later as a Barn Manager and Riding Instructor. She will never forget the special bond she shared with a horse named Max, whom she competed with throughout her high school and college years. Dr. Ranivand earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and knew she wanted to continue working with animals.
Dr. Ranivand entered the veterinary field as a technician in a private practice in 2005. Her interest in the human-animal connection, combined with a curiosity about health and medicine, inspired her to earn a Masters of Public Health degree from Drexel University. While studying there, Dr. Ranivand worked with the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine on the 9-11 Search and Rescue Dog Project and her own Masters’ thesis, A Comparative Study of Human and Feline Asthma Trends in the Philadelphia Region. Her thesis project earned her the Exemplary Community-Based Masters Project Award. Her bond with animals and her experiences at Drexel inspired Dr. Ranivand to continue on to veterinary school at Virginia Tech.
After veterinary school, Dr. Ranivand entered private practice. She continues to be inspired by her patients and by the internal and external factors that affect their health. This has led to an interest in integrative medicine, as she has expanded her skill set to include Veterinary Orthopedic Manipulation (VOM), ultrasound and laser therapy.
Dr. Ranivand has a brown tabby, named Roo, and loves to travel and practice photography. She also works with World Vets Organization to provide international veterinary services to communities in need.
Dr. Melissa Gosline
At 8 years old, Dr. Gosline was already taking in and caring for stray neighborhood cats. It was obvious at this young age, that she was meant to be a veterinarian. Dr. Gosline received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from James Madison University. Her passion for animals drew her to the veterinary field, and so she continued her schooling to become a Licensed Veterinary Technician. While working as a technician, her love of the field grew and motivated her to become a veterinarian. She earned her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Virginia Tech in 2010. While studying there, she was recognized by her professors for her exemplary skill with animals when she received The Sherrie Clark Compassion and Caring Award.
After veterinary school, Dr. Gosline entered private practice, but her learning didn’t stop there. She continued to expand her skill set into integrative medicine by becoming certified in acupuncture and learning Veterinary Orthopedic Manipulation (VOM). The benefits of these therapies to her patients compels her to continue learning and integrating eastern and western medicine.
Dr. Gosline rescued a German Shepherd mix named Reese (AKA “Reese Cup”) and an orange tabby named Mr. Jones. She loves to travel and go hiking in her spare time and you may see some of her baked goods around the clinic from time to time.
Eva; LVT, Practice Manager
Eva’s love of animals developed as a child. For as long as she can remember, there was always a dog or cat that she was asking to pet or begging her parents to adopt. Her love of medicine developed as a result of entering the veterinary field as a receptionist in 2004. In this role, she learned the importance of valuing pet parents as much as you value their pets. After some time as a receptionist, she transitioned to the role of veterinary assistant. She remembers her excitement during this time and her love for animals continued to grow as did her handling skills. Her curiosity and thirst for medical knowledge increased as well. That curiosity and thirst led her to veterinary technician school which she graduated from in 2009.
After two years as a technician, she wanted to give back to the profession that she loved so much. She went to work for a non-profit shelter as their anesthetic technician and shelter population medical coordinator along with their shelter veterinarian. The shelter is where her interest in behavior bloomed and was nurtured. She learned a lot about how to recognize behaviors, how to manage those behaviors, and also how the environment can impact the behavior of an animal, for better or for worse. Her position at the shelter was very fulfilling for Eva and one that she loved. After two years with the shelter, she realized she missed the day-to-day connection with an animal, the privilege of watching them grow through life, and the connection with their pet parent.
So, she returned to private practice and continued to learn more and more about veterinary medicine and behavior and became a lead technician. In that role, she developed an assistant training program focusing on practical skills, reading dog behavior, and low-stress handling. One of her favorite things is seeing a dog who is nervous at the vet blossom into a happy pup just because we have taken the time to learn what makes him nervous and how to handle him to mitigate those nerves. The final transition Eva has made is to the post of the practice manager. She is very excited to be working with like-minded people in a hospital whose focus is on low stress handling for both cats and dogs and also practices the highest quality of medicine. Say hi to her the next time you’re at the hospital, and forgive her if she greets your pet before saying hi to you! She can’t help her love for your pet!
Jazzii fell into the veterinary field with a random opportunity. She was keeping the hardworking team of Fairfax Veterinary Hospital caffeinated at their favorite coffee shop as a barista when she learned of an opening. She took a chance and was able to join Fairfax Veterinary’s team! Now, she gets to enjoy two of her passions, coffee, and animals! What more could you ask for? She has always loved being around animals and worked with them through pet sitting and volunteering, but never thought she would get into the animal field professionally.
Jazzii has fallen in love with the field while working here and has gotten to learn so much. She has appreciated being educated all about the Fear Free movement in the veterinary world. Keeping the environment stress-free and enjoyable for the animals means a lot to Jazzii. She hopes to express that as soon as you and your pet walk through the front door at reception. She wants to make sure you start and end your visit with a smile and a happy tail! She hopes to continue learning about all that the veterinary world has to offer as she works with the team.
Stephanie has dreamed of being in the veterinary field since she was a young girl. She would spend all her free time pet sitting, volunteering at animal shelters, and finding opportunities to learn more about the field. She treats all our patients like family.
She completed Animal Science classes in high school, has 4 years of experiences as a Veterinary Assistant, and she is currently in school to become a Licensed Veterinary Technician. Stephanie has also loved learning about Integrative medicine. She also hopes to become proficient in many areas such as massage, dentistry, and Equine medicine to name a few.
Grew up in northern Virginia with cats and dogs. She has spent much of her life working with horses and once owned a ball python named Frank. Izzy has been pet sitting since childhood and worked as an assistant stable manager for 3 years. She has been working full time in the pet service field in 2015. When not working or spending time playing tabletop role playing game, Izzy enjoys spending time with her two black cats, going on camping events, and traveling to cold weather places with her family.
Originally from the United Kingdom, Virginia has a background in marine biology and has lived all over the world but is now settled in Fairfax. When she is not working at FVH or in her real estate business, she is out walking her redbone hound along the miles of trails around Fairfax County, and she loves nothing better than a great Zumba class!
Katie was born and raised in Northern Virginia with a huge passion for animals, starting mostly with all the pets she had growing up. Katie received her degree in Psychology from Northern Virginia Community College, in addition to completing a marine animal college program at SeaWorld San Antonio. She got her start formally working with animals volunteering at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, VA, where she handled and cared for endangered animals, including black-footed ferrets, red crowned cranes, and red pandas. This experience led her to seek out additional work with animals – she began pet-sitting any chance she got while going to school and nannying. In 2015, Katie secured full-time animal work at a high-volume referral practice. She spent three incredibly educational years there and has also worked at a general veterinary practice and as a supervisor at a large pet resort. Katie’s last position was at Animal Behavior Wellness Center for almost three years where she learned a lot about behavior! Katie joined the FVH team in February 2022. She completed her Veterinary Technology degree in 2022 and will be testing for her license soon! She has a love for Fear Free, behavior training and all things pets!
When not working with animals, she enjoys hiking/camping/being at the lake with her cattle dog/German shepherd, Ashes and spending time with her two adorable little nephews, Travis and Gavin.