Blue Ridge Animal Clinic

133 Maury River Road
Lexington, VA 24450


Meet Our Patient Care Team

Licensed Veterinary Technicians & Veterinary Assistants

Nell Smith, LVT

Nell graduated from Blue Ridge Community College in 1981 with her AAS in Veterinary Technology.  She worked at various practices in the Shenandoah Valley prior to bringing her experience in the field to Blue Ridge Animal Clinic in 2006.  Nell enjoys the being a part of the interaction between owners and their beloved pets.​

Nell lives in Lexington and has two children, Kaitlin and Zev. ​


Jordan Taylor, LVT

Jordan joined Blue Ridge Animal Clinic in 2014 beginning her career as a veterinary assistant.  She continued working at the clinic during her education to be come a licensed veterinary technician.  She graduated from Blue Ridge Community College with her AAS in Veterinary Technology in 2016.  Jordan has a special interest in both surgery and anesthesia. ​

Jordan is from Bath County, Virginia. She enjoys spending time with her husband and their son Briar, as well as riding her horses in her time away from the clinic. 

 Mikayla Woodzell

Mikayla joined Blue Ridge Animal Clinic as a Veterinary Assistant in 2015.  She enjoys equine medicine.  She also finds assisting animals in their recovery from injuries and illnesses to be particularly rewarding. ​

Mikayla is from Bath County, Virginia and currently resides there with her 4 horses, 3 dogs, and 1 cat. 

Randie Groah, LVT

Randie started her career in the veterinary field in high school working as an assistant and kennel attendant at practices in the Shenandoah Valley.  She graduated from Blue Ridge Community College in 2017 with her AAS in Veterinary Technology.  ​

Randie joined Blue Ridge Animal Clinic in 2017.  She has special interests in dental cleanings, radiology, ultrasound, and performing lab work. ​

Randie is from Raphine, Virginia.  She continues her love of animal care at home with many pets including dogs, cats, goats, rabbits, fish, a pony, and a turtle. ​

 Jade Conner

Jade has been on the team at Blue Ridge Animal Clinic since 2016.  She initially began as a Kennel Assistant and has transitioned to Veterinary Assistant.  She is currently working on furthering her education in order to become a licensed veterinary technician.  Helping sick and injured animals is the most fulfilling part of Jade’s work in the veterinary field. ​

Jade is from Lexington, Virginia.  Her biggest pride in life is being a mother to her son, Gus. In her spare time, she loves being outdoors and spending time with her family and pets.

Bri Echols, LVT

Bri is originally from Bridgewater, VA.  She completed her internship in 2013 at Blue Ridge Animal Clinic while she studied to become a Licensed Veterinary Technician.  After graduation in 2014, she joined the practice.  Bri can be found working as an LVT in the clinic, in the field as an embryo transfer technician, or as a receptionist.  Of all her duties, she most enjoys working with cattle.

Bri currently lives in Gap Mills, WV.  She enjoys spending time away from the clinic with her horses and two Border Collies as well as working with cattle on the farm.

Haley Austin, LVT

Haley joined the team at Blue Ridge Animal Clinic in June 2018 shortly after graduating from Blue Ridge Community College where she earned her AAS in Veterinary Technology.  Haley can be found working with both large and small animals at the clinic, but she has developed a particular interest in surgery and anesthesia.

Haley is from Buchanan, Virginia. She lives on a farm with both sheep and beef cattle and also has several dogs and cats at home.

Kennel Assistants

Sarah Mayhew Makayla Back

Rachel Ferris

Thomas Stillwell

Garrett Stillwell

Professional Pet Groomer

Bettsy Bottomley