SVVS has an experienced support team, consisting of an Office Manager, Practice Manager, Client Liason and six Receptionists. The goal of our support staff is to keep the practice running smoothly so that you and your pet can be served efficiently and effectively.

Lynn Vaden

Lynn Vaden

Office Manager

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Lynn has been employed here at SVVS in several capacities for 34 years. She started as part of a mentoring program at the age of fifteen, while in high school. She then retained a part-time job throughout high school and college as a veterinary assistant until she graduated from Virginia Tech with her Bachelor of Science, Animal Science degree in 1989. After managing a swine farm in Patrick County, where she met her husband Bill, she returned to SVVS in 1991 in her present capacity as office manager.

Lynn lives in the Belfast community with Bill, their son Caleb, and their Louisiana Catahoula Leopard dogs, Bleuberry, Patch, Soldier, and Storm. She enjoys competing with her dogs in conformation, treeing, and baying trials, as well as reading, and spending time with her family. Bill is an avid Civil War Re-enactor, and Caleb enjoys that hobby with his Dad, the dog shows, riding and showing his horse, Fancy, as well as many other activities.

Completing their small “farm”, are 2 cats, 3 horses, and Caleb’s thirteen 4-H project hens, as well as pigs at certain times of the year.

Ruth Johnson

Ruth Johnson

Client Liaison

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Ruth is our Client Service Specialist. She has been with the practice since 1992. She has a degree in Drafting and Design but came to work at the practice when she was “between” drafting jobs. She liked it so much, she never left! Ruth has two adult sons, Eric and Beren. Eric and Fiancee, Megan, have two sons, Hunter and Brenden, and a step-daughter, Mackensie. Beren and wife, Sarah Beth, have three children, daughter, Rachel, and sons, Samuel and Benjamin. Ruth shares her life with her best friend and sweetheart, Major Dale Van De Ven, USAF retired.

Ruth has a special interest in Animal Behavior and obedience. She is also an evaluator for the AKC’s Canine Good Citizen Program. She has studied and is certified by the Council of Pet Dog Trainers to teach obedience as well as to address some common behavior issues. She also enjoys caring for some of the wildlife. Her passion is the animals and she is the director of the Milo, Morrison, Ethi, Opie Memorial Fund which is a nonprofit fund dedicated to providing veterinary care and finding forever homes for her stray pets. In her spare time, of which there is not much, Ruth likes to read, walk and play with her dogs and loves to ride her motorcycle. She dabbles in writing, just for herself. Also, she and Dale are movie buffs, they can be seen at the theater almost every week.

They live in Lebanon and share their home with Rottweiler, Max, Dachshund Mix, Miss Vivian Leigh, Shar Pei mix, Callie, Collie, Riggs, Terrier, Kara – aka Supergirl and the newest addition, American Bulldog Terrier, Indy; plus 11 cats: Frankie, Johnny, Morgan, Grady, Will, Cole, JP Harrah, Maudie, Leo, Pippen, and Merry. She also has one Jenday Conure, Mango, and lots of wild animals at their “sanctuary”. The thing she finds the most important is her faith and she is always happy to share the story of God’s blessings to anyone who will listen.

Amanda Foster

Amanda “Mandy” Foster

Certified Veterinary Practice Manager

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