Meet Our Technicians


Our veterinary technicians are a important part of the medical team at Acredale Animal Hospital. They are responsible for drawing blood, placing catheters, taking x-rays, and monitoring anesthetized patients among many other responsibilities.  And perhaps most importantly, our technicians offer lots of TLC and provide detailed attention to our patients.

Lesley Esposito, Veterinary Technician,, Acredale Animal Hospital, Virginia Beach VA

Lesley, LVT, VTS, Dentistry

Lesley is a native New Yorker. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a degree in Equine Management in 1994. In 2003, she received her associates in veterinary technology from Blue Ridge Community College. Lesley enjoys dentistry and obtained her specialty certification in this field.   She is also proud to give back to our local community by serving on the advisory board for Veterinary Science at Tidewater Community College. When not busy making your pet’s breath smell amazing… she has found time to author three books, and enjoys raising her 2 teenage girls whom are actively involved in the local pony club.

Jennifer Clouse, Veterinary Technician,, Acredale Animal Hospital, Virginia Beach VA

Jennifer, LVT

Jennifer received her degree in veterinary technology from Tri-County Technical College in Pendleton, South Carolina in 2010. She lives in Chesapeake with her husband, Matt and two fun little boys: Conner and Jordan. They share their home with two very sweet and smart border collie mixes-- Dotty and Oreo. Both have served as blood donors to help save other dog's lives at Acredale! In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys horseback riding and spending time with her family.

Kalee, Veterinary Technician, Acredale Animal Hospital, Virginia Beach VA

Kalee, LVT

Kalee was born and raised locally in Virginia Beach. She attended James Madison University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Communications in 2010. She received her Associate’s in Veterinary Technology in 2015. Kalee has a special fondness for German Shorthair Pointers and enjoys helping with internal medicine/ critical care cases. Off duty activities include hiking, kayaking and hanging out at local craft breweries.


Katie, LVT

Katie was born in Syracuse and graduated in 2008. Although a little camera shy, Katie has a huge personality and is always making her co-workers laugh.   She speaks fluent "pug" which seems to soothe our flat-faced patients.   Katie excels at patient care and can often be found cuddling with hospitalized patients after their treatments are done to ensure they get plenty of TLC while away from home.

Amanda Dean, Veterinary Technician, Acredale Animal Hospital, Virginia Beach VA

Amanda, LVT

Amanda is a local girl, born and raised in Virginia Beach. She graduated from ODU with a B.S. in Biology and obtained her Associates in Veterinary Technology through San Juan College. Amanda’s veterinary interests include small animal internal medicine. She is also skilled in anesthesia monitoring, pain management and surgical assisting. Amanda shares her home with 3 cats, 2 dogs, and 2 happy girls. Outside of work—Amanda can be found biking or playing wiffleball at the oceanfront with her co-workers.

Angela Ness, Veterinary Technician,, Acredale Animal Hospital, Virginia Beach VA


Miranda grew up in Canada. She attended school to become a veterinary assistant and then continued her training to become a veterinary technician. Miranda loves helping with emergency and critical care cases. She is also a talented bandage designer and enjoys helping make your pet's splint or cast look as fancy as possible. Miranda's household includes her two dogs, also known as "the girls": Gertrude and Sweet Dee, and her two cats, a cantankerous torti named Miss Jess and a ragdoll named Lord Montague of Purringham. Outside of work, Miranda enjoys crocheting, quilting, hiking with her girls and camping.

Summer, LVT

Summer, LVT

Summer graduated from San Juan College in 2019. She has two cats and one dog that she adores. They have been supportive study buddies while on her journey to becoming a veterinary technician. With a goal of specializing in anesthesiology one day, we are lucky to have such an ambitious individual on our team.

Katie Aiken, Veterinary Technician,, Acredale Animal Hospital, Virginia Beach VA

Shirley, LVT

Shirley moved often as a child as part of a Navy family. A graduate of Kempsville High School, she now calls Chesapeake her home. She is a firm believer in preventative medicine and routine dental care to keep your pet feeling his or her best. Shirley is a wonderful teacher who enjoys challenging her surgical assistants to keep up with her! When not working at Acredale, she also works as a massage therapist/ teacher and enjoys SCUBA diving.


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