Staff of Community Animal Hospital

Veterinary Nurses


Community Animal Hospital StaffManager and veterinary nurse Jennifer Phillips is responsible for hiring and training technical staff, scheduling, as well as overseeing the maintenance of hospital supplies and equipment. Originally from Federalsburg, Jennifer has worked in the animal care field since 1993. She attended Harcum College and joined our staff in 1998. Jennifer worked closely with the doctors throughout the hospital expansion project and has done a great deal over the years to help the hospital grow.

"Having worked here for as long as I have, I've gotten to know many of our clients on a personal level, and I get to experience something new every day." At home, Jennifer spends time with her husband and her daughter, cat Emma. Her interests include cooking, outdoor activities, volunteering at her daughter's school, and being involved at her church.


Community Animal Hospital StaffA veterinary nurse at Community Animal Hospital since 2002, Linda Pennell hails from New Jersey and has worked in the animal care field since 1992. Linda is a certified veterinary technician. She attended Camden County College and received her Associate's Degree in Animal Science in 1986. Linda is a graduate of the New York State K9 Academy, specializing in Schutzhund training of police and service dogs. She willingly shares her knowledge of training and animal behavior with clients. "The veterinarians, the nurses and the reception staff are a great team. Our clients and their pets are treated with the utmost care and compassion. Every day is a wonderful experience."

Linda is a member of the Rottweiler Club of America and has shown and bred Rottweilers, Bernese Mountain Dogs and Collies. She shares her home with KittyCat, and Rottweiler Max.

Outside of work, Linda enjoys gardening, swimming and bird watching, especially for Bald Eagles and Hummingbirds.


Community Animal Hospital StaffJessica Poet joined the Community Animal Hospital as a veterinary nurse in September 2009. Jessica grew up in Queen Anne's County. She has been involved with animal care for many years, and began working with horses at the age of 10. Jessica graduated from Chesapeake College with a Veterinary Assistant Certificate. She says "I love the veterinary field because helping animals is an amazing experience, and I love to educate people. I am proud of the quality of care we provide."

Jessica has a great love for animals and shares her home with her horses and cats. She enjoys fishing, horseback riding, restoring her truck and activities with her family and friends.


Community Animal Hospital StaffCaitlyn Vanderbyl joined Community Animal Hospital in November 2010, and is a graduate of Chesapeake College, with a Veterinary Assistant Certificate and an Associate's Degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences. From a young age, she had a desire to work with animals.

Caitlyn loves the doctors and staff at the hospital and finds her career in the animal care field very rewarding. "I get to learn new things every day," she says. "I work with great people, and our wonderful clientele and their pets make this a job that's easy to love."

Caitlyn shares her home with dog Roxy and Nani the cat. In her spare time she enjoys boating, music, and spending time with her husband John and their friends.


Reception and Client Services


Community Animal Hospital StaffKelly Harris joined Community Animal Hospital as a receptionist in 2004. A native of Cordova, Kelly has worked in the animal care field for more than 25 years. Kelly loves working with animals and their owners, and is proud of the compassionate care offered at the hospital. "My favorite part of my job is giving the dogs treats. They know me, and I like their visits to us to end on a happy note so they can't wait to come see us again." At home Kelly enjoys the company of her cat, Fat Butt. When she's not at work, Kelly can be found at the beach, enjoying nature trails, and spending time with her family.