Jessey Scheip, LVT

Jessey grew up with a menagerie of animals including horses, cats, dogs, hamsters, and chickens. At age 15 she entered the veterinary field as a kennel assistant and spent the next several years working her way up through the ranks. Once she decided this was her career field, she attended Northern Virginia Community College and graduated in 2011 with her A.A.S. in Veterinary Technology.

After more than ten years in general practice, Jessey spent some time in a surgical department before realizing her passion was with veterinary behavioral medicine. She started attending specialty conferences and lectures before joining Dr. Amy Pike, board-certified Veterinary Behaviorist, at the Veterinary Referral Center of Northern Virginia in September 2016. Jessey has obtained her Fear Free Certification.  She is pursuing a trainer certification through the Karen Pryor Academy, as well as her Veterinary Technician Specialty (VTS) in Behavior.

Jessey lives in Springfield with her husband, one-year-old son, and their Pembroke Corgi. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, reading, and playing video games.


Kayla Paugh, Veterinary Assistant

Kayla was born and raised in Warrenton, Virginia. She graduated from George Mason University with a B.S. in Psychology. During her studies of human behavior she realized that she had a desire to learn more about behavior modification. After rescuing and training her own dog using principles she learned in school, she became enlightened with the idea of joining her education with her passion for training animals. Kayla’s knowledge of learning theory, skills of educating the human-end of the leash, and more than nine years of customer service experience make her an asset to assist Dr. Pike during assessments.

Kayla lives in Midland, Virginia with her partner Sarah and her dog Grady. In her free time she enjoys being outside, cooking, running, kayaking, and going to Washington Nationals games.