The NVVMA began in 1975 as a non-profit organization to:      

  • Promote within the veterinary profession the highest degree of skill, integrity and service to the public.        
  • Enlighten the public concerning veterinary medicine and to disseminate information for the benefit of the public regarding appropriate care and treatment of animals.      
  • Improve and elevate the standards of veterinary medicine within the Commonwealth of Virginia
  • Foster the cultivation of professional fellowship among veterinarians in the Commonwealth of Virginia.


President: Dr. Leslie Sinn
Dr. Leslie Sinn obtained both her undergraduate degree in Animal Science and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Georgia.

She moved to Northern Virginia in 1985 where after five years in private practice she joined the faculty at the Northern Virginia Community College's Veterinary Technology Program. During her tenure at NOVA, she taught a variety of courses including anesthesia and behavior and was Dean of the program for 15 years.

She completed a residency in behavioral medicine under the mentorships of Dr.s Valarie Tynes, DACVB and Laurie Bergman, DACVB passing her board examination in 2016, becoming one of only 90 veterinary behavior specialists in North America, Canada and Australia. She currently maintains a private practice, Behavior Solutions, that provides behavioral services to dogs, cats, horses, parrots, exotics and other animals throughout the Mid-Atlantic region.

She is a well-known speaker and the author of many articles including her chapter on obsessive behavior in the recently released best seller, Decoding Your Cat.

Vice President: Dr. Kendall Taney
Dr. Taney is a Diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College and a Fellow of the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry. She has worked at the Center since its opening in 2006 and became a partner in 2008. She has completed internships in both general medicine and surgery, and specialized surgery. She completed her three-year residency in dentistry and oral surgery at the Center and has authored multiple publications in the field of veterinary dentistry. She received the Robert Wiggs Outstanding Candidate award as a resident and is past chair of the Credentials and Examination committees for the American Veterinary Dental College.

Dr. Taney’s special interests include advanced maxillofacial reconstruction and oral oncologic surgery. Dr. Taney is a 2002 graduate of the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine and is a rabid Virginia Tech fan.

Secretary: Dr. A'ndrea Van Schoick
Dr. A’ndrea Van Schoick earned her BS with Honors in Animal Science from Cornell University and her BS (Veterinary Medicine) and DVM degrees from the University of Illinois. In 2020, she became a certified project manager through Duke University. She has earned a number of professional certifications in education, leadership and entrepreneurship, and is a Fear Free Elite and Human-Animal Bond certified veterinary practitioner.

Upon graduation from veterinary school, A’ndrea spent eight years in full-time private companion animal clinical practice in northern Virginia and concurrently established Veterinary Relief Services, a five-state locum tenens primary care and emergency companion animal veterinary practice. In 2008, A’ndrea accepted a position as Veterinary Medical Officer in the Office of New Animal Drug Evaluation (ONADE) at FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM), and in June 2015, assumed the role of Director of Scientific Curriculum for CVM. Since May 2020, she has served as Veterinary Medical Officer in the Office of Minor Use and Minor Species Drug Development and has remained active in clinical practice throughout her tenure in federal service.

Her professional interests include pharmacology, internal medicine, dentistry, regulatory veterinary medicine, education, and outreach. She enjoys mentoring and is committed to student debt management and mental health awareness. In her spare time, A’ndrea likes spending time with family, getting outdoors with her Beagle (Dr. Watson), photography, knitting, singing, and tennis. She is active in alumni, civic, and professional organizations, including service as a Past President and current Scholarship and Grants Committee Chair of the DC Academy of Veterinary Medicine.


Treasurer: Dr. Montine Mansell
Dr. Montine Mansell grew up in Roswell, Georgia. She obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology followed by her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Auburn University in 2004. Since graduating, she completed an Emergency and Critical Care Internship at The Regional Veterinary Referral Center in 2005, and has since worked in both general practice and emergency medicine settings. She has been a member of the NVVMA since 2005 and is also a member of the AVMA, VVMA and VECCS. Her professional interests lie in emergency medicine, specifically emergency soft tissue surgery. Outside of work, Dr. Mansell enjoys vegetable gardening, photography, traveling, playing softball and watching the Auburn Tigers. She lives in Annandale with her husband, two children, and 2 canine kids: Paisley and Wendy.

Advisor: Dr. Julie Wentzel
Dr. Julie Wentzel grew up in Annapolis, Maryland, graduating from Virginia Tech with a Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry and Wildlife in 1998. She then received her DVM from the University of Illinois, College of Veterinary Medicine in 2004, where she pursued interests in both wildlife medicine and small animal emergency medicine. After graduation, she completed a small animal emergency medicine internship at Anne Arundel Veterinary Emergency Clinic in Annapolis, Maryland, where she remained on staff for another seven years.

After moving to Virginia, she spent several years working at Animal Emergency and Critical Care. She completed her Certified Veterinary Acupuncture courses in 2013, became a Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner and Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist in 2014 and spent 6 years working full time performing rehabilitation and pain management.  Currently she is an associate at Market Street Animal Clinic, and enjoying all aspects of medicine; however, she remains passionate about treating acute and chronic pain.

In her free time, Dr. Wentzel enjoys spending time with her family, as well as gardening, bird watching, volleyball, and running. She lives with her husband and their three children and two cats in Leesburg, Virginia.
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