Our Administrative Staff
Sonia, Client Care Supervisor
Sarah, Patient Care Coordinator
Sarah has been working in the veterinary field for the past 15 years. She began in private practice and has been with our team since 2018. She lives in Harford County with her boyfriend, two Olde English Bulldogges, three cats, and a peach front conure. In her free time she enjoys sailing, horseback riding, and spending time with family and friends.
Katie, Patient Care Coordinator
Born and raised in Severna Park, MD, Katie graduated from Towson University with B.S. degrees in Organismal Biology, Ecology, and Animal Behavior. As part of her undergraduate studies, Katie completed an internship with Whispering Rise Farm & Animal Sanctuary, caring for over 60 pot-bellied pigs and 2 chickens. Prior to joining VNIoC, Katie worked as the Marketing Assistant at Pet+E.R. in Towson. Katie now works as one of our Patient Care Coordinators and enjoys greeting clients as they arrive for their appointments.
When she’s not working, Katie enjoys watching hockey (Go Caps!), fishing on the river, camping at her favorite spot in Pennsylvania, and playing with her rambunctious hound mix, Fisher.
Alexis, Patient Care Coordinator
The oldest of three, Alexis was born in Pennsylvania but moved to Maryland with her mom when she was eight. Previously she worked in Emergency medicine as a CSR before coming to VNIOC– she’s a true animal lover. Alexis has a chocolate lab she says is “Wild!” and a painted turtle that will be 30 years old this summer. In her free time, she loves spending time with family and friends including those in Pennsylvania, going camping in western Maryland, and fishing with her dad and boyfriend–though she tells us, “I don’t like touching the fish!” She also has a green thumb and loves getting new plants.
April, Patient Care Coordinator
After working in emergency veterinary medicine for 10 years, April joined VNIOC in September of 2020. April lives on Kent Island and embraces the Eastern Shore life by crabbing, fishing, and hunting for sea glass. April enjoys spending time with her family and her 5 year old Staffordshire Terrier named Bay.
Dr. Leigh Clayton, SVP, Planning and Strategy
Dr. Leigh Clayton’s full-time job is as vice president of animal care and welfare at the National Aquarium in Baltimore Maryland, where she was previously the director of animal health and welfare. She loves creating team environments that foster learning, innovation, and excellence in animal care. She believes that when people are working well together, animals get the best care possible, and she is deeply committed to improving the lives of animals—and the people who care for them—in a variety of settings. She brings this passion for learning and excellence to everything she does, including going back to school herself! She is recently completed the executive MBA program at the Smith School of Business, University of Maryland.
She is a graduate of Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine. Her veterinary training included programs in small animal medicine and surgery internship at Friendship Hospital for Animals in Washington, DC, zoo and aquarium medicine internship at Lincoln Park Zoo and John G. Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, IL, and avian/ exotic animal medicine and surgery residency at Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston, MA. She is an American Board of Veterinary Practitioners Diplomate in Avian and Reptile/Amphibian.