Washington, DC


About Our Chapter

This chapter serves the District of Columbia, Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax and Falls Church.

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Meet Chapter Director Laura Peters
As the daughter of a Navy Officer and Vietnam Veteran, Laura frequently relocated as a child but the DC Metro area has been her home since 1994. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Spanish from the University of Michigan and a Master’s degree in Health Services Administration and Policy from Ohio State University and went into the healthcare field. The major highlight of her 25+ year career in healthcare administration was leading the Emergency Department and Urgent Care Center at the National Naval Medical Center (now the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center).

Working at the National Naval Medical Center during the terrorist attacks on 9/11 and seeing her military comrades’ unwavering courage and extraordinary response forever changed Laura. While she did not serve in the military, Laura feels so much respect and gratitude for our men and women in uniform and supports several military and Veteran-focused organizations such as AmVets; Purple Heart; Team Red, White & Blue; USO-Metro; VVA; and WWF.

Laura has had dogs all her life and firmly believes in the physical and emotional healing that the bond between humans and their animals can provide. She is currently a volunteer and foster with her local animal shelter and supports several animal welfare groups including ASPCA and HSUS.

Laura jumped at the chance to organize and lead Pets for Vets Washington DC Metro Area, and to put her experience, deep respect for our nation’s Veterans and love of animals to good use. Along with her wonderful team of trainers and volunteers who share her passion and commitment, she looks forward to saving the lives of shelter animals and giving back to those who have given so much in service to our country.

 

Meet the Training Team
At Pets for Vets Washington DC Metro Area, we take pride in the expertise of our professional trainers. Meet them below!

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Toni Woods
Toni attended graduate school, studying Animal Sciences. For eight years, she taught high school biology, during which time she volunteered at a local veterinarian practice and organized a community service group with her students to volunteer at the Washington Animal Rescue League (WARL).

While volunteering, Toni learned that behavior problems are the number one reason that dogs are euthanized, and she decided to take action. To fulfill her passion working with dogs. she became an Animal Behavior College Certified Dog Trainer (ABCDT).

Since 2007, Toni has been working tirelessly to build Anytime K9, her walking, pet sitting and training company, to help educate families and their pets to prevent further loss of life. In September 2016, she merged her training company with Spot on Dog Training with the purpose of improving the relationships between dogs and their families. Both Toni and Heather Morris (Spot on Dog Training's founder) have focused their attention on the community in which they work, live, and play. As development in the Atlas District and Capitol Hill increases and larger brands increase their foot print, Toni felt that this merger was the best way to continue serving the community and secure her position as a market leader. As such, Toni took over the reins of Spot On Training while leaving the cultures and methodologies of both businesses intact.

Toni is the proud parent of her Chocolate Lab, Sina.


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Christine Michaud
Christine holds a B.S. Degree from the University of South Florida, is an Honor's Graduate of Jean Donaldson's Academy for Dog Trainers, a Pat Miller Certified Trainer, and a Certified Professional Dog Trainer. She owns Family Dog Training, LLC in Northern Virginia, where she provides private behavior consulting and training services for companion dogs and puppies. She is delighted to be the volunteer trainer for the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets Ambassador Canine, Growley II, and his cadet handler team. Christine resides in Northern Virginia with her husband, who is a retired Air Force Veteran of 26 years, where they hold down the fort for their two college kids, one mixed breed dog, and a mixed breed kitty.


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Desiree Lomer-Clarke
Desiree moved to the DC area in 2002 to study law. After three years of practice, she left to start a dog walking company with a focus on positive training. Desiree is also an apprentice at a local dog training center, teaching puppies and adults basic behavior. She has helped socialize puppies for local shelters, has been a Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Evaluator, and is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA). Desiree is the mom of a wonderful little human boy, and two wild mini Aussies - Chewie and Wicket.



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Pets for Vets Washington, DC Metro Area Chapter is a proud participant of the 2018 Combined Federal Campaign. 


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