Our Virginia Beach Veterinarians

Dr. Robin A. Knopp

Dr. Knopp is a native of Virginia. He completed his undergraduate education at Virginia Tech and received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Tennessee. Dr. Knopp’s family includes his wife Kathy, his 3 grown children: Allison, Christopher, Mark, and his 2 granddaughters, Lia, and Sophia as well as a house full of pets. Dr. Knopp never stops learning. He makes a point of regularly attending continuing education courses to bring his clients and patients the most up-to-date medicine available. Dr. Knopp and Kathy have owned and operated Abbey Animal Hospital since 1995, a year after their youngest was born. Besides their children they share their home with a multiple of pets which include: 1 Molaccan Cockatoo, 3 dogs, 3 cats and many exotic pets. Dr. Knopp & Kathy also participated in the YFU foreign exchange student program for many years so also have lots of extra children in Europe.

In his spare time, Dr. Knopp enjoys spending his time in the clouds (literally), flying his Cheeokee Six plane. This helps shorten the miles for mission work throughout the country under Dr. Knopp’s very own program: Wing and a Prayer.


Dr. Sandy Williams III


Dr Williams comes to us with many years of veterinary experience.  Dr. Williams shares his home with a beautiful Kane Corso Mastiff named Sophia.  In his spare time Dr. Williams enjoys photography.






Meet Our Virginia Beach Veterinary Management Team

Kathy Knopp, LVT – Practice Manager

Kathy has been with Abbey Animal Hospital since Inception. She married Dr. Knopp in 1983. They have 3 grown children: Alli (who also works at Abbey Animal Hospital), Chris (a veterinarian in Georgia), and Mark who is attending VCU in the fall. She also has 2 beautiful granddaughters who are the light of her life! She shares a house with a slew of animals including 3 cats, 3 dogs, 2 beardies, 1 snake, 1 rabbit, 1 chinchilla, 1 ferret and 1 bratty bird, a beautiful Moluccan cockatoo who is an escape artist. She loves being part of AAH and plans on being here as long as she is able.

Kathy graduated from University of Maryland with a Bachelors Degree in Animal Science. She always wanted to be a Veterinarian so being here at Abbey Animal Hospital is the next best thing.
Kathy also attented NVCC to obtain her Veterinary Technicians degree.

Desiree – Office Manager

Desiree has been with us since January 2009. She has been our office manager since March of 2014. She comes to us with many years of experience in the veterinary field. Her family is made up of a pitbull mix she adopted from the SPCA named Konan, as well as 2 bengal cats, Hana and Divi.

Justin – Assistant Manager

Justin has been working at Abbey since September 2015. Justins’s family consists of his wife, 2 daughters, his beagle named Riley, his Boston Terrier named Bubba, and his cat named Nine.

Alli – Office Coordinator/Social Media Director

Alli has officially been with Abbey Animal Hospital since July 2004, although as Dr. Knopp & Kathy’s daughter, she has been involved with the hospital for much longer. Her husband Mark, does some handyman and electrical work around the hospital. The rest of her family consists of her 2 dogs: toy poodle, Noel Amidala & a terrior mix, Bevo, and 2 Bengal cats named Damon Vader & Syren. She also has 2 beautiful daughters: Eliana and Sophia.


Adriann (Head Receptionist)

Adriann became a member of the Abbey Animal family in September of 2013.

Hi, My name is Adriann, I have been around animals my whole life. I have always loved animals, so working at Abbey was perfect for me. My family at home consists of my handsome son named Jaden, My husband named Steve, and my furry baby a german shepherd named Riley.


Hi my name is Kimmie. I joined the Abbey Animal family in September of 2016. I have always been a huge animal lover so I am thankful for this job to help animals in some small way every day. I am also totally obsessed with Dachshunds. Vinny (my longhaired dachshund) is my favorite person in the whole world. I also have an amazing husband Joe who knows this.


Brittany joined the Abbey Animal Family in July of 2019.  She shares her home with a Boxer puppy and loves all animals.

Veterinary Technicians & Assistants

Jenn, LVT

Hello, my name is Jenn, and I have been with the Abbey Family since 2013. I started working in the Veterinary field June of 1999 as a Kennel Attendant, and was promoted to an Assistant in November of that same year. I have stayed in the field ever since. I eventually obtained my RVT license in North Carolina and then my LVT license for Virginia. I am thankful and blessed to work in the veterinary world, it is my passion. I have a Labrador mix who was born in 2004 in the Hospital I worked at in NC. She was the only one of 14 pups to survive, and has been my sidekick and rock through my husbands multiple deployments. I also have a Himalayan who acts more like a puppy than a cat. She is such a joy in our life. I am originally from Virginia Beach and now live back here with my Husband of 13 years, (whom I share a birthday with), and Daughter, who are both my heart. We welcome you to Abbey and look forward to seeing you!!

Amanda, LVT

Our returned veteran of 15 years is back and we couldn’t be happier!  Amanda received her LVT degree at NOVA and enjoys traveling and spending time with her family on her spare time.  Her family consists of her husband, her 7 chickens, 2 goats, 2 dogs, 2 beardies, 1 horse, and 2 two-legged children.

Courtney, LVT

Courtney has been with Abbey since March 2008. Her home family consists of her human children, Hayden and Julian, and her furry children: Kelso and Gizmo (puppy children), Mushu, and Momma cat (Kitty children), Callie, Snow, Rufio, Bear, and Rocket (Guinea Pig children), and Jacobi (Rabbit Child). She graduated from the NOVA program as a LVT in May of 2019. Her favorite animals are guinea pigs. In her spare time her hobbies are watching the Chicago shows on NBC, going to concerts, scrapbooking, and reading a good book.

Veterinary Assistants


My name is Rachael. I have been with the Abbey family since May 2014. I could not think of a better place to spend my days then with this amazing group of people. I am a huge animal lover so I fit right in here. My wonderful family consists of My son Noah, and my 3 Crazy four-legged children Dixie (Golden Shepard), Abigale (Boxer-Pitt), and Apollo (Lab-Rott).


 My name is Ashley and I have been with abbey animal hospital since Aug of 2017. I have been around animals my whole life and have always wanted to work in an veterinary office. I am currently enrolled at Tidewater community college in hopes to get into their Vet. Tech program in fall of 2018. Myles is my first dog and he’s the best puppy ever. I’m very excited to see where this job takes me.


Hello! I started working at Abbey in September 2017, and I am so excited to be a part of the team. I have been a vet assistant since 2013, and although this was never a planned career path, I can’t imagine walking away from this profession.  In addition, I’m a professional Esthetician, and have future plans to further my education and licensing. I’m also an avid crafter and enjoy hiking and exploring. I share my home with two little pups, Jack and Pepper, and an adventurous hedgie named Hattie.


Hi, my name is Katie. I joined Abbey in July of 2018 as a kennel attendant and now work as one of the assistants as well. This is my first job in the veterinary field and I’ve loved every bit of it. Before Abbey, I graduated from Virginia Tech in May of 2018 and my next goal is pursuing vet school in the near future. At home I have 2 furry kids, a long haired 4 year old kitty named Angel and a 2 year old mixed dog named Nyla who are both very spoiled rotten 🙂





Hi my name is Bob. I have been a master groomer for 27 years, I used to show creative styling as well as specializing in hand stripping border terriers for the show ring. In my free time I love to walk along the Fort Monroe beach collecting sea glass. My family consists of 2 dogs, a Boston Terrier named Jetta, a Frenchie named Eddie and 3 chickens, Lola, Ms. Fantail and Ms. Gossip. I’m so happy to be a part of the Pet Salon at Abbey Animal Hospital!

Abbey’s Animals

Talulah (aka Lulu)

The loudest member of our pet staff, she enjoys attention and basking in the warm Summer sun. She is also the biggest sucker for children.




Our scaredy cat who likes to hang out in the back most of the time.