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. Adrienne Koegel
Dr. Koegel has joined Abbey Animal Hospital’s team as a new associate veterinarian in April 2016. She is a graduate from Ross University of Veterinary Medicine and completed her clinical rotation at NC State University. Before veterinary school, Dr. Koegel graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Virginia Tech and briefly worked as a veterinary assistant. She shares her home in Virginia Beach with her two pets, Remington, a Chinese Crested, and Dorothy, a Persian cat. She also shares a love for horseback riding, and has two horses of her own, Libby and Faline. Dr. Koegel’s hobbies include relaxing on the beach, outdoor activities, scuba diving, watching movies and reading.
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 – Assistant Manager/ 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.
Veterinary Technicians & Assistants
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!!
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), Sweet & Sour, Mushu, and Momma cat (Kitty children). She is one of our assistants that is currently in school to become one of our next Licensed Veterinary Technicians. She is excited to continue learning how to provide better care for our patients.
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).
Samantha is originally from East Tennessee and relocated here in 2007 while serving our country in the United States Navy for 7 years. She has been a Certified Veterinary Assistant for 6 years, but has been working professionally with domestic and exotic animals for over 10 years. Her favorite animal that she has worked with are Sloths! She joined the Abbey team in March 2016, and loves tending to all the exotic pets that come through the doors. She currently resides in Virginia Beach with her boyfriend Michael and two dogs, Jazmin and Leonidas. Samantha and Michael love traveling, hiking, and tending to the gardens around their home.
My name is Asia Hicks and i was born and raised in Florida. I am 21 years old and going on 22. I am a military brat, with that being said I have moved plenty of times and had to adjust often. My parents are currently living in Alaska but plan to move in the summer of 2017. I have three brothers, one older and two younger, that are living there lives in different states. I currently live in VA Beach with my boyfriend, Tyler, of three and a half years. We have seven month old cat named Rambo was is just wild. I love my job at Abbey Animal Hospital and everyone of my co-workers.
Stacie comes to us with many years of experience grooming dogs and cats. She loves animals and they love her!
Hi my name is Stacie. I have been with the Pet Salon at Abbey Animal Hospital for 5 years. I have worked with animals for over 30 years and as a groomer for 20 years! I am a lifelong musician playing locally with my husband. Our instruments include guitar, bass guitar, trumpet and I love to sing. I share my life with a lab mix named Shalee and a deaf and blind dachshund named Lucy.
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!
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 old man, he enjoys hanging out on the front desk.
Our loving girl with GI Problems.
Our scaredy cat who likes to hang out in the back most of the time.