Dr. Michael Bassett, Medical Director
Dr. Bassett was born and raised in Ocean City, MD. He received his BS and MS in Animal Science at Virginia Tech, and his DVM at Tuskegee University. In 1983, he purchased Shady Grove Animal Hospital and then The Animal Inn in 1985. He combined both businesses to form what is now Pet Dominion. His special interests include senior pets, preventive health care, and improving the quality of life for patients and their owners. He has served as president of both the Northern Virginia and Montgomery County Veterinary Associations. His son, Justin, also works at Pet Dominion as a canine physical therapist, and his daughter works as a human resources manager for JBG. He and his wife Lynda are proud owners of Jameson, a fun-loving Golden Retriever.
Julie Augustine, DVM
Dr. Augustine joined the Pet Dominion team in December 2016, but she came to the profession of veterinary medicine in more of a non-traditional route. Growing up in Laurel, MD, she attended Meade Senior High School and elected to do her undergraduate work in athletic training, which led to her to one of the best universities in the country for this, Lock Haven University in Lock Haven, PA. There she got her B.S. degree and also her national certification to be a certified athletic trainer. She then went to Bucknell University to become a graduate assistant for the Athletic Training Department and also pursue a Master’s of Science degree. After her first year there a position opened up and she was promoted to assistant athletic trainer and continued her studies for the next 5 years. She finished her classes and Master’s thesis and graduated in 1995, but not before deciding to go back to school after that was done and do what she had really wanted to do most of her life: be a veterinarian. Dr. Augustine travelled to Stillwater, OK to become a member of the Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine Class of 1999 and graduated with honors. After spending a year and a half in a mixed animal practice, she went to work at Alexandria Animal Hospital in Alexandria, VA, and worked there for 16 years, honing her surgical skills as well as general and emergency practice. She especially enjoys doing more complicated surgeries including: Exploratory gastric and intestinal procedures, liver and gall bladder procedures, kidney and urinary bladder procedures, splenectomy, mastectomy, eyelid surgery, Optic surgery including Bullae osteotomy. correction of brachiocephalic syndrome with CO2 laser. Torn ACLs repaired with lateral suture, Pallar luxation correction, Femoral head osteotomy, Perineal ureterostomy and will be trying to expand that aspect of Pet Dominion’s services that they offer.
Dr. Augustine currently lives in Olney with her husband and her favorite floppy dog Ronnie; the other member of the family, a bay Thoroughbred gelding named Texas Riddle, is boarded at A Bit Better Farm in Laytonsville, MD. She and Tex enjoy participating in the equine sport of eventing, and Dr. Augustine and her husband enjoy going to the beach and watching football together as long as the Broncos and the Redskins aren’t playing against each other!
Rachel Hughes, DVM
Dr. Rachel Hughes always knew she wanted to be a veterinarian, but the idea was solidified during middle school when her family got a Golden Retriever puppy named Sampson who instantly became her best friend! It was then that she truly understood the indescribable bond that is formed between a pet and an owner. Several years later, while attending UNC-Wilmington, she started working at a veterinary clinic for the first time. Although she initially realized that there is a lot more to veterinary medicine than playing with puppies and kittens all day, she eventually realized that she loved the challenge of veterinary medicine and how it can differ greatly depending on the individual patient/client’s situation. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in Biology from UNC-Wilmington in 2011, she traveled up north to Canada to complete her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Ontario Veterinary College in 2016. During her time there she took advantage of her summers by traveling and volunteering overseas. From a Dog and Cat rescue and an Elephant Nature Park in two different parts of Thailand, to working with dairy cattle in New Zealand, and working with a multitude of farm and companion animals in Nicaragua, she definitely had many unique interactions with animals around the world. After finishing veterinary school, she decided to escape the cold and finally moved back “home” to Maryland.
Dr. Hughes worked at a mixed animal practice right out of school, where she worked with large animals such as horses, sheep, goats, as well as companion animals. Although she will miss working with farm animals, (although not necessarily the smell sometimes), Dr. Hughes is thrilled to start the next step in her career focusing on companion animals at Pet Dominion. Her special veterinary interests include soft tissue surgery, dentistry, emergency medicine and working with geriatric animals.
In her spare time, Dr. Hughes enjoys camping, hiking, spending time with friends and family, travelling, and snuggling with her extremely handsome Pomeranian mix named Moose, and her two cats Indi and GC.
Anthoni grew up with all different types of animals because he lived in the country with dogs, cats, goats, chickens, rabbits and cows! He has been working in the veterinary medicine field for the past three years. He’s a recent addition to Pet Dominion, but he has previous vet tech experience. He is also in the process of becoming a Certified Veterinary Technician. He lives with two cats of his own.
Devon joined the team in November 2011. She grew up in a small beach town in Connecticut and went to school in Colorado. She has a very well-loved cat named Sir Walter and always opens her home to foster pets. In her free time, Devon loves to explore DC and try new restaurants.
Becky has been part of the Pet Dominion team since 2014. She graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in Animal Science. Becky has loved animals ever since she was little and has adopted pets her whole life. Currently she has a very goofy Shih Tzu named Mei Mei which she adopted from the local shelter in 2015. (Adopt don’t shop!)
Jose grew up with two brothers exploring the wilderness and the animals within, which helped him reveal his passion for animals. To this day he enjoys the outdoors with his family, which includes his two dogs (Cali & Cortez). In 2015 Jose joined the Pet Dominion lodging team. Within that year he completed his veterinarian assistant certification online at Animal Behavior College. Soon after he was given the opportunity to join the hospital team at Pet Dominion.
Kelly has been with Pet Dominion since Oct 2016. She is currently attending school to become a licensed veterinary technician. When not working or studying, Kelly enjoys spending time with her husband, and competing in obedience, rally, and agility with her All American dogs, Jane and Josh.