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!
Kristian Sorbo BVM&S MRCVS
Dr. Sorbo is Pet Dominion’s newest recruit imported from the UK. Originally from Norway, he moved to Scotland to study veterinary medicine and surgery at Edinburgh University and enrolled as a member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2011. Since then Dr. Sorbo has worked in England at both first opinion and emergency hospitals as well as in Oregon. Dr. Sorbo’s main academic interests are surgery, emergency and critical care medicine. Being a Norwegian, skiing is not surprisingly a favourite past time of his. He is married to Elise and they are owned by Sophie Spitfire, a cat they rescued while living in the UK.
David Vilallonga, DVM
A third-generation veterinarian, Dr. Vilallonga developed a passion for animals and veterinary medicine since his early childhood. He obtained his degree in Veterinary Medicine in 2001 as the Valedictorian of his class at the College of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Extremadura (Spain). Dr. Vilallonga continued his academic career obtaining a Master of Science in Veterinary Research in 2005 and a PhD in Veterinary Microbiology and Infectious Diseases in 2013 with several scientific articles published in veterinary magazines. He is a life learner and has been involved in several aspects of the veterinary profession, working as a researcher and as a specialist in Public health and Animal Health for the Department of Agriculture of the Government of Spain. Now he is devoted to his furry patients in order to give them the best possible care introducing alternative approaches including Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine and Acupuncture as well as Western medical options and surgery. After working at a busy small animal clinic in sunny Florida for 5 years he relocated to Maryland in 2017 when he joined the team at Pet Dominion.
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!)
Paige has been taking care of the animals at Pet Dominion since 2013. She started as a lodging technician, and is now a vet technician. Animals have always been a passion of hers and she enjoys working with them every day. Cats hold a special place in her heart; she has two rescue kitties, Frenchy and Sonic that she loves to play with at home. Outside of work, Paige likes to spend time outdoors, read, and make trips to New Orleans to visit family. She graduated from Salisbury University with a Bachelor’s degree in biology. She hopes to see you and your pet at Pet Dominion soon!
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.
Julie loves coming to work. She is OCD about dog manicures and pedicures and loves to use the “dremel”. Outside of work, her interests include photography, kayaking, attending the Washington Redskin football games, concerts of Jimmy Buffett (major Parrot head) and locals Jim Steed Band, LSMJ, Truly Unruly Band and Sons of Pirates. She is a food (Top Chef) and reality TV junkie. Julie’s home is run by “Goose” and “Rosie”, both Boston terriers. She is one of the many Julies at Pet Dominion! Julie looks forward to meeting you and your furry child!
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.