Employment Opportunities

If you are a positive, upbeat person, who enjoys working with people and has the heart to help animals, then consider applying with us! We are periodically hiring for both full and part-time positions.

If you would like to be considered for employment with us;

Please e-mail your resume and cover letter to our practice manager at anastassia.hrah@gmail.com

 We will keep your information on file and notify you in the event of a job opening.

Meet Our Family!


Dr. Kecia Parrish

Practice Owner and Lead Veterinarian

Dr. Kecia Parrish grew up in O-H-I-O. For undergraduate school, she attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Dr. Parrish received her veterinary degree in 1996 from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine (GO BUCKEYES!). After graduating, she moved to the beautiful Pacific Northwest outside of Salem, Oregon. In Salem, she worked in a small animal practice. Within that organization, she owned her own practice which specialized in the care of llamas and alpacas. While she greatly enjoyed that chapter in her life, she and her husband Kevin decided to move to Columbia, Maryland in 2003.

After the move, Dr. Parrish practiced for seven and one-half years in a small animal hospital in Montgomery County. Finally, making the decision to run her own practice, she negotiated ownership of Hickory Ridge Animal Hospital and the Columbia Cat Clinic in July 2011. Dr. Parrish enjoys serving her community and is happy to have a practice right in the heart of where she lives.

In addition to running her practice, she works with several local rescue groups helping animals in need. Dr. Parrish resides with her husband Kevin, who is a high school math teacher and boy's varsity basketball coach at Gaithersburg High School. Together, they have a wonderful daughter named Addison.

Dr. Margaret Mulford

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Margaret Mulford is a 'Marylander,' born and bred. She grew up in Rockville, MD, and went to Loyola College in Baltimore. After finishing undergraduate school, she worked in the biotechnology field for three years before deciding to attend veterinary school. After graduating from Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in Blacksburg, VA in 2001, she started practicing at a small animal clinic in Gaithersburg, MD. Three years later, she joined a practice in Rockville, where she worked with Dr. Parrish for seven years before taking a part-time position with Hickory Ridge Animal Hospital under Dr. Parrish.

She lives in Rockville, MD with her husband, Chris, their two kids, Ben, and, Emma, and three, 4-legged children; Roxy, Pepe-le-Pew, and Bianca.

Kelli Maxie

Lead Veterinary Technician

Kelli is our Lead Veterinary Tech, she came to work with Hickory Ridge Animal Hospital in the spring of 2017 with 10 years of veterinary experience. A Love for animals and the veterinary field is in her nature. She began helping her mom, who is also a Vet Tech, when she was very young. Her own passion for helping animals grew quickly from those experiences. She is especially interested in learning to understand animal behavior. Her goals are to attain her Vet Tech Certification so that she is even more equipped to improve animal lives. Her passion for improving lives lead her to open her home to her three kitty babies, Little, Stink, and Chloe, who she rescued as ferals from the streets of Baltimore and loves dearly.

Emily Forbus

Veterinary Technician/Receptionist

Emily Forbus has been working at Hickory Ridge Animal Hospital since 2015. She says that she loves the doctors and staff that work here. She works as both a Receptionist and Veterinary Technician. Emily is a hard worker who is very dedicated, compassionate and caring with the pets and people she works with.

She is currently a pre-veterinary student at Howard Community College, with plans to complete her bachelor's degree and apply to Veterinary School. Emily has two dogs of her own, Mya and Casey, that were rescued and are loved very much.

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