- Animal Flea Control
- Animal Microchipping
- Emergency Veterinary Clinic
- Small Animal Vet
- Veterinary Dentistry
- Veterinary Docking
- Veterinary Euthanasia
- Veterinary Medical Specialties
- Veterinary Surgery
- Veterinary Vaccinations
At Mainstay Veterinary Practice, recognizing the unique and intrinsic value of each pet to each owner, our mission is:
To be an integral partner in maintaining the health and well-being of your pet by providing exemplary veterinary care, compassionate support, wellness education, and a collaborative connection to the community as an advocate for animals and the people who love them.
Mainstay Veterinary Practice is actively shaping the way people in a home, family, and community ‘experience’ a mutually beneficial and health promoting bond—one person, one animal, and one visit at a time!
Dr. Kristen Hitt, Owner
Dr. Kristen Hitt has been practicing Veterinary Medicine in the northern Virginia area for several years. Prior to attending vet school, Dr. Hitt was a registered nurse at a local hospital. Using her nursing skills while caring for a stray dog injured by a car, she realized that her dream job would be to combine her long love of animals with medicine. With the love and support of her family, Kris returned to school and earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine and she became “Dr. Hitt”. As a student, Dr. Hitt was awarded the American Animal Hospital Association’s Student Achievement Award for outstanding achievement in Small Animal Medicine at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduation, Dr. Hitt worked at Falls Church Animal Hospital and did relief veterinary work for hospitals in Centreville, Chantilly, Clifton, Upper Marlboro and Germantown as she worked toward her goal of opening her own hospital. And now M.V.P. is born.
Dr. Hitt has a strong interest in surgery and has completed multiple continuing education courses in ultrasound. She also believes in ‘giving back’ and started a feral cat program in Falls Church. She has traveled to Kentucky, and most recently to North Carolina, to perform surgeries on rescued puppy mill dogs and animals from low socio-economic areas and she has donated her time to the Animal Welfare League of Arlington.
While not busy being a Vet, Dr. Hitt enjoys spending time with her dogs, RB and Emmy, her barn cat, Daisy and her ‘mutt’ herd of horses, which includes three rescues. Of course, she also enjoys any time she has with her four children, but that time is dwindling as her nest is officially empty. In addition to vet medicine, Dr. Hitt loves traveling, scrapbooking, organizing, and diet coke. She resides in Arlington with her husband.
Dr. Caroline Chamarande
Dr. Chamarande (Dr. C) was born and raised in Fontainebleau, France. After she received her French baccalaureat, she earned her Bachelor of Science and her Master degree in Chemistry from American University. She worked for the chemistry department at the Naval Research Laboratory in DC, but abandoned her career as a chemist to follow her lifelong dream of becoming a veterinarian. She graduated Cum Laude from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine (VT) in 1989.
After 24 years of service at a practice in Falls Church, Dr. C. decided that it was time for a change. She joined M.V.P. where the owner and staff share her values in providing quality yet affordable veterinary care and believe in strengthening the bonds between pets and their families to assure a long and happy relationship. She enjoys the atmosphere at Mainstay for it allows time to get to know the pets and their owners, educate owners on veterinary care, discuss training, play with puppies and kitten, and just plain socializing pets!
Dr. C has an active interested in Internal medicine and Animal Behavior and Training. She is a longtime member of A.A.H.A., V.V.M.A., N.V.V.M.A., and D.C. Academy of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Chamarande is federally accredited by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which authorizes her to perform evaluations and issue International Health Certificates for pet travel.
In her free time, Dr. C enjoys time with her husband, three children, and her furry pets. Currently the pet population at Dr. C’s household consists of Fancy (adopted Yorkie), Lazarus (a rescued Yorkie), Sophie (a rescued Dachshund mix from St. Croix), Chewy (a rescued Anatolian Shepherd), and Roxy (French Bulldog). That is about all the animals her poor allergic husband can tolerate at this time.
Dr. Maggie McCourt
Dr. Maggie McCourt grew up in McLean, Virginia. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Bridgewater College in Bridgewater, Virginia. She then went on to graduate from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech in 2012. After graduating Dr. McCourt completed a one year rotating small animal internship at The Hope Center for Advanced Veterinary Medicine in Vienna, Virginia. During this internship she furthered her knowledge in many areas of veterinary medicine such as emergency medicine, critical care, internal medicine, surgery, neurology, cardiology, ophthalmology, oncology, and general medicine.
Dr. McCourt first became interested in veterinary medicine when she began riding horses as a little girl. She was always interested in helping the vet when they came out to treat the animals and it was there that she discovered that becoming a veterinarian what what she wanted to do. While initially Dr. McCourt was planning on going into equine medicine, during veterinary school she realized her love for canine and feline medicine. Her interests are in emergency medicine and internal medicine as well as general and preventative medicine.
Dr. McCourt met both Dr. Hitt and Dr. C while working at a practice in Falls Church prior to her graduating from school and is thrilled to have been invited to become part of the M.V.P. family.
Her furry family includes a very energetic Australian Shepherd/Border Collie cross named Ellie and a Black Domestic Shorthair cat named Phoenix. In her free time she enjoys riding horses, spending time with her animals and her human family.