Meet Our Veterinary Team in Virginia Beach, VA
Looking for an experienced, compassionate, highly skilled veterinary team to take care of your best friend? At the Veterinary Hospital of Virginia Beach, we’re all of the above, and more. Our veterinary team has extensive experience and a deep commitment to helping pets and their people live their best lives together. Get to know more about our interesting and talented team.
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Since 2003, I have been with Veterinary Hospital of Virginia Beach (previously Animal Care Clinic). My passion is to provide the highest standard of medical care for your pets. I see your pets as members of your family, and I am committed to delivering compassionate care. In addition to helping dogs and cats, I enjoy working with exotic pets (turtles, birds, iguanas, fish, snakes, ferrets, geckos, chameleons, just to name a few). During your pet’s examination, I work hard to get to know them and help you establish a vaccination and treatment plan, based on your pet’s individual needs. If your pet is sick, I will be there to go over your treatment options and offer the best treatment plan to make your pet feel better.
Before founding the Veterinary Hospital of Virginia Beach, I had the privilege of treating animals in many other settings. I am one of only a few veterinarians to receive a Cancer Research Training Award from the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health. As a Postdoctoral Fellow, I was part of a team that studied and developed a cure for an inherited form of cancer in dogs. A similar cancer occurs in children and was always fatal until we developed this cure using bone marrow transplants.
I also have had the opportunity to work with marine mammals, including dolphins, manatees, sharks, and sting-rays, as well as sloths and toucans during my time as a Research Fellow with Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute.
Most recently, I completed a Master of Science degree from the University of Florida in Veterinary Forensic Sciences. I am also a Veteran of the United States Army Reserve, Veterinary Corps. While I was a veterinary student, I took the opportunity to take special training in treating cancer at the University of Wisconsin and North Carolina State University, as well as zoo animal medicine at the San Francisco Zoo.