Our newest staff member, Amber, is a local girl who grew up in Radford and moved to Blacksburg in 2005. She has one child, a son in his early 20’s. Amber has been a vegetarian since December 1998. Her hobbies are: cooking, crocheting, painting, along with almost any other craft, and running a makeshift soup kitchen for the neighborhood cats.
In March of 2014 Amber’s best friend, thirteen-year-old liver-spotted Dalmatian, Androphonos, passed away from complications from cancer. Drophy was more human than dog and is missed every moment of the day. Dealing with the grief of losing a beloved pet has given Amber a new appreciation for the animals that fill her life from day-to-day. Whether it be here at work, where she gets to meet some amazing pets and people, or at home where she lives with rescue pit bull, Bray, and rescue kitties, Archer and Battle, Amber is always glad to be making a difference.
Some of my clients have watched Laurel grow up in her mom’s vet practice! Laurel has helped her mom for 14 years, she likes to tell clients! That would make her the “oldest” employee. She can do practically everything in the practice by now. Her first love is her Tennessee walking horse, Old Red, and training her jumper, Lakota. She loves her riding lessons at Harmony Hills, trail riding and horse shows. She is also skilled in tap dancing, art, and cross country skiing.
Numerous veterinary students have spent time in our practice and we wish to thank them. We have hosted students from Germany, Poland, Japan, and the Netherlands. Also we have had many preceptors from VA Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, Ross University, Mississippi State University, and North Carolina State University.
“We wish the best of luck to Angela Robson, Pat Graves, Dr. Marlice Vonck, Vanessa Parks, and Arielle Mesa for their contributions to the practice and its mission of providing natural healthcare for animals.”