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Years in Practice: 11
Education: Western College of Veterinary Medicine, Saskatoon SK
I was born in Ontario and raised in the beautiful west coast of Canada. My veterinary schooling was done at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan--one of the coldest places on earth, as far as I am concerned. After I met my husband, Michael, I chose to move to his part of the world--Ruckersville, Virginia. We have two great (and very busy) children and one other Saskatoon transplant: Maggie the cat. Fejit, the cat, is a more recent addition to the family as are the dogs Milo and Pippa. We also share our lives with chickens, goats and a few thousand honey bees.
Animals have always played a central role in my life and I expect that they always will. I grew up on a hobby farm with horses, sheep, chickens, ducks and donkeys. I can't remember a time when there were no animals to feed or groom or otherwise look after. I have volunteered for wildlife rehabilitation groups, worked in kennels and shelters and helped establish rescue organizations. I studied both large and small animal practice in veterinary college but have focused on small animal medicine and surgery since graduation.
I try to offer options that clients can manage--both financially and emotionally. I will do my best to communicate what choices are available as far as treatments and preventative medicine and work with owners to choose the best plan possible for their pet.
Dr. Leah Monohan
Sara is our Licensed Veterinary Technician and has a passion for cytology and dental cleanings! You will find Sara assisting our doctors during your pet's visit to the office and she also oversees the care for our hospitalized and surgical patients during their time here at the clinic.
Heather is our client relations specialist and is typically the first one to greet you on the phone and when you come in for your appointment.
Elise is the clinic Office Manager. She graduated from Delaware Valley College with a degree in Zoo Science. Born and raised in Earlysville, VA, Elise has come back to central Virginia to live. She interned at several zoos across the country including working with two elephants at Little Rock Zoo in Arkansas.
A passion for training animals from the mundane to the unconventional has led Elise to training a wide range of species including pigs, chickens, goats, sheep, horses, elephants, giraffes, rhinos, okapi, primates, lizards, birds, cats and, of course, many dogs. Dogs started the training obsession and led her to the current hobby of dog agility. She actively competes with several dogs in dog agility and recently added a Kooikerhondje puppy to start training in agility.
When not at the agility field, Elise is usually out hiking with the three dogs she lives with or teaching them new tricks.
Pam is a part-time Veterinary Assistant who lives with a much loved menagerie. Pam helps keep the books straight and appointments running. When she's not helping at the clinic or working her full-time job she is enjoying her cats and dogs and garden in Louisa.