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Dr. Mark Newman, A.B.V.P.
Dr. Newman is a New River Valley native who has been in practice for over 20 years. He is a graduate of the Virginia-Maryland Regional Veterinary College at Virginia Tech. He also earned his undergraduate degree from Virginia Tech.
Dr. Newman is the only Canine/ Feline Diplomate certified by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in private practice in the New River Valley. There are only 10 A.B.V.P. Canine/Feline Board Certified Specialists in the entire state of Virginia. Dr. Newman mastered a rigorous and demanding application process and certification examination in order to obtain Diplomate status. To qualify to sit for the extensive, two-day examination, a veterinarian must complete either a residency program or six years of clinical veterinary practice. Dr. Newman has been an American Board of Veterinary Practitioners Board Certified Specialist for over 10 years. He is extremely skilled and serves our patients as a General Practitioner. He enjoys cases of dermatology, cardiology, dentistry, orthopedics, and more. His greatest skill however lies in his ability to relate to every pet he treats as if it were his own.
Dr. Carol Hansen, D.V.M.
Dr. Carol Hansen (a.k.a. Carol Kern) has lived and worked in the New River Valley for the past 15 years. She obtained her B.A. degree from Hampshire College in Amherst, MA in 1990 and her D.V.M. from Virginia Tech in 1995. Her specialties include animal behavior consultations and nutrition programs for whole health including weight loss, preventative medicine, and disease management. She is interested in wellness for a pets whole life: pediatrics, adult, and geriatrics. She also has a special interest in dermatology and neurology. Her patients include canines, felines, and exotics. Dr. Hansen enjoys living and working in the Radford community and the NRV.
She uses her skills and compassion to keep your four legged friends happy and healthy. Fer favorite part of her job is taking part in improving the bond between her clients and their pets. She believes she has the greatest job in the world because she gets to work with animals and the people who love them every day.
Dr. Hansen has a husband named Jim and two children names Sarah and Jason. They share their house with four rescue animals: one hound dog named Shelby, and two cats named Annie and Autumn, and a bearded dragon named Commander. Her other interests include: spending time with her family hiking or camping, walking her dog, or curling up with her cats and a good book.
Favorite Quote: "Happiness is Wanting What You Have." Unknown
Mandi has been with Radford Animal Hospital since 1999. She is married with a beautiful daughter and a handsome son. Her hobbies include cooking, gardening, and VA Tech football. Mandi is a volunteer for DARE Doberman Rescue. She is also very active in her church.
Mandi's favorite quote:
"You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help enough other people get want they want." ZIG ZIGLAR
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Julie Sutherland, L.V.T.
Lead Veterinary Technician; Licensed Veterinary Technician
Julie is a graduate of Radford University with a B.S. in Biology and Chemistry. She graduated in 2007 from Blue Ridge Community College with an A.A.S. in Veterinary Technology and obtained her LVT (Licensed Veterinary Technician). Julie recently became certified as a personal trainer. As an LVT Julie is a highly skilled member of our team. Julie has been with Radford Animal Hospital since June of 2007 and currently holds the position of head technician. Dentistry and surgery are her special areas of interest. Julie is married, has a beautiful daughter, and a dog named Ariann.
Julie is a member of VA Association of Licensed Veterinary Technicians and in her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family and friends and outdoor activities. She also enjoys running, sports, VT football, and hiking.
Julies Favorite Quotes:
"Live well, smile often, and love much" (Anonymous)
"God give us the serenity to accept what cannot be changed,
give us the courage to change what should be changed,
give us the wisdom to distinguish one from the other"
Rhiannon Watson, L.V.T.
Licensed Veterinary Technician
Rhiannon has been with Radford Animal Hospital since July of 2007. She is a graduate of Radford University with a B.S. in Biology and recently graduated from Penn Foster College with an A.A.S. in Veterinary Technology and became a Licensed Veterinary Technician. Rhiannon got her start in the animal field with 5 years of experience in numerous aspects of the Humane Society including bottle raising over 2 dozen infant kittens and puppies.
Rhiannon married her wonderful husband Matthew in 2012 and in January 2015 she welcomed her son Liam. They share their home with one wonderful pit bull named Posy and 5 cats (Gordon, Carol, Muffin, Andy, and Winkerbell); some with special needs. She is interested in the management of seizure disorders and the special needs cases as she manages them in her own home everyday. She is an avid cat lover. In her spare time Rhiannon loves to read and enjoys outdoor activities.
Rhiannon's Favorite Quotes: "It is of great virtue to love a small creature"-anonymous "Save lives, Spay and Neuter."
Sarah came to Radford Animal Hospital in July of 2009. She grew up in Lynchburg, Va and graduated from E.C. Glass high school where she began working as a veterinary technician when she was 16 years old. She also lived and worked on the Outer Banks of North Carolina for a few years but decided she missed the mountains too much and came to Radford.
Sarah shares her home with her husband Zach and her rag tag team of fur children. She has a pit bull named Bing and a miniature pincher mix named Homer. They also have 5 cats: Shrub, Puff N' Stuff, Peepers, Big nose, and Paul. In her free time Sarah loves gardening, hiking, geocaching, crafting, and enjoys amateur astronomy.
Sarah's Favorite Quotes: "I am driven by two main philosophies, know more today about the world than I knew yesterday. And lessen the suffering of others. You'd be surprised how far that gets you." - Neil DeGrasse Tyson
"Bodies come and go, cast off like old cloth, but the soul is never born, nor does it die." Sri K. Pattabhi Jois
Mary Kate Metch
Mary Kate came to Radford Animal Hospital in May 2015. She obtained her BS at James Madison University and her masters degree at Virginia Tech. She has aspirations of going on to Vet School. She shares her home with her husband Jake, a coonhound named Sadie, and a border collie/shepherd/lab mix named Tucker. in her spare time she enjoys hiking, kayaking, snowboarding, and gardening.
Jackie is a recent resident of the New River Valley, having moved here in 2013. She has been working with animals since she was very young. She has previous experience working at a Doggie Daycare in Illinois, as well as Petco in Wytheville; She also spent a lot of her younger years volunteering at animal rescues in her free time. Most recently she had been working at Staples but realized her true calling was to be around animals so she joined our team in January of 2016.
In the past, Jackie has owned a snake, hamsters, birds, cats and dogs. Though at home currently, she has a three-legged dog named Chance and a Cat named Dashi (which means Fish Ramen Soup).
Karen is our incredible Kennel Manager. She has been with Radford Animal Hospital since July of 2007 and has many prior years in patient care. Karen truly looks at the pets she cares for like they were her own. She is a graduate of Bishop Hafey High School in Hazelton, PA.
Karen has two daughters April and Heather, both of which also work in the animal care field. She shares her home with her boxer named Brody. In her spare time Karen enjoys reading and going on long walks.
Karen's Favorite Quote: "Be ready to help everyone because you may need their help sometime"
Megan came to Radford Animal Hospital in November 2014. She volunteered / worked at Pet Centre Animal Hospital from the age of 9 before coming to RAH. She attends Radford University as a social work major with a minor in peace studies. She three dogs; a shih tzu named Poppy, a doberman named Dino, and a cavalier King Charles named PB. She also has two rats. In her spare time Megan enjoys taking her dogs to the dog park, painting, and hiking.
Heather started grooming while working at Radford Animal Hosptial in January of 2005. She returned to us in December 2013. Heather is a Certified Pet Groomer and Hygienist. Her work experience includes a high-end doggie spa and resort in Portland, OR. While in Portland Heather became one of only 2 groomers in the state to be endorsed by the National Goldendoodle Society. She has groomed for the pets of NBA Players, Musicians, and Members of the government.
Heather is very excited to be back with us at Radford Animal Hospital. She is the proud parent of one mixed breed dog named Buck, two cats; A Siamese mix named Maybel and a Spynx named Fern. She also has two horses and a pig.