Dr. StricklandMichael Strickland, DVM, Diplomate, ABVP* (Canine and Feline Practice)

As a young boy growing up in Baltimore, MD, Dr. Michael Strickland knew animals were his passion.  Moving to beautiful Loudoun County in 1984 he worked with Dr. Jack Howard, his mentor who owned the original Leesburg Veterinary Hospital for 40 years.  Dr. Strickland’s dedication and integrity were modeled after Dr. Howards’, and he still continues to carry on the tradition of “Caring is what we do best” from one generation to the next.  The practice was purchased by Dr. Strickland in 1985.

Dr. Strickland attended the University of Maryland where he earned a B.S. in Animal Science in 1976. He was a member of the Alpha Zeta fraternity and Dairy Cattle Judging team. Dr. Strickland started working in a veterinary hospital when he was just 18. He then attended the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, where he graduated with his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1979. He was the recipient of the "Advanced Proficiency in Small Animal Veterinary Medicine" award.

To this day, Dr. Strickland said he enjoys "the variety of cases and meeting people and their pets".

Dr. Strickland is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Animal Hospital Association, the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, and the Northern Virginia Veterinary Medical Association. He is also a troop leader for Boy Scout Troop 711 and a member of the Blue Ridge Bible Church.

He has professional interests in general medicine, small animal reproduction and feline medicine.

Dr. Strickland and his wife have seven children and share their home with three dogs, four cats, and two horses. He has a passion for the outdoors whether it's hiking, canoeing, skiing, horseback riding or fishing with his sons.

* The American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP) was established in 1978 and is accredited by a special committee of the American Veterinary Medical Association to recognize excellence in clinical practice through the certification of species-oriented specialists. Dr. Strickland mastered a rigorous and demanding application process and certification examination in order to obtain Diplomate status. Today, Dr. Strickland is one of only 900 veterinarians worldwide who are certified in one of ABVP's ten practice categories.

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Dr. HenlyBetsy Henly, DVM

Dr. Betsy Henly, a general practitioner with Leesburg Veterinary Hospital since January 2012, grew up with a special understanding of the human/animal bond. "Our dogs were treated so well growing up that my best friend said she wanted to come back in her next life as one of our dogs," Dr. Henly said. "I've always understood the human/animal bond." She also raised two rabbits that had "homes all over the neighborhood."

Dr. Henly grew up in Orinda, California and attended the University of Kentucky at Lexington. She earned her undergraduate degree in International Geography in 1995 and was awarded two research awards from the Geography Department. After graduation, Dr. Henly worked in the stock market in San Francisco, but realized that career was not for her. She attended Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine, and graduated with her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2006. She was awarded six scholarships.

Dr. Henly is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Virginia Veterinary Medical Association, and the Loudoun Veterinary Medical Association. She has professional interests in wellness visits (especially for senior pets), nutrition, dermatology, internal medicine, ophthalmology, and dentistry.

She is the mother of two young girls, Kristin and Haley. Dr. Henly and her husband also share their home with Molly, an energetic 6 year old toy poodle. She enjoys cooking, doing home projects with her husband, swimming, gardening, and meeting new people.

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Dr. MelbergerKen Melberger, DVM

Born and raised in Northern Virginia, Dr. Ken Melberger wanted to become a veterinarian throughout his entire childhood. At the age of 9, he wrote a letter to his family's veterinarian asking about the profession and what it would take to become a great veterinarian. "I still have that note and I enjoy reading it from time to time - it reminds me that this career has truly been a lifelong passion for me" he said. His family's pets became his first patients and he hasn't looked back since.

Dr. Melberger attended the University of Virginia and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Biology in 1995. He was accepted into the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech and was awarded his DVM in 1999. He then went on to complete a challenging 1-year internship at the Angell Memorial Animal Hospital in Boston, MA. While there, he was exposed to a tremendous variety of medical, surgical and critical care patients. After beginning his career in private practice in Alexandria, he and his family moved to Loudoun County in 2008 and he worked at Ashburn Farm for seven years.

He is a member of American Veterinary Medical Association and has special interests in endocrinology, soft tissue surgery, dentistry and pain management. "Nowadays, we are so much more aware of pain in pets and have such a wide variety of tools at our disposal to help them live longer, more comfortable lives," he said. "I truly love the challenge of customizing a plan for each pet to feel better. Pet's problems, just like the pets themselves, are unique and each one needs to be treated differently".

He and his wife, Amy, have two young boys who keep them very busy these days. They share their home with two shelter cats, Louie and Twinkie as well as two rescued dogs - Rita, a terrier mix and Ziggy, a Golden Retriever. "As a pet owner myself, I know how stressful and scary it can be for a family when their pet is sick or injured. I try to keep that perspective in mind throughout my day at the hospital. I realize how important it is to take care of the entire family, not just their pet - compassion and communication are the keys." he says.

In his (rare) spare time, Dr. Melberger loves being outdoors, especially biking on the W&OD Trail. He has completed several 100-mile century rides and looks forward to the day that he can take his sons biking. He also enjoys exploring Loudoun County and experiencing all it has to offer. He continues to dream that his beloved Washington Redskins will somehow return to their former glory that he recalls from his youth.

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Dr. DunnRachael Dunn, DVM

Dr. Rachael Dunn is a native of Loudoun County, having grown up in Waterford, VA. Her passion for caring and healing was instantly second nature, and she constantly found herself rescuing small creatures as a child. Becoming an advocate for animals truly became her dream early on.

Dr. Dunn attended Virginia Tech and earned her Bachelor's degree in Animal science, Cum Laude. Her studies in Animal science were primarily directed towards large animals, which sparked her interest for mixed animal medicine. Dr. Dunn stayed in Blacksburg and attended Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine (Virginia Tech). During school, she was Vice President of her class, and an active member in community outreach projects.

Her special interests include small animal ophthalmology, pain management, end of life care, community outreach and mini pet livestock. She is currently an active member of the American Veterinary Medicine Association and Virginia Veterinary Medical Association. During 2015 she was a member of the board of directors for the Virginia Veterinary Association. Dr.Dunn is also an active member of the Mentor program at the VA-MD College of Veterinary Medicine for students. Through this program she is able to provide advice and support to upcoming young professionals in veterinary medicine.

She and her husband share a household with three dogs: Maddie, Tux, and Koda. In her spare him she enjoys playing soccer, running, traveling and cheering on the Virginia Tech Hokies!

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Dr. RockwellErin Rockwell, DVM

Dr. Erin Rockwell grew up in Buckingham County, Virginia, on her family’s beef cattle farm. Through agriculture, she developed a deep love for working with animals. She kept that passion alive while attending Virginia Tech, volunteering at on-campus livestock barns and working with a local trap-neuter-release program for feral cats. Dr. Rockwell received her bachelor’s degree in Animal and Poultry Sciences and then chose to stay in Blacksburg to pursue her DVM at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine.

After graduation, Dr. Rockwell moved to the Gulf coast of Florida where she worked at a small animal clinic for several years. She enjoyed working closely with local rescue groups and spending time at the local animal shelter, but missed the mountains of Virginia.

Dr. Rockwell is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the D.C. Academy of Veterinary Medicine. She likes helping pet owners understand preventative medicine, and has special interests in feline medicine, public health, and soft tissue surgery.

Dr. Rockwell and her husband share their home with Birdie, a lab mix rescued from the streets of Florida, and four rescue cats: Moses, Juniper, Hamlet, and Thibodeaux. When she’s not working, Dr. Rockwell loves to spend time outside. She likes to drag her husband into the mountains to hike, canoe, fish, and explore. When she can’t do that, she enjoys gardening and loves to cook. She also enjoys traveling and seeing different parts of the world, reading, and helping her parents on their farm.

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