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Meet Our Team of Veterinarians

At Leesburg Veterinary Hospital, we boast a team of exceptional veterinarians who are not only skilled in their craft but dedicated to what they do. Each one has their own talents and special interests that help us serve every pet who comes through our doors. Take some time to read about us online and schedule an appointment to meet us in person!

Interested in joining our fantastic team? We're always on the lookout for talented, compassionate people. Please inquire about any open positions and submit your resume via email to info@leesburgvet.com.

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Michael 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."

Memberships & Special Interests:

American Veterinary Medical Association, American Animal Hospital Association, American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, Northern Virginia Veterinary Medical Association

Interests include general medicine, small animal reproduction, and feline medicine

Other Interests:

Troop leader for Boy Scout Troop 711, Member of the Blue Ridge Bible Church

Passion for the outdoors, whether hiking, canoeing, skiing, horseback riding, or fishing with his sons

Extra Nuggets:

He and his wife have seven children and share their home with three dogs, four cats, and two horses.

Veterinarians in Leesburg: Ken Melberger DVM

Ken 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.

Memberships & Special Interests:

American Veterinary Medical Association

Interests in endocrinology, soft tissue surgery, dentistry, and pain management

Other Interests: 

Being outdoors, especially biking on the W&OD Trail, exploring Loudoun County, the Washington Redskins

Extra Nuggets:

He and his wife, Amy, have two young boys who keep them very busy these days!

His family also shares their home with two shelter cats, Louie and Twinkie, as well as two rescue dogs, Rita, a terrier mix and Ziggy, a Golden Retriever.

Veterinarian in Leesburg: Betsy Henly DVM

Betsy 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.

Memberships & Special Interests

American Veterinary Medical Association, Member of Virginia Veterinary Medical Association, Member of Loudoun Veterinary Medical Association

Fear Free Certified

Interest in dentistry, nutrition, dermatology, internal medicine, and ophthalmology

Other Interests: 

Cooking and football season

Extra Nuggets:

She and her husband have three children: Kristin, Haley, and Walker.

Her family also includes a Toy Poodle, Molly, and a cat, Nala.

Veterinarians in Leesburg: Erin Rockwell DVM

Erin 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.

Memberships & Special Interests:

American Veterinary Medical Association, Virginia Veterinary Medical Association, and the Loudoun County Veterinary Medical Association

Fear Free Certified Professional

Special love for soft tissue surgery and feline medicine

Enjoys helping pet owners understand preventative medicine

Other interests:

Gardening, practicing to be a sommelier, cooking, traveling the world, reading, getting outdoors, and getting sunburned

Extra nuggets:

Dr. Rockwell has a love/hate relationship with running, and love/love relationship for her favorite cat, Moses.

Veterinarians in Leesburg: Rachel Nuzzo DVM

Rachel Nuzzo, DVM

Dr. Rachael E. Nuzzo grew up in the small town of Frostburg, Maryland. Surrounded by mountains and spending her summers at Deep Creek Lake, she developed a love for taking care of her family's animals, whether they were calves, horses, cats or dogs.

Dr. Nuzzo graduated from Virginia Tech in 2007 with two Bachelor of Science degrees: one in Dairy Science and one in Animal and Poultry Science. Subsequently, she graduated with her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2011 from the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech. Throughout her education, she was awarded many scholarships and awards, but most notably she received grants to travel to both Africa and India while working on behalf of Virginia Tech.

Dr. Nuzzo began her professional career at a small animal hospital in Franklin County while her husband practiced as an Estate Planning Attorney in Roanoke. In 2012, they moved to Winchester where she worked as a full-time emergency veterinarian. She found that she missed general practice and returned to it shortly thereafter by taking a job with a multi-doctor animal hospital in Stephens City, Virginia.  She worked at that hospital full-time for six years while occasionally doing relief work at emergency clinics. In the spring of 2019, she joined Leesburg Veterinary Hospital and looks forward to meeting and serving many new patients and clients.

Memberships & Special Interests:

American Veterinary Medical Association, Virginia Veterinary Medical Association

Director for the Shenandoah Valley, Board of Virginia Veterinary Medical Association

Interests in internal medicine, critical care, ultrasound, and preventative medicine

Other Interests:

Traveling, running, dancing, enjoying time with friends

Extra Nuggets:

She and her husband, Ryan, have four amazing dogs: Rocko Nacho Taco (Beagle), Fiona (Beagle/Hound mix), Philly Lilly (mix unknown), and Appy (Terrier mix).

They also have three poorly behaved cats: El Tigre, Lilly the Cat, and Kitty Purry

All their pets are rescues in some shape or form!

Alyssa Homyk DVM

Alyssa Homyk, DVM

Dr. Homyk attended the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. While in vet school, she volunteered for many TNR (trap, neuter, release) events. Dr. Homyk strives to provide a low-stress and positive experience for every patient to give them the best care possible and build a stronger bond with pets and their families. She and her fiance have a furry and feathered family that includes a white Boxer named Bacchus, a Chihuahua named Chloe, a Shar Pei mix named Mozart, a cat named Sox, and two budgies. 

Memberships & Special Interests:

American Veterinary Medical Association and Virginia Veterinary Medical Association

Fear Free Certified Professional

Passionate about animal behavior and canine reproduction

Other interests:

Hiking, weight-lifting, yoga, horseback riding, reading fantasy and thriller novels, and playing video games (such as Zelda)

Extra nuggets:

Dr. Homyk is a former percussionist and spent 8 years marching in a drumline in high school and at Virginia Tech (Go Hokies!)

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Best vet in Loudoun! The staff here are just outstanding! Every doctor here is super knowledgeable and caring toward your pet. I was invited in the back on one of my visits and they keep the hospital immaculate. I would never go anywhere else!

My animals have been going to see Dr. Melburger for many years. The staff is also amazing. You can tell that they truly love animals as well and it’s not just a job for them. I would recommend this office to anyone.

I cannot say enough kind words about this place. Leesburg Veterinarian has a lifetime client here. Thank you again!

The entire team at LVH works hard to provide excellent care to my pets. Dr. Strickland and his team have been there for my pets for 20 years; from adoption to end of life. I highly recommend them.

I absolutely love Leesburg Veterinary Hospital. It is more than worth it for me to drive the 30 minutes to get there. Thank you guys soooo very much. You are phenomenal!

We just had our first happy visit and it was the most wonderful experience. The staff made us feel so welcome and just let us sit on floor and wander around. They truly care about their patients and about making them feel comfortable. I have recommend them to all of my friends for their animals and they are all as equally impressed as I am.

Visited Leesburg veterinary hospital when I wanted a second opinion and access to better technology. I am grateful for the peace of mind and although it is a bit of a drive I think I will be returning for regular care. Can't say thanks enough!

The staff and doctors were awesome and treated us with the upmost respect. They treat your pets like family and have all the concerns to treat them in a safe and healthy manor. Dr. Henly was Awesome!!!

I have been taking all my animals to the Leesburg Vet Hospital for forever!! I absolutely recommend them to ANYONE looking for a new vet!

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