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Pender Veterinary Centre

4001 Legato Road | Fairfax, VA 22033

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Call 703-665-9043
Monday 7:00am - 9:30pm
Tuesday 7:00am - 9:30pm
Wednesday 7:00am - 9:30pm
Thursday 7:00am - 9:30pm
Friday 7:00am - 9:30pm
Saturday 7:00am - 6:00pm
Sunday 12:00pm - 5:00pm
  • 24-hour Emergency & Critical Care
  • Extended appointment hours
  • Cutting-edge diagnostic equipment
  • Care Credit accepted
  • Compassion, Integrity, and Quality
  • 24-Hour Vet
  • Animal Boarding
  • Animal Daycare
  • Animal Flea Control
  • Animal Grooming
  • Animal Microchipping
  • Bird Vet
  • Declawing
  • Small Animal Vet
  • Spaying/Neutering
  • Veterinarians
  • Veterinary Dentistry
  • Veterinary Euthanasia
  • Veterinary House Calls
  • Veterinary Medical Specialties
  • Veterinary Surgery
  • Veterinary Vaccinations

Description

The Pender Veterinary Centre is our general practice at Pender, where dogs and cats can receive the best in surgical, routine and diagnostic care from our esteemed team of 27 veterinarians. Whether you’re bringing your kitten in for a routine check-up or you’re interested in learning more about oral surgery procedures that could benefit your dog, your companion animals receive the highest standard of care from the veterinarians, nurses and technicians at Pender Veterinary Centre.

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Pender Veterinary Centre

Pender Veterinary Centre

Friendly and inviting receptionists

Friendly and inviting receptionists

Cutting-edge full-service hospital

Cutting-edge full-service hospital

State-of-the-art surgery suites and capabilities, including laser surgery and endoscopy

State-of-the-art surgery suites and capabilities, including laser surgery and endoscopy

One of our 6 comfortable exam rooms

One of our 6 comfortable exam rooms

Fully-stocked and sercured in-house pharmacy

Fully-stocked and sercured in-house pharmacy

Pender Pet Memorial Park and dog walk area

Pender Pet Memorial Park and dog walk area

Quick, in-house diagnostic laboratory

Quick, in-house diagnostic laboratory

Secure infectious disease isolation suite

Secure infectious disease isolation suite

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Dr. Julie Brown

Dr. Julie Brown

"It is an amazing feeling when you can help improve an animal's comfort - whether in day-to-day life or after a critical illness - but it is just as rewarding to see the smile and look of relief on an owner's face."

Professional Interests:
Emergency and Critical Care, Internal Medicine, Tissue Surgery, Ultrasonography, Preventative Medicine.
Personal Interests:
Traveling and spending time with my 3 big dogs - Ben, Skyler, and Wyatt and 2 cats - Herb and Humboldt.
Education:
DVM from Cornell University

"Growing up, we always had a dog, but one particular made a special impact. Toby was our second golden retriever and the best family dog we could ask for. At 6 years old, she was diagnosed with lymphoma. Luckily, we had pet insurance, which made it easier to afford chemotherapy and keep the cancer in remission for quite a while. Seeing how her veterinarian helped to improve her quality of life reinforced my desire to do the same for other families."

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Dr. Suzanne Cavadel

Dr. Suzanne Cavadel

Professional Interests:
Emergency Medicine
Personal Interests:
In her spare time, she enjoys canine agility training, exotic pets, folk guitar and doing relief work in Central America.
Education:
Dr. Cavadel is a graduate of Cornell University's veterinary college.

While Dr. Cavadel's love of animals has led her to caring for zoo animals in Philadelphia and Palm Beach as well as primates, parrots and other wildlife in Costa Rica, her primary love is emergency medicine. She has worked in intensive care and trauma centers in New York, Pennsylvania and Florida and brings with her more than 10 years of animal care experience.

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Dr. Liz Choca

Dr. Liz Choca

Professional Interests:

Emergency Medicine, Surgery, Exotics
Personal Interests:
Soccer/Futbol, Sports, Speaking Spanish, Business, and spending time with my two kitties, "Gazpacho" and "Koi"
Education:
BA in Biology with Minor in Spanish from The University of Pennsylvania
VMD from The University of Pennsylvania

I grew up in downtown Chicago right next to the Lincoln Park Zoo which has free admission at all times so I got early exposure to the wildlife despite living in a city. I started volunteering at the Anti-Cruelty Society, a larger shelter in Chicago, when I was 13 years old and have been hooked in on the profession every since. I remember watching Emergency Vets on Animal Planet at a young age and thinking, "That could be me." Here I am years later with the perfect job, getting to do what I love everyday.

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Dr. Jody Clarke

Dr. Jody Clarke

“Why did I become a veterinarian? Well, after a number of years in academia, I wanted to do something ‘real.’ Every 3-year-old knows exactly what an animal doctor is, why you should be one and easily understands the value of it. I wanted to work in a job that was that easily understandable and that valuable."
Professional Interests:
Internal Medicine, Feline Medicine, Geriatrics
Personal Interests:
Hiking, Gardening, Baking, Reading
Education:
BS in zoology from Duke University, MS in marine biology from Boston University, DVM from Virginia Tech
I grew up on a sheep farm in what used to be rural Howard County, Maryland. Now, I live in Arlington with my husband, two teenage children, my collie-shepherd cross, Iko, and 2 cats, Maho and Wisp.

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Dr. Patrick Denney

Dr. Patrick Denney

“My philosophy is basically to treat everyone like I’d want to be treated – and to treat every pet as if it were my own.”
Professional Interests:

All aspects of Surgery/Soft Tissue and Ovopedics , Rehabilitation Medicine, Human-Animal bond, Pediatrics/Juvenile Diseases, Internal Medicine, and Endocrine Diseases.
Personal Interests:
Running (I am aiming for a 50-miler next year!), Golf and Frisbee
Education:
DVM from Iowa State
My family and I share our lives with four cats: Reagon, Molly, Merlin and Sabrina, and two Chincoteague ponies: Rosie and Curly

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Dr. Julia Finlayson

Dr. Julia Finlayson

"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened." (Anatole France) I feel extremely lucky to know that love. Sharing that bond with my clients and their furry loved ones, through the art of healing, is the most rewarding work I can imagine doing. Simply put, animals make me happy!
Professional Interests:

Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine, Feline Medicine, and teaching Kitten Care classes at Pender
Personal Interests:
When she’s not working, you’ll likely find this Ohio State grad hiking, biking, swimming, playing co-ed volleyball or in a yoga class
Education:
BS in Zoology from Ohio State University, DVM from Ohio State University
"Growing up we had a Basset named Danke that found herself in the family way when I was in grade school. When the time came my mom called the school's principal and he rushed into the classroom to tell me to hurry home to see the pups being born. I saw the whole miracle unfold right there in the kitchen! Every day I got up early to care for the puppies and Danke. I knew then and there that helping animals was what I wanted to do."

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Dr. Jennifer Heatherly

Dr. Jennifer Heatherly

“My inspiration for being a veterinarian came from seeing the lost and injured animals after a natural disaster – I wanted to be able to help them.”
Professional Interests:
Internal Medicine, Feline Medicine and Dermatology
Personal Interests:
Running, traveling, enjoying live music, and spending time with her 2 dogs Winnie and Eloise, and 2 cats Gabby and Greta
Education:
B.S. in Zoology, DVM from University of Georgia
"The most rewarding part of my job is getting to know all the quirks and individual traits of each pet, from the kitten or puppy stage and beyond."

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Dr. Peter Hyatt

Dr. Peter Hyatt

"When I was 7 years old, I was out raking leaves with my family when our dog, Ben, was struck by a passing truck. My father, a physician, placed Ben and me in the station wagon, gave me a stethescope and rushed off to the veterinarian’s office. I learned two things that day (1) I would someday be a vet, and (2) - Mr. Goodman drives way too fast."

Professional Interests:
Surgery, Dentistry, Ultrasonography, Reproduction, Oncology, and, of course, Emergency Medicine
Personal Interests:
Education:
BS in animal science from Cornell, DVM from Tufts University

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Dr. Mark Johnson

Dr. Mark Johnson

"I have been passionately pursuing my love of veterinary medicine since I was 10 years old. Dr. Don Powell and I became partners when we were both young doctors. We had a mission. We wanted to improve veterinary medicine and we wanted to offer the best care possible for pets in our care. I’d like to think that we accomplished both.”

Professional Interests:
Soft Tissue Surgery and Theriogenology. Dr. Johnson helped found the "Pets On Wheels," which provides pet visits to nursing homes throughout the state of Virginia. He also serves on the Board of Clinical Practice at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine.
Personal Interests:
Dr. Johnson enjoys spending time with his family, farming and fishing. He enjoys the company of his pets, which include horses and his dogs "Bishop," "Howard," and "Martin." He is also very active in his church and in his community.
Education:
Dr. Johnson graduated from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1969.

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Dr. Priscilla Joyner

Dr. Priscilla Joyner

Professional Interests:

• Small mammal medicine,
• Raptor medicine and surgery,
• Local and global wildlife conservation,
• Wildlife health
Personal Interests:
• Scuba Diving
* Hiking with my dog, Chewey
* Traveling to new places– 20 countries and counting!
Education:
BSc in Zoology from Iowa State University BVMS from University of Glasgow, Scotland, UK, Internship in Zoo and Wildlife Medicine at Oklahoma State University and Tulsa Zoo &Living Museum, Residency in Zoo and Wildlife Medicine at Wildlife Center of Virginia and University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

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Dr. James Lupton

Dr. James Lupton

The most rewarding part of my job is helping owners maintain a strong and healthy human-animal bond.

Professional Interests:
Ultrasound, Internal Medicine
Personal Interests:
Soccer, weightlifting, college basketball
Education:
Pets:
My cat, Raul, and my ferret, Quagmire
Childhood Pets:
My family cat, Big Orange, was special because of his unique personality and loving attitude. He was part of my inspiration to become a veterinarian.
Favorite Quote:
"We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals." - Immual Kant
Recommended Website:
Indoorpet.osu.edu -- A very informative website about common indoor pet issues, with advice and tips for owners.

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Dr. Brian Lynch

Dr. Brian Lynch

The most rewarding part of my job is the relationship that develops between myself, the client,and their animal.

Professional Interests:
Internal Medicine, Surgery, Dermatology, Ultrasound
Personal Interests:
Weightlifting, sports, outdoor activities, traveling
Education:
Childhood Pets:
My favorite childhood pets include a dog named Vala, a cat named Homer, and another cat named Tabby.
The people that have played a crucial role in my pursuit toward veterinary medicine include my beautiful wife Emily, Mom, Dad, Matt, Kellie, and my mentor, Dr. Mike. The event that inspired me to achieve excellence in veterinary medicine was the passing of my childhood cat, Homer.
Books I recommend:
Tell Me Where it Hurts
Websites I recommend:
The Indoor Cat Initiative by The Ohio State University

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Dr. Kelley McDonald

Dr. Kelley McDonald

Professional Interests:
Exotic Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Critical Care, and Senior Pet Care
Personal Interests:
Swing Dancing, running and Community Service. I love volunteering my time at the local nursing homes bringing dance and mobility back into the lives of the elderly or just watching them cuddle with my therapy cats "ki tkat" and "hunter"
Education:
BS in Biology from Auburn University, DVM from Tuskegee University

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Dr. Andrea Milam

Dr. Andrea Milam

Professional Interests:
Soft Tissue Surgery, Dermatology and Preventative Medicine.
Personal Interests:
Spending time with my family and friends as well as exploring new places with my husband and dog, Amos. Also, baking, reading and traveling.
Education:
BS in Biology from Virginia Tech and DVM from Michigan State.
Ever since I could remember, I have always wanted a dog. My father was in the military, and we traveled overseas, so it was not until we settled in Virginia that we got a dog. His name was Boomer, and he was a stray that a co-worker of my mother's picked up on the side of a highway. Sadly, he passed away from cancer at the age of 8. Abbey was our next dog and she currently enjoys spending time sleeping and eating (of course she is a true Lab). Along the way I also picked up two rabbits, Whitmore and Gladys, as well as a Basset Hound/Boxer mix that came from a prison program in Michigan. His name is Amos.

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Dr. Donna Piercy

Dr. Donna Piercy

"I took an Oath many years ago to provide protection of animal health and relieve animal suffering. My goal to this day has never changed. Whether it is through practicing the best medicine possible or by teaching members of my profession how to improve their skills, I constantly strive to improve the quality of life for all our pets."

Professional Interests:
The training and development of the people which make our profession so unique and special.
Focus toward preventative medicine.
Personal Interests:
Enjoys many outdoor activities such as walking, snow skiing, hiking and camping and gardening.
Enjoys spending time with family, friends and her numerous pets.
Keeps busy with her teenage son's school activities and his Sporting Clay competitions.
Education:
BS (Bachelor of Science) from West Virginia University
DVM (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine) from University of Georgia
Dr. Piercy's career includes small and large animal practice experience. She has conducted workshops on communication and leadership skills, practice management and human resource issues, coaching and mentoring challenges at various veterinary and technician schools and colleges, and national and local veterinary conferences. Dr. Piercy has written manuals and online training programs for organizations such as Cornerstone(IDEXX), AVMA (NCVEI), and various Veterinary Technician schools and programs. She has also worked on management teams at corporations such as Hill's Pet Nutrition, IDEXX Laboratories, Hartz Mountain and PetsMart Veterinary Services. Dr. Piercy's focus on the communication of preventative care is a voice for improving total pet wellness and quality of life.

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Dr. Donald Powell

Dr. Donald Powell

“Why haven’t you retired yet, Dr. Powell?” The simple answer is: I love my profession and enjoy working with a wonderful animal medical health care team. I wanted to be a veterinarian as a young farm boy; and I’ve been blessed to achieve that goal, so why stop?
Professional Interests:
Veterinary Hospital Management, Internal Medicine, Dermatology, and Wellness Care
Personal Interests:
My wife Rita, church, tennis, singing, traveling, NCAA basketball, and “Holli” & “Troli”
Education:
BA in Biology and Chemistry—University of Delaware DVM (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine) from Cornell University

Raised on a farm in southern Delaware, I was surrounded by many types of animals. The two that really grabbed my heart were a rat terrier named Nicky that I received on my 6th birthday and a Chincoteague pony named Jiffy that my parents gave to me when I was 10. Nicky was about 15 lbs.—loyal, with the “heart” of a lion. Jiffy lived up to her name in speed (I always rode her bareback). If she was alive today and I jumped on her back, she would arch her neck and prance with pride.

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Dr. Grant Richards

Dr. Grant Richards

“I’ve wanted to be a veterinarian for as long as I can remember – I think it goes back to all the Dr. Dolitte books I read as a kid.”
Professional Interests:

Emergency/Critical Care, Internal Medicine
Personal Interests:
Running Marathons, Reading, Following the New Orleans Saints and Florida State Seminoles
Education:
BS in biological science from Florida State, DVM from Cornell

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Dr. Natacha Simpkins

Dr. Natacha Simpkins

Professional Interests:

Internal Medicine and General Surgery, Geriatric Medicine and Dermatology
Personal Interests:
Spending Time with my Family, Hiking, Reading, Traveling, Taking French Courses and Home Improvement Projects

Education:
BA from Oberlin College and DVM from Cornell University
I decided to become a veterinarian as an adult. Growing up, my family was medically oriented with both parents involved in human health care. My sister became a physician. It was only fitting that I major in Biology as an undergraduate. I decided to pursue a career in veterinary medicine after internships working with animals from the International Crane Foundation in Baraboo, WI, and then the Smithsonian's Conservation and Research Center in Front Royal, VA. I love getting to know clients and following their pets through all of their life stages. I enjoy the challenge of caring for animals by solving medical and surgical puzzles that can be quite complex when they are ill. It is a privilege to be part of such a great profession.

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Dr. Jaclyn Sites

Dr. Jaclyn Sites

"This additional year of training and experience allowed me to gather more in-depth knowledge of trauma care as well as soft tissue surgery, orthopedic surgery and physical therapy. I really love emergency medicine and am delighted to be a part of Pender's prestigious medical team."
Professional Interests:
Emergency Medicine
Personal Interests:
When she's not taking care of animals or helping clients better understand pet care, you might find her out running, riding a horse, snowboarding, surfing or enjoying music.
Education:
After graduating from the veterinary college at Mississippi State, Dr. Sites did an additional year’s internship in emergency and critical care at the Regional Veterinary Referral Center in Springfield, VA.

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Dr. Elissa Thorndike

Dr. Elissa Thorndike

"My dad is a veterinarian. I still remember the day when he said he needed MY help. I was about six year old. His practice was just around the corner. Before I knew it he handed me a little bundle of lifeless flesh. It was a tiny newborn pup still in its birth sac. My hands trembled. He quickly showed me exactly what to do and before I knew it, a tiny puppy began to squirm and cry in my hands. I thought he was a magician…. and then I knew that I wanted to be a magician, too."

Professional Interests:
Preventative and Geriatric medicine, soft tissue surgery, dentistry and of course Sighthounds!
Personal Interests:
Playing with my beautiful 2-legged and 4-legged family members – and the special 3-legged pets who are amputees/survivors.
Education:
BS in Geography, University of Delaware; DVM (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine) from Colorado State University; Intern at South Paws Veterinary Referral Center
"My most interesting case was a pet that had eaten some Gorilla Glue. That stuff is really dangerous. It apparently tastes very sweet, but the glue forms a “cast” of sorts in the pet’s stomach. Very nasty!"

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Dr. Jamie Torres

Dr. Jamie Torres

Professional Interests:
Reptile Medicine and Surgery; Aquarium Fish; Amphibian Medicine; Zoo Animal Medicine
Personal Interests:
In my free time I enjoy running, reading, and spending time with my husband, my dog, my ferret, and my bearded dragon.
Education:
Bachelor's Degree in Wildlife Management and Biology from Northland College(1999) DVM from University of Minnesota (2007)

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Dr. Heather Vaught

Dr. Heather Vaught

"Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life." -Confucius
Professional Interests:
Emergency medicine, Internal medicine, Oncology, Shelter medicine, Wildlife medicine
Personal Interests:
Hiking and backpacking, swimming, pet therapy, cooking, reading, traveling
Education:
BS in Neuroscience from College of William and Mary
DVM from Cornell University
I had several "pocket pets" (hamsters and gerbils) growing up as well as a beloved goldfish that lived for 13 years, but my true inspiration for becoming a veterinarian came from the many childhood visits to my aunt's and uncle's farm.
I spent every waking hour grooming and riding the horses, searching for newborn kittens in the hayloft, and running around with the dogs. I have dreamed of becoming a veterinarian for as long as I can remember, and with lots of love and support from my family and friends, I am truly blessed to have accomplished this goal. I cannot imagine spending my life doing anything else.

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Dr. Andrew Voell

Dr. Andrew Voell

"I enjoy getting to know the pets AND their "parents." It is important to me to understand both what the pet and what owners are telling me. Connecting on a deeper level with our clients is a special part of what I do."
Professional Interests:
Ophthalmology, Ultrasonography, Cardiology and Laser Surgery
Personal Interests:
Reading, Bee Keeping, Gardening and Family
Education:
BS from Texas A&M , DVM from Cornell
I enjoy many aspects of Veterinary Medicine including seeing clients on a routine basis for examinations, doing ultrasounds, treating eye problems, dentistry, and doing surgery

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Dr. Cameron Weber

Dr. Cameron Weber

Professional Interests:
Internal Medicine, Physical Therapy, Toxicology and the Human-Animal Bond
Personal Interests:
In my free time, I enjoy traveling, spending time with family and friends, swimming and volunteering with the 4-H Club.
Education:
I received my Bachelor of Science in Biology and Minor in German Studies from EmoryUniversity in Atlanta, Georgia and my DVM from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine.
I have always been drawn to animals and to science. When I was little, I enjoyed reading and hold the James Herriot stories very near and dear to my heart. My first pet was a dwarf bunny named “Priscilla,” who was a wonderful first pet. She was extra special because she was my very own pet. I learned to take care of her and many other pets, including two budgie parakeets, “William” and “Mary”, and our many Scottish Terriers. Currently, I have a close canine companion, “Alias”, a Shepherd mix, who is absolutely the best dog and a wonderful friend.

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Dr. Trisha Yarde

Dr. Trisha Yarde

Animals are a gift. They improve the quality of life for everyone who takes the time to love them.
Professional Interests:
Emergency and Critical Care, Internal Medicine
Personal Interests:
My two boys (they are my sunshine), my cats including the two I adopted in vet school, walking my dogs, gardening, traveling in New England, Block Island, and Maui.
Education:
BS from the University of Connecticut in 1994. DVM from Auburn University in 2001. Internship at a specialty hospital in Northern Virginia then served as an emergency and critical care veterinarian there from 2002-2003. Worked in emergency medicine at a specialty hospital in Massachusetts from 2003-2005. Returned to a specialty hospital in Northern Virginia from 2005-2011.
I grew up in a small town in Northern Connecticut. My family rented a 13-acre farm, and I was lucky enough to grow up with horses, cows, chickens, dogs and cats. I have been surrounded by animals for as long as I can remember. It was no surprise to all my family that I majored in animal science and decided to go on to vet school.

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