Dr. Mims is originally from Staunton and is proud to be putting down roots for his practice in his hometown. He graduated from Fort Defiance High School and received his Bachelors of Science from Virginia Tech. He received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in Blacksburg in 2010. Dr. Mims spent his first two years in practice working in southwest Virginia in a practice that specialized in large and small animals. He has been practicing in the Valley since 2012 and accomplished his dream of opening his own clinic in 2017. Dr. Mims is married to his lovely wife, Elizabeth. The two met while students at Virginia Tech. Elizabeth works as a Clinical Pharmacist at Sentara RMH in Harrisonburg. They have four children, Owen (6), Ava (5), Libby (2) and Emma (8 months). The couple enjoys living in Staunton which keeps them close to the clinic and the family farm. They are proud members of Calvary Baptist Church in Staunton. The Mims have two English Setters who they call family, Bella and Mae. Dr. Mims is an avid upland bird hunter and ventures out in the woods as frequently as he can to allow his dogs to do what they do best, point birds.
Dr. Clayton was born and raised in Staunton/Augusta County. She graduated from Fort Defiance High School and received her Bachelors of Science degree from William and Mary. She graduated from Ross University, School of Veterinary Medicine in 1999. She then completed a post-graduate year in Veterinary Medicine at Oklahoma State University Veterinary School followed by a 16 month Equine Internship at Blue Ridge Equine Clinic in Charlottesville, VA. Initially, Dr. Clayton practiced equine medicine in Texas-- first, in a private practice committed to wellness/preventative care, lameness and emergency medicine followed years later by working as a ranch veterinarian for a large Quarter horse reining facility where she practiced predominantly reproductive medicine and was in charge of mare and newborn foal care. Back in Virginia, Dr. Clayton has practiced both large and small animal medicine in the valley. Since the birth of her daughter in 2010, she has focused on small animal medicine (wellness/preventative care as well as emergency medicine). In addition, she was an associate professor for four years at Blue Ridge Community College and taught both large and small animal veterinary courses in the Veterinary Technology program. She enjoys watching her patients grow through the different stages of their lives and getting to know their families! Dr. Clayton and her husband Marc have bought her family’s farm (built by her grandfather) and are working hard to establish a registered angus cattle operation. They have a daughter Quincy, 4 dogs, 3 cats, 1 pony, and angus cattle.
Dr. Norman grew up in Chester County, Pennsylvania, where she was active in her local 4-H club. She first fell in love with the Shenandoah Valley during her undergraduate years at Washington and Lee University. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine, and completed a rotating internship at Blue Ridge Equine Clinic. She became a board-certified specialist in Large Animal Internal Medicine following a residency at Texas A&M University. She later joined their faculty and served as Service Chief for Equine Internal Medicine and Large Animal Ultrasound. She returned to the Valley in 2014 to provide general and specialist services for Blue Ridge Equine Clinic. Her passion for ultrasound has led her to Staunton Veterinary Clinic and small animal medicine. Dr. Norman, her husband Teddy and daughter Elizabeth love living in Staunton with their English Shepherd dog, Earl. In her spare time, Dr. Norman enjoys horseback riding, yoga, reading, and the mountains.
Meghan is from Churchville and graduated from Buffalo Gap High School. She attended Virginia Tech and graduated in 2011 with a degree in Conservation and Recreation Management. She then continued her education at Blue Ridge Community College in the veterinary technician program, graduating in 2015. Clients love working with Meghan because of her kind heart and pleasant personality. Her furry family includes a lemon beagle 'Huck' and two horses 'Blaze' and 'Luke'. During her free time, Meghan enjoys all outdoor activities and horseback riding.
Dorinda has 15+ years of experience as a licensed veterinary technician. She is from Augusta County and completed her professional degree at Blue Ridge Community College in 2002. Her professional interests include dental procedures and laboratory cytology. Clients frequently comment on Dorinda’s warmth and her empathy for the patients she works with. In her free time, Dorinda enjoys running, hiking, and spending time with her family. She is the proud mommy of Haze and Carrington and “Princess” their rescue kitty.
Paige graduated from Blue Ridge Community College with her degree in Veterinary Technology in May 2018. Her professional interests include surgery and laboratory procedures. She has a welcoming, bubbly personality and makes clients feel at ease with her kind demeanor. She lives in Mount Solon and enjoys running, baking and spending time with her family in her free time. Paige loves her “furr kids”, as she calls them-- two dachshunds “Odie” and “Princess” and three rescue kitties, “Kiara”, “Ario”, and “Tucker”.
Tracy is originally from North Central Pennsylvania where she was raised on a dairy farm. She was active in 4-H she knew at a young age she wanted a career in veterinary medicine. Tracy graduated from Harcum College as an LVT in 2001 and moved to Virginia in 2006. She has spent the last 10 years in emergency medicine and is looking forward to connecting with clients at SVC. Tracy lives in Staunton with husband, Courtney, a computer programmer, where they are very involved in their church and spend their free time going on road trips, camping, hiking and relaxing with their pets, family and friends. They share their home with a rotten Airedale Terrier/Border Collie mix, Blaze and a very special, incredibly spoiled Golden Retriever, Miles. They are all allowed to live there thanks to the exceptionally pampered cat, Pickles. She enjoys all things coffee, crocheting, working out and anything in the kitchen.
Carmen returned to Virginia three years ago after moving around as a child to Puerto Rico and Wyoming. She graduated from Blue Ridge Community College in May 2021 with her degree in Veterinary Technology. She also has an Associates Degree in psychology from Casper College and plans to continue her education. Most of her veterinary experience is in Emergency Medicine, however, Carmen is excited to be working in a small animal day practice after completing her degree. In her free time she enjoys kayaking and snowboarding. She loves spending time with her dogs-- 'Lina' a german shepherd and 'Bella' a german shepherd/golden retriever mix.
Jess Cecil has worked in the veterinary field since high school. She is an Augusta County native and graduated from Blue Ridge Community College in 2006 with her degree in Veterinary Technology. Jess does a beautiful job interacting with clients and their pets and just puts people at ease with her calm demeanor and confidence rooted in years of experience. Jess lives on a hobby farm that is currently home to American Guinea Hogs, chickens, two cats (Remington and Scout) and a German Shepherd named Vesper. Jess loves spending time with her family- husband, Bill, and adorable twin boys, Will and Sam.
Colleen recently moved from Richmond, where she worked as a receptionist at a veterinary hospital. Although she is a native of Michigan, she loves Virginia and is happy to be back in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. She is joined by her husband, Doug, 2 Golden Retrievers, Jackson and Jules, and 4 cats, Mercury, Winnie, Dixie and Rusty. Her first priority is always caring for her clients with care and compassion. Her free time is spent enjoying outdoor activities, family and friends, and college sports, especially Alabama Crimson Tide football!
Courtney comes to us with three years of experience working in the veterinary field. She relocated to Virginia in 2019 from Fort Walton Beach, Florida for her husband's new job as Staunton's Air Force recruiter. Courtney grew up in Winston Salem, North Carolina. She has a lab mix named 'Ruger' and a rabbit named 'Sophie'. She loves hiking and has a talent for art. She draws adorable pet portraits.
Staci grew up in Augusta County and comes to us with over 25 years of experience in the veterinary field. Her top priority is making sure our clients feel at home here at Staunton Veterinary Clinic. Staci has a quarter horse named 'AJ' that has been with her for the last 21 years. 'Laken', her toy poodle, can often be found snuggled away in a corner taking a nap at the front desk. He loves to greet our clients and we consider him our clinic mascot. Her newest addition is a black lab 'Promise' who loves to swim. In her free time, Staci enjoys spending time at Smith Mountain Lake with her husband, Kent, and daughter, Olivia.
Kelsea has been working in the veterinary field for five years. She lives in Churchville with her fiancé. She enjoys spending her weekends fishing and meal prepping. She especially loves to cook. Even more so when someone else does the dishes! Kelsea has 2 dogs, 3 cats, and a precious baby girl.
Sara is a graduate of Buffalo Gap High School where she was a proud member of FFA. Sara attended the Valley Vocational Technical Center for her training as a veterinary assistant. Sara has a husky named “Roscoe” and enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
Hannah is a student at Blue Ridge Community College where she is studying to become a Licensed Veterinary Technician. She lives in Raphine and graduated from Riverheads High School in 2019. Hannah completed the veterinary assistant course at Valley Vocational and Technical center. She has a black lab named 'Daisy' and enjoys spending time on the river and being outdoors.
Rylee is a student at Wilson High School where she is involved in FFA. She has participated in the Market Animal Show for 5 years. Rylee enjoys riding her horses, 'Jasmine' and 'Cody'. She has an aussie named 'Winston' and a great dane named 'Ty'.
Megan joins the SVC team with three years of experience in veterinary medicine. She completed the Veterinary Assistant course at Valley Career and Technical Center. Megan enjoys spending time outdoors with her family and friends. She has two dogs- 'Hattie' a bluetick hound and Heeler named 'Merle'.
Ciara attended Riverheads High School where she was a proud member of FFA and 4H. Ciara participated in the Market Animal Show for several years. She is excited about a career with animals. Ciara enjoys anything outdoors from hunting to hiking and kayaking. She has a golden doodle named 'Buddy' and an Aussie-doodle, 'Remi'.
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