We bring dedicated compassionate exceptional care to the pets of Suffolk, VA.
We bring exceptional, dedicated, and compassionate care to the pets of Suffolk, VA.
Meet the veterinarians and team of Suffolk Animal Hospital! We pride ourselves on our skills, compassionate care, and camaraderie. If you would like to see our smiling faces in person, schedule an appointment!
Dr. Amber Carr
Dr. Amber Carr has worked as a veterinarian in two other Suffolk veterinary clinics. She has lived in Suffolk for nearly 15 years. Dr. Carr currently lives with a plethora of fur children. A supporter of pet adoption, she currently has a retired racing Greyhound. Dr. Carr also has two adopted cats (if anyone truly can own a cat). She loves kayaking, biking, camping, and baking in her free time. Dr. Carr is a graduate of Ross University in St. Kitts and finished her clinical studies at North Carolina State University. Before that, she received her Bachelor of Science degree in bioresource sciences from the University of California, Berkeley.
Dr. Carr has a strong interest in dermatology cases and chronic ear infections. She enjoys staying up-to-date with the latest developments in the veterinary field to ensure your pet receives only the best medicine. Dr. Carr loves to see cases (including rescue and shelter animals) that start out ravaged with an infection such as “mange” and to watch their transition from a sickly, sad, deserted animal into a healthy, happy family pet. Dr. Carr also has a soft spot in her heart for sighthounds of all types, especially of the Greyhound variety. There are special needs and concerns for their breed, and she loves the challenge.
Dr. Christine Miller
Originally born in Maine, Dr. Miller has recently relocated to Suffolk from Miami, Florida. She completed her collegiate education at Cornell University, New York College of Veterinary Medicine. At home, you can find her with her three Miami rescue kitties named Ashley, Madison, and Sabino.
Dr. Miller did some extra training in pathology following vet school graduation, including one year at the University of Melbourne in Australia. She then completed an internship in small animal and exotic medicine and surgery at Colorado State University. Following this, Dr. Miller had a 25-year career as a zoo veterinarian at the Indianapolis Zoo and Miami Zoo, where she was in charge of the medical care of everything from poison–dart frogs to African elephants. For the past few years, she has worked in various private practices in South Florida, mostly with cats and dogs.
In practice, she loves interacting with clients and their pets. Dr. Miller focuses on helping to strengthen the bond between cats/dogs and their humans. When not working in the clinic, she enjoys traveling, especially to natural areas for wildlife and bird watching. She also enjoys spending “enrichment” time with her cats at home.
Our Support Staff
Mrs. Alison Coffey
Ali joined our team as an intern to complete her Veterinary Assistant Certification Program, but she did so well that she was offered a permanent position upon her graduation. She has become a fixture in our clinic as a full-time assistant and our trainer to new employees. Ali shares her home with an Old English Bulldog named Monkey, two cats (Kitts and Wilson), her son, and her husband. She has never met a puppy or kitty she didn’t like!
You may start to notice a little bit less of Ali in the examination rooms these days, as she has transitioned into our office manager. Having been with us a number of years and helping to train staff, Ali decided to get a bit more involved with the “behind the scenes” operations. Don’t worry – she’ll never be too far from a cute pet!
Ali always tries to pet every dog and cat that walks through the door. All pets are “puppies and kitties” to her. In addition to loving all things that bark and purr, she continuously shares her knowledge with all the new employees of our hospital, helping to raise not only knowledgeable staff members but also staff members that are just as compassionate and loving towards pets as she is.
Mrs. Caren Barber, LVT
Licensed Veterinary Technician
Caren assists our team out on heavy surgery days as our Licensed Veterinary Technician. While she is well versed in the animal field, she spends the majority of her time at home as a mom to twin boys, a teenager, a husband, two horses, two dogs, two cats, and a guinea pig. She shares her love of theater with her teenager and can often be found at the soccer field with her boys.
Caren enjoys spending her time in exam rooms sharing her knowledge with clients whenever possible. She also loves the unusual cases that walk through the front door. Whether it’s a bot fly infestation or toxin ingestion, Caren’s on it!
Ms. Jasmine Smith
Customer Service Representative
After working in a law firm for two years, Jasmine decided to find a place where she could combine her professional experience with something she is passionate about. Since working at Suffolk Animal Hospital, Jasmine has enjoyed building relationships with the clients while loving on their furry companions.
When not working, she enjoys spending time with her family, watching movies, and doing anything outdoors. Jasmine also loves playing with her dog, loving on her cat, and holding her gecko.
Ms. Becky Vinson
Customer Service Representative
Becky is originally from Mechanicsville, Virginia. She comes to Suffolk Animal Hospital with over ten years of medical office experience. Becky is excited to put her years of customer service and love of animals together.
She loves to see sick pets get well again and the family atmosphere we have at Suffolk Animal Hospital. Becky loves to come in each day and spread joy with both clients and their fur babies. She has her own baby girl named Arya Mae, an Australian Shepherd that keeps Becky on her toes. Becky works here full time and is happy to answer any questions you may have.
Mrs. Pam Nix
Customer Service Representative
Pam was born and raised in Virginia. She comes to Suffolk Animal Hospital with over 20 years in the veterinary field. Pam loves meeting and getting to know every person and fur baby that comes by.
In Pam’s free time, she likes to relax at home with her Sheltie (Danny), Papillion (Savannah), and ten sweet kitties.
Ms. Allyson Bachman
Lead Veterinary Assistant
After completing her veterinary assistant internship with us, Allyson has continued on as an employee. She is enjoying the job so much she has decided to pursue her veterinary technician degree. She has excelled in the veterinary field and is now our lead assistant. At home, Allyson spends her time with her pets. She has two Italian Greyhounds, a Labrador mix, and two cats (Samantha and Keets).
Allyson enjoys helping to monitor your pet’s well-being during their hospitalization stay. From making sure they are comfortable upon arrival, monitoring them while under anesthesia, and recovering them post-procedure– Allyson enjoys doing it all. She stays on top of veterinary medicine advances to make sure your pet has the safest experience possible while under anesthesia.
Ms. Shimene Wiles
Shimene is originally from Northern Virginia and relocated to Chesapeake. She enjoys her job and has a passion for pets and their care. Shimene is hoping to sign up for classes to become a veterinary assistant eventually. She likes to spend her free time hiking, doing anything on the water, and hanging out with her two dogs—Max, a rescue Morkie, and Shadow, a Shorkie.
We are excited that Shimene has been learning and taking on a more active role within the clinic. Some of you may start to notice her working as a veterinary assistant in training in the exam rooms. She has always had a great personality that the pets love, and we are sure that she will make you feel right at home as well!
Ms. Terisha Dunn
Terisha has been with us as a veterinary assistant for over a year now. She has lived in Hampton Roads all her life. Terisha is passionate about veterinary medicine and all things furry. She loves the clinical laboratory aspects of wellness screenings and sharing her knowledge of preventive care.
Terisha is a bonafide Shih-Tzu mom with an artistic side. She has a pack of Shih-Tzu’s/Shih-Tzu mix fur babies named Duncan, Bentley, Markus, and William. In her free time, she likes knitting/sewing, gardening, pottery, and cooking. Terisha is in school right now pursuing her dream to be a Licensed Veterinary Technician.
Mrs. Katherine R. Lockhart
Animal Care Assistant
Kathy was born and raised in Hawaii. She has been a resident of Virginia for 11 years, and she loves it. Her passion for helping animals has lead her to pursue a career in the animal field. Kathy just finished school recently and will be certified soon as a veterinary assistant. Her path for knowledge is not stopping there as she is enrolled already to become a Licensed Veterinary Technician.
You can find Kathy in boarding, loving on all the boarders who stay with us or helping keep our clinic looking and smelling great. She has three Beagle babies at home named Rawlee, Bristol, and Cooper.
Ms. Shae Masters
Animal Care Assistant
Shae was born and raised here in Suffolk. She has three years of experience caring for fur babies and loves each and every pet she meets.
When she is not working hard to keep your pet comfortable and happy, she enjoys being outdoors. Shae loves to spend time with family and friends and her 6-year-old Yorkie named Lucy.
Ms. Ava Mathews
Angel is truly the antithesis of his name as he is a feisty feathered friend. He has taken up residence at Suffolk Animal Hospital and is earning his keep as a greeter. Angel enjoys long walks to the end of his perch and throwing lots of seed on the ground. Angel spends his time shredding newspaper and singing us sweet nothings. Don’t let his quiet chirps fool you. He can belt it out when he really wants to.
Bettis comes to us after years of patrolling the racetrack grounds in Florida. He has decided to take it easy in his retirement years and now works as our security detail. He can generally be found on his post, guarding our large kennels. While he thoroughly enjoys his day job, he is acutely aware of when 5 PM arrives and actively informs the rest of the staff.