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Veterinarians

Dr. Jessica Tracy, DVM, MBA, CVA
Veterinarian and Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist

Jessica Tracy

Dr. Jessica Tracy, like many in her profession, has known she wanted to be a veterinarian from a very young age. She received her Biology degree from Millsaps College in Jackson, MS, and then headed north to Starkville, MS to complete her veterinary degree at Mississippi State University.  Loving to travel, Dr. Tracy decided that while she was learning the art of veterinary medicine, she also wanted to experience the United States. She practiced mixed animal medicine in Casper, WY after she graduated. While there, she elected to pursue her MBA degree with the desire to one day own a clinic of her own.  She received her MBA from Colorado State University in 2013.  She then traveled to Yuma, AZ where she practiced small animal and exotic medicine while enjoying the desert. She was approached by AAHA to engage in a pilot program for mentoring younger, recently graduated veterinarians and was requested to travel to Franklin, NC to do so. While performing her duties as a veterinarian and mentor there, she was seeking to pursue her dream of clinic ownership. In November 2013, she became the proud new owner of what she considers the most amazing practice in the United States that is still growing and making improvements to the overall health and well-being of pets and clients.  In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her 'farmella,' triathalons, kayaking, hiking, rock climbing, running, traveling and skiing.

Dr. Tracy completed her training in veterinary acupuncture through the Chi Institute in 2017. She is excited to be the only AAHA certified clinic in Bedford to offer Certified Veterinary Acupuncture. 

"Fear Free" has become one of the single most transformative initiatives in the history of companion animal practice, with over 13,000 veterinary professionals committed to becoming certified. To stay on the cutting edge, Dr. Tracy has recently completed the "Fear Free" certification, in an effort to not only look after a pet’s physical well-being, but their emotional well-being, as well. We know that we must feed the pet’s mind as well as the body.

 

Licensed Veterinary Technicians

Deborah Akers, LVT, VTS (Anes.&Analgesia)
Lead Technician, Office Management

Deborah Akers

Customer Service Representatives

June Holden
Customer Service Representative

June Holden

June has been employed at Blue Ridge Animal Hospital for over 21 years; having moved here from a veterinary hospital in Lee's Summit, MO.  She is married and has two daughters and two step-sons, a 7 year old grandson and a 1 year old granddaughter, two Labrador Retrievers and two cats.  She enjoys doing obedience trials with her Labs, hiking, knitting (sometimes with the cats' help), camping and reading.  She enjoys working with and caring for animals and their people; she feels like our clients have been coming here for a long time and are an extended family.

Veterinary Assistants

Erica Seward
Veterinary Assistant

Erica Seward

Rachel Trent
Veterinary Assistant and Customer Service Representative

Rachel Trent

Rachel transferred here from Carey Street Veterinary Hospital in Richmond, although she has always called the Bedford/Lynchburg area home. She has twin girls, an Australian Blue Heeler, and three 'hyena' cats. She has an Associates Degree in Busness Management, but her true passion has always been working with animals. She has been in the veterinary field for roughly four years and aspires to attain her Veterinary Technician license. Her passion is geared toward Animal Behavior and she is Silver Certified in Low-Stress Handling with Dr. Sophia Yin. 

Kennel Advocates

Caelan Heuser
Kennel Attendant and Veterinary Assistant

Caelan Heuser

My name is Caelan Heuser and I’m from Staten Island, New York. I moved down to Bedford, VA with my family when I was a kid. In my early youth when I accompanied my mini-dachshund (his name is Rocky and he’s now 12 years old) to the vet’s office, the doctor that provided care to Rocky for most of his life would teach me interesting facts and show me some of the things involved with working in a veterinary environment. My interest eventually peeked to the point where I’d become quite driven and passionate about working with animals and I’m now in the process of applying to a veterinary technician’s program to get my vet-tech license. In the future, I hope to one day become a doctor of veterinary medicine as well. As far as a little bit about me, when I’m not working or at my classes I like to play guitar, draw, and watch movies. I also like to do recreational shooting with my cousin and friends as well as going on hikes with them.

Emily Morris
Head Kennel Attendant

Emily Morris

Emily grew up in a small town similiar to Bedford, called Rustburg. Growing up, she always adored animals of all shapes and sizes. She knew from a very young age that her ideal job would involve working with animals. Her plans include going back to school for her Veterinary Technician License. In the meantime, she works full-time at Blue Ridge Anumal Hospital and spends her days off relaxing at home, or with friends. Emily has two pets of her own: a cat named WInston and a dog named Snoopy. She loves to spend time lounging around and playing outside with those two along with her boyfriend, Joseph. Other hobbies include: reading, watching tv, coloring, hiking, and swimming.