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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 (Anesthesia & Analgesia)
Lead Technician, Office Management

Deborah Akers

Deborah has been employed in the veterinary field for over 20 years. She started her veterinary career as a veterinary assistant in a small animal practice. As her love for the profession grew, her drive to learn thrived as well. She attended Blue Ridge Community College and graduated in 2003 with her Applied Associates in Veterinary Technology. She has worked as a Licensed Veterinary Technician in private practice, emergency facility, referral center and teaching hospital settings. In 2014 she completed her anesthesia certification and obtained her Veterinary Technician Specialty in Anesthesia and Analgesia. During her six years spent at the Virginia Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, teaching hospital, she realized her passion for instructing and helping others succeed. She has also instructed the Veterinary Assistant program at Patrick Henry Community College and is an Anesthesia Training Specialist with Midmark Animal Health. As the Practice Manager at Blue Ridge Animal Hospital, she is elated to be working with a great group of individuals, to be a part of such a progressive hospital and for the opportunity to build relationships with our clients in the Bedford area. 

In an effort to provide the safest and most comfortable care to our patients, Deborah has obtained her certification as a Fear Free Professional.

When Deborah is not at the veterinary hospital, she enjoys spending time with her husband and their two boys. She has a pit bull, 3 Dachshunds and a DLH that complete her family circle. 

Customer Service Representatives

Lee Ann Showers
Customer Service Representative

Lee Ann Showers

Lee Ann is from Bedford and joined us in 2017 after being in the Army, law enforcement, security and a brief stent as a stay at home wife. As a client she loved the friendly staff and Dr. Tracy's wonderful care of her kiddos, so when the opportunity presented itself to be a part of the team, she went for it. She loves meeting the patients and assisting their owners. She is married and her fur babies are a cat and Jack Russell Terrier. She enjoys trips in the convertible with her husband, nature walks and reading. 

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

Faith Newcomb
Veterinary Assistant

Faith Newcomb

Faith was born in Richmond, Virginia and moved to Lynchburg at a young age. She has always known she wanted a career working with animals. For 6 years she has been in the veterinary field and worked at 2 veterinary hospitals prior to joining the BRAH team. She is currently pursuing her Veterinary Technician License. Faith has 2 dogs, 3 cats and an entire farm of critters. Her spare time is spent outdoors with her fur-babies. 

Abby Rose
Veterinary Assistant

Abby Rose

Abby was born and raised here in little old Bedford! She has always had such a soft spot for animals of all kinds, but an even softer spot for her little Yorkie friends! She has three adorable yorkies named Bella, Puff, and Toby, along with one kitty cat named Ember! Her little fur babies are what inspired her to start in this field and kindled her passion for veterinary care! She loves reading in her past time along with drawing, swimming, and hanging out with her friends! Her dream is to travel the world, and She's already looking to start soon! She is very much an optimist, and loves to cheer people up and see the little, better things in life! It makes her happy knowing she is spreading smiles throughout the clinic and giving our patients the best care they absolutely deserve. Abby is currently pursuing her veterinary technician degree through Penn Foster.

Abby has recieved her certification as a Fear Free Professional and helps ensure we are providing a safe and stress free visit for all our patients.

Kennel Advocates

Caelan Heuser
Kennel Attendant and Veterinary Assistant

Caelan Heuser

Caelan is from Staten Island, New York. He moved down to Bedford, VA with his family when he was a kid. In his early youth when he accompanied his mini-dachshund (Rocky) to the vet’s office, the doctor that provided care to Rocky for most of his life would teach him interesting facts and show him some of the things involved with working in a veterinary environment. His interest eventually peeked to the point where he become quite driven and passionate about working with animals. He is now a veterinary technician student at Blue Ridge Community College. In the future, He hopes to one day become a doctor of veterinary medicine as well. When he is not working or at classes he likes to play guitar, draw, and watch movies. He also likes to go hiking and do recreational shooting with his cousin and friends.

Desiree Waldo
Kennel Concierge

Desiree  Waldo

Desiree is the kennel concierge here at Blue Ridge Animal Hospital. She has been working in the veterinary field for about 5 years. She has 3 pets. Two dogs whose names are Ladybug and Kacey, and a cat named Alfie. She hopes to continue her career by getting her Dog Training Certification as well as becoming a Licensed Veterinary Technician.