Leesburg Veterinary Hospital has been a prominent fixture in the Loudoun County community for almost thirty years. From 1985-2011, their practice was privileged to grow in downtown Leesburg, where they established a loyal client and patient following. To best serve their patients, practice owner Dr. Michael Strickland envisioned and designed a new facility that would provide the highest standards of veterinary care while encompassing the true Loudoun County lifestyle. Since June 2011, they have been practicing out of a free-standing, state-of-the-art facility on Route 15, just south of town. A rustic and casual retreat, coupled with the best veterinary technology available, every inch of their new hospital was created with their clients and patients in mind.
Dr. Betsy Henly, a general practitioner with Leesburg Veterinary Hospital since January 2012, grew up with a special understanding of the human/animal bond. "Our dogs were treated so well growing up that my best friend said she wanted to come back in her next life as one of our dogs," Dr. Henly said. "I've always understood the human/animal bond." She also raised two rabbits that had "homes all over the neighborhood." Dr. Henly grew up in Orinda, California and attended the University of Kentucky at Lexington. She earned her undergraduate degree in International Geography in 1995 and was awarded two research awards from the Geography Department. After graduation, Dr. Henly worked in the stock market in San Francisco, but realized that career was not for her. She attended Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine, and graduated with her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2006. She was awarded six scholarships. Dr. Henly is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Virginia Veterinary Medical Association, and the Loudoun Veterinary Medical Association. She has professional interests in wellness visits (especially for senior pets), nutrition, dermatology, internal medicine, ophthalmology, and dentistry.
Erin Rockwell, DVM
Dr. Erin Rockwell grew up in Buckingham County, Virginia, on her family’s beef cattle farm. Through agriculture, she developed a deep love for working with animals. She kept that passion alive while attending Virginia Tech, volunteering at on-campus livestock barns and working with a local trap-neuter-release program for feral cats. Dr. Rockwell received her bachelor’s degree in Animal and Poultry Sciences and then chose to stay in Blacksburg to pursue her DVM at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduation, Dr. Rockwell moved to the Gulf coast of Florida where she worked at a small animal clinic for several years. She enjoyed working closely with local rescue groups and spending time at the local animal shelter, but missed the mountains of Virginia. Dr. Rockwell is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the D.C. Academy of Veterinary Medicine. She likes helping pet owners understand preventative medicine, and has special interests in feline medicine, public health, and soft tissue surgery. Dr. Rockwell and her husband share their home with Birdie, a lab mix rescued from the streets of Florida, and four rescue cats: Moses, Juniper, Hamlet, and Thibodeaux. When she’s not working, Dr. Rockwell loves to spend time outside. She likes to drag her husband into the mountains to hike, canoe, fish, and explore. When she can’t do that, she enjoys gardening and loves to cook. She also enjoys traveling and seeing different parts of the world, reading, and helping her parents on their farm.
Jennifer Boyle, DVM
Dr. Jennifer Boyle followed her path. "I have always had a love of animals and a strong interest in medicine," she said. "So naturally it led to a career as a veterinarian." She has been with Leesburg Veterinary Hospital since 2010. Dr. Boyle grew up in Pittsburgh and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience from Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania in 2003. She was a conference champion several times in both indoor and outdoor track and field for the pole vault, for which she also competed at the national championship level. After receiving her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2007 from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Boyle completed a clinical year at Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Boyle is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and has special interests in internal medicine, soft tissue surgery, and emphasizes the importance of client communication and education. She is also part of the supervisor panel at LVH and plays an active role in promoting high quality and efficient care for all of our clients and their pets." "Being able to help animals on a daily basis and helping to maintain them as meaningful parts of their human families" are what continues to motivate her as a veterinarian. "I also enjoy that every day is different and involves applying a variety of skill sets." Dr. Boyle and her husband Kevin have two young sons. They share their home with two dogs: Marley, who was rescued from the island of St. Kitts when he was three days old (he's now eleven), and Jake, a 12-year old English Shepherd patient from Leesburg Veterinary Hospital who needed a home. She's a big fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and enjoys spending time outside with her family, as well as traveling and visiting family and friends.
Ken Melberger, DVM
Born and raised in Northern Virginia, Dr. Ken Melberger wanted to become a veterinarian throughout his entire childhood. At the age of 9, he wrote a letter to his family's veterinarian asking about the profession and what it would take to become a great veterinarian. "I still have that note and I enjoy reading it from time to time - it reminds me that this career has truly been a lifelong passion for me" he said. His family's pets became his first patients and he hasn't looked back since. Dr. Melberger attended the University of Virginia and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Biology in 1995. He was accepted into the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech and was awarded his DVM in 1999. He then went on to complete a challenging 1-year internship at the Angell Memorial Animal Hospital in Boston, MA. While there, he was exposed to a tremendous variety of medical, surgical and critical care patients. After beginning his career in private practice in Alexandria, he and his family moved to Loudoun County in 2008 and he worked at Ashburn Farm for seven years. He is a member of American Veterinary Medical Association and has special interests in endocrinology, soft tissue surgery, dentistry and pain management. "Nowadays, we are so much more aware of pain in pets and have such a wide variety of tools at our disposal to help them live longer, more comfortable lives," he said. "I truly love the challenge of customizing a plan for each pet to feel better. Pet's problems, just like the pets themselves, are unique and each one needs to be treated differently".
Michael Strickland, DVM, DABVP
As a young boy growing up in Baltimore, MD, Dr. Michael Strickland knew animals were his passion. Moving to beautiful Loudoun County in 1984 he worked with Dr. Jack Howard, his mentor who owned the original Leesburg Veterinary Hospital for 40 years. Dr. Strickland’s dedication and integrity were modeled after Dr. Howards’, and he still continues to carry on the tradition of “Caring is what we do best” from one generation to the next. The practice was purchased by Dr. Strickland in 1985. Moving to beautiful Loudoun County in 1984 he worked with Dr. Jack Howard, his mentor who owned the original Leesburg Veterinary Hospital for 40 years. Dr. Strickland’s dedication and integrity were modeled after Dr. Howards’, and he still continues to carry on the tradition of “Caring is what we do best” from one generation to the next. The practice was purchased by Dr. Strickland in 1985. To this day, Dr. Strickland said he enjoys "the variety of cases and meeting people and their pets". Dr. Strickland is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Animal Hospital Association, the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, and the Northern Virginia Veterinary Medical Association. He is also a troop leader for Boy Scout Troop 711 and a member of the Blue Ridge Bible Church.
Rachael Dunn, DVM
Dr. Rachael Dunn is a native of Loudoun County, having grown up in Waterford, VA. Her passion for caring and healing was instantly second nature, and she constantly found herself rescuing small creatures as a child. Becoming an advocate for animals truly became her dream early on. Dr. Dunn attended Virginia Tech and earned her Bachelor's degree in Animal science, Cum Laude. Her studies in Animal science were primarily directed towards large animals, which sparked her interest for mixed animal medicine. Dr. Dunn stayed in Blacksburg and attended Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine (Virginia Tech). During school, she was Vice President of her class, and an active member in community outreach projects. Her special interests include small animal ophthalmology, pain management, end of life care, community outreach and mini pet livestock. She is currently an active member of the American Veterinary Medicine Association and Virginia Veterinary Medical Association. During 2015 she was a member of the board of directors for the Virginia Veterinary Association. Dr.Dunn is also an active member of the Mentor program at the VA-MD College of Veterinary Medicine for students. Through this program she is able to provide advice and support to upcoming young professionals in veterinary medicine.