Janice Scheibe and Dr. David Molinas petting a small brown dog


and lots of love

Meet Our Veterinarians and LVTs

Our Veterinarians

Courtney Bowers, DVM
Lead Veterinarian

Dr. Bowers with her dog Luke

Dr. Bowers is a 2013 graduate of Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine. An equine internship at Woodside Equine Clinic brought Dr. Bowers to the Richmond area. She transitioned from horses to working on small animals to stay in RVA and soon began donating her time and skills to the Richmond SPCA. When an opening arose at the Susan M. Markel Veterinary Hospital, she joined the team. Her professional interests include geriatric care, alternative therapies (acupuncture and laser therapy) and dentistry.

When she is not helping patients, Dr. Bowers enjoys adventuring and spending time with her husband, their son and their beloved pets: dogs Luke and Violet, cat Junior and horse Pedro.

Brit’nee Haskins, DVM
Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Haskins with her dog Mamacita

Dr. Haskins began her work at the Richmond SPCA as a veterinary assistant in 2012 in our pilot Clinic for Compassionate Care, also working as an assistant in our shelter veterinary services department on weekends.

Dr. Haskins left her position at the Richmond SPCA in 2014 to pursue her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, which she received in 2018 from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine.

She joins us as an associate veterinarian at the Susan M. Markel Veterinary Hospital after spending a year at the Friendship Hospital for Animals in Washington, D.C. as a rotating doctor in small animal medicine and surgery. Dr. Haskins’ favorite part of her work in our veterinary hospital is having the opportunity to meet the members of our community (humans and pets) exactly where they are and helping her patients in any way that she can.

When she’s not providing veterinary care to patients of our hospital or Smoky’s Spay & Neuter Clinic, Dr. Haskins can be found doing yoga, on a run or gardening with the help of her dog Mamacita and her cat Medici. 

Angela Ivey, DVM
Director of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Ivey with Jupiter, an infant kitten in our care

Dr. Ivey is a Kentucky native who joined the Richmond SPCA in 2004. An alumnus of the Auburn University School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Louisville, she earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1985. Dr. Ivey worked in private practice for nearly 20 years, opening both a successful clinic in Colonial Heights and a satellite clinic in Chester.

As Director of Veterinary Medicine at the Richmond SPCA, Dr. Ivey oversees the provision of all professional veterinary services. This includes services delivered to pets in the care of the Richmond SPCA awaiting adoption, as well as patients of the Susan M. Markel Veterinary Hospital and Smoky’s Spay & Neuter Clinic.

David Molinas, DVM
Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Molinas with Duke Silver, a cat whose life we saved and who benefited from a surgery Dr. Molinas performed on him

Dr. Molinas is a 2012 graduate of Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine who began his career at a private practice in Denver, Colorado.

After realizing a passion to offer accessible care to all pet guardians, Dr. Molinas transitioned to Pet Aid, a hospital providing services to clients with limited means in the Denver area. After four years, Dr. Molinas relocated to join the team of the Susan M. Markel Veterinary Hospital, bringing this valuable experience.

Though Dr. Molinas works primarily with our internal veterinary services team treating homeless pets in the care of our shelter, he can still be found helping patients of our Susan M. Markel Veterinary Hospital on occasion, particularly with more complex surgical procedures.

When not performing intensive surgeries, Dr. Molinas enjoys outdoor activities with his wife, their two children, and dogs Yeti and Hank.

Jennifer Morris, DVM
Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Morris with her dog Cheerio

Dr. Morris attended Randolph Macon Woman’s College in Lynchburg, VA and earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Washington State University. Following veterinary school, she completed an internship in Emergency and Critical Care. She then worked 10 years in Richmond as an emergency veterinarian followed by three years in house call practice. Her favorite parts of practicing medicine are urgent care, nutrition, rehabilitation and helping her clients enjoy pet guardianship.

Dr. Morris lives with her partner and two kids, three cats, two dogs, four chickens and two ponies. In her spare time, she enjoys camping, hiking and horseback riding with her family. 

Karen Pearson, DVM
Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Pearson with Ruth, a kitten in our care

Dr. Pearson is a 2013 graduate of Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

Originally from Charlotte, North Carolina, Dr. Pearson and her family relocated to Richmond in 2022 after living in England for five years. While living in the UK, she worked for the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, as well as a military veterinary hospital, providing care for military working dogs and pets belonging to military families stationed in the region.

Dr. Pearson shares her life with her husband, teenaged son, and two cats. Dr. Pearson enjoys spending time with her family, traveling and bingeing home renovation shows.

Our Licensed Veterinary Technicians

Jessie Graham and Lupine (dog)

Jessie Graham, LVT
Licensed Veterinary Technologist,
Susan M. Markel Veterinary Hospital

Mary Riopedre, LVT
Licensed Veterinary Technician,
Internal Veterinary Services and Susan M. Markel Veterinary Hospital

Nicole Tacconi, LVT
Licensed Veterinary Technician,
Susan M. Markel Veterinary Hospital

Amanda Warren, LVT
Licensed Veterinary Technician,
Susan M. Markel Veterinary Hospital

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