AFFORDABLE VETERINARY CARE
and lots of love
and lots of love
Courtney Bowers, DVM
A graduate of Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Bowers joined the Susan M. Markel Veterinary Hospital staff in April of 2016. An equine internship brought Dr. Bowers to the Richmond area. She soon began donating her time and skills to the Richmond SPCA, and eventually joined the team.
When she is not helping patients, Dr. Bowers spends time with her husband and their pets: dogs Luke and Violet, cat Junior, horse Pedro, and three chickens named Rose, Blanch, and Dorothy.
Jennifer Cooke, DVM
Dr. Cooke earned her veterinary license at the University of Florida and completed an externship with the Richmond SPCA. Through this experience, Dr. Cooke graduated with a Maddie’s Professional Certificate in Shelter Medicine.
Dr. Cooke worked in private practice after graduation, then relocated to Richmond to join the Susan M. Markel Veterinary Hospital. Her passion for animal welfare and access to affordable care drove this decision.
When Dr. Cooke isn’t working, she enjoys ballroom dancing and spending time with her cat, King Henry VI.
Brit’nee Haskins, DVM
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, Dr. Haskins can be found doing yoga, on a run or gardening with the help of her dog Mamacita and her cat Medici.
David Molinas, DVM
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.
Angela Ivey, DVM
Director of Veterinary Medicine
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.
Heather Johnson, LVT
Heather joined the Richmond SPCA in December 2008, after working as a kennel technician and graduating with honors from Blue Ridge Community College. As a Licensed Veterinary Technician at the Susan M. Markel Veterinary Hospital, Heather’s primary focus is surgical assistance and anesthesia, as well as dental disease treatments.
When she isn’t helping to ensure our surgical suite runs smoothly, Heather can be found spending time with her four long-haired dachshunds.
Mary Riopedre, LVT
Mary joined the Susan M. Markel Veterinary Hospital team in 2017, with an invaluable fifteen years of specialty surgery experience as a Licensed Veterinary Technician. After graduating from Oklahoma State University with a degree in Animal Science, Mary enrolled in the Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology. There, she earned her License of Veterinary Technology.
When Mary is not working to ensure the safety of both shelter and hospital patients while they are under anesthesia, she enjoys spending time with her son and running.
Jessie Graham, LVT
Jessie is a recent graduate from Lincoln Memorial University with a Bachelors degree in Veterinary Technology. She started volunteering at a young age with an animal shelter and developed a passion for helping animals in need. Jessie joined the Richmond SPCA’s Susan M. Markel Veterinary Hospital team in early 2019.
Nicole Tacconi, LVT
Nicole started working as an animal care technician in Northern Virginia at age 15. She then worked as an assistant at Smoky’s Spay/Neuter Clinic at the Richmond SPCA from 2005-2007 before moving to Chicago to attend the Vet Tech Institute at Fox College, graduating in December 2008 with an associate’s degree in veterinary technology.
Nicole began her LVT career at an emergency and specialty hospital, where she worked for 10 years. After her time in emergency medicine, she worked for a mobile practice doing house calls for 2 years. Shelter medicine is where Nicole started, and returning to the Richmond SPCA as part of the team at the Susan M. Markel Veterinary Hospital has fulfilled her goals of helping pet guardians of limited means as well as homeless pets.
Nicole enjoys spending time outdoors hiking and biking with her two kids. She also enjoys treasure hunting at antique stores wherever she travels.
Lindsay Brockman, LVT
Director of the Susan M. Markel Veterinary Hospital
804-521-1302 | email Lindsay
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