Dr. Valeria Rickard, the practice owner at Dominion Valley Animal Hospital & Reproduction Center and Dominion Valley Animal Hospital, is a Virginia Tech Veterinary School graduate. She has been practicing small animal veterinary medicine and surgery in the Northern Virginia area for the past 13 years. In 2005, she realized her dream and opened her own state-of-the-art practice in Haymarket. With her husband John, Dr. Rickard has designed and built a facility large enough to serve the needs of all their companion animal clients while retaining the feel of personalized service. Being involved with their local community and seeing the need for a family oriented practice - as the Haymarket area was growing and developing - in 2012 she opened a second, "satellite" facility under the name Dominion Valley Animal Hospital there in Haymarket, VA.
Dr Rickard enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine, from routine wellness visits and dentistry to complicated medical cases. She loves performing surgeries and has developed a special interest in minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery. In addition to her excellent skills in feline and canine medicine and surgery, Dr. Rickard is well known for her special interest and expertise in canine reproduction and pediatrics. Her vast clientele is drawn from across the entire United States including Alaska, and includes numerous international clients from as far as Europe and South America. The local airport has more than once been the recipient of private planes bringing their beloved pets to visit with Dr. Rickard and reap the benefits of her extensive knowledge, expertise and attention to detail.
Dr. Rickard offers seminars and symposiums in the latest advances in canine reproduction and pediatrics to local, national, and international organizations, schools, and kennel clubs. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American and European Reproduction Societies, and local and national kennel clubs.
Dr. Rickard was born in Moscow, Russia and attributes her deep love of animals to her first Airedale "Toybritt" with whom she did agility, conformation, and Shutzhund training. She has been an avid breeder and exhibitor of champion Airedale Terriers for over twenty years. She likes showing her dogs in conformation events and has titled numerous dogs to their championship titles. Her most notable wins include Westminster Kennel Club and National Specialties in the United States, as well as Crufts and the World Dog Show internationally. Dr. Rickard enjoys her time at home with her husband John and daughter Olivia. In College on full scholarship, Dr. Rickard played Division I tennis and continues to play in her "spare time". Her additional interests include gardening, photography, scuba diving and travelling.
Dr. Mary Margaret Applin is a graduate of the Virginia Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech. She has worked in small animal private practice since 1999 and enjoys working with her clients to develop an appropriate plan for their companions. She loves all aspects of internal medicine and has taken advanced courses in ultrasonography.
Dr. Applin is a native of Virginia and attended the University of Virginia where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Asian Studies. She worked in publishing and with study abroad programs before realizing her ultimate dream of veterinary medicine.
Dr. Applin comes to us from "over the mountain" in Winchester where she lives with her husband John, son Jack, and three dogs and five cats. She serves on the Board of Directors of the local SPCA and has most recently spent a month in Amman, Jordan, where she worked in a humane center and helped to train senior veterinary students.
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