Dr. Mims is originally from Staunton and is proud to be putting down roots for his practice in his hometown. He graduated from Fort Defiance High School and received his Bachelors of Science from Virginia Tech. He received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in Blacksburg in 2010. Dr. Mims spent his first two years in practice working in southwest Virginia in a practice that specialized in large and small animals. He has been practicing in the Valley since 2012 and is now accomplishing his dream of opening his own clinic. Dr. Mims is married to his lovely wife, Elizabeth. The two met while students at Virginia Tech. Elizabeth works as a Clinical Pharmacist at Sentara RMH in Harrisonburg. They have two children, Owen and Ava, and are excited to welcome baby #3 in November. The couple enjoys living in Mount Sidney which keeps them close to the family beef cattle farm. They are proud members of Calvary Baptist Church in Staunton. The Mims have two English Setters who they call family, Bella and Mae. Dr. Mims is an avid upland bird hunter and ventures out in the woods as frequently as he can to allow his dogs to do what they do best, point birds. Dr. Mims is involved in agriculture and veterinary medicine locally and on the state level. He sits on the Augusta County 4-H/FFA Market Animal Show board, is the Past President of the Blue Ridge Veterinary Medical Association and is currently serving on the board of the Virginia Veterinary Medical Association.
Dr. Clayton was born and raised in Staunton/Augusta County. She graduated from Fort Defiance High School and received her Bachelors of Science degree from William and Mary. She graduated from Ross University, School of Veterinary Medicine in 1999. She then completed a post-graduate year in Veterinary Medicine at Oklahoma State University Veterinary School followed by a 16 month Equine Internship at Blue Ridge Equine Clinic in Charlottesville, VA. Initially, Dr. Clayton practiced equine medicine in Texas-- first, in a private practice committed to wellness/preventative care, lameness and emergency medicine followed years later by working as a ranch veterinarian for a large Quarter horse reining facility where she practiced predominantly reproductive medicine and was in charge of mare and newborn foal care. Back in Virginia, Dr. Clayton has practiced both large and small animal medicine in the valley. Since the birth of her daughter in 2010, she has focused on small animal medicine (wellness/preventative care as well as emergency medicine). In addition, she was an associate professor for four years at Blue Ridge Community College and taught both large and small animal veterinary courses in the Veterinary Technology program. She enjoys watching her patients grow through the different stages of their lives and getting to know their families! Dr. Clayton and her husband Marc have bought her family’s farm (built by her grandfather) and are working hard to establish a registered angus cattle operation. They have a daughter Quincy, 4 dogs, 3 cats, 1 pony, and angus cattle.
Meghan is from Churchville and graduated from Buffalo Gap High School. She attended Virginia Tech and graduated in 2011 with a degree in Conservation and Recreation Management. She then continued her education at Blue Ridge Community College in the veterinary technician program, graduating in 2015. She has been in the veterinary field for four years. Clients love working with Meghan because of her kind heart and pleasant personality. Her furry family includes a lemon beagle 'Huck' and two horses 'Blaze' and 'Luke'. During her free time, Meghan enjoys all outdoor activities and horseback riding.
Dorinda has 15+ years of experience as a licensed veterinary technician. She is from Augusta County and completed her professional degree at Blue Ridge Community College in 2002. Her professional interests include dental procedures and laboratory cytology. Clients frequently comment on Dorinda’s warmth and her empathy for the patients she works with. In her free time, Dorinda enjoys running, hiking, and spending time with her family. She is the proud mommy of Haze (7 years) and Carrington (4 years) and “Princess” their rescue kitty.
We are excited to welcome Paige to our team at Staunton Veterinary Clinic. She has a welcoming, bubbly personality and makes clients feel at ease with her kind demeanor. Paige graduated from Blue Ridge Community College with her degree in Veterinary Technology in May 2018. She has worked in the veterinary field for 4 years and her professional interests include surgery and laboratory procedures. She lives in Mount Solon and enjoys running, baking and spending time with her family in her free time. Paige loves her “furr kids”, as she calls them-- two dachshunds “Odie” and “Princess” and three rescue kitties, “Kiara”, “Ario”, and “Tucker”.
Jess Cecil has worked in the veterinary field since high school. She is an Augusta County native and graduated from Blue Ridge Community College in 2006 with her degree in Veterinary Technology. Jess does a beautiful job interacting with clients and their pets and just puts people at ease with her calm demeanor and confidence rooted in years of experience. Jess lives on a hobby farm that is currently home to American Guinea Hogs, chickens, two cats (Remington and Scout) and a German Shepherd named Vesper. Jess loves spending time with her family- husband, Bill, and adorable twin boys, Will and Sam.
Michelle has a bright smile and a warm, welcoming personality. As our lead receptionist, she's likely the first person you'll see when you arrive at our clinic. Michelle is originally from Alabama and moved to Virginia at the age of 10. She graduated from Buffalo Gap High School and loves calling the Valley home. Michelle has several years of experience in the veterinary field and is also trained as a veterinary assistant. Michelle has a white German Sheperd/Husky mix named 'Dixie', 16 year old cat named 'Lily', and Miniature Australian Shepherd puppy. In her free time Michelle loves being outdoors, spending time with her son, friends, family and her animals.
We are excited to welcome Colleen as our newest receptionist at SVC. Colleen recently moved from Richmond, where she worked as a receptionist at a veterinary hospital. Although she is a native of Michigan, she loves Virginia and is happy to be back in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. She is joined by her husband, Doug, 2 Golden Retrievers, Jackson and Jules, and 4 cats, Mercury, Winnie, Dixie and Rusty. Her first priority is always caring for her clients with care and compassion. Her free time is spent enjoying outdoor activities, family and friends, and college sports, especially Alabama Crimson Tide football!
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