Our Doctors want to be Your Partner in Your Pet's Health & Happiness!
Dr. Loretta Carrico, DVM
"I have lived with pets my entire life. As a child growing up in the mountains of Kentucky we were always collecting strays and rescuing wildlife. My father was patient enough to gentle the most timid of animals and my mother was the nurturer/rescuer of all kids/pets and wildlife. They are responsible for the direction my life has taken and I owe them many thanks for teaching me the importance of animals in our lives. I will never doubt the power of the human-animal bond to comfort, heal, motivate and enrich our world."
Loretta Carrico, DVM, graduated cum laude from Auburn in 1990 and has practiced in Hampton Roads since 1991. Before joining Animal Medical, she worked at several area hospitals on a 'relief' basis, while working nights and weekends at emergency hospitals. She is happily married to a retired sailor, with a daughter, son, daughter-in-law, and three very active grandsons. Her happy family is currently down to one dog -- a collie-mix named Kodak (who, ironically, is camera-shy); and a very special cat (Roo) whom you may see when you visit us. She enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine; but has a special interest in pain management, behavior, and in geriatric pets. She is active in the community, working with Chesapeake Humane Society, CART (Community Animal Response Team - helping to plan for pet care options when disasters hit) & also pairing up with Blankets for the Homeless to help the pets of our local homeless population.
Dr. Karen Smithwick
Dr. Smithwick graduated from the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine in 1995, after obtaining her bachelor's degree from Old Dominion University in computer science.
She has been involved in emergency medicine, as well as 'day practice' for over 11 years (& therefore cannot sleep). Originally from P-town, she started her veterinary career in the Carribean, where her veterinarian husband was attending veterinary school, then spent a year in Athens, Ga when he attended the University of Georgia. She then settled herself in Virginia Beach. She has three children, an Australian Shepherd, four tolerant cats, and a 'marginally cared-for' fish. She enjoys reading, hiking, tennis, stained glass, and carting short people to various sporting events. One day she will make a quilt.
Dr. Angela Oswald
Dr. Oswald is from Jacksonville, Florida. After studying veterinary medicine at Louisiana State University, she transferred to the University of Florida to obtain her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. She then moved back to her hometown and worked as both an Associate Veterinarian and a 'Relief' Veterinarian for the next five years. In 2016, she relocated to Virginia, as she followed her husband's military moves.
One of Dr. Oswald's favorite aspects of her work is getting to see pets grow up healthy and strong over the years. She also has a soft spot for the area's feline patients! Above all, Dr. Oswald likes building relationships with the pet owners of the area, and getting to know their adorable animal companion's quirks.
When she's not here at the clinic, Dr. Oswald can be found running or spending quality time with her family and pets at home. She lives in Chesapeake with her 4 sons, a loving Labradoodle named Gracie; Jackson, the Yorkie mix who likes to think he's a cat; and a cat named Sebastian. she enjoys running, beach volleyball and spending time with her family exploring fun activities in her new home state. She looks forward to getting to know everyone soon!