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.Becky Oberlander, DVM
Dr. Becky Oberlander was born and raised in Mechanicsville, Virginia and is happy to fianlly be living back in the state! She graduated from the veterinary school at Virginia Tech in 2005 (Go Hokies!) where she received awards for her interest in feline medicine. Her love of sailing and the water drew her to Annapolis, Maryland where she practiced at a small animal clinic for 3 and 1/2 years. She met her husband while practicing in Maryland and his career in the Navy moved them to Pensacola, Florida. After a warm year of serving the dogs and cats in the Florida Panhandle, the Navy moved them to Virginia Beach in February 2010. She and her husband have 3 four-legged children: "T.J." the extremely handsome gray cat, "Smitty" the "special" orange tabby, and "Oyster" the small but fiesty black and white kitty. She has also recently become the proud mama of a 2-legged energetic daughter named Lucy and equally energetic son, James. When she is not at Animal Medical she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading, running, boating, and doing anything around the water. She looks forward to meeting you and your four-legged family members soon!
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.