Caring for your pets is their passion


It’s a mother-daughter team at Elkwood Animal Hospital. Dr. Lisa Gibson and her daughter Dr. Julia Gibson share a fondness for animals especially their family feline Snowflake.
Photo by Ian Chini

The building that houses this group of veterinarians isn’t that large but the work done on the inside by its team of doctors and veterinary technicians outweighs its physical size. This June Elkwood Animal Hospital will celebrate its two-year anniversary at its current location on James Madison Highway.

Serving the communities of Culpeper and Fauquier, they are located close to Elkwood, Remington, and Brandy Station.

In the business of caring for animals for several decades, Dr. Lisa Gibson knew early on when she was in middle school that she wanted to become a veterinarian. All those dogs, cats, horses, and chickens that occupied their acreage were close to her hand and heart.

Starting with Compassion Animal Hospital in 1994, clients from this area were happy when she and her husband Don, who handles the business/finance end, decided to open a location in Elkwood.

“This is a good location for us,” said Gibson noting that they are a country practice that can offer basic veterinary medical and surgical services for preventive and wellness care.

However, if more advanced care is necessary including orthopedic surgical services they can do that as well. They can also provide cold laser therapy, ultrasound and oral surgery.

Bringing a smile to her face, Dr. Gibson is proud of the fact that their daughter Julia, who graduated from Virginia Tech in 2014, made the decision to join the practice in May of 2015. After graduating with her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine, she had worked at an animal practice in West Virginia but has been very happy to do what she loves closer to home.

Beyond dogs and cats, Dr. Julia Gibson will travel to area farms to treat ailing horses, goats, sheep and pigs. “If you are dealing with a larger animal, it’s simply easier to go there,” said the younger Gibson.

Both mother and daughter believe strongly in prevention and keeping the animals in their care healthy. Each month a different aspect of animal health care is emphasized like learning about Lyme Disease or good dental care.

Dr. Lisa Gibson says that they see a lot of animals that are overweight and stressed the problems and challenges that animals face if weight is a factor. She laughs. “I know…we just love them so much and they are part of our families and it’s natural to want to give them treats or snacks from the table.”

“We want to keep your animals well,” stressed Gibson, “so we try to educate and make folks more aware about preventative care.”

Being part of the community they serve is important to both. As such, Dr. Lisa Gibson or a member of their staff will frequent the Culpeper Animal Shelter.

At Elkwood, because the staff has varied interests and talents, alternative therapies are offered like acupuncture. House calls are not a problem.

“We care very much about our animals,” said Dr. Lisa Gibson, “we will bring our care to your home when possible.”

Since theirs is a family business, acting and operating like family is in their DNA. “I like to think that we are the other family doctor,” says Dr. Lisa Gibson, “you have your doctor and we’re the doctor for your pets.”

They welcome new patients and are eager to get to know your animals and you.

Elkwood Animal Hospital

22080 James Madison Highway

Elkwood, VA 22718



April is Parasite Prevention Month

At Elkwood Animal Hospital, they recommend that every pet have a fecal checked for intestinal parasites yearly. One major reason for this is that intestinal parasites can harm your pets by decreasing their ability to absorb nutrients, causing vomiting or diarrhea, or even damaging their intestines. The other important reason to check your pets for parasites is that many of these infections are zoonotic, which means that they can spread to people. Young children are often especially at risk of developing parasitic infections, as their hygiene can be less than ideal. The best way to prevent intestinal parasites is to keep your pet on a monthly heartworm preventative that also kills GI worms. Each of these preventatives vary in their spectrum, so ask your veterinarian which one may be appropriate for your pet. Flea prevention is also very important, both to prevent flea infestations and tapeworm infections.Yearly fecal exams allow them to pick up on parasites that may not be addressed by monthly preventatives, such as coccidia, giardia or tapeworms.

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