Our Veterinarians

Kelly Burdette, DVM, Owner

DrBurdette2Kelly Burdette is a VMRCVM graduate of 1992 and opened Town & Country Veterinary Clinic the summer after graduation. She is the sole owner of the clinic. The clinic has grown over the past 24 years from a one-doctor practice with 2 employees to a 10-doctor, 24-hour, full-service veterinary hospital that now employs over 50 staff members.

Dr. Burdette has special interests and additional training in soft tissue surgery, ultrasound, and internal medicine. She performs many of the specialized surgeries currently available at the practice. Her time is now divided between working as a small animal veterinarian and as hospital director of Town & Country Veterinary Clinic.

Dr. Burdette was born and raised in Maryland with lots of animals and thanks her Mom, Joyce Burdette, for her deep passion and love of animals. She moved to the New River Valley in 1988 and now resides in Blacksburg with her husband, John Barr, Jr. and her five daughters.

Deborah Tucker, DVM

DrTucker2Dr. Deb Tucker joined Town & Country Veterinary Clinic as a full-time Veterinarian in June of 2004.  She is a graduate of the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine.  Her special interests in veterinary medicine include surgery, specifically orthopedic procedures, and ultrasonography.

Deb, and her husband Dave, relocated to Virginia from Vermont in 1999.  Her hobbies include horseback riding and photography. Deb and Dave reside with their dogs, cats, and horses here in the New River Valley.

Tanya “Wally” Woloshin, DVM

Woloshin_smallDr. Wally has been with Town & Country Veterinary Clinic since the summer of 2010.  She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Delaware and returned there to work towards her Master’s degree in animal nutrition.  She was accepted into Vet school prior to completing the Master’s degree but gained valuable knowledge in that field.  Dr. Wally graduated in 2008 from the Virginia Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine.

Originally from the New York area, Dr. Wally has lived and worked in the New River Valley since 2004.  She lives in Blacksburg with her husband, Stephen, and her two daughters, Marin and Lydia. Dr. Wally has two Briards, a Collie mix, one cat, and a few dozen chickens.

Dr. Wally’s special interests are in emergency medicine, nutrition, dermatology and reproduction.

“All animals, except man, know that the principal business of life is to enjoy it.” –Samuel Butler

Sarah Schmoke, DVM

Schmoke_smallDr. Sarah Schmoke was born and raised on a small farm in Northern Michigan. Dr. Schmoke received her doctorate of veterinary medicine from Ross University and she completed her clinical training at Cornell University. In 2014, Dr. Schmoke moved from upstate New York to the New River Valley and joined Town & Country Veterinary Clinic. Her special interests include emergency medicine and cardiology.

Dr. Schmoke lives on a farm with her two horses, two cats, 15 chickens, and one very spoiled English Pointer, Wes. In her free time she enjoys riding her horses and hiking with Wes.

Nicholas Canevari, DVM

Canevari_smallDr. Nicholas Canevari joined Town & Country Veterinary clinic as a full time veterinarian in 2015. Dr. Canevari received his doctorate of veterinary medicine from Ross University and he completed his clinical training at Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. Prior to veterinary school, Dr. Canevari worked as a contractor in New York City.

In his free time, Dr. Canevari enjoys riding his horse, fishing, hiking, and tending his garden.

Desiree Thomas, VMD

Thomas_smallDr. Desiree Thomas was born and raised in Montgomery County, Maryland.  She did her undergraduate studies at James Madison University, and her doctorate of veterinary medicine at University of Pennsylvania.  After working as a small animal veterinarian in Baltimore for 5 years, Dr. Thomas moved to southwestern VA, where she has been employed with Town & Country Veterinary Clinic since 2001.

She has interests in feline behavioral disorders, canine anxiety and dentistry.  She has received additional continuing education in both these areas.

Her hobbies include different types of dance, including contra, swing, and country waltz, as well as movies, and riding her motorcycle.  She resides in Blacksburg with her 2 cats.

Elsbeth Centola, DVM

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Dr. Elsbeth Centola joined our practice in February 2016. She is a 2014 graduate from Oregon State Universities College of Veterinary Medicine. Prior to veterinary medical school, she earned her B.S. in 2010 from Delaware Valley College in Pennsylvania majoring in biology with a specialty in zoology and minor in large animal science. Before moving to Virginia, she practiced in the Midwest outside Chicago.

Dr. Centola has special interests in dentistry, anesthesia, preventative medicine, senior pet wellness and is dabbling in alternative therapies such as Chinese herbs and medicine. She lives in Christiansburg with her husband Rick, her all American mutt and frisbee sensation Juniper, cat Hawthorne and three little Parakeets. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, camping, and doing anything outside with her family.

Savannah Shepherd, DVM

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Dr. Shepherd is from Lebanon, VA, where she lived until she attended undergraduate school at Virginia Tech in 2006. While at Virginia Tech, she was involved in undergraduate research as well as a study abroad program where she traveled to Australia/Fiji. She graduated in-Honors with her Biology degree in 2010. Following this, she attended Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, tracked small animal medicine, and was inducted into the Phi Zeta Honor Society of Veterinary Medicine. She graduated in 2014 and began practicing emergency medicine at an emergency/specialty clinic in Pennsylvania until she joined Town & Country Veterinary Clinic in July 2016.

Her and her husband, Jason, now live in Christiansburg, VA with their two dogs, Tanner and Joey, along with their two cats, Gus and Mufasa. Her professional interests include emergency medicine, ophthalmology, and immune-mediated diseases.  Dr. Shepherd’s past times include traveling, running, hiking, reading, and spending time with her friends and family.

 

Amy W. Sanderson, DVM

Sanderson_smallDr. Sanderson studied biology at the University of Virginia, pursued graduate study in microbiology at Virginia Commonwealth University, and is a 1988 graduate of the Virginia­-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine.

She practiced for several years in Gastonia, NC. The family returned to Virginia in 2004, at which time she joined the staff of Town & Country Veterinary Clinic.

Dr. Sanderson’s special interests are general medicine and soft tissue surgery/wound repair, and just doing her best to keep pets happy and healthy!

She and her husband Bill live in Blacksburg. When not on road trips to visit their now grown son and daughter, they are likely to be hiking the many beautiful trails in our area.

Lee Pyle, DVM, Cardiologist

Pyle_smallDr. R. Lee Pyle is presently Professor Emeritus of Cardiology at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA. He has held academic appointments at the University of Pennsylvania, Colorado State University and Mississippi State University.

Dr. Pyle received his cardiology training at the University of Pennsylvania and has taught cardiology for many years to veterinary students, residents, and practicing veterinarians. He is a member of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Cardiology). Dr. Pyle’s research interests include congenital heart diseases, canine pulmonary hypertension, and the use of echocardiograpy to assess cardiac performance and disease.