Dale City (Woodbridge), VA Veterinarians

woodbridge, va veterinarianStephanie W. Shane, DVM, Owner

Dr. Stephanie Shane remembers spending nearly every day of her childhood in Culpeper, Virginia surrounded by animals. It was that consistent proximity that inspired her devotion to animals - along with the passion she inherited from her father. "He really showed me what a responsibility it was to care for something and to treat them like you would a family member," Dr. Shane says. "Our pets (and every orphan he brought home) were loved and treated with respect; that's what made me want to work with animals every day and help foster that kind of bond between people and the animals they love."

Our veterinarian earned her Bachelor's degree in Microbiology from Virginia Tech and her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Virginia Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. She is a member of the American Animal Hospital Association, the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Virginia Veterinary Medical Association and the American Association of Feline Practitioners. Dr. Shane's professional interests include preventive medicine, dentistry and pain management.

Opening the animal hospital in Dale City represents the fulfillment of her desire to bring the highest-quality veterinary medicine and exceptional customer service to area pets and their owners, while also upholding a cost-conscious approach to care.

"I love talking with clients about their pets," Dr. Shane says. "Whether it's choosing the right vaccines for their new family member or reviewing options for pain management for their senior pet, I want my clients to walk out of the exam room knowing they made an informed decision. And of course, all the puppy and kitten smooches help!"

Dr. Shane and her husband Michael have two grown daughters, Kayla and Kelsey. Although both have left home, she's kept busy by the family's five pets: a cat named Shady and three dogs, Hannah, Lola and Buddy. Dr. Shane also enjoys yoga, rock climbing, cooking and supporting local high school athletics and several rescue organizations.

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woodbridge, va veterinarianNivedita Ravi, DVM, MPH

Having always had a certain affinity and kinship towards animals, Dr. Nivedita Ravi grew up knowing she would become a veterinarian, and that left little choice in her calling. She is originally from India and moved to the U.S. to complete her undergraduate studies in order to be able to apply to veterinary schools here. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Kansas and went on to get her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She also has a Master's degree in Public Health with a focus on Epidemiology which she obtained from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

She is a self-proclaimed lover of learning, and enjoys a good discussion about a wide variety of things from philosophy to music. Dr. Ravi's veterinary interests include dermatology, infectious disease epidemiology and preventative medicine. In addition to providing quality care to her patients, she strives to empower and engage pet owners to make the best choices for their pets through compassionate and empathetic service.

Dr. Ravi has a cat named Uppu which means "salt" in her mother tongue. She enjoys yoga, meditation, comedy, reading books and watching documentaries. Feel free to recommend a good book or ask her about her cultural background.

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woodbridge, va veterinarianKimberly Nelsen, DVM

Dr. Kimberly Nelsen has been surrounded by animals her whole life. Her family has always had pets and Dr. Nelsen was always the first kid in line to accompany them to the vet. Dr. Nelsen spent her youth avidly involved with 4-H showing livestock and horses. Her equine career continued through college at Delaware Valley University as an active member of the Hunt Seat, Dressage and Western inter-collegiate teams, advancing to nationwide competitions in all disciplines. Dr. Nelsen earned her undergraduate degree in Animal Science and was an active member of multiple honor societies and held office in several agricultural organizations.

Dr. Nelsen was awarded her veterinary degree from Ross University and completed her clinical year at Virginia Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Nelsen enjoys many aspects of veterinary medicine but she is especially passionate about balanced anesthesia, small mammal medicine and the unique needs of senior pets.

In her spare time Dr. Nelsen enjoys cycling, baking, and spending time exploring Virginia with her husband and two dogs, Maggie and Wrangler.

"Great medicine requires a great relationship. My goal for each visit is for my clients concerns and questions to be addressed and my patient to be happy and comfortable!"