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Charlottesville, Ivy, Nelson, and Waynesboro

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1100 Crozet Avenue
Crozet, VA 22932

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Monday, Wednesday, Friday
7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Tuesday, Thursday
7:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.

7:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

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 Hospital Staff


Dr. Hillary Cook, DVM, CVA, CCRP, CVMMP

Owner and Veterinarian Dr. Hillary Cook graduated from Virginia Maryland Regional Veterinary College in 1999. She has been practicing integrative medicine since graduating from veterinary school. She is certified in Veterinary Acupuncture and Canine Rehabilitation, and practices Chinese and Western Herbal Therapy, as well food therapy. Dr. Cook has a special interest in holistic therapies as well as western medicine and surgery. She is compassionate when treating the geriatric patient and treating the terminal patient by improving their quality of life.

She lives in Crozet with her husband Rees and two children, Hailey and Pearl; three dogs, Alice, Louie, and Josie; two cats, Blossom and Monster and eight pet chickens.



Dr. Lauren Conners, DVM

Dr. Conners is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio and is excited to be back near her alma mater (go hoos)! She completed her undergraduate work at the University of Virginia, and earned her DVM from the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine.  Post-graduation, she completed both equine and small animal internships. She has previously worked as an equine ambulatory practitioner and small animal emergency veterinarian. Her professional interests include any and all emergencies, ophthalmology, and endocrinology. 

In her spare time, Dr. Conners enjoys skiing, hiking, and playing polo. Her animal family includes her adorable dogs Pinta, Winston Churchill, and Alegria, as well as her seven polo ponies. 



Dr. Nellie Bierly, DVM

Dr. Bierly practices both conventional and alternative veterinary medicine at Animal Wellness Center. She graduated from The Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 1989. From 1989–1997 she practiced in a mixed animal practice in Lexington, Virginia. She became certified in veterinary acupuncture in 1995 and became certified in veterinary chiropractic in 1999.

When not practicing at Animal Wellness Center, she travels around Virginia using her special skills to provide other pets with acupuncture and chiropractic care. The focus of her work involves musculoskeletal issues including lameness, arthritis, back and neck pain, paralysis and weakness. She has also developed a special interest in athlete and performance dogs and their injuries resulting from agility, fly ball, and obedience work.



Dr. Janice Raab, DVM, CVA

Dr. Raab is originally from the colorful state of Colorado. In 1986 she went to The College of William and Mary for her undergraduate work, she then went to veterinary school at the Virginia Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Raab started in an exclusively exotic animal practice, then moved on to incorporate dogs and cats to her repertoire. She has her certification in Veterinary Acupuncture, has studied Chinese Herbal Medicine, Nutrition, and food therapy, as well as laser therapy, and essential oil therapy. 

She lives in Albemarle County with her husband Ron, daughters Natalie and Leah, two dogs, Amazon parrots, chickens, and Gus the duck. Janice also keeps one horse that she rides whenever possible. 



Lesley Bell

Office Manager

Lesley was born and raised in Albemarle County and attended Albemarle High School. After graduating with a BS in psychology from Longwood University in 1996, she moved to Free Union. She still resides in Free Union with her husband, Rich, daughter Lillian, son Phin, 3 dogs, Ruby, Pearl and Munch.





Leah Clark

Inventory Manager 

Leah was born and raised in the White Hall/Crozet area and has had a life long passion for animals and nature. Leah received her associates degree in Eco-tourism and Adventure Travel from Hocking College in 2008. After graduating from Hocking College, Leah attended Virginia Tech and graduated in 2013 with her Bachelor's degree in Natural Resource Conservation and Recreation.

This past winter Leah spent 6 months in the upper peninsula of Michigan working as a kennel manager and dog handler at Camp Ozone for the Ozone sled dogs. During her stay she won her first ever 23 mile long dog-sledding race.

 Leah lives in White Hall with her three dogs, Anga, Duke, and Casey, four cats Turbo, Tigey-Bruce, Buxton, and Frisco and 30 pet chickens.


 Kerry Degnan

Head Receptionist

Kerry graduated from The Grier School in 2008. After graduating high school Kerry attended Sweet Briar College where she studied Teaching and Equine Studies. 

Kerry lives on a farm in Albemarle with her husband, Dustin, three dogs, Remi, Colt, and Moose, three cats, Dublin, Yeti and Beans, seven horses, one donkey, a pig, 5 chickens, and two goats.


Kim Darling, LVT, CCRP, CMT

Rehabilitation Technician

Kim graduated from Northern Virginia Community College in 1999 with a degree in Veterinary Technology. She received her Certification in Rehabilitation in 2008 from University of Tennessee, and went on to receive her Certification in Canine Fitness as well as Master Trainer in 2016, also from The University of Tennessee. 

Kim lives in Louisa County with her 3 horses, 5 dogs, and 1 cat. Kimberly enjoys gardening, reading, riding her horses, and caring for special needs dogs.  


Jessi Vint, LVT

Veterinary Technician

Jessi joined the AWC team in May of 2017.  She received her B.S. in Biology from Bridgewater College in 2010 and her A.A.S. in Veterinary Technology from BRCC in 2013. She has had a passion for animals since childhood which led her into the veterinary field. Jessi’s professional interests include feline, geriatric, and neonatal medicine, as well as physical therapy and orthopedics.

Outside of work, she enjoys gardening, listening to music, watching sports, and spending time with her family and friends. Jessi adores her cats: Spencer Reed, Sheldon Cooper, Bernadette, Marmalade, and Daphne; and her dog Teather. 


Page Smith


Page is our receptionist who joined the AWC team in 2013. She is originally from Norfolk, Virginia and relocated to the Charlottesville area in 2006.

Page is a retired Licensed Practical Nurse living in Crozet with her husband, Bud, and their three rescued pups, Benny, Pixie and Stella. Other than spending time with family, friends, and her dogs, Page enjoys horseback riding, garden design, and reading.


Abby Hirschi     


Abby graduated from Western Albemarle High School in 2011. After high school she attended Concord University for sports medicine and physical therapy. She hopes to pursue her dreams of becoming an Equine Vet and owning her own farm. 

Abby lives near Afton with her 3 dogs, Barron, Alfalfa, and Nala. She also owns 3 horses, TG, Bellabee, and Noodle.  In her spare time she volunteers at a local horse rescue. 


Sido Shira      

Veterinary Assistant

Sido was raised on a farm in Churchville, Virginia with dogs, cats, horses, cattle and goats.  After working for a local Veterinarian in High School she attended Virginia Tech and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal and Poultry Sciences.  She plans to continue her education and become a Licensed Veterinary Technician.  

In her free time she enjoys, gardening, hiking and playing lots of Frisbee with her Border Collie mix, Finn. 




Danielle LaRue       

Veterinary Assistant

Danielle was born and raised in Earlysville, Virginia. At a young age, she developed a strong passion for animal welfare. She is currently majoring in biology with plans to continue her career in veterinary medicine.  

Outside of the hospital, Danielle enjoys skiing, camping, and hiking with her dogs Sunny and Luna.




Julia Kalambakal   

Veterinary Assistant

Julia was born in Torrance, California and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. Her and her family moved to Virginia in 2011. Shortly after graduating from Fluvanna County, Julia worked at the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA as a Veterinary Assistant where she was employed for 2 1/2 years. Julia was fortunate enough to be a part of the Houston and Atlanta disaster relief rescues as well as rescuing animals from extreme hording cases. Julia is currently enrolled in an online college Penn Foster and studies Veterinary Technology. 

Julia's family includes 3 dogs called, Betty, Charlene, and Dexter, a cat called Brix, and a beta fish called Lucifer. She also enjoys horseback riding in her free time.