Thursday, November 23rd, 2017

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GREENBRIER ANIMAL CARE CENTER

A lifestyle of caring for animals’ medical and dental health

by Kym Bach


Dr. Jerilyn Mitchell and Mickey

Dr. Jerilyn Mitchell and Mickey

Celebrating their ninth year of practice as Greenbrier Animal Care Center, veterinarians, Jerilyn and Thomas Mitchell reflect on the goal they set in the beginning: to offer the highest standards in pet health care. Graduates of Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, Doctors Jerilyn and Tommy have a combined 44 years of experience, managing and practicing medicine at various clinics before opening one of their own. Designed by the Mitchells, their state-of-the-art facility accommodates the needs of a variety of small and large animals alike. Since September of 2008, they have continued to provide a comfortable, compassionate and professional environment for pets and their families.

Doctors Tommy and Jerilyn have three children who are currently interested in following in their parents’ footsteps. The family’s love of animals is not only evident in the hospital but at home as well, with their house and farm full of dogs, cats, fish, a horse, goats, sheep, hogs, steer, chickens and ducks. Dr. Tommy practices in the hospital in some capacity, but he is also involved with local veterinary emergency and large animal medicine, bringing this valuable knowledge and service to the Mitchells’ veterinary care center.

In addition to working with clients to keep their pets happy and healthy, Dr. Mitchell continues with her rescue work. Taking time to support a number of dog and cat rescue efforts throughout Hampton Roads has been a privilege. “We’ve been helping animals that would otherwise just be invisible, and we are meeting many grateful families along the way,” she says.

Greenbrier Animal Care Center does what they can to help find homes for rescued animals. They frequently feature animals on their website that are in need of new homes. Dr. Mitchell works with several area rescue groups to provide affordable exams, vaccines, blood work, treatments and surgeries. With the high number of animals in shelters, there is a great need for medical and foster care assistance.

Greenbrier Animal Care Center takes pride in the number of services they provide for their patients. One service in particular is helping prevent and battle the effects of a common and problematic condition in many companion animals. Dental disease causes issues beyond oral aesthetics and health. It can progress from bad breath and tartar build-up all the way to internal organ damage. Having digital dental radiography (x-rays) gives Dr. Mitchell a more comprehensive diagnostic ability.

“The benefit of this technology is the ability to detect problem areas under the gumline before the pet is in distress. Dogs often suffer in silence; most people don’t realize they are in pain until after the tooth is pulled and their dog or cat is happy again,” she laments.  This elective procedure is highly recommended: not only does it give pets a better quality of life, but it also saves clients money in the long run.

“Another common problem among pets these days is obesity, so we try to educate our clients about the issue. For example, diabetes in an overweight animal is definitely a huge risk factor, but joint and arthritic problems can arise as well.” Dr. Mitchell continues, “There could be any number of underlying medical conditions and pet owners may not understand what those health issues are, unless a veterinarian explains them. That’s why we not only advise our clients, but we support them along the way.”


Pets will actively mask signs of illness until it is too late.
Just like humans, they needto be examined annually by a doctor
and have routine screening/monitoring tests.


In addition to helping pets shed the pounds, Greenbrier Animal Care Center has a unique service that can help with the effects of excess weight on a pet’s joints. Therapeutic laser treatments use a designated wavelength to enhance cellular activity within the affected tissues and bones, drawing in healing elements such as water, oxygen and nutrients. This produces results such as decreased inflammation to a joint, quicker healing time of an incision or wound, increased circulation and pain relief. Having a therapy laser allows for a chemical free and non-invasive treatment for many patients.



Back row from left: Dr. Jerilyn Mitchell, Brittany Fabiani holding Roman, Megan Jones holding Ruby, and Meagh Pulvermuller <BR>Front row: Krista Carila, LVT and Amanda Brown. Not pictured: Sam Sember, Casey McCrossan, LVT and Jessica Forinash

Back row from left: Dr. Jerilyn Mitchell, Brittany Fabiani holding Roman, Megan Jones holding Ruby, and Meagh Pulvermuller
Front row: Krista Carila, LVT and Amanda Brown. Not pictured: Sam Sember, Casey McCrossan, LVT and Jessica Forinash


Microchip application and registration is another highly valued and recommended service Greenbrier Animal Care Center offers. The Home Again microchip is an easy and affordable way to link a missing pet to their family. Owners are able to add or change information and renew their membership annually. If a pet is missing, lost pet alerts are sent to surrounding hospitals, shelters and designated pet rescuers. The program also grants access to the 24/7 Emergency Medical Hotline, and more.

“We offer a wide range of services to meet the needs of your pet throughout every stage of their lives. We place strong emphasis on wellness programs with comprehensive examinations, blood tests and vaccination protocols to keep your pet healthy and protected,” Dr. Mitchell affirms. Pets cannot tell us if they feel unwell and may have no obvious physical indicators of internal illness. Pets will actively mask signs of illness until it is too late. Just like humans, they need to be examined annually by a doctor and have routine screening/monitoring tests run. A general guide to these types of tests based on pet age can be found on their website.

Greenbrier Animal Care Center is equipped to serve their patients and their families through both medical care and their boarding services. “Cats are kept in our unique multi-level ‘kitty condos’ that are in a separate area away from the noise and stress of the hospital,” Dr. Mitchell emphasizes. “These spacious condos allow multiple cats from the same household to stay together. We try to accommodate a wide variety of exotic pets too: rabbits, guinea pigs, and even chickens have stayed at the hospital. And any special medical needs a pet may have, like diabetes, are cared for as well. Stress for a pet while an owner is away is very common, and it’s very important to make sure the pet is still eating. We make sure we keep an eye on the boarding pets and often ask owners to bring in their own food, so there is no dietary change.”



A general guide to (screening) tests
based on pet age
can be found on their website.


The center also offers an online pet store and pharmacy, an easy and convenient way to take care of any pet’s needs, and they can deliver directly to their client’s doorstep. Additional services offered by Dr. Mitchell are in-house diagnostics, surgeries and access to board certified specialists if needed for more difficult cases. These physicians include surgeons, an internal medicine specialist, an ophthalmologist, and a cardiologist. Whatever it takes, Dr. Mitchell and her staff ensure that their clients’ pets will receive the best care available.

The staff at Greenbrier Animal Care Center say that their love of animals is a lifestyle at home and at the office. Their first priority is their relationship, not only with the patients, but also with their families. They have created an extended family that radiates warmth, friendship and mutual respect among their colleagues, clients, and beloved animals.





Greenbrier Animal Care Center

1813 Greenbrier Parkway
Chesapeake, VA 23320

757-962-9799
http://www.greenbrieranimalcarecenter.com