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Lori Blankenship received her Bachelor of Science in biology from Indiana University of Pennsylvannia in 1989, Ph.D. in genetic toxicology from George Washington University in 1996 and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 2000.
After 14 years of formal education,she then explored research progressed. Dr. Blankenship practiced veterinary medicine in a conventional veterinary practice for 10 years while studying holistic medicine. She received certification in veterinary acupuncture from the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society. She has taken many courses in Chinese herbal medicine, Chinese food therapy and Western herbal medicine. Most recently, she attended the course in Veterinary Homeopathy offered by Dr. Richard Pitcairn and is currently in the certification process.
Dr. Blankenship continues to further her education through seminars and lectures offered by AHVMA, AVH, VBMA and classes in traditional chinese medicine from Chi Institute. Her passion is providing our companions the best chance for a long, health life with us. With fore site and open an open mind, she always trys to see the complete picture and formulate a plan that will lead to improvements and patient health.
Jessica recently relocated to the area from New Jersey. While she misses the beach, she is enjoying meeting and helping new clients with Dr. Blankenship. Being able to see and work with clients in their own home is a passion she is happy to continue here in Virginia. The house call appointment is truly one of her favorite experiences. Watching a pet really enjoy their exam and appointment in their own home is a rare and valued experience. Being able to work with horses again is a big bonus for her, as well.
For the past 18 years, Jessica has worked in the veterinary field, both with holistic and homeopathic doctors. She attended school here in Virginia at Randolph-Macon Woman’s College and also in New Jersey at Rowan University.
Therese, a life long resident of the Culpeper area, started her career in veterinary medicine in 2000. She holds a degree in veterinary technology from Blue Ridge Community College and is our licensed veterinary technician. She brings strong technical skills and lessons from her years of experience to our practice, as well as her passion for caring for all animals. We are thrilled to have her to provide your pets with the best possible nursing care. She has a special interest in service dogs and rehabilitation medicine. Therese, her daughter, three cats, and 2 dogs are a wonderful addition to the Animals First family.
Theresa Bryant is our in house massage therapist. Theresa has been performing massage therapy on dogs and horses since 1986. Often we use our acupuncture appointments in conjunction with Theresa's healing massage to help reach maximum relief for our patients with musculoskeletal issues.
Theresa graduated from Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy, an accredited human massage school. She has extensive experience working on large and small animals. She has had the pleasure of working with top-level dressage, jumper, steeplechase, timber and event horses. Her work even extended to the 1988 Summer Olympics where she performed massage on top equine athletes. Among Theresa’s clients are numerous canine conformation champions and sport dogs. Guide dogs also have found comfort and relief from her healing hands. She has started to work with agility dogs at local Trial events.