My love of animals and veterinary medicine began early in my life. I spent most of my childhood living on a farm in Cumberland County where my family acquired a variety of furry friends that ranged from not only cats and dogs but to cows and horses, pigs and goats, roosters, peacocks and even guineas. In the early 90’s, when I was 6 years old, my mother left a career in human medicine at Chippenham Hospital in Richmond to become a veterinary assistant for Dr. Stephan Larrick, the owner of Powhatan Animal Hospital at that time. The change was a choice of passion for my mother, who was not only a true animal lover but also a dedicated worker. My mother was always one of the most influential people in my life, so as a young girl, I took great interest in her work. Soon, I was given the opportunity to hang out with her and the rest of the PAH crew during my summers off from school, allowing me the chance to observe all of the different aspects of what makes an animal hospital operate. While observing my mother’s daily routine, Dr. Larrick would eagerly show me what exciting treatments and surgical procedures he was performing on that day. My curiosity quickly turned into a calling, and by the time I entered high school, I was offered a job at PAH. I would work there off and on during weekends and summers for the next 4 years.
When it was time for college, I decided dedication was the key to achieving my dream of becoming a veterinarian. While at the University of Florida, I continued to stay active in veterinary medicine by working at a local small animal hospital as well as the College of Veterinary Medicine. Upon graduation from veterinary school, I was fortunate to be given the opportunity to return home to Virginia and work at PAH alongside my mother, once again. Sadly, she would pass away unexpectedly 4 short months later. I will always cherish the time spent working with her.
When Dr. Larrick announced his retirement in January of 2015, after 27 years of loyal service to the greater Powhatan County community, I was happy for my mentor, but I also worried about the transition of ownership and its affects on the staff as well as that of the faithful clients of PAH. After meeting with Dr. Randy Pinkleton, my concerns were quickly allayed. His vision for the future of PAH is sound, rooted in a set of core values that include maintaining a client-focused practice and delivering the best of care to each animal and their owners. I couldn’t agree more with Dr. Pinkleton’s direction for our hospital. Our clientele is very important to me, not only because of their many years of dedication to PAH, but also the support they have given our staff, my mom, and me. I look forward to caring for your furry loved ones for years to come! Thank you, Dr. Menasco