1605 N. Franklin St.
Christiansburg, VA

(540) 382-5042

Our Veterinarians

Doctors_KellyBurdetteKelly Burdette, DVM

Kelly Burdette is a VMRCVM graduate of 1992 and opened Town and Country Veterinary Clinic the summer after graduation. She is now the sole owner of the clinic. The clinic has grown over the past 24 years from a one-doctor practice with 2 employees to a 10-doctor, 24-hour, full-service veterinary hospital that now employs over 50 staff members.

Dr. Burdette has special interests and additional training in soft tissue surgery, ultrasound, and internal medicine. She performs many of the specialized surgeries currently available at the practice. Her time is now divided between working as a small animal veterinarian and as hospital director of Town and Country Veterinary Clinic.

Dr. Burdette was born and raised in Maryland with lots of animals and thanks her Mom, Joyce Burdette, for her deep passion and love of animals. She moved to the New River Valley in 1988 and now resides in Blacksburg with her husband, John Barr, Jr., her five daughters, ages 12 to 18, and many, many pets.


Doctors_JulieClarkJulie Clark, DVM

Dr. Julie Clark joined Town & Country Veterinary Clinic as a full-time Associate Veterinarian in July of 2003.  She is a graduate of The Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine.  She began part-time work in 2006 after the birth of her first daughter, and currently works mostly weekends.

Julie, originally from Lynchburg, VA, currently lives with her husband, three young daughters, and one pet cat here in Christiansburg.






Doctors_RLeePyleLee Pyle, DVM, Cardiologist

Dr. R. Lee Pyle is presently Professor Emeritus of Cardiology at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA. He has held academic appointments at the University of Pennsylvania, Colorado State University and Mississippi State University.

Dr. Pyle received his cardiology training at the University of Pennsylvania and has taught cardiology for many years to veterinary students, residents, and practicing veterinarians. He is a member of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Cardiology). Dr. Pyle’s research interests include congenital heart diseases, canine pulmonary hypertension, and the use of echocardiograpy to assess cardiac performance and disease.



Doctors_AmySandersonAmy W. Sanderson, DVM

Dr. Sanderson studied biology at the University of Virginia, pursued graduate study in microbiology at Virginia Commonwealth University, and is a 1988 graduate of the Virginia­-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine.

She practiced for several years in Gastonia, NC. The family returned to Virginia in 2004, at which time she joined the staff of Town and Country Veterinary Clinic.

Dr. Sanderson’s special interests are general medicine and soft tissue surgery/wound repair, and just doing her best to keep pets happy and healthy!

She and her husband Bill live in Blacksburg. When not on road trips to visit their now grown son and daughter, they are likely to be hiking the many beautiful trails in our area.



Nina Templeton, DVM, House Calls

Dr. Nina Templeton, along with her golden retriever Lyle (who took over from his grandmother, Lucy), is Town and Country’s house call vet. Dr. Templeton, who used to work in our clinic, explains her job this way: “Several years ago, when I wanted more time at home with my children and several clients had requested that we offer a house call service, Dr. Burdette approached me about being our house call vet. I jumped at the opportunity, and totally enjoy my job! Not only are house calls a convenience for our clients and more comfortable for many of our patients, actually being at my patient’s home often allows me insight into a situation not possible in an exam room at the clinic. Unlike many house call vets, who work as solo practitioners, I am extremely fortunate to be part of an excellent full service 24-hour veterinary practice. If my patients need further testing or treatment that I can not  offer in their home, have an emergency, or if I am not available, our house call clients are already Town and Country clients and their pet’s medical record is at Town and Country.”

Dr. Templeton is a graduate of Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in Blacksburg. She enjoys spending time with her two and four legged family members, hiking, gardening, sewing, reading, dancing, baking and cooking. Additionally, Nina and Lyle have completed a Therapy Dog class and he works at elementary schools helping kids with reading, speech and socialization. Lyle and Dr. Templeton live in Blacksburg with Nina’s husband Tom. They have three grown sons, three wonderful daughter-in-laws, grandcats and granddogs, and are finally enjoying being grandparents, which, by the way, really IS as much fun as it’s cracked up to be!!

For more information or to schedule a house call, please contact Town and Country Veterinary Clinic at (540) 382-5042.



Doctors_DesireeThomasDesiree Thomas, DVM

Dr. Desiree Thomas was born and raised in Montgomery County, Maryland.  She did her undergraduate studies at James Madison University, and her doctorate of veterinary medicine at University of Pennsylvania.  After working as a small animal veterinarian in Baltimore for 5 years, Dr. Thomas moved to southwestern VA, where she has been employed with Town and Country Veterinary Clinic since 2001.

She has interests in feline behavioral disorders, canine anxiety and dentistry.  She has received additional continuing education in both these areas.

Her hobbies include different types of dance, including contra, swing, and country waltz, as well as movies, and riding her motorcycle.  She resides in Blacksburg with her 2 cats.



Doctors_DeborahTuckerDeborah Tucker, DVM

Dr. Deb Tucker joined Town & Country Veterinary Clinic as a full-time Veterinarian in June of 2004.  She is a graduate of the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine.  Her special interests in veterinary medicine include surgery, specifically orthopedic procedures, and ultrasonography.

Deb, and her husband Dave, relocated to Virginia from Vermont in 1999.  Her hobbies include horseback riding and photography. Deb and Dave reside with their dogs, cats, and horses here in the New River Valley.






Doctors_TonyaWoloshinTanya “Wally” Woloshin, DVM

Dr. Wally has been with TCVC since the summer of 2010.  She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Delaware and returned there to work towards her Master’s degree in animal nutrition.  She was accepted into Vet school prior to completing the Master’s degree but gained valuable knowledge in that field.  Dr. Wally graduated in 2008 from the Virginia Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine.

Originally from the New York area, Dr. Wally has lived and worked in the New River Valley since 2004.  She lives in Blacksburg with her husband, Stephen, and her two daughters, Marin and Lydia. Dr. Wally has two Briards, a Collie mix, one cat, and a few dozen chickens.

Dr. Wally’s special interests are in emergency medicine, nutrition, dermatology and reproduction.

“All animals, except man, know that the principal business of life is to enjoy it.” –Samuel Butler



Doctors_SarahSchmokeSarah Schmoke, DVM 

Dr. Sarah Schmoke was born and raised on a small farm in Northern Michigan. Dr. Schmoke received her doctorate of veterinary medicine from Ross University and she completed her clinical training at Cornell University. In 2014, Dr. Schmoke moved from upstate New York to the New River Valley and joined Town and Country Veterinary Clinic. Her special interests include emergency medicine and cardiology.

Dr. Schmoke lives on a farm with her two horses, two cats, 15 chickens, and one very spoiled English Pointer, Wes. In her free time she enjoys riding her horses and hiking with Wes.





Doctors_NicholasCanevariNicholas Canevari, DVM

Dr. Nicholas Canevari joined Town and Country Veterinary clinic as a full time veterinarian in 2015. Dr. Canevari received his doctorate of veterinary medicine from Ross University and he completed his clinical training at Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. Prior to veterinary school, Dr. Canevari worked as a contractor in New York City.

In his free time, Dr. Canevari enjoys riding his horse, fishing, hiking, and tending his garden.






Doctors_MindyWendellMindy Wendell, Hospital Manager

Mindy joined Town & Country Veterinary Clinic in 2007 and grew up right here in the New River Valley. She left her hometown in pursuit of different career options, including managing a customer service department within a fortune 500 company and owning her own business in a competitive metropolitan market.

She is thrilled to be back in the NRV with her extensive friends and family. Mindy strives to utilize her previous business experience and knowledge at Town & Country Veterinary Clinic to manage the hospital in a professional manner and to ensure you and your pets needs are met.