Harrisonburg Veterinary Center
Our nonprofit veterinary center offers a full range of high quality, affordable services
About Anicira Harrisonburg
Since 2005, Anicira Veterinary Center has been providing high-quality and affordable veterinary care to the Shenandoah Valley Region. Anicira first opened it’s doors as a low-cost spay/neuter clinic in 2005 under the name Shenandoah Valley Spay/Neuter Clinic before adding services and rebranding in 2016 as Anicira Veterinary Center. Anicira has evolved over the years as a direct response to the needs of the community by expanding to offer a broader range of affordable services including general surgery, dental and oral surgery, and primary care.
under 50 pounds $179
50-75 pounds $199
76-100 pounds $249
100+ pounds $279
Male and Female $219
Additional Procedures (required, if present)
Umbilical hernia repair (with spay/neuter surgery) $69
Inguinal cryptorchid neuter $39
Bilateral inguinal cryptorchid $49
Pyometra (additional fee includes IV catheter and antibiotics) $109
Additional Procedure (Electable)
Preanesthetic Blood Word $89
Hind dewclaw removal for dogs $19/Dewclaw
Deciduous tooth removal $35
- Pre-anesthetic physical examination
- Individualized general anesthetic plan based on age, body type, breed
- Vital sign monitoring by professional care team members
- Pre- and post- operative pain medication to ensure that our patients remain comfortable both during and after the procedure
- After surgery each patient is kept comfortable with a warming system
- Post-op clinic exam if necessary
What Clients are Saying
Excellent, friendly service from scheduling through discharge. Took care of our pup, kept us updated, and explained everything very well before we took him home.
Everyone was so helpful and friendly! Thanks for the amazing customer service! The staff truly cared about our pets and patiently answered our questions.
Always a wonderful experience with AniCira. Everyone is friendly and helpful. I love taking my babies there. Thanks Guys!!
Everyone was very friendly and helpful. We felt very comfortable leaving our pet with them. The after surgery information was awesome and thorough. The charges were half of what our local vet wanted.
Anicira is amazing. They always treat my animals like their own and treat the humans with such kindness.
Meet Our Team
Caring for pets is our passion. We ensure that each pet receives the dignity and respect they deserve.
Cate is the founding President and CEO of the Anicira Veterinary Centers. Since starting in this position in January of 2005, Cate has worked to improve the lives of people and animals in Virginia. During this time, the clinics have seen major growth both in the number of animals served and the breadth of services provided. Cate received a MS in public policy and animals from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine and a BA in government from the University of Virginia. Cate is a Certified Animal Welfare Administrator (CAWA) as well as a Certified Veterinary Practice Manager (CVPM). She shares her life with her three mixed-breed adopted dogs Bernadette, Liliana, and Louie.
As Hospital Administrator, Melissa spends most of her time making sure daily operations run smoothly. Melissa is very passionate about her job at Anicira and cares very deeply about providing high-quality veterinary care and excellent client service. She works tirelessly to create an environment that feels welcoming where pet parents can be confident that their four-legged family member is receiving the best care. Her favorite part of working at Anicira is helping pets and their families who would otherwise not receive necessary veterinary care and seeing the happy success stories. In 2021, Melissa earned her Certified Veterinary Practice Manager (CVPM). Outside of work, Melissa shares her life with her long-term significant other and their six beloved pets. She loves cooking and trying new foods, being outside, watching new movies, and spending time with her closest friends and family.
Dr. Oelstrom has been involved with Anicira Veterinary Center since October 2013. She started as an associate veterinarian at the Manassas hospital helping the practice to grow and helping countless pets and their families. She now serves as the Chief Medical Officer overseeing all of the Anicira hospitals.
Megan received a BA in biology from the University of Virginia in 2005 and earned a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) from Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2010. After graduation, she completed a small animal rotating internship at Regional Veterinary Referral Center in Springfield, Virginia.
She has exhibited a passion for surgery and helping animals in need since veterinary school. During that time, she volunteered with the Rural Area Veterinary Service providing spay/neuter and vaccine clinics in remote areas of the United States.
Megan feels blessed to be able to help animals in her community by providing affordable surgical services.
When not in the hospital, Dr. Oelstrom enjoys many outdoor activities (beach-going, skiing, camping) with her husband, two children, and her “Mississippi mutt”, Obi.
Dr. Bullock received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine. During a typical day at work, she can be found in the surgery or dentistry suite- two of her favorite places at Anicira. Dr. Bullock’s affinity for surgery was discovered at an early age. She would spend hours playing the game Operation including in the back seat of the car on road trips. Dr. Bullock loves working with animals at Anicira because she can perform surgery and other procedures that help the animals and often save their lives. She is passionate about providing excellent surgical care for pets and wants the best for each patient. Dr. Bullock shares her life with three horses, one dog, and three cats. She enjoys competing and vetting endurance rides and has over 4,000 endurance miles. Dr. Bullock is constantly on the move. When she is not participating in endurance rides, she enjoys working on her small farm, flower gardening, fox hunting, and leisurely trail riding.
Dr. Artale graduated from UNC-Wilmington with a degree in biology and a minor in chemistry. She then received her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Artale enjoys treating patients for a wide variety of reasons that they visit Anicira. She is most interested in soft-tissue surgery and dentistry procedures. When she is not at work, Dr. Artale spends her time riding four-wheelers and kayaking in local rivers. She enjoys spending time with her family and taking her nieces and nephew fishing and crawfishing. Dr. Artale shares her life with two beloved dogs Biddy, a Saint Bernard, and Dori, a chocolate Poodle mix.
Dr. Bond graduated from Christopher Newport University with a Bachelor of Science in cellular, molecular, and physiological biology. She continued her studies at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine where she earned her doctor of veterinary medicine degree. Dr. Bond loves working together with pets and their families parents to formulate a successful treatment plan. She is very passionate about client education and fully believes no one knows their pets better than their parents. Working at Anicira, she enjoys being able to provide medical and surgical care to animals that might not otherwise receive it. Outside of work, you can find Dr. Bond working out at Crossfit Harrisonburg and hiking with her dog. She has a soft spot for male orange tabby cats and has three of her own named Finn, Killua, and Gojo. Her dog, Lucy, came from a shelter in West Virginia and was the first dog she performed a spay surgery on during vet school.
Dr. DeRosa earned her Master’s Degree in Veterinary Medicine helping farmers in a developing country. She enjoys working in Anicira’s medical department with patients seeking preventative care and treating dermatological problems. Dr. DeRosa’s passion for treating pets comes from her experience growing up in an area where there was limited access to veterinary care. She believes that by helping pets, she is helping people too. In her free time, Dr. DeRosa enjoys gardening, spending time with her family, and being involved in her church’s activities.
Dr. Eure graduated from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. Throughout his years as a Veterinarian, he has enjoyed inspiring others, providing high-quality care to animals in need, and focusing on helping both pets and their families live better lives. Dr. Eure shares his life with a dog named Shashta and a cat named Gandalf. During his time not in surgery, he loves to go whitewater kayaking especially at Watauga River Gorge and he has kayaked through the Grand Canyon a total of four times- 227 miles each trip!
Dr. Kivlighan graduated from UVA with a degree in biology and fulfilled her life-long dream of becoming a Veterinarian by receiving her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Kivlighan’s day is never the same and she loves it that way. She works in the medical department at Anicira and enjoys seeing pets for routine preventive care, sick visits, and emergencies. In her free time, she enjoys being by the water with her two dogs – who are, in her opinion, the cutest and funniest dogs ever. Dr. Kivlighan enjoys seeing the love between pet parents and their animals and engaging with them in a meaningful way.
Dr. Thompson received her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine and joined the team at Anicira in July 2021.
Brittney is a talented veterinary technician and leader with a B.A. in Animal Science, an M.S. in Agricultural Education, and an AAS in Veterinary Technology. Brittney first became interested in veterinary medicine when she was a young girl. Her father was an x-ray engineer and she would travel with him to many different veterinary practices. Brittney began her professional experience working in a large animal practice focusing on horses. Her favorite part of working at Anicira is helping patients that may not be able to receive veterinary care anywhere else and improving their quality of life. It brings her joy to see her patients improve! Brittney loves being busy inside and outside of the veterinary center. In her free time, she and her husband enjoy skiing, golf, visiting vineyards, and entertaining guests. They share their lives with their two cats Inky and Charlie and their border collie mix May.
Lauren received her Associate of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology at Blue Ridge Community College in 2021. She is passionate about pet care and gives each animal the same level of care and attention that she would want her own to receive. Lauren most enjoys working on dentistry cases and teaching clients more about pet care. She loves seeing the strong bonds between people and pets. Lauren shares her life with her fiancé and pets. She has a goat named Ralph, a cat named Goober, and two dogs named Jasmine and Baxter. In her free time, she enjoys hiking with her dogs and watching movies with her fiancé.
Lauren received her AAS in Veterinary Technology from Blue Ridge Community College. She has been an animal lover from a very young age and brought many animals home as a child. Lauren’s passion for animals has grown even deeper over the years. She loves watching pets improve after receiving veterinary care and working with their families to teach them more about how to care for their pets. Lauren is very energetic, outgoing, and enjoys working closely with her work “family.” When she’s not working, she likes spending time with her family and friends, visiting local wineries and breweries, and kayaking. Lauren has a yellow Labrador named Paisley.
Kelsey received an Associate Degree in Applied Science with a major in Veterinary Technology from Blue Ridge Community College. Kelsey always knew she wanted to work with animals and enjoys being an advocate for her patients. Kelsey likes spending time with her wife, watching action and comedy movies, reading mystery and sci-fi books, playing video games, and spending time with their dog Rumple and cat Freya. Kelsey’s favorite parts of working at Anicira are assisting with dentistry and oral surgery, being able to help our animal welfare partners and working with feral cats.
Jessi attended Bridgewater College where she received a bachelor’s degree in biology and later attend Blue Ridge Community College where she earned her AAS in Veterinary Technology. From a young age, Jessi has loved animals. Her favorite part of working at Anicira is that the focus is on the patient’s health and well-being above all else. Jessi is proud of In her free time, Jessi likes to garden, watch and play sports, and to listen to music. She enjoys spending time with her friends, family, and her seven rescue pets.
Karen received her AAS in Veterinary Technology from Blue Ridge Community College. Karen loves serving our clients and patients at Anicira so much that she drives an hour each day to work. Growing up, Karen would bring home animals that needed care and would work tirelessly to save them. She believes that we are the voice for animals and loves being able to help them in any capacity. During her free time, she enjoys hiking at Bear Church- a 12-mile hike!, kickboxing, and watching movies with her husband and two teenagers. Karen has a rescue chihuahua named Ruru and a cat named Optimus Prime.
After working in South Carolina for several years as a receptionist and Veterinary Technician, Rachel moved to Virginia and has continued her career in veterinary medicine. Her favorite part of working with the animals is seeing the joy they bring to their families. Rachel has three dogs Cooper, Luna and Milo, and spends her weekends with her husband hiking in the Shenandoah National Park, going to breweries or her favorite vineyard Barren Ridge.
Elizabeth graduated from the Veterinary Technician program at Blue Ridge Community College in 2021. She grew up near Harrisonburg on a farm and has always had an interest in helping animals. Elizabeth loves getting to know pets and their families and is grateful for the opportunity to form a relationship with all family members. Her favorite part of working at Anicira is helping pets receive care that may not be able to afford care elsewhere. Outside of work, she enjoys camping with her family. Elizabeth has two cats – Flounder and Zero – and two dogs – Gage and Ruger.
Candice is working towards receiving her AAS in Veterinary Technology from the Penn Foster Tech Program. She has worked in animal welfare for 10 years and has a deep love for cats and dogs. In addition to her love for companion animals, Candice has a lifelong passion for wildlife conservation. She enjoys working in the surgery department at Anicira and providing affordable care to pets in need. Candice loves being a voice for animals and advocating for each pet she interacts with. When a pet is in her care, Candice considers them part of her extended family and treats them as such. Outside of work, she enjoys live music, gardening, and spending time with her cat named Skye.
Haley has always had a passion for helping animals. She thrives in this field of work where she is able to be a voice for the animals and help care for them. Each day, Haley works in various capacities to help the Veterinary Center run smoothly. When she is home, she enjoys game night with her family, going to amusement parks, and playing with her three cats Moe, Momma, and Puff. Haley considers the work she does to be very rewarding and it is what drives her passion for animal welfare.
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Dan graduated from Northern Arizona University with a degree in Political Science. When he is not working, Dan enjoys spending time with his wife, building fun things for his two boys, having an outdoor movie night, and visiting the local breweries with his dogs Tucker, Flash, and Aurie. Dan also has three cats, Monty, Abigail, Wednesday, and usually a foster cat too. Flash, an Anicira Alum, considers himself more person than dog and loves to sit on the arm of a couch. Dan loves seeing the transformation of animals as they move through a recovery process, whether it be from illness, injury or abandonment.
As marketing and communications manager, Katie is responsible for sharing the remarkable stories of pet families helped by Anicira. She spends her days crafting web, email and social media copy, working on advertising campaigns, and developing marketing materials such as video testimonials and newsletters. Her favorite part of working at Anicira is witnesses the happy stories of pets healed through access to veterinary care and observing the deep connection between pets and their families. Katie graduated from the University of Virginia in 2017 with a degree in Media Studies. In her free time, Katie enjoys hiking with her dog Pookie, paddleboarding, playing volleyball, and hanging out at local breweries.
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