Bruce Welch, DVM, CCRT, Partner
Dr. Welch was born and raised on a small farm in Stephens City, Virginia. In 1998 Dr. Welch, and business partner Dr. Brian Cather, opened Animal Medical Center of Frederick County in Stephens City, Virginia.
Education: DVM, Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, 1992; BS Animal Science (minors: Biology & Chemistry), Virginia Tech, 1988
Certifications & special training: Various, not limited to: TPLO, TTA, Fracture Management (Basic and Advanced), and BioMetrics. Canine Rehabilitation Therapy course at Canine Rehabilitation Institute.
Professional interests: Surgery (laser, endoscopic, soft-tissue and orthopedics), dentistry, pet rehabilitation therapy, and wellness care.
Leisure interests: Dr. Welch enjoys farming, biking, woodworking, collecting antique vehicles, and scuba diving, all with the company of his wife and three children. Of course, he enjoys time with his 3 furry companions (1 dog, 2 cats).
Brian Cather, DVM, Partner
Dr. Cather was born and raised in Frederick County, Virginia. In July of 1998 Dr. Cather, and business partner Dr. Bruce Welch, opened Animal Medical Center of Frederick County in Stephens City, Virginia.
Education: DVM, Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, 1992; BS Animal Science, Virginia Tech, 1989
Certifications & special training: Various, not limited to: TPLO, TTA, and Fracture Management (Basic and Advanced)
Professional interests: Internal medicine, ultrasound, and general orthopedic surgery.
Leisure interests: Dr. Cather enjoys the outdoors and spending time with his wife, three children, and menagerie of pets.
Susanne (Sue) Hirsch, DVM
Dr. Sue was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. After graduation, along with her twin sister Dr. Roe Hirsch, she practiced small animal medicine in Louisiana for 17 years. Dr. Sue moved to Northern Virginia in 1998 and joined the Animal Medical Center team in 2005.
Education: DVM, Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine, 1980
Professional interests: Dr. Sue limits her patients to dogs and cats only, and enjoys both canine and feline internal medicine, as well as shelter medicine. Dr. Sue is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and serves as the supervising veterinarian at the Humane Society of Warren County.
Leisure interests: Over the years, Dr. Sue has engaged in backpacking, hiking, rock climbing, canoeing and bicycling, and holds a second degree black belt in Taekwondo. These days she enjoys hikes in the Shenandoah National Park, vegetable gardening, reading, and is an avid football fan. Dr. Sue is known to root for the LSU Tigers and the New Orleans Saints. Dr. Sue is a member of the St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and shares her home with her seven cats. She holds certificates in Outdoor Education and Mountaineering for the National Outdoor Leadership School in Lander, Wyoming. She is a third order Secular Discalced Carmelite at the Discalced Carmelite Monastery in Washington, DC.
Shelley Hoffman, DVM
Dr. Hoffman joined the Animal Medical Center team in 2006. Before she obtained her DVM degree in 1997 she spent several years in restaurant and retail management.
Education: DVM, Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, 1997; BS Biology, University of Mary Washington, 1985
Special training: Dr. Hoffman has trained in veterinary acupuncture with the International Veterinary Acupuncture society as well as distance learning studies in Chinese Herbal Medicine with the College of Integrative Veterinary Therapies in Australia.
Professional interests: Dr. Hoffman is a member of both the Virginia Veterinary Medical Association and the American Veterinary Medical Association.
Leisure interests: Dr. Hoffman enjoys practicing yoga, playing competitive backgammon, learning to play the violin, and enjoying family. She shares her home with a pack of dachshunds, a few cats, and several guinea pigs.
Rachael Nuzzo, DVM
Dr. Nuzzo joined the Animal Medical Center team in late 2013. She has previously worked at Franklin County Animal Hospital in Rock Mount, Virginia, and at Valley Veterinary Emergency and Referral Center in Winchester, Virginia.
Education: DVM, Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, 2011; BS Animal and Poultry Science & BS Dairy Science, Virginia Tech, 2007
Professional interests: Internal medicine, ultrasound and pain management.
Leisure interests: She enjoys spending her free time with her furry companions, and sometimes her husband too.
Kim Arthur, DVM
Patricia Munizza, DVM