Great Falls Animal Hospital

10125 Colvin Run Road Great Falls, VA 22066

703-759-2330

In case of an after-hours emergency please contact the following emergency hospitals:

The Life Center
165 Fort Evans Rd. NE
Leesburg VA, 20176
Phone: (703) 777-5755

VCA SouthPaws Veterinary Speicalists & Emergency Center
500 Arlington Blvd.
Fairfax, VA 22031
Phone: (703) 752-9100

The Hope Center for Advanced Veterinary Medicine
140 Park Street SE
Vienna, VA 22180
Phone: (703) 281-5121

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Meet Our Veterinarians

Great Falls Animal Hospital is staffed by a dedicated and professional group of people who love animals and respect the needs of clients.

RichardHenshaw

Richard Henshaw, D.V.M.

I received my D.V.M. degree from the University of Georgia in 1981.  My love of animals began long before that, however, as I had worked at the Great Falls Animal Hospital as an assistant for seven years.

Dr. Goldsmith and I purchased Great Falls Animal Hospital in 1982 from Dr. Edward Michelitch.

I enjoy treating all species of small animals from reptiles, small mammals (pocket pets) and birds, to cats and dogs.  I have owned many types of these pets over the years.  My wife, Ruth, and I currently enjoy the company of our Lab, Diesel, our cat, Buckwheat, and an Amazon Parrot named Buddy.

I have two daughters, Erin, who is working in Charlottesville, and Katherine, who is attending George Mason University.

In my spare time, I enjoy boating, hiking, fishing, photography, gardening, and traveling.  I also play the trombone, guitar, and harmonica.

My professional memberships include the American Veterinary Medical Association, Virginia Veterinary Medical Association, Northern Virginia Veterinary Medial Association, Association of Avian Veterinarians, and the DC Academy of Veterinary Medicine.  I have spoken before many school groups in the Northern Virginia area.  I am an active volunteer at the Fairfax County Animal Shelter.

My veterinary interest include medical diagnostic cases as well as surgery.  I balance these disciplines with management of the hospital facility and staff.

WilliamGoldsmith

William Goldsmith, D.V.M.

I can look back and see several critical factors that have formed who I am today.

I was a competitive swimmer in both high school (Ohio State Champions 1966) and college.  Swimming taught me the value of dedication, hard work, competition, and focus.

After an undergraduate degree in economics from Miami University (Ohio) and starting an MBA program at the Ohio State University, I was called into active duty in the Navy.  That time away from campus gave me the opportunity to assess career choice.  Upon returning to Ohio, I took a leave of absence from the MBA program (never looking back) and began course work for Veterinary Medicine graduating from the Ohio State University in 1980 with a DVM.

During my studies in Columbus, I supported myself as a bartender and waiter.  This experience not only gave me an appreciation for good food and wine, but most importantly helped me form my people and communication skills for clinical practice.

I accepted an associate position at Great Falls Animal Hospital because I loved what was then a quiet semi-rural tight knit community close to the culture of DC.  Obviously, some of that has changed since 1980, and yet Great Falls is still a very special place to me.

While in Northern Virginia, I have been actively involved in the Veterinary community.  I have maintained memberships in the American Animal Hospital Association, the American Veterinary Medical Association, and the Virginia Veterinary Medical Association.

LaurieCook

Laurie Cook, D.V.M.

I am a 1984 graduate of the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine and have been working at GFAH since 1986.  I grew up in Potomac, Maryland and did undergraduate work at the University of Maryland and the University of Massachusetts.

I have previously owned a Basset Hound, English Springer Spaniels, and rescue league Boxers.  But after discovering Wirehaired Pointing Griffons, I am hooked on these muppet-like dogs, and it is unlikely I will ever have any other breed.

My household includes my husband (Randy), 3 cats who were adopted from GFAH (Neo, Trinity, and Flute), and three Wirehaired Pointing Griffons (Gator, Hattie, and Tessie).  My son Tyler graduated with a degree in computer science from VCU in Richmond.

I am an avid Red Sox fan, having married into the “faith” in 1982.  To quote Annie Savoy (Susan Sarandon) from the movie Bull Durham, “I believe in the church of baseball.”  I watch just about every game and read about the state of the Nation daily.  My husband and I have also followed our boys around the country, and we hope to eventually visit every major league ballpark.  Our first Springer was named Fenway.  Go Sox!

Now that we are empty nesters, my husband and I spend a great deal of time enjoying our dogs.  Every weekend we can be found either training or competing, both locally and nationally, in rally, agility, obedience, and hunt tests. I love to talk to people about dog training, both for problem solving and teaching your dog to get ready to enter competition events.

The rest of my free time involves reading sci-fi, doing crosswords or logic puzzles, watching the Redskins and Patriots, and enjoying our area’s many fine restaurants.

DAnneGarrood

D. Anne Garrood, D.V.M.

I was born in Cambridge, England.  I went to the University of East Anglia form my bachelor’s degree in biology and then studied nursing (human!) in Sheffield.  After several years working at a pharmaceutical company in Nottingham running clinical trials of new drugs, I decided I wasted to see the United States.  I came to Pine Bluff, Arkansas on a one year nursing contract.  I was so taken by the country that at the end of my contract I returned home, sold my house, and returned immediately, this time to Gulfport, Mississippi.  Here I practiced nursing and went to the local community college to prepare for veterinary school.  I had always dreamed of being a veterinarian but had blown my examinations back in England because I was young and foolish (not anymore unfortunately!).  Now I could realize my dream.  I entered the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1987 and graduated in 1991.  1991 was a good year for me because I also became a United States citizen that year in Oxford, MS.

I have been working in the Northern Virginia area since I graduated and have been at GFAH since 1999.  I live with my cats (Zelda, Shelby, and Roughy) and my Longhaired Dachshund Tilly.  I enjoy taking Tilly to agility classes which she loves (or is it the hot dogs she loves?).  I live in Ashburn with my partner.  We both enjoy geocaching and each have over 750 caches in the U.S., Canada, England, and Scotland.  I am also learning how to play the piano.

I enjoy seeing small mammals, reptiles, birds etc. in addition to dogs and cats.  I am very interested in “alternative” or complementary medicine.  I took the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS) course in 1997 and have been practicing ever since with very encouraging results.  I am also studying homeopathy.

Cleland

Kimberly Cleland, D.V.M.

I am a graduate of the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine and Williams College undergrad (go Ephs!).  I live with my husband, son and daughter, and three fabulously friendly over sized cats.  I joined GFAH in 2003.  I am particularly interested in pain management (I am a member of the International Veterinary Pain Management Association), anesthesia, and caring for older pets.  Cats and dogs make up the majority of patients I treat but I also enjoy seeing exotics.  I feel very lucky to have a job where I can help animals (and by extension, their people) feel better.  I am fluent in French, and can get by in Mandarin, which was one of my majors.  In my spare time I like to read (especially science fiction and fantasy), write letters, and ballroom dance.

Sochurek

Elizabeth Sochurek, D.V.M

I started off life in Virginia Beach and being a Navy brat, got to travel to the Philippines and New Zealand. My family has always had pets: dogs, gerbils, guinea pigs, but having to care for my own horse made me realize my aspirations to pursue a career in veterinary medicine.

I did my undergraduate degree in Animal and Poultry Sciences at Virginia Tech and then decided to seek a Master’s degree in Laboratory Animal Science at MCP Hanhemann University in Philadelphia. I worked with small ruminants for a year after graduate school and then went back to Blacksburg for vet school at Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. Luckily my husband, Greg, and I share a passion for Hokie Football because the national championship game led to our meeting and eventual marriage.

We reside in Leesburg with our two awesome children, two dogs Sugar and Macho, and our four guinea pigs, Poppy, Branch, Borgelorp and Burfder. In my spare time I enjoy reading, running, heading to the gym, watching Hokie sports, and chasing around my kiddos. I love working with cats, dogs, and small mammals.

Snellgrove

Elizabeth Snellgrove, D.V.M

I was born in Alexandria, Virginia, as my parents were studying Hungarian at the State Department’s Foreign Service Institute, but within months I was spending my first years of my life in Budapest.   During the next 18 years I accompanied my father and mother and siblings to a variety of overseas posts as part of a Foreign Service family.  In addition to the years spent in Northern Virginia, I also lived in Mexico City, Juarez and Canberra, Australia, and later spent summers in Panama and Nicaragua.

After graduating from high school in Canberra, I began college in Rhode Island while my father was a student at the Naval War College in Newport.  I remained there and obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from the University of Rhode Island.  I went on to earn a Master’s degree in Animal Science from the University of Connecticut before having the opportunity to study at the Royal Veterinary College in London, U.K., where I earned my veterinary degree.

With travel in my blood, I’ve been fortunate to be able to combine my experiences with my love and interest in animals.  I participated in an event studying beached whales in Cape Cod, vaccinated Brahma cattle in Panama, spent three weeks on a “lambing” marathon in Southwest England as part of my studies, worked with a volunteer group caring for stray dogs in Indonesia, and had the opportunity to observe exotic animals while traveling as a student/tourist in Madagascar, South Africa, and Kenya.