VA-MD Vet Med Alumni Society Constitution
Constitution, amended April 20, 2006
Dr. Adam Henderson '11
Adam Henderson grew up in Suffolk, Virginia. He graduated from Virginia Tech with a bachelor’s degree in biology and received his doctor of veterinary medicine degree from the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine in 2011. He returned to Hampton Roads after graduation and is currently practicing in Virginia Beach as a small animal clinician.
His interests outside of work include working on his old 1969 Ford Bronco, playing golf, and working around the yard. He is married to Katherine Henderson, who also is a veterinarian. After completing veterinary school at the University of Georgia, she completed a small animal internship at Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine. They share their house with their Labrador, Captain Morgan.
Dr. Jesper Lorentzen '04
Jesper Lorentzen started working at Hanover Green Veterinary Clinic as a relief doctor in 2013. Quickly growing to love the hospital as well as the staff, he purchased the hospital in February 2014.
Prior to owning Hanover Green, Jesper spent eight years at Virginia Tech, where he obtained his doctor of veterinary medicine degree, and worked in emergency medicine for 10 years. During that time, he met his wife Ashlea and started a family.
Jesper has four daughters. He also has an Airedale terrier named Bruce, a cavalier named Shelby, and a miniature dachshund named Cooper.
Dr. Jeff Alexander '98
Dr. Alexander grew up in Mechanicsville, and after High School attended Virginia Tech. He received his undergraduate degree in 1994 (B.S., Biochemistry and Nutrition) and then his DVM from VMRCVM in 1998. After seven years in private practice in the Richmond area, he furthered his training at Virginia Commonwealth University's medical school while receiving a Master of Public Health in 2008. Dr. Alexander then followed up with a PhD in Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences (Veterinary Medical Informatics, Advisor - Dr. Jeff Wilcke) from VMCVM in 2015 where he received several awards for his work related to Veterinary Information Systems and Public Health research. After a two-year fellowship at VCU, Dr. Alexander joined the team at The Oncology Service - Advanced Radiation Treatment Center in Richmond. Dr. Alexander's clinical interests include adopting and integrating innovative technologies to advance veterinary diagnoses and treatments.
In his spare time, Dr. Alexander enjoys spending time with his wife and 2-year-old, as well as playing goalie for his rec-level ice hockey team. In addition, he is an avid Virginia Tech football and basketball fan. Go Hokies!
Dr. Lisa Aumiller '99
Dr. Aumiller earned a B.S. in biology from Sweet Briar College in Amherst, Virginia, and then headed to Blacksburg to earn a DVM from VMCVM in 1999.
After 11 years in practice, she founded Dr. Lisa’s Mobile Veterinary Service, which became HousePaws Mobile Veterinary Service when additional veterinarians joined the practice. Currently, HousePaws employs has 16 veterinarians who serve more than eight counties in two states.
Dr. Aumiller has special training and interest in pocket pet surgery/medicine, acupuncture, chiropractic, and advanced dentistry.
Dr. Steve Brandt '98
Dr. Brandt was raised in Chesterfield, Virginia, and earned a B.S. in biology from Old Dominion University in 1993, and then graduated from VMCVM with a DVM in 1998. He moved back to his hometown, where he continues to practice small animal medicine.
Dr. Brandt’s areas of interest are both soft tissue and orthopedic surgery, pain management, and end-of-life care. Throughout his career, he has successfully mentored several aspiring veterinarians and frequently welcomes young students in his practice.
Dr. Brandt and his wife, Kim, have two children, Parker and Campbell. In his free time, he enjoys playing hockey with his son and is an active leader in his church.
Dr. Geoff Campbell '93
Geoff Campbell received his bachelor’s degree in microbiology at Virginia Tech and received his doctor of veterinary medicine degree from the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine in 1993. He returned home to Virginia Beach to practice as an associate DVM in small animal practice after graduating. In 2006, he opened his own practice, Edinburgh Animal Hospital, in Chesapeake, Virginia. He has strong interests in orthopedic surgery and dermatology.
Outside of practice, he is an avid Hokie football fan and enjoys returning to the school for football games and being a mentor in the Virginia Veterinary Medical Association mentor program. He also enjoys boating, fishing, hunting and watching his two kids, Mason and Chelsea, play soccer. He and his wife, Debbie, love to travel and visit our national parks and historic sites. Together, they have two dogs: Sidney, a corgi, and Maisey, a border collie mix.
Dr. Melinda Cep
Dr. Melinda Cep is a senior director of the World Wildlife Fund Markets and Food Team. She identifies new issues, trends and opportunities that affect sustainability within the food sector, sets short and long-term policy goals, communicates policy objectives, and develops partnerships with both individuals and institutions to achieve WWF's conservation objectives.
Before joining WWF, Melinda served as the deputy chief of staff at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), where she managed the department's policy and regulatory work and served as policy liaison with the White House and other federal agencies. While at USDA, Dr. Cep also served in other roles, coordinating farm bill implementation, managing the Department's work for the White House's Pollinator Health Task Force, and leading policy work on research, natural resource, rural development and public health issues. Before joining USDA, Melinda worked for a Member of Congress as a policy advisor on health and agriculture issues.
Dr. Tanya LeRoith '99
Dr. LeRoith earned a bachelor degree from the University of Maryland in 1994 and a DVM from Virginia Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine in 1999. She is a veterinary pathologist and director of Virginia Tech Animal Laboratory Services at VMCVM. She is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Pathologists and has a PhD in veterinary science from Washington State University. Her research interests include viral immunology and immunopathology.
Dr. LeRoith enjoys cycling, riding, running, competing in triathlons, and skiing with her two sons. She has two dogs, two cats, and a horse.
Dr. Brian Neumann '14
A native of Bethesda, Maryland, Dr. Neumann attended Virginia Tech for undergraduate studies in chemistry and animal science and then earned a DVM from VMCVM in 2014. At the college, he was class vice president and implemented the first annual Casino Night fundraiser for the Compassionate Care Fund.
Dr. Neumann now serves as medical director at Caring Hands Animal Hospital, a small animal general practice in Alexandria, Virginia. He currently serves on the board of directors for the Virginia Veterinary Medical Association (VVMA), leading the VVMA’s recent graduate “Power of 10” program, and on the board of directors for the D.C. Academy of Veterinary Medicine.
Dr. Neumann’s professional interests include emergency medicine, ultrasound, and geriatric medicine. When not in the clinic, he enjoys scuba diving, fishing, hiking, traveling, and Redskins and Hokie football.
Dr. David Stephenson '01
David Stevenson received a bachelor’s degree in biology from Virginia Tech in 1997 and his doctor of veterinary medicine degree from the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine in 2001. Currently, he practices small animal medicine in his hometown of Bel Air, Maryland.
Outside of practice, Stevenson is a Virginia Tech fan and avid runner, having completed over 50 marathons.
Dr. Jessica Walters '16
A Diplomate of the American College of Poultry Veterinarians, Dr. Jessica Walters serves both as the poultry diagnostician for the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and as the director of the Harrisonburg Regional Animal Health Laboratory for the Office of Laboratory Services.
Hailing from Powhatan, Virginia, with an agricultural background working with horses and beef cattle, Dr. Walters became interested in poultry production and health as a Virginia Tech undergraduate. She went on to earn a Ph.D. in poultry infectious diseases in 2014, and a DVM in food animal medicine in 2016, both from the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine.
In her current role, Dr. Walters, who has a passion for flock health, production management, and disease diagnostics, enjoys participating in the education of backyard producers, teaching students about poultry medicine, and working hands-on with the commercial industry.
In her free time, Dr. Walters enjoys horseback riding, hiking, and traveling. She and her husband, along with their menagerie of animals, reside in Rockingham County, Virginia.