Our Staff

Our staff is made up of a wonderful group of people!  Each person adds a little something unique to our clinic and as a result, we have a great team that works well together and strives to make your pet's health care our top priority!  

Dr. Robert Hooke is a 1979 graduate of Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in Columbus.  He recieved his Bachelor of Science from Virginia Tech.  He was raised in Highland County, where he worked on his family farm raising sheep and beef cattle.  He met his wife, Cindy, while employeed at Westwood Animal Hospital in Staunton, VA.  They married in 1990 and purchased Gretna Animal Clinic in 1994.  In the years since purchasing the practice, Dr. Hooke has dedicated himself to providing the best possible veterinary medicine to his patients, both large and small.  It is that dedication that has kept Gretna Animal Clinic going strong!  In his spare time, Dr. Hooke can be found deer or turkey hunting.

Cindy Hooke is our office manager, part owner and the wife of Dr. Hooke.  She grew up on her family's dairy farm in Staunton, VA.  Her love and compassion for animals led her work at the ASPCA prior to joining the staff at Westwood Animal Hospital, where she and Dr. Hooke met.  SInce purchasing the clinic in 1994, she has not only worked in the office of the clinic, but also hands on in many different aspects, always available to lend a hand with any animal in any situation.  The Hookes live on a small farm on Zion Rd. in Gretna where they raise beef cattle.  They share their home with one dog, Cadence, and two kitties, Minnie and Chester.  

Dr. Patricia Haskins is a 2009 graduate of the University of Georgia’s College of Veterinary Medicine in Athens. She also received a Bachelor of Science from Ferrum College and a Master of Science from the University of Georgia. She was born and raised in Franklin County, VA. During vet school she worked with the Virginia State Veterinarian and met her future husband at the Lynchburg Livestock Market. They currently reside in Chatham, VA on the home farm raising beef cattle, tobacco, and their sons Colton and Levi.   She also has two cats and two dogs, all of which are rescues. In her spare time, Dr. Haskins enjoys volunteering thru the Pittsylvania County Farm Bureau where she serves as co-chairman of the women’s committee and writing a weekly pet column for the local newspaper, The Gretna Junction. At work, she strives to provide quality care tailored to each individual client and pet’s needs. 

Valerie Tyree LVT is our licensed veterinary technician.  She enjoys working in every aspect of the clinic, but the things she enjoys most are performing dental cleanings and taking radiographs!  The clients she meets and the patients she works with make her career worth every minute of everyday!  Valerie is a graduate of 2002 VA Tech and 2008 Cedar Valley College.  She is the Piedmont Regional director of the Virginia Association of Licensed Veterinary Technicians and is also the secretary for the Piedmont Veterinary Medical Assocation.  Outside of being an LVT, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Kyle and son, Parker, as well as the family's black Labrador Retriever, Bodi and a little brown tabby named, Mattie.  

Amy Meadows is our receptionist, veterinary assistant and our groomer!  Amy enjoys talking with our clients and helping to assist them in anyway she can whether it is on the phone or in person.  She enjoys pampering the pets that she grooms, making them look their best.  Currently she is working towards recieving her grooming certificate through Penn Foster.  Amy loves spending time with her husband, Danny and their daughters, Ava and Ana They always seem to find themselves outdoors when the weather is nice.  Amy enjoys camping and boating on Smith Mountain Lake.  Amy is the proud mama of "GiGi" - a spunky little rescue puppy that stole the heart of our staff duing her hospitalization at our clinic and one cat, "Gouda" who is a very important part of the family.  He won 2nd place on America's Funniest Videos in 2010!  He loves attention, but only on his terms!

Michaela Lukin is our student veterinary technician.  She helps in many different areas of our office, from answering phones at the reception desk to cleaning cages in the kennel.  She is 2011 graduate of Altavista High School.  When she is not spending time with her husband and their son, Andrew, she is spoiling her beagle, "Cheyenne", cheering on UVA and Tennessee. {Go HOOS!!} {Go VOLS!!}  She is currently attending Cedar Valley College in a Veterinary Technology program.  She is expected to graduate in 2016, then obtain her license to become an LVT! She is a member of the American Animal Hospital Association and the Virginia Association of Licensed Veterinary Technicians. 

Mallory Jamerson is our part time receptionist, veterinary assistant and kennel attendent.  She is a Bible student and enjoys being in the full time ministry, helping others in our community.  In her spare time, if not at the movie theater, you can find her in her jon boat, fisthing!  To wind down after a long day, she says there is nothing better than cuddling with her pug, "Sparticus" {aka - "Sparti-Pharti"}.

Phillip Dalton, DVM  joined our staff about 14 years ago as an aspiring veterinarian.  He worked with us as he attended college courses that would later land him a spot in the veterinary program at Ross University.  He left our practice in 2009 and joined the fun in the sun on St. Kitts Island as he studied hard to become the DVM he always wanted to be!  Upon completion at Ross, he returned to the USA and finished up at Oklahoma State University.  He has returned to our practice as our newest veterinarian, showing special interests in orthopedics and large animals.   When not seeing and treating patients, Dr. Dalton spends his free time in his wood shop carving a duck and playing with his Golden Retriever, Tanner.  He and his wife Tami, also have a cat Nacho and a new Jack Russel Terrier puppy, Sarah Jane.

Samantha Dunn has recently joined our team as our kennel attendent and veterinary assistant.  She is a 2014 graduate of Gretna High School and has recently became a student in the Penn Foster veterinary technician program.  Outside of working, she enjoys hanging out with her friends, eating and spending time with her pets.  She is the proud owner of four dogs {Daisy, Dolly, Dakota, and Ranger} and two horses {Big Shot and Romeo}!  


  Valerie Tyree LVT and Michaela Slusher SVT drawing blood on a patient.

  Patricia Haskins DVM and Valerie Tyree LVT at the Virginia Veterinary Conference in Roanoke!