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Samantha Tisnado, DVM
Dr. Tisnado is a Richmond native, and has practiced veterinary medicine in the area since 2000. She attended the Collegiate Schools and went to college at the University of Pennsylvania. After graduating, she came back to Virginia to get her DVM from the Virginia Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine. She joined Gayton Animal Hospital’s family in 2008, and took over the practice entirely in 2013, when its original owner, Dr. Gene Moon, retired. She enjoys performing surgery, particularly soft tissue, and internal medicine. Dr. Tisnado currently lives in Salisbury. When not working, she loves to spend time with her friends, family, and many pets!
Heather Murray, DVM
Dr. Murray joined Gayton Animal Hospital in 2018. She is the newest member of the practice’s family. A Harrisonburg native, she received her undergraduate degree from Virginia Tech and her doctorate of veterinary medicine from the Virginia Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr Murray’s interests include surgery, pain management, and internal medicine. When she isn’t working, she’s spending time with her husband and two dogs.
Sarah Nash, DVM
Born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, Dr. Nash received her DVM from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She settled in Richmond in 1999 and joined the Gayton Animal Hospital family in the spring of 2017. She enjoys internal medicine and strives to make visits with her patients as low stress as possible. In her free time, she enjoys reading, cooking, hiking and goofing off with her family—two boys, two cats, two dogs and one fabulous husband!
Manager & Licensed Veterinary Technician
Vickie Barter, LVT
Vickie is a Virginia native who joined the Gayton Animal Hospital team in November 2011. She has been a licensed veterinary technician since 1990. She is also an anesthesia specialist. Animals are Vickie’s lifelong passion, and prior to obtaining her degrees she was a groomer and veterinary assistant. She also works with puppies, teaching them socialization, good behavior, and obedience. Her motto is, “Don’t blame ‘em, train ‘em.” Outside of work, Vickie and her husband Chris enjoy RV-ing, wine tasting, hiking, and reading. Their family includes a 3 year-old Labradoodle named Nikita.
Gayton Animal Hospital has served the residential neighborhoods of Richmond, Virginia for over three decades. While we specialize in caring for cats and dogs, we also see small mammals, like rabbits and guinea pigs. Gayton Animal Hospital is proud to be part of the capital community. We support local military by offering active duty and veterans up to 10% off. We also partner with rescue groups, such as Old Dominion Boston Terrier Rescue Group and Adopt-A-Boxer Rescue Group, to provide caring homes for dogs in need.
Gayton Animal Hospital is committed to excellence. Our professional staff provides medical, surgical, and dental care, treating every patient (and their owners!) with utmost courtesy. We were the first veterinary clinic in Henrico County to earn accreditation from the prestigious American Animal Hospital Association. We also stay ahead of the curve by equipping our facilities with the latest examination, surgical, and therapeutic technology. Most importantly, we love animals!
Frequently Asked Questions
We’ve answered some of the more common questions we receive about our veterinary practice below. Feel free to contact us if you would like more information or do not see your question answered here.
Q: Which payment options are available to customers?
A: For your convenience, we accept Cash, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and CareCredit. Payment is due at the time services are rendered.
A Payment Plan may be established with CareCredit to allow you to create the easiest payment option for your budget. Care Credit has an automatic 6-month NO INTEREST Plan available, as well as other plans. Care Credit can also be used with many (human) medical service providers. For financing approval, visit the Care Credit website.
We also accept pet insurance! For more information, contact us.
Q: Which types of pets do you see?
A: Gayton Animal Hospital specializes in dogs and cats, and we also see exotic mammals like rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets, and other “pocket pets.”
For more information on the pets we care for, see our services.
Q: Which types of pets do you NOT see?
We do not see birds, fish, spiders, large animal species (horses, cows, pigs, etc.), or primates (monkeys).
For more information about the pets we care for, see our services.
Q: Does my pet need an appointment?
A: For non-emergency problems, a scheduled appointment will allow you and your pet the best opportunity to share your concerns with the veterinarian and hospital medical team.
We accommodate walk-ins on a first come first serve basis. Additional fees are applied. Emergency cases are seen as immediately as possible during office hours.
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