Staff

Meet the friendly staff at Wise County Animal Hospital!

  • Dr.
    Luis Gonzalez
    Veterinarian

    Dr. Gonzalez attended the University of La Salle College of Veterinary Medicine. After completing his doctorate, he pursued post-graduate training in surgery and obtained a Master's degree in veterinary surgery at Sao Paulo State University in Jaboticabal Sao Paulo, Brazil. Dr. Gonzalez then moved to the United States and did professional externships in Small Animal Surgery at The University of California in Davis, Alameda East Veterinary Hospital in Denver, Colorado, and Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. In 2004 Dr. Gonzalez moved to Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine, where he did a Small Animal Medicine and Surgery rotating Internship. After completing his Internship he moved to San Antonio to work at South Texas Veterinary Specialists as a surgical assistant.

    Dr. Gonzalez moved to Blacksburg in 2007 where he started a two year internship in Small Animal Surgery at the Virginia Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, participating in several orthopedic and soft tissue surgeries. After completing his surgical internship, Dr. Gonzalez started a radiology internship. He was in charge of the outpatient service, where he further expanded his considerable experience with radiographs, ultrasounds and computer tomography. His Internship research was accepted and published in the Journal of Veterinary Radiology and Ultrasound.

    After his internship, Dr. Gonzalez created a company that offers in-house ultrasound and echocardiograms (PetVetUltrasound) for veterinary practices in the New River Valley and surrounding areas.

    Dr. Gonzalez is the owner at Community Animal Hospital, where he performs all orthopedic procedures, echocardiograms, and complete abdominal ultrasounds. Dr. Gonzalez's main interest is orthopedic surgery and imaging. He is one of a handful of veterinarians in Virginia that performs Tibial Tuberosity Advancement for the treatment of cranial cruciate ligament deficiency. He is also trained to perform advanced orthopedics such as locking bone plating, external fixator, and other orthopedic procedures.

    Dr. Gonzalez's surgical experience:

    • Master's degree in Veterinary Surgery
    • Surgical assistant at South Texas Veterinary Specialist
    • Small Animal Surgery Internship
    • Completed the basic and advanced orthopedic courses from the AO foundation and is an active member of the AO VET
    • Extensive experience performing orthopedic procedures for surrounding veterinary practices
    • More than 10 years of clinical experience – much of which was at a University level

    *Dr. Gonzalez's Ultrasound and Echocardiogram experience:

    • Radiology Internship at the Virginia Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
    • Publications in the area of veterinary radiology
    • Participated as an instructor in the Ultrasound Short Course for Practitioners at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
    • Offers in-house complete abdominal ultrasound and echocardiograms to 18 veterinary practices in the New River Valley area
    • Provides in-house ultrasound training on the east coast for a private company. Dr. Gonzalez has taught more than 45 veterinary hospitals on how to perform a complete abdominal ultrasound
    • Dr. Gonzalez has teamed with Dr. Jessica Solomon. Dr. Solomon is a board-certified Veterinary Cardiologist and she reads the echocardiograms performed by Dr. Gonzalez.

    Dr. Gonzalez's wife is a board-certified Veterinary Anesthesiologist and a faculty member at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine. He shares his home with his son and daughter and two rescued kittens, Luna and Noche and his family dog, Obi-Wan. In his spare time, Dr. Gonzalez enjoys practicing Karate, running, fishing and traveling with his family. He also enjoys learning different languages and he speaks English, Spanish and Portuguese.

  • Dr.
    Patricia Kwapisz
    Veterinarian

    Dr. Pat graduated from Michigan State University in 1980. She has practiced in Michigan, Ontario, Canada, and Vermont. She has been in Virginia for last 12 years serving our wonderful clients. She currently lives with her husband Gary, Ozy the Dane, Jester the Jack, and Enkidu the cat. Her daughter Hannah, married and residing in NYC. In her spare time she enjoys training and riding her horse Killian, walking her dogs, and kayaking when possible.

  • Dr.
    Virginia Tatum

    Dr Tatum is a 1989 graduate of the Va-Md Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr Tatum is a faithful Hokie, GO HOKIES! She also enjoys farming, gardening and sports. Dr Tatum loves spending time with her nieces and nephews. She has 2 cats (Bob was actually rescued from this clinic), 3 dogs, 2 horses and chickens. Dr Tatum volunteers at Freedoms Last Chance SML.

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Office Hours

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Wise County Animal Hospital

Monday:

9:00 am-5:00 pm

Tuesday:

9:00 am-12:00 pm

2:00 pm-5:00 pm

Wednesday:

12:00 pm-7:00 pm

Thursday:

9:00 am-12:00 pm

2:00 pm-5:00 pm

Friday:

9:00 am-5:00 pm

Saturday:

9:00 am-12:00 pm

Open first Saturday of the month

Sunday:

Closed