The friendly, professional staff at VCA Pets First Animal Hospital is made up of dedicated individuals who have made it their mission to help pets live long, healthy lives. To be true to the mission, the hospital team relies on several individuals, each equally important in helping us deliver the best patient and client experience for both you and your pet. And if things get complicated, we are fortunate to have access to the nation's largest network of VCA veterinarians and board-certified specialists.
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After attending Sweet Briar College in Lynchburg, Virginia, Dr. Mays graduated from the University of Tennessee Knoxville in 2007. VCA Chancellor in Fredericksburg hired her shortly after graduating where she flourished under their experienced mentorship. With six plus years of experience under her belt, Dr. Mays decided to take on the more challenging roll of Medical Director and transferred to VCA Pets First in Richmond, Virginia at the beginning of 2014.
Dr. Mays has a passion for small animals including exotic pocket pets. She has an interest in Dermatology, especially pets with chronic puritis (itching). She also has an interest in helping owners and pets deal with behavior problems. The most rewarding part of her job is getting to know clients and their pets and facilitating the growth of the human animal bond through the years. Her goal is to be an advocate for the pet which means doing her best to keep them healthy, as well as being there for them when they are sick. Currently Dr. Mays lives with three dogs, three cats, and she has a small hobby flock of Ancona and Muscovy ducks.
When Asked Why: ??I love animals, love people, and love science. Veterinary medicine was the perfect way to combine all of my passions. I have a job I am excited to go to every day.??
Melissa has worked in veterinary medicine for over 20 years. She first started in veterinary medicine when she joined the Army in 1998 as an Animal Care Specialist. During that time she cared for the soldier’s family pets, and did 4 tours overseas providing medical care for the military working dogs. After 7 years in the military, Melissa relocated to Virginia and spent the next 10 years in private practice as a Veterinary Assistant. In 2015, Melissa joined the VCA family at VCA New Kent, where she started as a Veterinary Assistant, and then spent two years as the Office Manager. Melissa joined VCA Pets First in August of 2018 as the Hospital Manager.
In her free time, Melissa enjoys doing DIY projects, going to the movies with her daughter and being lazy and snuggling with her Boston terrier, Squish.