Dr. Thomas Roehr and his staff offer pet owners a “One Stop Shop” for their furry family members.
Dr. Thomas Roehr of Animal Care Center—a full service veterinary facility tucked on Falmouth St. in Warrenton across from Walmart—believes that the Warrenton and Northern Virginia area is one of the best places to practice veterinary medicine. There is a more of a camaraderie among vets than the intense competition that can be found in some other parts of the country. Also, he said, “People really love their pets here. The small town community atmosphere of Warrenton makes it a joy to work here.”
When asked why he chose the career path of veterinary medicine, Dr.Roehr explained, “I wanted a career that was less monotonous than office work. One I could feel good about. I really enjoy the challenge of diagnosing and treating different conditions, as well as performing surgeries. I get a kick out of the variety of my patients and I really benefit from the relationships I build with them and their owners.”
After receiving his DVM from the University of Georgia in 1973, Dr.Roehr has practiced in Northern Virginia and Warrenton for 44 years. Always active in the veterinary community, he was on the board of the D.C. Academy of Veterinary Medicine, a Northern Virginia and D.C. continuing education organization—one of the best in the country—for 24 years, and president for one year. It has grown to 800 members, and is a unifying fellowship among vets in the area. He was also one of the founding members of the Emergency Veterinary Clinic in Vienna, now the Hope Center, and was on the board for 20 years.
A native of Washington, D.C. and the surrounding area, Dr. Roehr has lived outside Warrenton with his wife Polly since 2001. A dog lover since childhood, Dr. Roehr fondly remembers Wags, a beloved mutt who accompanied him on his newspaper route when he was young. He has since owned all sorts of breeds, from great Danes to golden retrievers, and currently owns a standard poodle-pit bull mix rescued from the Fauquier SPCA. Roehr explained his attraction to her: “She reminds me of a small Irish Wolfhound, another one of my favorite breeds.” Although some might consider him close to retirement age, he has no plans to stop practicing. He said, “I love the coming to work everyday, but I will entertain the idea of taking some more time off, thanks to my trusted associate Dr. Houk.”
Animal Care Center
Animal Care Center, which was started in 1973 by Dr. Arnold Gilman as the Animal Care Clinic, has been owned and directed by Roehr since 1995, making it the longest operating animal clinic in Warrenton. Dr. Roehr has modernized and expanded it into a state-of-the-art animal medical facility where the philosophy is the prevention of disease and maintenance of good health and spirits in his clients’ pets. He and his staff are dedicated to providing a fear-free and stress-free family-like environment—he is one of the only vets in the area who still makes house calls. The practice boasts some of the newest technologically advanced diagnostic equipment available such as a full surgical suite, digital x-ray, digital dental x-ray, and thermal imaging. The practice also offers cold laser therapy, a new method for treating inflammation of all kinds, especially arthritis.
Animal Care Center also can provide additional diagnostics by calling in experts such as veterinary orthopedic surgeons and ultrasound specialists. These professionals will come see animals on site, eliminating the need to—and the stress of—travel into Northern Virginia for a consultation. With these colleagues, Animal Care Center can handle most pet concerns right here in Warrenton.
Dr. Roehr’s responsibilities are shared with his associate Dr. Constance Houk. A graduate of Virginia Tech, Dr. Houk, who brings 30 years of experience to the practice and also volunteers at the Fauquier SPCA , has been with the Animal Care Center for 6 years. Dr. Roehr feels that although they have different personalities, they complement each other well and work in synergy to form the best plans for patients’ care. Long time techs and assistants Liz Berry, Cassie Smith, and Becky Hart take a lot of pride in the effort they put into their relationships with the clients and their animals. “I can’t even count how many times the owners tell us about their pet dragging them INTO the clinic. It’s because we all care a lot about our patients and their owners and because we are like a family here,” is a familiar refrain.
Pet House Suites
In conjunction with Animal Care Center, Dr. Roehr maintains Pet House Suites, a luxury pet resort on the same campus. This facility offers full services to pet owners, a “one stop shop” for boarding, grooming by Ashleigh Gray, and the high-demand service of pet day care.
The facility offers two play yards full of toys, enriching games, and agility type equipment, indoor/outdoor runs, swimming pools for hot days, walks on the nearby Warrenton Greenway, and a cat play area. Also available are individual pet suites: private rooms with pet beds, ceiling fans, and TVs. Etta Cantrell, manager of Pet House Suites, explained that “some dogs are much more relaxed in their own quiet rooms which reduces the anxiety and stress of being away from home, while others benefit more with being social and playing with other dogs. The same is true for cats. Some enjoy a quiet cat tree to themselves, while others enjoy climbing and playing with friends.” With a staff proficient in animal behavior, Etta noted “Our goal here is to provide you with a safe, fun, comfortable environment for your pets, so you can leave them without having to worry, confident in our ability to provide an enriching atmosphere that your pets are excited to return to.” Tours are encouraged anytime.