Meet the doctors


dr_paul_howard_head-X2Dr. Paul Howard | DVM
Emergency and Critical Care Clinician
Dr. Howard graduated from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 1985. Prior to veterinary school, Dr. Howard obtained a BA from Virginia Tech in Biology and a MS in Physiology from George Washington University. Subsequent to his graduation from the VMRCVM, he completed a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Rowley Memorial Animal Hospital in Springfield, Massachusetts. Following an additional six month staff position at Rowley Memorial, Dr. Howard returned to his native Virginia to focus on a career path in the newly emerging field of veterinary emergency and critical care. He joined the staff of the Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Center in the spring of 1987 and currently serves as the Medical Director of our organization and continues to be actively involved as a senior clinician in the daytime emergency and critical care aspects of the practice. In 2003, Dr. Howard completed additional training at Angell Memorial Animal Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts in the clinical management of feline hyperthyroidism using radioactive iodine and now serves as the Director of the hospital’s I-131 treatment center.Dr. Howard enjoys the challenge and diversity of emergency medicine as well as the stimulating academic environment created by working in concert with the center’s multi-disciplinary specialists. He also enjoys the unique opportunities and challenges presented in teaching both the veterinary students and interns that come to the center for advanced training during their careers. His special interests include comprehensive management of the trauma patient, nutritional support of emergency and critical care patients, immune mediated blood disorders and metabolic and infectious disease emergencies.Dr. Howard is a member of the AVMA and the International Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society and has served on the Board of Directors for the Richmond Academy of Veterinary Medicine. Outside of work, Dr. Howard enjoys fishing, traveling, vegetable gardening, golf and a quiet family life with his wife and daughter.


 megan_allred_head-X2Dr. Megan Allred | DVM
Emergency and Critical Care Clinician

Dr. Megan Allred graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and minor in chemistry. While at UNCG, Dr. Allred’s love for veterinary medicine began while doing rehabilitation and research with sea turtles. She followed her passion by continuing her education at Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Allred has a special interest in emergency medicine and is pursuing specialty training with certification. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and is often running local trails, enjoying days on the river and cheering on sporting events. She shares her home with a 5-year-old miniature dachshund named Zoe and a 2 year old ragdoll cat named Lucas.



cloman2Dr. James Cloman | DVM
Emergency and Critical Care Clinician
Dr. Cloman grew up in Jackson, Mississippi, and graduated from the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1997 after earning an undergraduate degree in banking and finance. He moved to Richmond, VA in the Fall of 2000, and after many years in both primary care practice and emergency medicine, he has returned to the VESC to continue the pursuit of his primary interest – emergency medicine. His special interests include emergency surgery, trauma patient care, and ongoing management of critical care patients. In his spare time, Dr. Cloman enjoys spending time outdoors bowhunting and fishing. He resides in Bon Air, Virginia with his wife, Allison, four children, and their chocolate lab, Deuce.
dr-dolanDr. Emory Dolan | DVM
Emergency and Critical Care Clinician

Dr. Dolan was born and raised in Richmond. She completed her undergraduate studies with a degree in history from Columbia University in New York. She returned to Virginia to attend veterinary school at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech, where she graduated in 2015. Following vet school, she moved to Indiana and completed an internship at Purdue University’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital. In addition to emergency medicine, she has special interests in internal medicine and ophthalmology.
Dr. Dolan is very excited to be back in the Richmond area with her husband Jay, who is also a veterinarian and a native Richmonder. In her spare time, she and her husband enjoy spending time with family and friends. They share their home with two rescue pups, Benny and Major, a cat named Phineas, and crested geckos, Shaka and Mooney.


jennifer_morris_1-X2Dr. Jennifer Morris | DVM
Emergency and Critical Care Clinician

Dr. Morris graduated in 2008 with her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Washington State University. Previously she had earned her undergraduate degree in Biology from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College in Lynchburg, Virginia. Jennifer is excited to begin her career in Emergency and Critical Care medicine here at Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Center. Jennifer was born and raised in Washington State, after graduating veterinary school she moved to Richmond with her Husband, horse, 2 dogs, and 2 cats. In her spare time Jennifer enjoys horseback riding, photography and hiking with her dogs.


wendy_watts_HeadDr. Wendy Watts| DVM
Emergency and Critical Care Clinician

Wendy J Watts, VMD attended Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania and graduated in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Behavior. After attending veterinary school at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, she returned to Pennsylvania to practice small animal medicine for the next several years. It was during this time that she discovered her love for emergency medicine.

Dr. Watts moved to Virginia Beach in 2005 to become the veterinarian-in-charge at an emergency hospital there, working extensively with area shelters and humane organizations in spay and neuter programs. Dr. Watts also serves as an active board member and volunteer for Wildlife Response, Inc. Dr. Watts joined the Veterinary Emergency Center in December of 2011 to offer Richmond her considerable experience working in emergency veterinary medicine. She lives with her husband, Jared, in Smithfield, VA with their dogs, cats and many assorted reptiles.


Dr. Elizabeth Kost| DVM
Emergency and Critical Care Clinician
Dr.Kost began working at the VESC as an assistant in 2011, before she received  a masters degree in Plant Ecology from Virginia Commonwealth University.  She left in 2013 to study at Ross University of Veterinary Medicine.  Dr. Kost has a special interest in emergency medicine and behavioral medicine.  She worked as a professional dog trainer prior to going to veterinary school.  She is not returned to Richmond and the VESC team in 2017.
cparsley-bio-picDr. Caitlin Parsley| DVM
Emergency and Critical Care Clinician
Dr. Parsley grew up in Lexington, KY.  She attended Mount Holyoke College in Western Massachusetts and received a Bachelor of Arts in Biological Sciences in 2010.  She directly to Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine and graduated in 2014. During her time there she worked in the equine ICU her first two years, then her 3rd and 4th year she worked as a small animal student resident, where she helped the intern overnight receive and manage all emergencies that came in through the small animal hospital. Dr. Parsley also ran a turtle rehab program while there.
Dr. Parsley matched at her first choice internship at the Animal Specialty Group, INC. in Los Angeles, where she completed a rigorous small animal internship, rotating between emergency, internal medicine, surgery, neurology, and oncology.  She was hired on as a full time emergency senior at ASG the year following her internship where she worked overnights and helped mentor the current class of interns.  In addition to emergency medicine, she has special interests in anaphylaxis, shock, and trauma.        Dr. Parsley relocated to Virginia to support her fiancé’s dream of pursuing medical school as she begins her masters at EVMS.        In her spare time she enjoys traveling nationally and internationally, discovering delicious new places to eat, photography, hiking, and exploring with her Great Dane Izzy, mixed breed Scruffle, and her fiancé.
andersenDr. Amelia Andersen | DVM
Emergency and Critical Care Clinician
Dr. Amelia Andersen grew up in northern Virginia. She completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of Colorado at Boulder. It was during that time she discovered her love for animals and decided to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. She attended the University of Minnesota’s College of Veterinary Medicine and graduated in 2014. Afterwards, she completed a one-year small animal rotating internship at Animal Specialty Group in Los Angeles, California. She then stayed in Los Angeles for another year to practice emergency medicine at Animal Specialty and Emergency Center. After getting too much sun and not enough changes in seasons, Dr. Andersen decided to relocate back to her home state of Virginia. On her spare time she enjoys attending music concerts, snowboarding, hanging out with family and friends, traveling, and spending time with her two furry critters Sadie and Cheerio.
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