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Veterinarians & Staff

Veterinarians

James C Peterson, DVM
Practice Owner, Veterinarian

James C Peterson

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Tuskegee University

Dr. Jim Peterson grew up in Fairfax, Virginia. He received a BS in Biology from Virginia Tech. in 1976, a BS in Animal and Poultry Sciences from Tuskegee University in 1977 and his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree from Tuskegee University in 1979. Dr. Jim assumed ownership of the Highway Veterinary Hospital in July 1981, after working with the previous owner for just 6 months.

Since then, he has completely transformed the animal hospital from the “little house in the woods” to the state of the art facility that you see today. Dr. Jim is credited with the hospital’s design and homey atmosphere that you experience at Highway today. He loves the challenge of a small construction project. In fact, it is not unusual to see him hammering, sanding or painting during a current renovation. Truth be told, the tranquil koi pond that greets clients upon their arrival was designed and built by him. Dr. Jim’s vision has always been to have the best animal hospital in the area, providing the highest quality compassionate veterinary care, with unsurpassed client communication services, in a comfortable and homey atmosphere, surrounded by a remarkably talented health care team, all the while continuously exceeding his clients’ expectations. He believes that he has accomplished all of this at Highway Veterinary Hospital.

Dr. Jim’s areas of interest in veterinary medicine include soft tissue surgery, dental care, pocket pets and placing a strong focus on the client service aspect of the field. Dr. Jim can often be found ‘catching up’ with a client in the exam room, long after the medicine has been discussed. He is a current member of the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the Maryland Veterinary Medical Association (MVMA) and the Anne Arundel County Veterinary Medical Association (AACVMA).

Dr. Jim shares a home with his wife, Chris, the hospital director at Highway Veterinary Hospital, and their daughter, Alex. They currently have six pets, a Giant Schnauzer named Maxy, a Pomachon named Belle, two cats named Rumpelstiltskin and Buddy, a Welsh mix pony named Ginger and an Argentinian Thoroughbred horse named Tanner. In his personal time, Dr. Jim enjoys landscaping, koi keeping, kayaking and boating.

Elise R. Powell, DVM
Associate Veterinarian

Elise R. Powell

Shippensburg University
Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Elise grew up on the Main Line in Pennsylvania. She received a BS in Biology from Shippensburg University in 1999 and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree from VMRCVM in 2007. Dr. Elise joined the Highway Veterinary Hospital team immediately post-graduation in July 2007.

There is no other career in this world that Dr. Elise can see herself doing. She loves all that encompasses veterinary medicine – the animal science, the practice of medicine and the compassion. She strongly believes in caring for her patients as if they were her own.

Dr. Elise’s areas of interest in veterinary medicine extend beyond basic science to a more holistic approach. This approach focuses on the understanding that optimal health is achieved when the animal’s nutritional, genetic, environmental and behavioral needs are addressed and balanced. She is particularly passionate about training and behavior, with nearly 20 years of experience as it applies to animal relinquishment and rescue. It is a primary goal of hers to provide education to clients regarding all aspects of their pet’s behavior and health so that life-long relationships remain strong. She is a current member of the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the Maryland Veterinary Medical Association (MVMA).

Dr. Elise shares a home with her husband, Dylan, and their daughters, Kaia and Gracyn. They have two dogs, a German Shepherd named Bisous, and a Labrador Retriever named Kossar. In her personal time, Dr. Elise enjoys traveling, cycling, running, kayaking and being outdoors.

Jennifer L. Cabral, DVM
Associate Veterinarian

University of Tampa
Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine

Photo and Bio coming soon!

Leslie A. Meadows, DVM
Associate Veterinarian

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine

Photo and Bio coming soon!

Support Staff

Mickey Fenno, CVPM
Certified Veterinary Practice Manager

Mickey Fenno

Radford University

A native of Bowie, Mickey attended Radford University in southern Virginia, graduating with a BBA in Small Business Management in 1993. She began her career at Highway Veterinary Hospital shortly after returning to the area in 1996. Mickey has held multiple positions at the practice, and currently serves in the capacity of Practice Manager, a title she received in February 2000. She is responsible for overseeing the daily operations of the practice, including human resources, client satisfaction, inventory management and purchasing, scheduling, staff development, accounts receivables and marketing. Mickey conducts our regular biweekly team meetings and is the ‘go to’ person to solve a dilemma. She is a proud member of the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) and the Veterinary Hospital Manager’s Association (VHMA). Mickey earned the distinguished honor of the Certified Veterinary Practice Manager (CVPM) designation in January 2011. She lives with her husband, daughter and their Shih Tzu. In her personal time, Mickey enjoys reading, puzzles, and spending time with her family.

Chris Peterson
Hospital Director

Chris Peterson

University of Maryland, College Park

A native of Bowie, Chris attended University of Maryland, College Park, graduating with a BS in Animal Science in 1988. She began her career at Highway Veterinary Hospital just after graduating from high school in the summer of 1983, working part-time while attending college. She wore many hats at the practice during that time – pet care specialist, assistant, technician and receptionist. After receiving her BS degree, Chris was thrilled to obtain a coveted position as a veterinary technician in the veterinary hospital of the National Zoo. She continued to work part-time at Highway during this time. Chris returned to a full-time position as Practice Manager of Highway Veterinary Hospital just prior to her and Dr. Jim’s wedding in September 1991. Currently, as Hospital Director, she now works mostly behind the scenes, balancing budgets, establishing long term goals and assisting Mickey, our Certified Veterinary Practice Manager, with the daily operations of the practice. Chris is a member of the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) and the Veterinary Hospital Manager’s Association (VHMA). She lives with her husband, Jim, and their daughter, Alex. They currently have two dogs, two cats and two horses. In her personal time, Chris enjoys relaxing with a good book or spending quality time with family and friends.

Alycia
Veterinary Nurse

BJ
Receptionist

Chris
Facilities Manager, Pet Care Specialist

Chris

Chris is a native of Bowie, and graduated from Bowie High School, Class of 2000. He began his early career with Highway Veterinary Hospital in February 2000, as our primary Pet Care Specialist. Chris is such an integral part of our practice; we couldn’t do it without him! Whenever a new Pet Care Specialist is hired, Chris is responsible for their mentoring and training. He is also cross-trained as a Veterinary Assistant. It is not unusual to see Chris walking a patient outside, assisting a veterinary nurse with a treatment, setting up a laboratory sample, discussing a boarder’s medications with the owner, doing a load of laundry, then going outside to plant the summer annuals, all in a day’s work. In 2011, Chris accepted the additional responsibilities of Facilities Manager. He is accountable for maintaining and managing services for all aspects of the building and the hospital grounds. He is also Dr. Jim’s ‘right-hand man’ and ‘go-to guy’ for all construction projects on the property. Chris is a member of the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). He lives with his wife, Jesse (a Veterinary Nurse here at Highway) and their sons Connor, Collin and Cayden. They currently have a Sheltie named Raven and two cats named Ripple and Cinder. In his personal time, Chris enjoys movies, music and sports – especially Ravens football!

Chyna
Veterinary Nurse

Corrin
Veterinary Assistant

Donna
Surgical Nurse, Veterinary Nurse

Donna

Donna began her career at Highway Veterinary Hospital in August 1999. However, her vast work experiences date back to her first animal health job at a friend’s father’s practice in 1982. Donna spent over thirteen years gaining knowledge in various practices (small animal, avian, reptile, corporate) prior to coming to Highway. We are so lucky to have her on our team; Donna is an amazing asset to us, and to our patients. Clients even ask for her by name! Her expert skill level and cross-training as a Veterinary Nurse keep her in high demand at the practice. She has participated in continuing education classes offered in anesthesia, surgical monitoring and sterility. She manages the maintenance of all surgical equipment, instruments and monitoring devices. Donna runs a tight ship in the surgical suite! Donna is a member of the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). She lives with her husband, a Sheltie named Reggie, and a Lab mix named Mason. In her personal time, Donna enjoys bowling, softball and watching Ravens football! She is also an avid supporter of the GORC Sport Organization, where her grandson plays football.

Jeannine
Receptionist, Veterinary Assistant

Jeannine began her partnership with Highway Veterinary Hospital as a client in 2004. She holds an associate degree in Business Management. She joined our health care team as a receptionist in September 2012, and is a wonderful and friendly addition to the Highway Vet family! She enjoys the camaraderie of working with people that love pets, as she does. Jeannine is fluent in American Sign Language (ASL), and often assists in interpreting during appointments with our Deaf clients. She lives at home with her husband, four children and their sweet Goldendoodle named Tanna. In her personal time, Jeannine enjoys spending time with her family.

Jesse
Veterinary Nurse

Jesse

Jesse began her career as a Veterinary Nurse at Highway Veterinary Hospital in 2003 after earning her BS in Biology from Salisbury University, and quickly proved herself to be an integral part of our health care team for the next 6 years.  After exploring the specialty veterinary fields of Ophthalmology and Internal Medicine, Jesse returned to the Highway Vet family in April 2013, and we couldn’t be happier! Jesse has an astounding breadth of knowledge and a genuine compassion for animals, and she truly gives all of herself to our clients and patients.  Jesse lives with her husband Chris (a Pet Care Specialist and our Facilities Manager here at Highway) and their sons Connor, Collin and Cayden. Jesse and Chris have a Sheltie named Raven and two cats named Ripple and Cinder. In her personal time, Jesse enjoys playing with her children, being outside, relaxing at the beach and, in true Marylander style – eating crabs and drinking beer!

Kathy B.
Receptionist

Kathy B.

Kathy has been a friendly voice and familiar face at Highway Veterinary Hospital since March 2001. She attended University of Maryland, College Park. Kathy is a key member of our Receptionist Team; she has an incredible rapport with so many of our clients! Kathy is always cheerful with her greetings and liberal with her pet treats. Kathy is responsible for our pet health care reminders and for the design of our very large informational display board in the reception area. Kathy has enjoyed continuing education lectures and programs which focus on her specific job responsibilities – client service, telephone manners and communication. She is a member of the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). Kathy lives with her beloved Boxer named Joy (because she is!). In her personal time, Kathy enjoys music, reading and relaxing with her pets.

Kathy M.
Receptionist

Laci
Veterinary Nurse

Morganne
Veterinary Nurse

Tameka
Receptionist