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Veterinarians & Staff

Veterinarians

James C Peterson, DVM
Lead Veterinarian

James C Peterson

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine

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 preventive medicine, dental care 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. 

In his personal time, Dr. Jim enjoys landscaping, koi keeping, kayaking and boating around the Annapolis waterways with his wife, Chris and their daughter, Alex. They currently share their home with a Pomachon named Belle, and two horses named Captain Crunch and Ginny. 

Megan D Martorana, DVM
Associate Veterinarian

Eckerd College, University of South Florida

Colorado State University School of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Megan Martorana moved to Annapolis in 2014, but is originally from Florida and Colorado. She received her undergraduate degree from Eckerd College in Marine Sciences, with a concentration in Geology, and a Master's Degree from the University of South Florida in Geochemistry. While completing her Master's Degree, she had two accident-prone dogs that introduced her to the field of veterinary medicine. It was then that Dr. Megan realized her passion for caring for animals and decided to change careers. In 2010, she graduated from the Colorado State University School of Veterinary Medicine. 

One of Dr. Megan's favorite aspects of practicing veterinary medicine is the human-animal bond. She is very excited to be a member of Highway Veterinary Hospital where preserving this bond and providing excellent health care services for your pets is our highest priority. Other areas of interest for Dr. Megan include dentistry, soft tissue surgery, geriatric medicine and pain management. You will find Dr. Megan in the surgical and dental suites every Tuesday and Thursday taking care of all of our anesthetic procedures. 

When not at work, Dr. Megan can be found gardening, boating or exploring downtown Annapolis with her husband, Charlie and their son, Francesco. They share their home with an Australian Shepherd, Daisy and two cats named McFly and Gemma. 

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 Bullmastiff. In her personal time, Mickey enjoys reading, puzzles, and spending time with her family.

 

Chris
Facilities Manager, Pet Care Specialist, Veterinary Assistant

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!

 

 

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, David, and two Shelties named Brooks and Parker. 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.

 

 

 

 

 

Jesse H
Veterinary Nurse

Jesse H

Salisbury University

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!

 

 

 

Jen
Veterinary Nurse

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Jasmine
Veterinary Nurse

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Jesse S
Veterinary Nurse

Jesse S

Originally from the sunny island of Jamaica, Jesse joined our Highway Veterinary Hospital family in 2019. After completing his practicum requirements for his Veterinary Medical Technology degree, Jesse received his Bachelor of Science degree frpm Wilson College in Pennsylvania in December 2019. Soon, after much more studying, and the COVID delays, Jesse will sit for the National Board Exam to receive his Registered Veterinary Technician certification. We are super excited to have Jesse on our team as he progresses through these next steps in his veterinary career. His smile is infectious and his calm demeanor during our crazy busy days within the hospital is much appreciated. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kitt
Veterinary Nurse

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Destiny
Veterinary Nurse, Receptionist

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BJ
Receptionist

BJ

BJ is a Maryland native who is a natural caregiver with a passion for helping both people and animals. She joined the Highway Vet team in 2015 as a part-time receptionist. BJ loves speaking with our clients and greeting their pets with lots of love and attention upon their arrival at the hospital. During her free time, BJ volunteers with the Deale Volunteer Fire Department as their fire prevention coordinator. She also enjoys spending quality time with her family and friends. BJ shares her home with her husband Mike (married since 1995), their three children, Eric, Billy & Melissa, and with their six spoiled cats named Oreo, Julia, Fluffy, Pumpkin, Spooky & Isabell.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mary
Receptionist

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Mikayla
Receptionist

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Anna S
Receptionist

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Anna W
Receptionist

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