Veterinarians & Staff
James C Peterson, DVM
Practice Owner, Veterinarian
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State 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.
Dr. Jim shares a home with his wife, Chris, the hospital director at Highway Veterinary Hospital, and their daughter, Alex. They currently share their home with a Giant Schnauzer named Maxy, a Pomachon named Belle, and a German Warmblood horse named Captain Crunch. In his personal time, Dr. Jim enjoys landscaping, koi keeping, kayaking and boating.
Jacquelin P. Koenig, DVM
The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine
Dr. Jacci Koenig grew up in Crofton, Maryland. She began her career in veterinary medicine working at Highway Veterinary Hospital for 3 years as a veterinary nurse after obtaining her undergraduate degree from Frostburg University in 2010. She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2017. While in veterinary school, Dr. Jacci worked at one of the largest veterinary referral hospitals in the Midwest where she enjoyed learning about all aspects of small animal medicine with particular interest in veterinary neurology. She spent time volunteering in Thailand, studying and examining animals such as Sun Bears and Asian Elephants. Dr. Jacci is a Certified Fear Free Professional, achieving her credentials in 2018. During her spare time, Dr. Jacci enjoys snowboarding and hiking with her fiancé, Zach, and their son, Dylan. She shares her home with three mixed breed dogs named Ollie, Phoebe, and Moe, two domestic shorthair cats named Ellie and Papple, and a Rex rabbit named Zamboni.
Leslie A. Meadows, DVM
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine
Dr. Leslie Meadows was born and raised in Vienna, Virginia. She received her undergraduate degree from Virginia Tech in 2003 and her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Virginia-Maryland Regional School of Veterinary Medicine in 2007. Dr. Leslie has a special interest in both feline and canine internal medicine and surgery. She also has advanced training and education in ultrasonography. As a small child, Dr. Leslie wanted to be a dog trainer in the circus. It didn’t take long for her to reassess her career goal choice and set her sights on veterinary medicine. She finds ultrasonography to be the most exciting part of her job here. In her spare time, Dr. Leslie looks forward to football season so she can cheer on the Washington Redskins! She shares her home with her husband, Scott, their daughters, Lillian and Evelyn, and their dogs named Chicken and Precious.
Jennifer L. Cabral, DVM
University of Tampa
Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine
Dr. Jen Cabral was born and raised in Bermuda. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Tampa in 2003 and her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in 2007. Dr. Jen enjoys practicing small animal medicine and surgery. She especially enjoys working with exotic pets. Dr. Jen coordinates all of the First Aid Training for the multiple divisions of first responder canine units that we work with in Prince George’s County. During her spare time, she enjoys outdoor activities and aquatic recreation. She shares her home with her husband, Charlie, their children, Lincoln and Isla, and a spoiled cat named Mango.
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 and a horse. In her personal time, Chris enjoys relaxing with a good book or spending quality time with family and friends.
Mickey Fenno, CVPM
Certified Veterinary Practice Manager
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.
Surgical Nurse, Veterinary Nurse
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.
Facilities Manager, Pet Care Specialist
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!
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!
Tameka was born and raised in the Washington, DC area. Hers is the bright and sunny voice that usually greets our clients when they call. Tameka joined our Health Care Team at Highway Vet in 2013 and has been cheerily greeting our clients ever since. She loves playing with your fur babies when they come to visit us. Tameka lives vicariously through our clients, since she currently has no pets of her own. When not at Highway Vet, Tameka enjoys reading and taking college courses that are of interest to her.
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.
Registered Veterinary Technician
Northern Virginia Community College
Abby, a native of Virginia, moved to Maryland to enhance her veterinary career. Abby has been happily involved in the veterinary medical field since 2012. She received her degree as a Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) in 2018. She is a true lover of all animals, and has cared for them for as long as she can remember. Abby shares her home with a total of nine pets – a cat, dog, rabbit, dove, macaw, snake, sugar glider, and 2 ducks. You may even see some of Abby’s fur and feather babies hanging out at the hospital during the day while she’s at work. Abby is thrilled to make Highway Vet her “home away from home," and to provide exceptional health care for her patients.
University of Maryland, College Park
Courtney is a Maryland native with a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science awarded December 2018. She has a special interest in canine-assisted physical and mental rehabilitation, and the many wonderful opportunities that our companions can provide for us. In her free time, Courtney likes to read, listen to live music and celebrate even the smallest of occasions. She lives at home with her loveable labs, Cosmo and Dug, as well as her kitten named Puck.
Melany has a passion for all animals. She lives with her four large dogs, Max, Bronx, Nala and Saint, and her parrot named Perry. Her pets are her children, and a part of her family. Nothing brings Melany more pleasure than spending her paychecks on bones and toys for her furry-footed kids. She especially loves meeting and playing with animals overall, which makes her job feel like not a job at all. She has found her happy place with us at Highway Veterinary Hospital.