Meet Our Veterinarians

Dr. Alexandru Pop, DVM

Owner, Veterinarian

Dr. Pop is a 2019 graduate from North Carolina State University and joined AVS after practicing mixed large animal medicine on the coast near Wilmington, NC. Dr. Pop’s family originally immigrated from Romania, and have now settled down permanently in Fancy Gap, VA.

Dr. Pop’s interests revolve around small ruminants and bovine medicine, with a focus on start-up sustainable farming, and helping anyone feel confident in the world of animal husbandry. In his free time, Dr. Pop is a car enthusiast and enjoys hiking, fishing, and spending time traveling and exploring new places with his girlfriend Mary and their pup Cali.

Learn more about Dr. Pop and his transition into Appalachian Veterinary Services in this letter to our clients!

Dr. Kim Bridges, DVM

Veterinarian

Dr. Bridges was born in Franklin County, VA and  grew up on a small farm that included a menagerie of animals from a bobcat to horses, cattle, goats, and one donkey.  She showed horses for several years throughout the South and  Southeast and continues to enjoy the lifelong companionship of her trusted  mounts. 

She attended Virginia Tech where  she received a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and later her DVM at  Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 2005.  After graduation, she worked in a progressive  9-doctor dairy practice in Lancaster County, PA.  Dr. Bridges developed and led a  milk quality assessment program which she has also instituted at Appalachian  Veterinary Services. 

Dr. Bridges’ areas  of interest and expertise include mastitis prevention, bovine reproduction,  field surgery, pleasure horse and small ruminant medicine.

Dr. Ashley Roberts, DVM

Senior Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Roberts grew up locally on a small farm in McCoy, VA where her family had a small herd of commercial beef cattle and a private horse boarding facility.  She was very active in both 4-H and FFA where she competed at local, state, and national events in livestock judging, horse judging, and Stockman’s contests.  She also enjoyed exhibiting beef heifers and market lambs, and caring for a variety of horses.  Dr. Roberts completed her Bachelor’s degree at Virginia Tech in Animal & Poultry Sciences in 2011 and her DVM at Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine in 2015. 

Dr. Roberts enjoys working with pleasure horses, beef cattle, and small ruminants.  She enjoys taking the extra time to educate clients to better the care and health of her patients.  In her time away from work she enjoys spending time with her family, Border Collies, and her Quarter Horse named Henry.  

Dr. Sally Suttenfield, DVM, CCRP

Senior Associate Veterinarian, Rehabilitation Specialist

Dr. Suttenfield is a 1991 graduate of the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine and is a certified canine rehabilitationist and career small animal veterinarian. Dr. Suttenfield offers wellness exams, vaccinations, routine lab work, and ‘sick’ patient exams, as well as arthritis, chronic pain, and nutritional management, electrical stimulation for pain control, heat and cold therapy, therapeutic exercise programs to aid in recovery, neurological and post-surgical rehabilitation, therapeutic ultrasound, and water therapy with our state of the art underwater treadmill.

Dr. Suttenfield also works with Sports Dog Assessment and Conditioning as well as Managing the Handicapped Dog.

Dr. Noah Bianco, DVM

Associate Veterinarian

A native of North Carolina, Dr. Noah Bianco grew up on a small farm in Hillsborough, just outside of Chapel Hill where he was involved with a variety of equine activities from a very young age. He earned his BS in Biology at UNC Wilmington, with concentrations in English and Business. After leaving the coast, Dr. Bianco completed a Masters in Physiology at NCSU and received his DVM from the NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine.

Following graduation, he moved to Louisiana to pursue Thoroughbred racetrack practice. Dr. Bianco joined AVS in July of 2019 as an
ambulatory associate who is passionate about preventative and sport-horse medicine and the equine foot.

In his leisure time Dr. Bianco enjoy spending time outdoors in southwest Virginia’s mountains, hiking, fishing, hunting, home improvement projects, and spending time with his other half, Molly, and their three dogs.

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