Our Team

Our staff has over sixty years of combined experience.

Our veterinarians have the skill and expertise necessary to keep your pets healthy and well.

Dr. Mary Patton

Medical Director, Certified in Veterinary Acupuncture
Dr. Patton's Bio

Dr. Mary Patton grew up in Virginia Beach, loving the ocean. This led her to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Marine Science at The University of South Carolina. She continued to Veterinary School at Virginia Tech to become a veterinarian and learn how to keep animals healthy. While there, she realized that she preferred the more hands-on medicine that small animal practice would bring versus working in a big aquarium. She has worked in small animal medicine for over 25 years.

Having a strong desire to provide an improved quality of life for her patients beyond conventional medicine, she then earned certification in Veterinary Acupuncture from The Chi Institute in Florida. Her professional goals are to provide gentle and personalized care for each patient using conventional medicine and integrating the Traditional Chinese practices of acupuncture and herbal medicines. She has a special interest in Feline Medicine, especially the black and white variety, and is a member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners.

She lives in Midlothian with her three children. They share a house with three cats, two dogs, and a Crested Gecko. When she is not working, she enjoys hiking with her dogs, reading crime novels, and watching shows on BBC.

A little-known fact, Dr. Patton and her parents grew up with a dachshund in the home. They were always rescued, adult males. Through the years, as one passed, it was quickly replaced. They were all named Seal.

Dr. Ian Anderson

Associate Veterinarian
Dr. Anderson's Bio

Dr. Ian Anderson was born and raised in Richmond, VA. He met his future wife, Anna, while attending Godwin High School, and they both attended Virginia Tech for their undergraduate studies. He graduated in 2018 Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in Biology. Dr. Anderson loved Blacksburg so much that he decided to stay as he attended the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine. During his clinical year, he discovered a passion for internal medicine and building relationships with clients. He was awarded the college’s Certificate of Clinical Excellence in internal medicine upon graduation.

Dr. Anderson started his veterinary career with Chester Animal Clinic in July 2022 after being impressed with their high patient care standard and family-oriented practice style. He continues to be interested in internal medicine, which encompasses cases requiring a little more detective work to solve and perform soft tissue surgery. He is a firm believer in the Fear Free approach to patients, and he will do everything in his power to ensure that visits to the veterinarian will be as low-stress and enjoyable as possible. Dr. Anderson believes pets are family members and strives to go above and beyond to provide top-quality healthcare.

Dr. Anderson and Anna are happy to be back in the greater Richmond area and love the charm found all over Chester. They share a new home with Tucker, their very needy Lab Mix that Dr. Anderson rescued while in college. In his free time, Dr. Anderson enjoys fitness, soccer, cooking, watching movies, working in the yard, and exploring the outdoors. His family loves making trips back to Virginia Tech to attend tailgates and cheer on the Hokies.

Dr. Anderson is working full-time and accepting new patients. He would be happy to serve the needs of you and your pets.

Meet our amazing team!


Practice and Resort Manager
Caitlin's Bio
Caitlin joined the team as Practice and Resort manager for Chester Animal Clinic and West Chester Pet Resort in 2022. She’s originally from Long Island, NY and after receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Longwood University, decided to settle “down here” in Virginia for good! Caitlin has been in the animal care field for over 16 years and is passionate about cultivating and strengthening the human-animal bond. She shares a home with her husband, a Staffie mix named Raleigh Girl, a Bulldog/Basset Hound named Belle, 2 orange tabby cats and a tarantula! In her free time, Caitlin enjoys travelling, birdwatching and reading. She is so excited for the opportunity to help lead the teams at Chester and West Chester so that they can continue to provide the highest-level of care for the community’s pets and their people.  


Operations Manager, Licensed Veterinary Technician

Michele's Bio
Michele became a part of the Chester team in November of 2022 after relocating from Brooklyn, NY where she was the Operations Manager for a large Emergency and Specialty practice. Taking a leadership role at Chester has allowed her more of an opportunity to work closely and collaboratively with the team than she’d had in the past.  In Michele’s free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, hiking, and visiting breweries with her two dogs; Norman and Gordy. The household is also kept in-check by Peppers, the cat! 

Jessica P.

Licensed Veterinary Technician

Jessica's Bio
Jessica grew up in Prince George, Virginia. She has always had a passion for animals and wants to care for them. She currently has 1 dog and 2 horses. Jessica enjoys hiking, horseback riding, and painting in her free time and is always looking to learn more about the continuously changing field of veterinary medicine!

In 2023, Jessica officially became a Licensed Veterinary Technician, and we are so proud of her accomplishment!


Patient Services Coordinator, LVT Student

Alex's Bio
Alex has been with the Chester team since April of 2022. A proud New Yorker, she grew up in Queens and is currently enrolled in courses to become a licensed Veterinary Technician!

Alex is the “Butler” for 3 kitties at home: Cadence (her Old Man), Drogo (a Destructive Void) and Kerrigor (the Rambunctious Kitten). In her free time, Alex enjoys cooking and reading.

She has a soft spot for the “spicier” feline patients and is the go-to for her colleagues when it comes to soothing our less-than-happy kitty cats. Alex also enjoys wrapping surgical packs!


Patient Services Coordinator

Michelle's Bio

Michelle joined the Chester team in March of 2021. She grew up in Charleston, West Virginia but spent time in California before moving to the Chesterfield area in 1993. Michelle has been passionate about animals for her whole life. If you ask what she’s most passionate about in veterinary medicine, she’ll say “all of it!”. She enjoys spending her free time horseback riding and used to compete in dressage with her Belgian Warmblood horse, Cameo. Michelle shares her home with her Staffordshire Terrier, Lil’ Bit, and a Tortoiseshell cat, Bean.


Patient Services Coordinator

Rebecca's Bio
Rebecca joined the Chester team in June 2023 and is from Northern Michigan. As a veterinary assistant, she enjoys being able to build relationships with our clients and their pets and loves the opportunity to make vet visits more enjoyable for our patients with positive reinforcement and Fear Free techniques (treats, treats, treats!). In her free time, Rebecca enjoys reading (R.R Martin novels are her fave), hiking and spending time with her family. She shares a home with doggy family members Luna Bug, Mama Maya and Molly and is a willing servant to a long-haired kitty cat named Sprout!


Patient Services Coordinator

Fai's Bio
Fai has been with Chester since March of 2024 and her favorite part of her job is watching our puppy and kitten patients grow up, as well as learning new things every day! She is very artistic, and in her free time enjoys drawing and painting as well as performing in Color guard. Her personal pets include a lab/pit mix named Ramona, a tripod tabby cat named Mercury and a black cat named Bug.


Client Services Coordinator

Mark's Bio
Mark is a native of Chesterfield county. He has always had a love of animals and has a soft spot for those that are sick. Mark has one pet, Cooper, a 9-year-old Russell Terrier. Mark’s hobbies include golf, fantasy football, and woodworking. Mark’s empathy and ability to learn new skills have made him a fantastic team member!


Client Services Coordinator Lead
Khadeesha's Bio
Khadeesha was born in Trinidad and raised in Chesterfield County. She has been a part of the veterinary industry for 5 years, 3 of them with Chester Animal Clinic. She enjoys watching movies, reading and cuddling with her dog Harley.


Client Services Coordinator

Elyse's Bio
Elyse joined the Client Services team at Chester in the summer of 2023. While she was born and raised a city girl in Chicago, she called Alabama her home for over 10 years and is a country girl at-heart (Roll Tide!) When she’s not at work, you can find Elyse gardening, exploring the outdoors and hanging out with her Great Dane, Mr. Charlie Horse.

Elyse always looks forward to snuggling the pups that come in to the clinic!

High-quality veterinary care in Chesterfield County.

We are an established, second-generation, full-service, small animal veterinary facility that has been serving and caring for the pets of Chesterfield County, Virginia since 1968.

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Chester, Virginia 23831

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