Our team of doctors, licensed veterinarian technicians, and assistants are devoted to serving you and your pets. We come together from different backgrounds, with many interests, to serve you the best we can.
Lisa Gibson, DVM
Gerbils, dogs, cats, horses, chickens, and a pig…caring for all of these during her childhood inspired Dr. Lisa Gibson to become a veterinarian.
Growing up on seven acres in Manassas, Virginia gave Dr. Gibson the opportunity to act on her love of animals at an early age. During middle school, she decided to pursue a career in veterinary medicine, and upon graduation from high school, she began working on a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science. After graduating with honors from Virginia Tech in 1982, she was accepted into the Virginia Maryland Regional School of Veterinary Medicine at Blacksburg, Virginia. In 1986 she graduated with a doctorate in Veterinary Medicine and married two weeks later.
Dr. Gibson worked for a little over three years as an associate in a small animal practice before opening Bealeton Veterinary House Call Service in 1989. After working as a house call and associate veterinarian for approximately 18 months, she and her husband Don – a business/finance major – opened Compassion Animal Hospital.
Dr. Gibson has a particular interest in surgery cases and does all the orthopedic surgery at Compassion. She also has a strong interest in ultrasound and enjoys the advantages it gives in diagnostic information without invasive procedures.
Along the way, she and her husband have been blessed with four beautiful children. They live in Catlett with two frogs and two wonderfully friendly cats.
Julia Gibson, DVM
Dr. Julia Gibson grew up in Catlett, VA with her parents, Don Gibson and Dr. Lisa Gibson. She attended Virginia Tech for her undergraduate degree and majored in Agriculture and Applied Economics. She continued her career at Virginia Tech at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduating with her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine, she worked at a busy mixed animal practice in West Virginia before joining our practices in May of 2015. She enjoys working on all species including dogs, cats, sheep, goats, cows, horses, and the occasional chicken. Her interests include hiking, reading, traveling, and working out.
Brittany Haskins, DVM
Dr. Brittany Haskins is originally from further north, growing up in Massachusetts and attending Brown University for her bachelor’s degree. While in college in the city, she still managed to work with animals by training fruit bats to fly through obstacle courses for flight mechanics research. She then continued her education at Tufts University’s School of Veterinary Medicine, where she was especially involved in animal welfare research and community veterinary outreach. After graduation, she moved down to Virginia to begin her career as a veterinarian. She now lives in Catlett with her husband, three dogs and two cats (and she hopes to add some rats to the mix shortly).
Kathleen Connor, DVM
Dr. Kathleen Connor began her career early in life. One of her family chickens was attacked by a dog and when they called the local vets, no one worked on chickens! So, at ten years old, Dr. Connor performed her first surgery. Things snowballed after that.
Dr. Connor graduated from Virginia Tech with a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science in 1987 and from the Virginia Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 1991. She has lived in the Shenandoah Valley for 14 years. She grew up horse-obsessed and planned to become an equine veterinarian, but after becoming involved with a canine Search and Rescue (SAR) team in Harrisonburg in 1996, that quickly faded.
Currently, Dr. Connor is involved with Blue and Gray SAR Dogs, where she is the training director. She has also served as the president of the team and has had the opportunity to travel both nationally and internationally. She and her SAR dog, Finn, have gone to New Orleans after Katrina and to the jungles of Guyana, South America to search for a missing plane. Her extreme interest in SAR has caused her to become a more canine sports-oriented veterinarian.
Dr. Connor has been trained in Veterinary Acupuncture and plans to pursue training in Veterinary Chiropractics. At this time, she is owned by her five Labrador retrievers, two horses, and five cats.
Dr. Virginia Stilwell was raised in an Army family traveling around the world but calls the state of Virginia home. Growing up, she loved taking care of animals and reading the stories of James Herriot. A majority of her teenage years were spent at the barn and riding horses. She also helped out on her grandfather’s cattle farm in Brandy Station. She graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor of Science in Equine Science and a minor in Biology. Then, she worked for a year at the Marion DuPont Scott Equine Hospital in Leesburg as a night shift nurse. She spent the next four years at Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine and earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. (War Eagle!)
Dr. Stilwell’s large animal interests include equine, small ruminants (goats, sheep, llamas, and alpacas), and bovine heard health/obstetrics. Her small animal interests include canine and feline medicine and surgery. Outside of work she enjoys traveling, hiking, spending time with her family, and hanging out with her two dogs and one cat.
Erin Van Gorder, LVT
Erin Van Gorder is a Licensed Veterinary Technician. She graduated from Blue Ridge Community College in 2013 with an A.A.S. in Veterinary Technology. Erin is currently a member of the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA), and the Virginia Association of Licensed Veterinary Technicians.
Erin has had a variety of pets growing up. When she was six years old, she asked Santa for a snake. Much to her delight, Monty-the-snake was waiting there for her under the tree! She has been a client of Compassion Animal Hospital since 1990, after moving to Virginia from New Jersey. In 2005, Erin graduated from Liberty High School. Before attending BRCC, she initially went to school to become a Medical Transcriptionist. However, during her internship at Compassion Animal Hospital, she quickly discovered her true calling. In 2009, Erin began working at Compassion Animal Hospital as a Veterinary Assistant, and continued throughout her schooling.
Erin is currently living in Bealeton with her nine cats (Groucho, Big Boy, Princess, Runt, Rolly, Rascal, Tigger, Salem, Patches) and Monty. In her free time, Erin enjoys painting pottery, playing sports, reading books, and most of all relaxing on the beach!