Dr. Victoria Law
Originally from Virginia, Dr. Victoria Law attended the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine before going on to practice in several Banfield Pet Hospitals in the Northern Virginia area. Dr. Law is a strong advocate of using preventive care to ensure long, happy lives of pets, and strives to provide a positive experience for both pets and clients. Dr. Law and her husband moved to North Carolina in the summer of 2013 with their crew of critters. Household animals include a dog named Panda and two cats named Snitch and Blitz. Panda is a border collie/ heeler mix who is obsessed with tennis balls. When not at work or home, Dr. Law can be found riding and competing her horse, Jazzie, in the upper levels of eventing.
Dr. Jennifer Welsh
Dr. Jennifer Welsh graduated in May 2013 from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She worked with Banfield for three years as a veterinary student before joining upon graduation with the current practice here in Woodbury. Her special interests are large breed dogs, exotic cats, cat behavior and cat enrichment. Dr. Welsh loves sports, and is a huge OSU buckeyes fan! She loves watching football, outdoor activities (biking, beach, etc.) and is very into softball. In fact, she played softball in college and continues to play on recreational teams. She also enjoys DIY projects. Dr. Welsh has three dogs including two great danes and one flat-coat mix, five cats including four domestic short hairs ranging from two to 17-years-old and one bengal who is three years old and numerous fish.
Dr. Robert Guttroff
Dr. Bob graduated from the University of Illinois in 1993. Dr. Bob has interests in orthopedics and radiology.
Dr. Susan Valashinas
Dr. Susan Valashinas is a 2002 graduate of North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine. In 2004, Dr. Valashinas and her husband moved to the area to pursue all things related to the beach. Dr. Valashinas is a huge advocate of preventive care and heartworm prevention, and also enjoys soft tissue surgery. She is married with one son. They share their household with three rescue pets including a schnauzer mix named Riley, a beagle named Faith and another beagle named Buck-O.
Stephanie R. Smith graduated from the University of Georgia in 2008. She has worked with Banfield for almost six years. Her special interests are dogs, cats, internal medicine and oncology. She has three pets including a rescued yorkie who will gladly sign autographs named Elton John, a rescued black and white cat who will gladly nudge or trip anyone for a pat on the head named Kat Ballou and a rescued border collie who is the smartest person in the room at all times named Havasu. Her leisure time is dominated with her pets, playing a variety of stringed instruments with little skill and great enthusiasm, fishing (pole in water, nothing on the hook) and spending time with family and friends enjoying the great North Carolina coast.
Dr. Salina Locke is a 2011 graduate of the University of Georgia. She has worked with Banfield for two years. Her special interests include Avian and Exotic medicine. She loves anything outdoors, bird watching, gardening, art and running.
Dr. Linda Jack
Dr. Jack was born on an Air Force Base in Florida. She received her Bachelor of Arts with honors in 1982 from Manhattanville College and her Doctorate from North Carolina State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2006. Dr. Jack’s first best friend was a beagle she met when she was a child; since then, her pet family has included many rescued dogs, cats, birds, fish, horses, snakes, turtles and guinea pigs. She spent more than 20 years as a professional musician and award-winning songwriter leading contemporary Christian worship services in the U.S. and Europe. She moved to North Carolina in 2002 and loves the people. Licensed in several states, Dr. Jack works as a relief veterinarian, traveling extensively and fulfilling temporary or part-time assignments for a wide variety of small animal clinics. She belongs to several veterinary organizations and is a lifetime member of the World Wildlife Fund.
Dr. Heather O'Brien graduated from North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2005. She worked in her home town of Burgaw, NC for a year and a half in a mixed animal practice. Dr. O'Brien started practicing with Banfield of Wilmington in December of 2006. She came to the practice in Jacksonville in May of 2010. Dr. O'Brien brings a heart-felt care and compassion to both owners and their pets. She enjoys educating clients on responsible pet ownership and preventive care. She resides with her husband, Bill and their children Emma, Grace and Timothy. Their family is complete with two dogs named Gus and Bruno, a cat named Mimi, seven chickens and two ducks.
Dr. Murali K. Mallela
Dr. Murali Mallela earned his B.V.Sc and M.V.Sc from the ANGRA University in Hyderabad, India. He earned his Ph.D. in veterinary and biomedical sciences from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg in 2011. After graduation, Dr. Mallela pursued post-doctoral research at Yale University and the University of Florida School of Medicine. He also received German Academic Exchange Service fellowship to study zoonotic diseases at Freie University, Berlin. Dr. Mallela authored and co-authored several research papers and presented his research at various national and international scientific meetings. After his Post Doc, Dr. Mallela decided to get back to his passion, which is practicing veterinary medicine. He worked in Detroit for one year as a small animal veterinarian before joining Banfield Pet Hospital. During his leisure time, he enjoys traveling, going to the movies and photography.