North Fork Veterinary Hospital

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Dr. Darnice E. Pettigrew

darniceDr. Pettigrew is one of those great stories of a kid always knowing what she wanted to do in life.  She started working for a vet at the age of 15 and has loved it ever since.  The doc walks the talk as she embraces everything  earth friendly, gardening, wildlife conservation, and green living, including building a greenhouse and she drives a Prius sharing it all with Dema, a beagle mix, and Andy, a redbone coonhound mix, and Kira, a black kitty from the Society of the Prevention of Cruelty of Animals (SPCA). Graduated in 1984 from Virginia Tech with a Bachelors in Animal Science and minors in Agricultural Economics and Biology.  After graduating from University of Georgia 1986 with a Masters in Animal Nutrition, Dr. Pettigrew then graduated from VA-MD Regional College of Vet Medicine 1990 with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Pettigrew worked for 7 years in Chesapeake VA and was president of the Chesapeake Humane Society. In 1997, she bought North Fork Veterinary Hospital and has run it full-time, 6 days a week since.

Dr. Pettigrew sits on a number of boards as a member including:

  • Member of Rockingham-Harrisonburg SPCA board of directors since 1998, currently president and for 9 years as well being vice president and secretary. Also vet-in-charge since 1998.
  • Member of Broadway-Timberville Ruritans since 1998, treasurer for 4 years.
  • Member of the Caretta Research Project since 2000 working with sea turtle conservation and assistant of a crew since 2012
  • Member of Friends of the North Fork River since 2004 and takes biweekly water sample to be monitored for pollutants.
  • Member of the Broadway-Timberville Chamber of Commerce since 1998, received outstanding Citizen of the Year in 2011.
  • Worked with researchers from the Marine Science Conservancy in Belize with dolphins,
  • Worked with researcher in Massachusetts dealing with urban coyotes,
  • Worked with Earthwatch in Trinidad with leatherback sea turtles,
  • Kayaked the Baja to see whales and snorkel with sea lions.
  • Have talked to numerous school groups about various subjects.
  • President for over 12 years at SPCA

Amanda Wilkes
Veterinary Assistant/Receptionist

Amanda has worked at NFVH since February 2014 and loves it. She’s married with two children, has one dog and two cats, and loves spending time with her family.

Kayleigh Miller
Veterinary Assistant

Kayleigh Miller has worked at North Fork Veterinary Hospital since November 2018. She loves working with animals and learning about them. She has 2 horses, 2 cats, 2 dogs as well as hamsters and birds.

Ashley Gearing
Receptionist/Veterinary Assistant

Ashley Gearing has been working at North Fork Veterinary Hospital since May 2019 and really enjoys it. She has 2 dogs and when not working, enjoys spending time with her husband and going four wheeling.

Ashley Worley
Receptionist/Vet Assistant

Ashley Worley has worked at North Fork Vet since October 2021. Ashley is a certified Veterinary Assistant and Fear Free certified. She is currently enrolled in the veterinary technician program at BRCC. When not at work she enjoys spending time with her family, 4 cats and daydreaming about the day her letter arrives from Hogwarts.

Rosalie Chambers
Licensed Veterinary Technician

Rosalie Chambers has worked at NFVH from July 2016 to October 2021 and has returned in June 2022 from time off to care for her grandchildren.Rosalie is a graduate of Texas Tech University and a former officer in the Air Force. She returned to school in 2009 and earned her AAS in Veterinary Technology from Blue Ridge Community College in 2012. She has 2 dogs, 1 cat, 3 horses and 2 goats in addition to her human family.