Our Doctors - Hometown Veterinary Clinic
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Our Doctors


Dr. Melanie Smith


Dr. Melanie Smith is a 1990 graduate of Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Before opening Hometown Veterinary Clinic, Dr. Smith spent six years serving our country in the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps. She was proud to have provided veterinary services for several Presidential pets, as well as the caisson horses at Fort Myer. Dr. Smith is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Northern Virginia Veterinary Medical Association.  Dr. Smith resides in Clifton, Virginia with her husband, four children, two dogs, three cats, and one lizard. When she’s not working, she enjoys riding horses with her father and spending time with her family at Lake Anna.

Dr. Amy Carlson

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Amy Carlson graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine at North Carolina State University. She grew up in North Carolina but moved to Michigan shortly after graduation where she practiced small animal medicine for about 12 years. She moved to Northern Virginia with her family last year. She feels the best part of her profession is fostering the special bond between pets and their owners. She loves to get to know new clients and always looks forward to seeing her established patients. Dr. Carlson is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Over the years, Dr. Carlson has shared the companionship of dogs, cats, cows, horses and goats. She is currently sharing her home with a Pomeranian mix named Trooper and a beautiful cat named Knight. Dr. Carlson really enjoys traveling, exploring the community and takes advantage of all family friendly activities!

Dr. Brittany Sholes

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Brittany Sholes was born and raised in the Northern Virginia area. She earned her bachelor degree in Animal and Poultry Sciences with an emphasis in Equine Studies at Virginia Tech. She graduated from Tech and was accepted into the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine as a junior, where she graduated top of her class in 2017. During her time at VMCVM she enjoyed participating in the student run animal welfare organization, where she fostered dogs in need, including her “foster failure”, Andi.

After graduating from veterinary school, she completed a rotating internship with The Regional Veterinary Referral Center through the Emergency and Critical Care Department. Dr. Sholes has a strong interest in emergency medicine, surgery, and ophthalmology. Her favorite past times include reading, hiking, and spending time with her family, including her energetic pocket pitbull, Andi, and her spunky little parakeet, BeBe.