Village Veterinary Clinic was established in 1985 as a satellite clinic to a larger area practice. At the time, Dr. John Lonam was working as a relief veterinarian. Impressed with Dr. Lonam’s veterinary knowledge and surgical skills, and cognizant of his well-established reputation in the veterinary community, VVC’s owner approached Dr. Lonam and his wife, Anne, with an offer to buy the practice. Knowing that the practice needed an overhaul, the Lonams felt their combination of experience and skills could fulfill the challenge and on July 1, 1987 – Dr. Lonam’s birthday – he and Anne took ownership of Village Veterinary Clinic.
Over the next few years we upgraded equipment and gave the facility a facelift, hired several more associates and began welcoming more and more new clients to the practice. In 1996 an opportunity came along to expand our facility in the shopping center in which we are located. Our new facility allowed us to triple our hospital space and expand our boarding capacity.
Over the course of 25 years, VVC has established itself as a well-respected practice, perhaps best known for providing an honest opinion for an honest price. It is our commitment to provide high quality care throughout the life of each pet. Our services and facilities are designed to assist in routine preventive care for young, healthy pets; early detection and treatment of disease as a pet ages; and complete medical and surgical care as necessary during a pet’s lifetime.
Many of our clientele have been with us from the beginning, and their children and pets have demonstrated the same loyalty. Our staff of highly skilled, caring veterinary professionals knows our clientele well and is dedicated to addressing the unique concerns of each pet and pet owner. We see our clients not as customers, but as part of our Village Vet family.
We are a general small animal practice focusing mainly on the care of cats, dogs, rabbits, guinea pigs and other pocket pets. Dr. Lonam and his two associates, Dr. Jeonghwa Kim and Dr. Rachelle Kopp, are skillful in dealing with a broad range of issues. Dr. Lonam has a particular interest in surgery and is extremely skilled at both soft tissue and orthopedic procedures. He also has extensive experience dealing with raptors.
Dr. Kim received advanced training in Zoo Animal Medicine at the Royal College of London, where she received her Masters Degree. Both she and Dr. Lonam treat our pocket pet friends. Dr. Kopp concentrates on the treatment of our canine and feline patients.
VVC is the primary care provider for the Fairfax County Police Canine Corps and for many of the Arlington County Police Canine Corps. The dogs we work with are primarily trained to sniff out criminals, drugs and explosives, which involves very intensive training and 24/7 companionship with their handlers. Our responsibility is to keep these dogs in top working condition and be available at a moment’s notice should they become ill or injured. It has been an extremely rewarding experience for the doctors and staff to be an integral part of the Canine Corps.
Dr. Lonam is the also the primary veterinarian for the Raptor Conservancy of Northern Virginia. All work is pro bono. This organization receives injured/abandoned raptors from a large geographical area. The Conservancy’s mission is to rehabilitate and release as many birds as possible back into the wild. Birds in good health that cannot be released are placed in the care of licensed rehabilitators or nature centers that use the birds for educational purposes. The bulk of Dr. Lonam’s work involves repairing broken wings and legs, treating injured eyes, and malnutrition cases.
At Village Veterinary Clinic, we love our community and always do everything we can to give back. We have partnered with many area rescue and adoption groups over the years, providing wellness care, vaccinations and surgical services to pets in foster care. We also participate with area shelter spay/neuter programs. We have sponsored or co-sponsored countless athletic teams and events, school theatre and musical groups, all-night grad parties at the local high schools, shelter or rescue group fundraisers, donated goods and services for silent auctions and other fundraisers, participated in community pot-luck dinners, and more.
Our holiday open house during December is a big hit. The public is invited to bring in their pets and have their picture taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus (our staff). Dr. Lonam was our “distinguished guest” in 2011. Our remaining support staff is costumed as Santa’s helpers to help spread the cheer, and refreshments and clinic tours are provided. We also hold a bake sale of items donated by the staff, raffle gift bags filled with feline and canine goodies, and have small holiday items for sale. All proceeds from the open house are donated to a local charity chosen by the staff.