Dr. Drew Luce knew he wanted to be a veterinarian since he was twelve years old. He has spent his life around animals by growing up on a small farm with dogs, cats, horses, and sheep. Dr. Luce attended Virginia Tech where he majored in Animal Science. Subsequently, he received his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 1990.
Dr. Luce thinks progressively and is dedicated to improving veterinary options available to pets. He has special interests that are focused on breed-related diseases, ultrasound, emergency medicine, surgery, especially, orthopedic, and endoscopic and laparoscopic procedures.
Dr. Luce has been recognized, by his peers, as one of the Top Veterinarians in Northern Virginia and voted the Best Veterinarian in the DC Suburbs. In addition, he serves on the Animal Advisory Committee for Loudoun County Animal Services.
During his 17 years practicing in the Dulles South area, Dr. Luce saw a need for a free-standing building that was dedicated just to pets healthcare, especially pet emergencies. In 2015, a state-of-the-art facility, he named Dulles South Veterinary Center, opened. In addition, Dulles South Animal Emergency was established and is the only pet emergency hospital on the southeast side of Loudoun County.
When not busy keeping pets healthy, Dr. Luce is spending time with his wife, three kids, and Phebe, his dog.
Even as a little girl, Dr. Caroline Pattie knew of her connection with animals and had always dreamed of becoming a veterinarian. She was born in San Francisco, CA and raised in Arlington, VA. She has been an associate with Aldie Vet Hospital since August 2008. Dr. Pattie attended Bridgewater College and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology in 2002. She went on to attend the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine and was awarded her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2008. Dr. Pattie’s professional interests include surgery, diagnostic imaging, and holistic medicine. She received her certification in veterinary acupuncture (CVA) from the Chi Institute of Chinese Medicine. She understands the power of holistic therapies for health and healing and loves to introduce clients and their pets to integrating it into traditional Western practice. Dr. Pattie also speaks French, is a Tai Chi practitioner, and enjoys traveling, dancing, cooking and snow skiing. She has two cats (Poly and Lulu), two dogs (Jason and Coyo), and a guinea pig called Bacon in her home in Falls Church, VA.
Dr. Courtney Conroy grew up in Chesapeake, VA, where she spent most of her time riding and showing hunter horses. Originally intending to pursue a degree in International Studies and Spanish, she went on to attend Virginia Tech. It wasn’t long before her heart pulled her back over to the agricultural college, where she earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Animal and Poultry Sciences. She then completed her DVM at Virginia Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, concentrating on small animal medicine. Her veterinary interests include internal medicine, nutrition, and behavior. Dr. Conroy recently moved to Warrenton, where she enjoys spending time with her husband, dog, cat, pony, and mule on their small farm. In her free time she loves hiking, visiting local wineries, and cheering for the Hokies!
Dr. Hood has extensive training and experience in emergency and critical care medicine. When she is not caring for pets, she is caring for her horses, sheep, dogs and cats on her farm in Western Loudoun.
Dr. Nandita Fernandes has called Northern Virginia her home for the past 18 years. She earned a Master of Public Health and a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from St. George’s University School of Veterinary Medicine and has been in general practice ever since!
Dr. Fernandes is a Fear Free certified professional and strives to decrease the fear, anxiety, and stress of her patients, both at the hospital and at home. She is also certified in Canine Physical Rehabilitation and Veterinary Medical Acupuncture. She feels lucky to be able to offer her patients the best medical care possible in addition to using complementary alternative medicine as a great adjunct to improve her patient’s quality of life.
Dr. Fernandes joins the Dulles Vet team with interests in acupuncture and physical rehabilitation, the human-animal bond, wound management, internal and preventive medicine, and geriatric care.
She enjoys spending her free time with her family, dogs, cats, watching movies, baseball games, funnel cakes, yoga, and outdoor activities in the sun!