Academy Animal Care

"At Academy Animal Care We Treat Your Pets Like Family"

Academy Animal Care in Suffolk, Virginia is a full service companion animal hospital.  It is our commitment to provide quality veterinary care throughout the life of your pet.  Our services and facilities are designed to assist in routine preventative care for young , healthy pets; early detection and treatment of disease as your pet ages; and complete medical and surgical care as necessary during his or her lifetime.

We understand the special role your pet plays in your family and are dedicated to becoming your partner in your pet's health care.  We treat your pet as we would our own.  Our goal is to practice the highest quality medicine and surgery with compassion and an emphasis on client education.  Our entire healthcare team is committed to providing personal attention to the unique concerns of each individual pet owner.

At this site, you will find information about our practice philosophy, our services, helpful forms to assist you and an extensive Pet Medical Library for you to search for additional pet health care information.

  • Mon-Fri: 7:30AM-6:30PM
  • Sat: 8:00AM-1:00PM
  • SUN: Closed
  • After Hours Emergency? Call 935-9111 or 366-9000
  • Glenn Chase, DVM

    Dr. Chase is proud to call Academy Animal Care his home!  With over seventeen years of experience as a veterinarian, Dr. Chase brings his expertise in small animal medicine, soft tissue and orthopedic surgery, and emergency/critical care to the great city of Suffolk.

    Dr. Chase graduated from Virginia Tech with a degree in biology in 1996.  He loved Blacksburg so much that he went on to receive his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in May, 2000.  Along with his wife, Marsha, he called Newport News his home after graduation, and spent his first five years as a veterinarian at Boulevard Animal Hospital.  It was there that he honed his medicine and surgery skills, and developed a special interest in orthopedics.   After spending two years as a medical director in Colonial Heights, Virginia, Dr. Chase returned to Hampton Roads where he spent three years on staff at the Greenbrier Veterinary Emergency Center.  Dr. Chase has always hoped to have his own small town practice, and the opportunity to own Academy Animal Care is most certainly a dream come true!  

    Dr. Chase, his wife Marsha (also a veterinarian!), and their daughters Hannah & Sarah love living in Suffolk.  When not hard at work, Dr. Chase loves running, boating, and spending time his family.
    Years in Practice:
    May 17, 2000
    Education:
    Virginia Tech, Virginia-MD College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Maura Ambrosio, DVM

    Dr. Ambrosio joined Academy Animal Care in July, 2011.  She has enjoyed the time already spent at the practice and appreciated the warm welcome!  Dr. Ambrosio attended the College of William and Mary, earning a Bachelor's degree in Biology, before proceeding to Virginia Tech for her veterinary degree.  After finishing her degree, Dr. Ambrosio completed an internship in emergency medicine and worked with several veterinary specialists in the Hampton Roads area.

    Dr. Ambrosio became a veterinarian in order to serve families and their pets.  Her primary goal is to work as a team with clients to find practical solutions to improve the health of their pets.

    Dr. Ambrosio is a native of Norfolk, Virginia and returned to the area with her husband of 6 years, Jim.  They have 2 sons, a 3 year old and a newborn.
    They have a dog named Ash and a 1 year old cat.
    Dr. Ambrosio enjoys gardening and time with her family.
    Years in Practice:
    May 17, 2010
    Education:
    College of William and Mary, Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Hannah Adams, DVM

    Dr. Hannah Adams,  Joined our practice 5 years ago. Lives here in Suffolk with her husband, Jimmy, and her two children Julia and James. Her 4 legged family includes Chopper, a boston terrier and 2 cats, Mellow and Bubbles.

    Growing up on her family's farm in North Carolina influenced Dr. Adams' decision to become a veterinarian. She completed both her undergraduate degree in Animal Science and her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at North Carolina State University.  After graduating in 2003 she married a Suffolk native, Jimmy Adams, and relocated here. 

    Dr. Adams is passionate about her profession and community involvement in animal welfare and plays an active role in local humane societies. Client education and communication is very important to her as she understands that these animals have become more than pets, they are members of the family.

    Her  veterinary interests include acupuncture, soft tissue surgery, and geriatric patient care.

    Outside of her work with animals, she is interested in traveling, cooking, flower arranging, reading and spending time with her family.

    Years in Practice:
    Apr 07, 2003
    Education:
    North Carolina State University
  • Dr. Kate Henderson

    Dr. Kate Henderson is a welcome addition to our team. She was born in Norfolk but grew up outside of Atlanta, GA. She completed her Undergraduate degree at Auburn University and then went to vet school at University of Georgia. She completed her small animal internship at Virginia Tech. There she met her husband, Adam, who is also a vet! They have 2 dogs, a Boykin Spaniel named Piper and a Lab named Sam.
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2010
    Education:
    University of Georgia
    Interests:
    Auburn football, traveling, spending time with family
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    Marsha Councill, DVM

    Dr. Councill officially joined our team in March, 2018, but has been providing relief services for many years.  She graduated from the Virginia-MD College of Veterinary Medicine in 2000, along with her husband, our very own Dr. Chase.  She practiced at Kiln Creek Animal Care, in Newport News, Virginia, for 18 years before coming aboard to help our growing practice.

    Dr. Councill has a special interest in dermatology and geriatric medicine, and also provides HOUSE CALL services for our clients.  She loves being a small part of your pet's life, and strives to provide your family the best options as you make decisions to care for your beloved pets.

    When not hard at work, Dr. Councill cares for her two daughters, Hannah and Sarah.  Finnegan, her Australian labradoodle, has the whole family wrapped around his little paw!
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2000
    Education:
    Virginia Tech; Virginia-MD College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Emily

    Licensed Veterinary Technician

    A little about Emily.....

    Moved to Portsmouth in 2005 with her husband who is in the Coast Guard.  She has a 4 year old son, a husky mix named Delilah, 2 diamond doves and two ferrets.

    She studied at State University of NY college at Delhi.  She has an AAS in Veterinary Science Technology.

    She has been in the Veterinary field for 16 years and just recently joined our practice. She began by doing shelter medicine and then did Emergency and Critical Care for 10 years. 4 of those years was working with Dr. Chase. She also worked in internal medicine and orthopedic surgery for two years.

    She loves photography, crafts and cooking. She also enjoys watercolor.



     

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2016
    Education:
    Associates in Veterinary technology from SUNY Delhi
    Interests:
    Photography, watercolor, cooking.
  • Jessica

    Veterinary Assistant

    A little about Jessica.....

    She has a wonderful son and most amazing son in the whole world.  Born and raised in Texas (Go Cowboys) She has 4 brothers, one of which is her twin and 2 sisters.
    Studied at Paul D Camp and obtained an associates degree in science.  She has been in the veterinary field since 2006.
    Her hobbies include: Family time, baking, sports , anything to do with the outdoors and being with animals.
    She has a husky named Terry Romo, a shepherd mix named Sasha and a silly cat named Remington.
    She has a hidden love to work with large animals and a new love for the mountains.

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2013
    Education:
    Paul D Camp
  • Pam

    Hospital Administrator

    A little about Pam.....

    Pam has lived in Suffolk over 13 years. Her passion for animals combined with love for the community have made Academy Animal Care a great fit and home.

    She has two children, a daughter who proudly serves in the Navy and has done so for over  8 years.  She also has a son who lives and works here in Suffolk.  The apple of her eye is her 9 year old grandson.

    She has a Coton-de-Tulear, named Rocky and a sassy kitty cat named Roxy

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2013
    Interests:
    Time with family, Road trips
    Email:
  • Cassidy

    Receptionist

    A little about Cassidy.....

    Cassidy is a Suffolk native and graduated from NSA in 2005.  Cassidy then went on to obtain a Bachelors in Biomedical Science and a minor in Equestrian Science from Averett University. She also started Vet Tech school to further her education and to help in all aspects of animal care. Her love and passion has always been with animals combined with her education and experience. Cassidy is a welcome addition to our staff.

    She is married and has a little girl name Audrey.  Cassidy has a Morgan horse named Mac and a very outgoing black Lab named Titan.

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2014
    Education:
    Averett University
    Interests:
    Horseback riding, reading, being a mom
  • Jessica

    Veterinary Assistant/ Receptionist

    A little about Jessica.......

    Jessica grew up in Gates, NC. She was the only girl with 4 brothers making her pretty tough and definitely sure of what she wants.
    She is hardworking and eager to grow and learn in all facets of veterinary medicine. 
    She has a 3 legged dog named Bruno and a cat named Tuffy.  She is a die hard Cowboys fan and loves Ninja Turtles!
    Years in Practice:
    May 08, 2014
    Interests:
    Going to the gym, going to the beach
  • Jennifer

    Veterinary Assistant

    A little about Jennifer......

    Jennifer a Suffolk native has family here as well, her mother Teresa and Father Keith. She has 2 older brothers Robert and Jeffrey.  4 dogs, 2 Shelties  Ty and Taz and 1 pit-bull Madison and 1 pit-bull mixed with lab Bruiser.  She also has 3 cats, Kitty , Scooter and Bella.

    She currently has a bachelors in science from Radford University and is currently working on her Masters in science from the University of Nebraska.

    Her hobbies include, playing with her animals, reading, field hockey, going to the gym and relaxing on the beach.

    Years in Practice:
    May 26, 2015
    Education:
    Radford Unicversity
  • Lillie

    Kennel Assistant

    A little about Lillie.....

    Lillie has grown up here in Suffolk and pursued her passion for animal care with the Pruden center in the vet care program.  She enjoys working with animals and it shows daily in her enthusiasm and well being of pets boarding here.
    She is always willing to be a team player and assists wherever there is a need.




    Years in Practice:
    Oct 07, 2015
    Education:
    Pruden center vet care program
    Interests:
    Animals
  • Ashley

    Kennel Assistant

    A little about Ashley.........

    Ashley joined us in Dec 2014.  Her and her husband bought their first home in Whaleyville and are enjoying making it their own.
    Ashley joined us with over 13 years of animal care experience,  She organizes our kennel efficiently and keeps all pets in great care.whether here to stay or in and out for a quick visit.
    Ashley enjoys fishing, hunting and horseback riding.  She has two beagles named Tina and Missy. She has a bearded dragon named Mushu and a corn snake named Leroy. She also has a goat named Daisy and a donkey named Gus.
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2014
    Interests:
    Hunting, Fishing, horseback riding, spending time with her dogs
  • Jennifer

    Vet Assistant

    Jennifer is a Suffolk native. She has ridden and shown horses for 12 years. She loves sports. She played basketball and soccer growing up. She has a passion for animals and is a real asset to our clinic. You will find her working in our kennel and and assisting our doctors with patients. She is hoping to pursue education to become a vet tech in the near future. She currently resides in Portsmouth with her corgi, and Catahoula mix, and 6 fish.. She has a boxer mix and horse that still live with her parents here in Suffolk. 
    Years in Practice:
    Sep 09, 2016
    Education:
    Associates Degree in Biology from Tidewater Community College
    Interests:
    Animal Medicine, drawing, horseback riding, Biology, and The Patriots
  • Cari

    Receptionist

    A little bit about Cari.....

    Originally from San Antonio, Texas, Cari grew up in a military family. She is the middle child with an older sister and younger brother. She currently lives in Smithfield with her boyfriend. She is a huge supporter of the military.
    She is currently going to school for physical therapy and hopes to work with wounded veterans one day. Her willingness to help people and animals makes her a welcome addition to our staff.
    She has a 1.5 year old Pit Bull named Bronco and a cat named Toothless (not really toothless). They are her babies.

    Years in Practice:
    Aug 21, 2017
    Education:
    Associates in Accounting
    Interests:
    Sports, beach, hunting, fishing, spending time with family, visiting historical landmarks.
  • Leanna

    Receptionist
    Years in Practice:
    Apr 27, 2018