About UsBeltsville's Neighborhood Veterinarians Since 1965
Kathryn Fink, DVM
Becoming a vet has been Dr. Fink’s goal since she was 9 years old. She attended Michigan State University and graduated in 2004. In October of the same year, she moved to Maryland and began working at BVH. She is now the practice’s medical director and part owner.
When Dr. Fink is not at work, she fills her life with friends and family. She loves staying physically active with walking many of the local trails and spending time outdoors. If she’s not outside, she’s inside enjoying a good book or cooking/baking. She currently lives in Ellicott City with her husband.
Mary Prowell, DVM
Dr. Prowell is BVH’s most senior veterinarian, having worked here since 1975, the year after she received her DVM from Texas A&M.
A former competitive trail rider and 50-mile endurance rider, she now enjoys pleasure trail rides with friends and her canine companions. When she is not trail riding, she often enjoys bird watching. Like so many veterinarians, Dr. Prowell has given refuge to quite a few furry companions: Her current menagerie includes cats, dogs, and horses.
Rex Pfieffer, DVM
Dr. Pfeiffer is one of Beltvsillve Veterinary Hospital’s long time relief vets. He attended the University of Georgia and graduated in 1979, and began working at BVH in 1995. Currently, he does not have any furry sidekicks. When he is not working at BVH or any other local hospitals, he enjoys golfing and skiing.
LeeAnne Palmer, DVM
Dr. Palmer only works weekends here at BVH. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1991 and began working here shortly after.
She lives in a full house with three sons, three dogs, and two cats. When she is not working, Dr. Palmer enjoys staying active by skiing, jogging, hiking, and doing aerobics.
Shawnne Spencer, DVM
Dr. Spencer is a Maryland native who has always been interested in animal care. In 2003, he and his brother were the first pair of twins to ever simultaneously receive DVM degrees from Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. He previously worked at Fairland Animal Hospital in Silver Spring, and joined Beltsville Veterinary Hospital in April 2020.
In addition to his official duties here, Dr. Spencer sits on the medical advisory board of the SPCA Humane Society of Prince George’s County. When not at work, Dr. Spencer enjoys spending time with his family and his pet dog, named Indie.
Ms. Alana Dixon
A Farewell from Dr. Passmore – She will be missed!!
Dear Friends & Clients,
Due to my husband’s work, my family and I are relocating to North Carolina in January. While I am excited for this new chapter in our lives I am saddened to say goodbye. My last day at the hospital was in January 22, 2020.
I have been very happy to be part of the team at Beltsville Veterinary Hospital for well over 10 years now. It was my pleasure to care for pets in the boarding kennel, help with their medical care as a technician, and my privilege to serve as their veterinarian for the past five years. While I will miss all of the dogs and cats that visit me in appointments, it is more difficult to know that I am leaving so many wonderful clients. Your gratitude and support has brought me so much joy on the good days, uplifted me through the bad days, and helped me to grow as a veterinarian. I will be forever grateful for the trust you have shown in me over the past several years.
I will also miss my coworkers, my longtime team and friends, but trust their abilities to continue your pets’ care completely. After all, I learned most of it from them in the first place.
I hope you know that even if I didn’t get the opportunity to thank you in person you have my heartfelt gratitude.
Dr. Elizabeth Passmore
Elizabeth Passmore, DVM
Dr. Passmore is originally from Calverton, Maryland, and worked as a kennel attendant at Beltsville Veterinary Hospital in 2004, when she was still a teenager. After high school, she attended the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in Blacksburg, VA. She graduated in 2014 and came right back to work at BVH — This time as a doctor.
Dr. Passmore is the proud owner of an 8 year old mixed breed dog named Laney, who was originally a foster. She also has a wild and crazy Irish setter named Regan, and a snuggly cat named Sam. Whenever the chance arises, Dr. Passmore enjoys going for hikes with her ever-eager hiking buddy Laney!
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Founded by Dr. A.C. Brown in 1965, Beltsville Veterinary Hospital has been your neighborhood veterinarian for over 50 years. We grew up with this community, and we care for its pets like they are our own. Our goal is to provide every animal with a lifetime of optimal health. This means we emphasize preventive medicine, including regular checkups, lab screenings, and vaccinations. We also have complete diagnostic and surgical suites to detect and treat any unexpected conditions.
Every member of our professional family is committed to exceptional care. Most of our veterinarians, technicians, kennel workers, and administrative staff have been with us for many years. They are up-to-date on the latest veterinary care practices and procedures. Everyone is familiar with advanced and modern diagnostic equipment.
We love our community and pride ourselves on providing great, quality pet care. We often host veterinary school residents at our practice because we understand the importance of the mentorship to upcoming care providers. Each May you can also find us at Beltsville Day celebrating with our community and sharing health resources with area pet owners.
We proudly care for the pets of Beltsville and our surrounding communities of Calverton, College Park, Laurel, Greenbelt, Silver Spring, and beyond!
Visit our convenient location right off the I-95 Beltway. We have plenty of parking, an outside walking area, and welcoming and cozy facility with multiple exam rooms and extensive boarding options.
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