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About Claire Gleason

"Ever since I was four years old, I've had a goal to become a veterinarian. This was inspired by Dr. Jenkins' visits to our family farm."

Claire has interned as a veterinary assistant at Healing Springs since 2008. Healing Springs often takes time to orient, educate, and even provide internships for young people aspiring to a career in veterinary medicine. With more than four years now under her belt, Claire is one of the high school students / undergrad students who has shown admirable dedication to internship at Healing Springs. She is an exceptional youth, and it has been our privilege to work with her.

At the age of 16, Claire entered college, and she is currently pursuing her doctorate degree.

At the age of 18, Claire's long list of accomplishments includes:

  • Virginia Junior Rodeo - 9 state titles
  • Grayson LandCare Competition: 1st place in 2009, 2010, and 2011
  • Virginia State Beekeeping Essay Contest - 2nd Place
  • German Embassy National Essay Contest - One of ten "Honorable Mentions" among hundreds of entries. Claire is fluent in German.
  • 4-H Livestock Competitions:
    • Cattle Working Team 2011: 2nd Place in District, 4th in State
    • Carroll Co. District 4-H/FFA Stockmen's Competition 2011: 1st Place Overall Senior
    • VA Tech Block & Bridle Livestock Judging Competition: 1st Place Senior Cattle Judging
    • VA Tech Youth Swine Education Day 2013: 1st Place in Stockmen's Contest

Claire's personal menagerie has included calves, horses, goats, chickens, dogs, cats, mice, and snakes. Claire is the only person in Healing Springs history to have Healing Springs board a snake - a corn snake to be exact.

With more than 500 hours of community service to her credit, Claire embodies the spirit of volunteerism. She has volunteered at Peaceful Heart AlpacasEdisto Island Serpentarium, Dogwood Farm Sport Horses, Blue Ridge Discovery Center, her local libraries, and more. Claire is a member of Grayson LandCare, Glenwood United Methodist Church, and the Homeschool Book Club. Claire enjoys learning about companion animals and all their various illnesses and treatments at Healing Springs. Claire is from Fries, VA.



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Contact Us

Phone: (276) 236-5103
Toll-Free: (877) HSAH-VET
  (877) 472-4838

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Convenient Hours
Monday: 8AM to 5PM
Tuesday: 8AM to 7PM
Wednesday: 8AM to 5PM
Thursday: 8AM to 7PM
Friday: 8AM to 5PM
Saturday 9AM to 1PM
After Hours: On-Call 24/7

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