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About Us

Our Mission

To never lose sight of the beautiful and personal relationship we share with our animal friends. To improve animal health and longevity through prevention and through advanced medical and surgical treatments. To recognize that we are specialized and unique stewards, along with our clients, to defend, treat, provide for, love, and support our animal patients. To always be cognizant of the medical fact that pets improve the quality of human life. To educate and support our clients in their decisions in providing for their much beloved cherished pets. To make our patients and clients comfortable and happy by serving their needs in our own unique, heartfelt style that surpasses all of their expectations.

Our Origins

Dr. Denette Cooke opened The Cooke Veterinary Medical Center in 2002 and designed the facility to be patient and client friendly. Our goal was to minimize the stress to our great patients and ‘wait on’ our clients to make sure they have a wonderful experience at The Cooke Veterinary Medical Center. We offer you our undivided attention to solve the medical problems that each patient faces in a relaxed, friendly, open, and caring environment.

Our Team

We have a highly skilled team of passionate individuals who love what they do in caring for your pets!

The Cooke Veterinary Medical Center opened in Chesapeake, Virginia, in November 2002. The hospital was designed by Dr. Denette Cooke to offer patients and clients state-of-the-art, welcoming and comfortable surroundings while providing our guests with the highest quality, cutting-edge veterinary medicine available.

Dr. Denette O. Cooke, DVM, CVA, CVMMP, CVBMA


Dr. Angela Ives, PhD, DVM


Dr. Rebecca Marr, DVM, CVA, CVCH, CVBMA


Dr. Carin Cronin, DVM


Lisa Jones

Lead Licensed Veterinary Technician

Kim Uptegraph

Director, Client Services

Kyle Foley

Veterinary Assistant

Susan Heaton

Chief Operating Officer

Korbyn Denby

Licensed Veterinary Technician

Lisa Marie Gloria

Veterinary Assistant

Diana Tenerowicz

Lead Medical Records Technician

Makayla Clark

Veterinary Assistant/Team Coordinator

Kathie Weber

Veterinary Assistant & Receptionist

Bonnie Klucz

Facilities Assistant

Amber Wehner

Veterinary Assistant

Amber Jones


Community Involvement

We have a passion and love for veterinary medicine and improving the lives of pets and humans through our dedication to the following communities, which we support with our time and money.

Southeastern Virginia Golden Retriever Rescue, Education & Training

SEVA GRREAT is a non-profit, volunteer rescue group that takes in Golden Retrievers from owners who can no longer care for their dog, for whatever reason, and rescues Golden’s in shelters or other animal control facilities. They provide excellent health care and find new forever homes for these wonderful dogs.

The Chesapeake Humane Society

Founded in 1972, Chesapeake Humane Society supports the homeless and underserved animals of Chesapeake through low-cost veterinary services, financial assistance to shelter animals and at-risk pets, volunteering at local shelters, and operating an adoption program for dogs, cats, and small animals.