Large Animal Staff

Julia Gibson, DVM


Dr. Julia Gibson provides most of our large animal services. She grew up in Catlett, VA with her parents, Don Gibson and Lisa Gibson, DVM. From a young age, she enjoyed going on dairy farm tours in and around Catlett. She took horseback riding lessons in Nokesville as a child and has always had an interest in becoming a veterinarian.

She attended Virginia Tech for her undergraduate degree and majored in Agriculture and Applied Economics. She continued her academic career at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduating with her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine, she worked at a busy mixed animal practice in West Virginia before joining our practices in May of 2015. She enjoys working on all species including dogs, cats, sheep, goats, cows, horses, and the occasional chicken. She has a specific interest in bovine reproduction, herd health, and equine lameness. Her non-veterinary interests include cheering for the Hokies, hiking, reading, traveling, and working out.

Tyler Barnes, DVM

Dr. Tyler Barnes is the newest mixed animal veterinarian to our practice. She lived in the Northern Virginia area for the majority of her life. She grew up with various little critters – cats, dogs, numerous fish, hamsters, and a rabbit. She had always wanted to be a veterinarian as far back as she can remember. In high school, she took Animal Science classes and worked at a kennel during her summers off. She attended Roanoke College, where she received an undergraduate degree in Biology with honors and graduated Salutatorian of her class. Afterwards, she studied at Cornell University where she received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine.

Her professional interests are in both companion and farm animals. She has specific interests in poultry medicine and management, small animal internal medicine, and dermatology. Outside of the clinic, she enjoys fitness, exploring wineries, and spending time with friends and family.

Virginia Stilwell, DVM

Dr. Virginia Stilwell was raised in an Army family traveling around the world but calls the state of Virginia home. Growing up, she loved taking care of animals and reading the stories of James Herriot. A majority of her teenage years were spent at the barn and riding horses. She also helped out on her grandfather’s cattle farm in Brandy Station. She graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor of Science in Equine Science and a minor in Biology. Then, she worked for a year at the Marion DuPont Scott Equine Hospital in Leesburg as a night shift nurse. She spent the next four years at Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine and earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. (War Eagle!)

Dr. Stilwell’s large animal interests include equine, small ruminants (goats, sheep, llamas, and alpacas), and bovine heard health/obstetrics. Her small animal interests include canine and feline medicine and surgery. Outside of work she enjoys traveling, hiking, spending time with her family, and hanging out with her two dogs and one cat.