Large Animal Staff
Julia Gibson, DVM
Dr. Julia Gibson Beaver 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.
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.
Dr. Mitch Mills grew up in semi-rural, area of Maryland, on a small hobby farm, which included horses, cats, dogs and a variety of other animal species.
Helping to take care of his animals, specifically the horses, was what first piqued his interest in veterinary medicine. From a young age, he grew up riding horses and showing in 4-H, while also participating in other 4-H clubs. In addition, he played many sports including lacrosse, baseball, golf and soccer. He remained active in 4-H, as an adult volunteer, and have a passion for teaching today’s youth.
He attended Frostburg State University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in biology with a minor in chemistry. He then attend Virginia- Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine where he obtained his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. While in veterinary school he gained a strong interest in the food animal species. His large animal interests include food animal and equine reproduction, as well as equine podiatry work.
In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, hunting, fishing and boating.