Mon, Wed, Fri: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Tues & Thurs: 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Sat: 8:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Small Animal Team

Catlett Animal Hospital Doctors & Staff

Dr. Julia Gibson

Mixed Animal Veterinarian, Medical Director

Dr. Julia Gibson Beaver, D.V.M. grew up in Catlett, VA with her parents, Don Gibson and Dr. Lisa Gibson D.V.M. She attended Virginia Tech for her undergraduate degree and majored in Agriculture and Applied Economics. She continued her career at Virginia Tech at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduating with her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine, she worked at a busy mixed animal practice in West Virginia where she met her husband. She joined our practices in May of 2015. She enjoys working on all species including dogs, cats, sheep, goats, cows, horses, and the occasional chicken. Her interests include hiking, reading, traveling, and working out.

Dr. Lisa Gibson

Small Animal Veterinarian

Gerbils, dogs, cats, horses, chickens, and a pig…caring for all of these during her childhood inspired Dr. Lisa Gibson to become a veterinarian.

Growing up on seven acres in Manassas, Virginia gave Dr. Gibson the opportunity to act on her love of animals at an early age. During middle school, she decided to pursue a career in veterinary medicine, and upon graduation from high school, she began working on a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science. After graduating with honors from Virginia Tech in 1982, she was accepted into the Virginia Maryland Regional School of Veterinary Medicine at Blacksburg, Virginia. In 1986 she graduated with a doctorate in Veterinary Medicine and married two weeks later.

Dr. Gibson worked for a little over three years as an associate in a small animal practice before opening Bealeton Veterinary House Call Service in 1989. After working as a house call and associate veterinarian for approximately 18 months, she and her husband Don – a business/finance major – opened Compassion Animal Hospital.

Dr. Gibson has a particular interest in surgery cases and currently does all the orthopedic surgery. She also has a strong interest in ultrasound and enjoys the advantages it gives in diagnostic information without invasive procedures.

Along the way, she and her husband have been blessed with four beautiful children. They live in Catlett with two frogs and two wonderfully friendly cats.

Dr. Virginia Stilwell

Mixed Animal Veterinarian

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. Rachel Harris

Mixed Animal Veterinarian

Dr. Rachel Harris grew up in Blythewood, South Carolina. She completed a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science from Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina. Dr. Harris continued her education at Lincoln Memorial University obtaining a Master’s Degree in Veterinary Biomedical Sciences. Dr. Harris graduated from Lincoln Memorial University College of Veterinary Medicine.

Her professional interests are small and large animal medicine, dentalcare/education, and surgery. Dr. Harris enjoys spending time with her fiance, Ethan, their Australian Shepherd (Calypso), and cat (Percy). She loves painting, hiking, and board games.

Nicole Letson


Nicole is a Licensed Veterinary Technician who graduated from the Vet Tech Institute in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania in 2020 with an A.A.S. in Veterinary Technology.

She grew up in Warrenton, Virginia graduating from Kettle Run High School. Nicole has grown up with a variety of pets including cats, dogs, guinea pigs, hamsters, hermit crabs, turtles, and fish. She was inspired at a very young age to pursue a career in veterinary medicine by her next door neighbor who worked at a local humane society and helped rehabilitate injured animals.

Nicole is currently living in Opal with her nine cats (Stars, Sweetie, Buttons, Moo, Ollie, Stinky, and Pip). She loves hiking, reading books, and watching scary movies in her free time.

Erin Iames


Erin is a Licensed Veterinary Technician. She graduated from Blue Ridge Community College in 2013 with an A.A.S. in Veterinary Technology. Erin is currently a member of the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA), and the Virginia Association of Licensed Veterinary Technicians.

Erin has had a variety of pets growing up. When she was six years old, she asked Santa for a snake. Much to her delight, Monty-the-snake was waiting there for her under the tree! She has been a client of Compassion Animal Hospital since 1990, after moving to Virginia from New Jersey. In 2005, Erin graduated from Liberty High School. Before attending BRCC, she initially went to school to become a Medical Transcriptionist. However, during her internship at Compassion Animal Hospital, she quickly discovered her true calling. In 2009, Erin began working at Compassion Animal Hospital as a Veterinary Assistant, and continued throughout her schooling.

Erin is currently living in Bealeton with her nine cats (Groucho, Big Boy, Princess, Runt, Rolly, Rascal, Tigger, Salem, Patches and Monty). In her free time, Erin enjoys painting pottery, playing sports, reading books, and most of all relaxing on the beach!

Hope Stoops


Hope graduated from Northern Virginia community college in 2022 with an A.A.S. in Veterinary Technology.

Hope wanted to work in the veterinary field ever since she was a child. She grew up amongst a multitude of animals including cats, dogs, ferrets, ducks, birds, and rabbits. In 2014, Hope graduated from Liberty High School and started at Compassion Animal hospital as a volunteer before becoming a veterinary assistant.

Hope is currently living in Bealeton with her three cats (Castiel, Luxanna, and Ember), two dogs (Nyx and Sammie), and two ferrets (Alistar and Penelope). In her free time, Hope enjoys writing stories, reading books, and spending time with her sisters.”

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Tues & Thurs: 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sat: 8:30 AM - 1:30 PM