Our Veterinarians

VA Vets

The Augusta Valley Animal Hospital team of skilled veterinarians welcomes you to our practice. We are proudly serving the Staunton, Waynesboro, and Augusta County area. At Augusta Valley Animal Hospital, it is our daily privilege to provide quality vet care to your cherished pet, with compassion and competence. We hope to ensure a positive impact on our patients, pet owners and the local community.


Benjamin M. Brown, DVM

Dr. Brown graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University with a BS in Agriculture. He graduated from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in 1971. Dr. Brown was a 14 year member of the Augusta County School Board along with other boards and civic organizations. He has a special interest in orthopedic and laser surgery.


Lawrence A. Evans, DVM

Dr. Evans graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University in 1980 with a degree in Animal Science, and a minor in Biology. He was accepted into the inaugural class of the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine and graduated in 1984. Dr. Evans is the past President of the Board of Directors, Augusta Regional Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. His special interests lie in diagnostic ultrasound and orthopedic surgery.


Lisa G. Carter, DVM

Dr. Carter graduated from University of Georgia in 1983 with a BS in Agriculture. She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 1987. Dr. Carter is one of the founders of the emergency clinic in Verona and is past President of the Virginia Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. Carter was the recipient of the 2008 Distinguished Virginia Veterinarian Award from the Virginia Veterinary Medical Association. She has advanced training in the field of endoscopy, diagnostic procedures with the flexible endoscope and multipurpose rigid endoscopy.


Katie Cash, DVM

Dr. Cash graduated from Virginia Tech in 2005, with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Horticulture, and received her DVM from Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 2010.
Dr. Cash joined our team at Augusta Valley Animal Hospital in January 2015. She resides in Lexington, VA with her husband, daughter, 2 dogs, and cat.
Dr. Cash's interests include ophthalmology, sports medicine, and dentistry.


Dr. Brad Good

Dr. Good is a native of the Shenandoah Valley and graduated from James Madison University with a B.S. in Biology in 2012. He received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine in 2016. In addition to state and national organizations, he is a member of the Phi Zeta Veterinary Honor Society and the Veterinary Business Management Association. He's an Eagle Scout (Class of 2006) and enjoys all types of outdoor sports and activities, particularly skiing, hiking, and kayaking. He also enjoys aviation and world travel in his spare time. His interests in veterinary medicine include small animal internal medicine, anesthesiology, cardiology, and soft tissue surgery.


Dr. Lynn Schmeitzel

Dr. Schmeitzel is a 1981 graduate of Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. She interned at University of Pennsylvania and was boarded by the American College of Veterinary Dermatology in 1988, after completing a dermatology residency at University of California Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Schmeitzel was Assistant and Associate Professor of Small Animal Clinical Sciences at The University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine from 1984 until moving to Virginia in 2000.
She is now seeing dermatology referral patients at our hospital. At this time, she is scheduled to be in Staunton once every 2 weeks. She is available for dermatology consultations, allergy testing and treatment, and management of chronic otic disease.
Please call our office to schedule your referral. Dr. Schmeitzel will fax the referring veterinarian a full examination report with treatment recommendations, along with suggested follow-up care.


Dr. Beverly Purswell

Dr. Purswell graduated from University of Georgia, D.V.M in 1977 , and she received a M.S. in 1981 and a Ph. D. in 1985. Since then, Dr. Purswell has been a Professor at Virginia Tech and a Diplomat of The American College of Theriogenologists. Her primary emphasis is on Canine and Equine Veterinary Acupuncturist CSU 2008.