25067 Elk Lick Rd  
South Riding, VA 20152
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Aldie Vet Hospital's Experienced Veterinarians

Our highly capable and experienced staff are able to provide top quality of service and care. 

Aldie Vet's Doctors

Our Veterinarians are highly trained and experienced doctors. Each having special interests, which includes Surgery (soft tissue, oral, orthopedic and specialized cosmetics), Emergency Care, Internal Medicine, Minimally Invasive (Endoscopic) Procedures and Alternative/Holistic options. If you are interested in joining our team of excellent veterinary professionals, please visit our Employment Opportunities page.

South Riding, VA Veterinarian - Dr. Drew Luce

Dr. Drew Luce knew he wanted to be a veterinarian since he was twelve years old. He has spent his life around animals by growing up on a small farm with dogs, cats, horses, and sheep. Dr. Luce attended Virginia Tech where he majored in Animal Science. Subsequently, he received his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 1990.

Dr. Luce thinks progressively and is dedicated to improving veterinary options available to pets. He has special interests that are focused on breed related diseases, ultrasound, emergency medicine, surgery, especially, orthopedic, and endoscopic and laparoscopic procedures.

Dr. Luce has been recognized, by his peers, as one of the Top Veterinarians in Northern Virginia and voted the Best Veterinarian in the DC Suburbs. In addition, he serves on the Animal Advisory Committee for Loudoun County Animal Services.

Dr. Luce worked for two other mixed animal practices before establishing Aldie Veterinary Hospital in 1998. Since that time, Dr. Luce saw a need for a free standing building that was dedicated just to pets healthcare; one location for every service. In 2015, almost 20 years later, he opened the doors to a state-of-the-art facility, he named, Dulles South Veterinary Center.

Aldie Veterinary Hospital moved to Dulles South Veterinary Center, and continues to provide the high standards of patient and customer care. In addition, Dr. Luce established Dulles South Animal Emergency to offer emergency veterinary services.

In addition to veterinary anatomy, Dr. Luce enjoys the anatomy of a Corvette engine. During his free time, he takes on the role as mechanic to numerous Corvette enthusiasts in our area. When pets and vettes are not occupying his time, Dr. Luce has plenty of activities to keep him busy between his wife, three children, and Doberman, Phebe.

South Riding, VA Veterinarian - Dr. Beth HoodDr. Beth Hood joined the Aldie Vet Hospital team back in 2001. She obtained her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Tennessee, College of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Hood has extensive training and experience in emergency and critical care medicine. When she is not caring for pets at Aldie Vet, she is caring for her horses, sheep, dogs and cats on her farm in Western Loudoun.


South Riding, VA Veterinarian - Dr. Caroline Pattie

Dr. Caroline Pattie was born in San Francisco, CA and raised in Arlington, VA. Even as a little girl she knew of her connection with animals and had always dreamed of becoming a veterinarian.  She has been an associate with Aldie Vet Hospital since August 2008. Dr. Pattie attended Bridgewater College and received her Bachelor's Degree in Biology in 2002. She went on to attend the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, and was awarded her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2008.
Her professional interests include surgery, diagnostic imaging, and holistic medicine. She received her certification in veterinary acupuncture (CVA) from the Chi Institute of Chinese Medicine. She understands the power of holistic therapies for health and healing, and loves to introduce clients and their pets to integrating it into traditional Western practice.  Dr. Pattie also speaks French, is a Tai Chi practitioner, and enjoys traveling, dancing, cooking and snow skiing.  She has two cats (Poly and Lulu), two dogs (Jason and Coyo), and a guinea pig called Bacon in her home in Falls Church, VA.

Dr. Ronald Johnson hails originally from Massachusetts. He is one of two brothers, who are both practicing doctors (his brother is a pediatric dentist, on Cape Cod).

Veterinary medicine was a childhood goal for Dr. Johnson, but postponed to pursue musical opportunities. Being trained intensively in clarinet, he pursued a rock ’n roll career in woodwinds through his twenties and traveled the country, living in Hollywood, Santa Monica, Malibu, and Vermont.

With veterinary medicine being the end goal, Dr. Johnson received his doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine following a Psychology baccalaureate from the University of Massachusetts. With a concentration in surgery and emergency medicine, Dr. Johnson has enjoyed practice in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Florida and Virginia. He has a special interest in solving difficult trauma cases.

Dr. Johnson’s avocational interests include improvisational woodwinds, photography, reading, and simply enjoying all the nature around him. He shares a mountaintop woodland home overlooking the Shenandoah Valley with his very loved and special black cat.

Dr. Suzanne Barnes was born and raised in Fort Thomas, a small town in Northern Kentucky where she loved animals and singing. She attended Northern Kentucky University where she started her college career in musical theater, then later received two Bachelor degrees in Biology and Business Management in 2008. 

Deciding to follow her love for animals, she was accepted into Auburn University, College of Veterinary Medicine where she earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2013. One of Dr. Barnes' proud moments at Auburn University was singing the National Anthem at her graduation. Professionally, her interests include veterinary dentistry, preventative medicine, and emergency medicine. 

Dr. Barnes has been in the Northern Virginia area for two years with her husband, cat, Border Collie and Labrador. In her free time, she enjoys time in the sun, swimming, billiards, learning guitar, and catching up on the latest TV shows or movies with her husband.

Dr. Susanne Padilla grew up in coastal North Carolina where she enjoyed the salt life.  She has loved animals for as long as she can remember.  She always knew she wanted to be a veterinarian from a very young age, and has been passionately pursuing this career ever since.  As soon as she was old enough, she got a job working with a local veterinarian.  What started as just a love for animals quickly developed into a much deeper interest in helping to heal them.  Her dream of becoming a veterinarian eventually came to fruition.  She is proud to say that she has devoted her life to treating and caring for the magnificent creatures we are blessed to learn from as well as the families that love and care for them.  Dr. Padilla could not think of a more fulfilling professional career.  She firmly believes her role as a healer, teacher, comforter, and problem solver are what makes her life so rewarding as a veterinarian.  She has had the pleasure of working with all of God’s creatures, great and small, to include anything from elephants and tigers, to binturongs and kinkajous, to dogs and cats, to turtles and chameleons, to fish and oysters.  She loves them all.  Dr. Padilla completed her undergraduate degree in Zoology from North Carolina State University.  Directly after college, she was accepted to North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine where she earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree.  Dr. Padilla’s professional interests include preventative medicine, dermatology, internal medicine, and facilitating the human animal bond.  Client education is also of special interest to her.  She strives to establish trust, and build the Veterinarian-Client-Patient relationship as seamlessly as possible.  She has been recognized by her colleagues as the Best Veterinarian in the DC Suburbs.  In her free time, she enjoys dancing, cooking, baking, photography, traveling, and spending quality time with her family.  Her two cats, Figaro and Chloe, her guinea pig, Beans, and her numerous fish bring her immense joy as well.  She feels lucky to be a part of such a wonderful world.  




Rated "Best Veterinarian" by I Am Modern Magazine (2013)

Rated "Top Vet" by Virginia Living Magazine (2011)

Rated "Best Vet for Your Pet" by Consumers' Checkbook (2010)

Who's Talking About Aldie Vet?
I believe that the Aldie Vet Hospital is the Johns Hopkins  for pets of  N. VA for 2 main reasons: I believe that: 1.  Aldie Vet follows procedures which are far more thorough than other vet hospitals in this area.  Read More

I have been bringing our pet zoo to Aldie Vet for the last three years (3 dogs and 2 cats) and this last visit was especially amazing. Dr. Griffings was giving our cat Crosby a checkup and she took the time to let both of my sons hear his heartbeat and explained all of the procedures including demonstrating the blood draw. Dr. Luce has established an amazing business and we are so proud to call them our family vet! They all really do treat our pets as their own! Thank you staff. Kim C. from Aldie, VA