Dr. Melanie Crovo
Dr. Crovo graduated from The College of William and Mary with a degree in Business Adminstration in 1989. She graduated from Virginia Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 1998 (Also known as VA Tech for you non Hokies!!). She has been practicing in the Roanoke Valley for nearly 12 years. She established Furry Friends in 2003 with a desire to bring a new kind of veterinary hospital to the area. She likes to spend extra time with you and your pet so that you are both comfortable with any necessary procedures, tests, or treatments. Since many dogs are scared on the table, she usually prefers to get down on their level (yes the floor). This often leads to extra smooches from the pooches which are never discouraged! Of course, kitties are usually handled on the table, but special care and treats are given to help her feline friends feel at home.
Dr. Crovo is married to Kelly Crovo. Kelly is a golf professional at Ole Monterey in Roanoke. He has helped support her both emotionally and financially through vet school and during the startup of this clinic. Fortunately, he too loves animals. Dr. Crovo enjoys cycling and has completed 3 triathlons and one marathon. Both of them enjoy traveling. On pretty days they can often be seen tooling around the parkway on their Harley.
Dr. Crovo currently has one cat "Tilt". Tilt was a hospital kitty for nearly a year. Due to a virus when she was young, her head is permanently tilted to the side hence the name. She is a loving cat and gives the dogs a run for their money. Dr. Crovo was able to bring Tilt home after making the difficult decision to euthanize her first cat Crystal. Crystal was a gift from Kelly just prior to entering veterinary school. She was adopted from an animal shelter as an adult and lived to be about 17-18 years old. A few years ago, Crystal was treated for hyperthyroidism at Radiocats in Northern Virginia. This involved using radioactive iodine to stop her thyroid gland from being overactive. Crystal responded beautifully to this treatment and no longer needed any medication for her disease!. Please ask Dr. Crovo about her experience if your cat is hyperthyroid.
The Crovos currently have four dogs. "Astro" the 160lb Great Dane, "Lucy" the 40lb SPCA special and Soupy a lab mix Dr. Crovo got while shopping vegetable soup supplies on the Roanoke City Market one Saturday and most recently "Deucy". Deucy was a stray running around at on our our clients homes and hopped right in our mobile when we came to visit her pet. We intended to find a home for her but became too attached to let her go!
"Astro" is the only purebred dog that the Crovos have ever purchased. In July of 2000, Dr. Crovo was assisting a Great Dane with the delivery of puppies. The mother dog delivered 3 live puppies but one had a cleft palate. This is a serious birth defect that requires intensive nursing care and extensive surgery for which the owners were unable to provide. Dr. Crovo struck a deal: they would allow her to keep the dog as her pet, if she provided the necessary treatment. Unfortunately, despite the best in care, the young puppy was too sick to survive. Dr. Crovo and her husband were heartbroken and decided to purchase another dog from the litter. "Astro" joined the family and took over. He is the biggest baby anyone has ever seen and has been known to run from both the cat and inanimate objects!
"Lucy" is their other canine companion. She is a brown and white spaniel mix that used to weigh a bit more than she should. She was rescued from the Roanoke Valley SPCA after the Crovos' dog Inky died from kidney failure. Lucy likes to read and listen to CD's. Dr. Crovo has finally had success with Lucy's weight reduction plan! Using Purina OM Lucy has finally gotten down to a healthy weight! Despite Dr. Crovo's weight reduction plan, she also loves to sneak into the dog food when no one is looking. She loves to play with Astro and can hold her own quiet nicely. Lucy is very loving and would be content to have her belly rubbed all day long.
"Soupy" is their lab-mix who is now just over a year old. She is quite a handful! She loves to fetch and play tug of war.
Dr. Crovo treats her pets like kids and understands what a big part of your family dogs and cats become. She is sensitive to end of life issues and wants to help you and your family deal with these situations in a manner that is comfortable for both you and your pet. She also wants to emphasize well pet care so that your pets may be healthy and happy for many years like hers have been.