Meet Our Veterinarians
What is Fear Free?
Fear Free is an in-person and online program that helps train Veterinary professionals on the importance of listening to pet owners & alleviating fear, anxiety and stress of the animals they care for. At Danville Family Vet we are very proud that all three of our veterinarians are Fear Free Certified. Call today to make an appointment with one of our caring vets and become part of our family today!
Jeff Smith, DVM
“For me, fulfillment and happiness comes from the trusting relationship developed by caring for and helping others. The instinctual loyalty and friendship that animals provide is valuable to and instructive about our lives. My vision for this practice is to build a lasting culture where we can support, empower and lift each other up to be our best selves and help people find the joy and satisfaction that I have found with my pets.”
Dr. Jeff Smith
Dr. Jeff Smith, our practice owner, is an active member of our community; he was transplanted here but has since put down roots and is a fervent believer in the future of Danville. You may already know him from his service on the board at the Danville Area Humane Society or as a member of the Riverview Rotary Club.
Dr. Smith has animal care in his blood, he was born in Guelph, Ontario, Canada while his father was in vet school there. He speaks fondly of his memories as a boy living in a house with a veterinary clinic attached. He moved to Miami, Florida at the age of 14 and spent his high school working at a veterinary emergency clinic after school. He received his degrees from Auburn University and settled in Danville in 1994. Surgery is the main focus of Dr. Smith’s; he accepts regular surgical referrals from area veterinarians in Danville, South Boston, Eden and Martinsville. Dr. Smith has been a leader in our area in the field of veterinary dentistry and also has a special interest in behavioral medicine and helps people solve problems from begging at the table to the most complex fears, phobias, and aggression.
Dr. Smith is very proud of his 3 boys, Zachary, Levi, and Graydon. He is married to the former Angela Keatts who is a Kindergarten teacher at Park Avenue Elementary School.
Katie Rohrig, DVM
Dr. Katie Rohrig has been with Family Vet Animal Clinic as a vet since July 2009 when she graduated from the VA-MD Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech. Katie has a large interest in quality preventative medicine. Since she views her pets as family and knows many people’s pets are family she wants to help maximize the time and quality of life that people are able to have with their pets. Katie is also expanding her knowledge in veterinary dentistry, pocket pets and small mammal medicine.
Formerly Katie Rigney, she is a hometown girl and has been part of our clinic family since she was 16, when she started as a pet hotel attendant and veterinary assistant. Katie worked with us after school and on the weekends all through high school and during her breaks in college and vet school. Katie says she can’t remember ever wanting to be anything other than a vet. Animals have always been a huge part of her life. She has been riding horses as long as she could walk, or maybe longer, and began showing at the age of 5. Katie also was active with the Pittsylvania County 4-H livestock club where she showed lambs, steers, and hogs at the local show each spring.
Katie is involved in the community as a member of Mount Hermon Baptist Church and the Junior Wednesday Club. She was also a member of the Leadership Southside Class XIX sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. Katie has also been involved with leadership within our profession by serving as a VVMA director and participating in the AVMA Future Leaders Program.
In her spare time Katie enjoys spending time with her husband Will. Katie and Will enjoy hiking, canoeing, and playing with their dogs Dixie, a German Shorthaired Pointer, and Macy, a lab mix. Katie’s 3 horses Candy, Keri and Hook are a huge part of her life. Katie mostly enjoys trail riding with her mom, but has begun participating in a few shows again. Katie also has a house cat named Pixie who is full of playful energy and loves to cuddle!
Krista Shinew, DVM
Dr. Krista Shinew, originally from Somerset, Pennsylvania, moved to Danville in 2010. After graduating from VA-MD Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech, she practiced as a mixed large animal and small animal practitioner before coming to Family Vet Animal Clinic. Krista’s passions in veterinary medicine include feline medicine and surgery.
Before vet school Krista had a successful career as a classically trained concert artist and music instructor. She has a doctorate in organ performance and spent time touring, giving concerts, and teaching college music courses. Krista also plays piano, harpsichord, and clarinet. She is an active member of Covenant Presbyterian Church in Roanoke, VA where she serves as the organist.
Krista enjoys spending time with her friends in her spare time. She shares her home with her 6 year old cat, Bagheera and two Rex rabbits, Oreo and Cookie. Krista enjoys horseback riding, traveling, quilting, and reading. She is looking forward to starting her hobby farm in Danville!