Dr. Howard Gregory started a practice in an old gas station in downtown Fredericksburg, Virginia, in the 1950s. In about 1960 he moved the practice to a new building at 2301 Jefferson Davis Highway which he named Confederate Ridge Animal Hospital because the building is located in the community of Confederate Ridge.
In 1967, Dr. Alan Witter graduated from the Cornell University Veterinary School and became an associate of Dr. Gregory’s, subsequently purchasing half of the practice after several years. The practice was originally both a small and large animal practice, as Fredericksburg was a relatively rural area in the 1960s. At that time, there was mostly livestock and dairy farmland.
Dr. James Dunlap became an associate in 1972 and bought Dr. Gregory’s half of the practice in the early eighties. Dr. Dunlap and Dr. Witter opened Potomac Ridge Animal Hospital on Rt. 205 on the way to Colonial Beach in the mid 1990s. In 1997, Dr. Witter and Dr. Dunlap separated the two practices and Dr. Witter began construction of the current building behind the original Confederate Ridge Animal Hospital.
In January 2018, with great enthusiasm, Dolores Newman, DVM and Jessica Rorrer, LVT announced their new ownership of Confederate Ridge Animal Hospital. We thank Dr. Witter for entrusting us to carry on the practice of caring for and healing patients built through hard work and dedication. We have convinced Dr. Witter to continue to see patients on occasion and we wish him the best of luck as he moves on to farming in Missouri.
Dr. Newman is a 1988 Virginia Tech Veterinary School graduate and has been on staff as an Associate Veterinarian at Confederate Ridge for 13 years. Jessica Rorrer, LVT has been a happy member of the Confederate Ridge Team for over 15 years.
Dr. Elizabeth Collins is remaining on board and we are grateful to have her support on this new path. In addition, you can expect the same dedicated service from the familiar faces of our licensed veterinary technicians, receptionists, and assistants.
All of us at Confederate Ridge Animal Hospital believe the outstanding, personalized service we provide to our clients and patients starts with the love between pets and their owners. We look excitedly toward the future with a foundation based on a mutual love for animals and one another. We are humbled by your loyalty and continued support.
Dolores Newman, DVM & Jessica Rorrer, LVT
Confederate Ridge Animal Hospital