Dr. Heather Brookshire


DVM, DACVO; Owner, Animal Vision Center of Virginia

Dr. Heather grew up in northern Michigan and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with honors from the University of Michigan in 2002. She completed her general veterinary training with Colorado State University and received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree (DVM), graduating Cum Laude, in 2008. Following this, she completed a one-year rotating Medicine and Surgery Internship with North Carolina State University. Dr. Heather’s focused ophthalmology training consisted of a three-year combined residency program in Comparative Veterinary Ophthalmology with Animal Eye Care Associates and North Carolina State University. She became a Board-Certified Veterinary Ophthalmologist after passing the national American College of Veterinary Ophthalmology (ACVO) board examination in 2013. Dr. Heather opened the Virginia Beach location of Animal Vision Center of Virginia in 2015 and has recently expanded clinic hours to The Center of Veterinary Expertise in Suffolk. When she is not at the clinic (or the zoo!) caring for four-legged patients of all shapes and sizes, she enjoys spending time outside with her significant other, Christopher, and their two Italian Spinones, Fergus and Bodhi.


DR. AMANDA ROMANECK, DVMOphthalmology Resident
Dr. Romaneck grew up in northern Illinois and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, with honors, from Northern Illinois University in 2014. She completed her general veterinary training with the University of Missouri and received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree (DVM) in 2019. She then completed a one-year rotating Medicine and Surgery Internship with Iowa State University. Dr. Romaneck joined our team in 2020 as an Ophthalmology Specialty Intern under the guidance of Dr. Heather Brookshire. We are so glad to have her continue with our practice for a three-year comparative ophthalmology residency. When she’s not seeing patients, Dr. Romaneck and her husband, Colin, enjoy spending time with their own pets—Dovah, a Great Pyrenees mix, and Kiin, a domestic short hair cat.
DR. JORDAN FANSLER, DVMOphthalmology Specialty Intern
Originally from St. Petersburg, Florida, Dr. Fansler graduated from the University of Florida in 2017 (go gators!). She then attended Michigan State University, where she earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree in 2021. Following her one-year small animal medicine and surgery rotating internship at Iowa State University, she is thrilled to join the AVCVA team as an ophthalmology specialty intern under the guidance of Dr. Brookshire. Outside of the office, she enjoys baking and spending time with her extraordinarily clingy cat Joey.
Melissa is a Chesapeake local from Great Bridge. She grew up working on Bergey’s Dairy farm at the age of 12, where she developed a love for animals of all shapes and sizes. Melissa has worked locally in small animal care and specialty practice for over 20 years, 17 of which have been spent in veterinary ophthalmology. “There is no better feeling than helping an animal in need. Working with Dr. Brookshire to provide an outstanding level of vision care for animals in our community is the best job in the world,” she says. Melissa has two wonderful daughters, Brae and Leah, as well as four rambunctious dogs: Paisley, Lulu, Eve and Victor. She spends her time off playing and chasing around with her kids, both two-legged and four-legged. As the AVCVA office manager, Melissa is dedicated to making sure every visit is a pleasant experience and that each pet parent leaves with a clear understanding of the treatment plan and future goals.
JASON BALLVeterinary Technician Student
A Kempsville High School graduate, Jason began working with us in 2019 as an intern from Tidewater Community College’s Veterinary Assistant Program. Now a graduate of this program, he is entering his first year of TCC’s Veterinary Technology Program. Jason’s interest in this field began while volunteering at Evelyn’s Wildlife Refuge in Virginia Beach. Working with raccoons, squirrels and opossums further developed his growing passion in the veterinary field. His enthusiasm for his job at AVCVA is infectious! Jason assists with patient exams, filling prescriptions and minor procedures, and he is eager to continue his knowledge with technician school. At home, he has six hermit crabs (Dex, Diogi, Brownie, Skye, Sushi and Wonton) that keep him busy. Jason is also the proud owner of Juliette, who he adopted from Chesapeake Animal Services.
JENN TREANORLicensed Veterinary Technician
Jenn brings a wealth of experience to Animal Virginia Center of Virginia, having worked in the veterinary field throughout her career. She is a Licensed Veterinary Technician, and she is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in veterinary technology from St. Petersburg College. Jenn and her husband, Eric (retired military) have called Virginia Beach home for many years. They have a son, Joe. And they are pet parents to Hank, a pit bull mix; Violet, a Chihuahua; Murdock the kitten; and a bearded dragon named Reznor. Jenn’s veterinary passions are ophthalmology and anesthesiology.
CHARLENEVeterinary Technician
Originally from Colorado, Charlene graduated from the Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology and is a licensed veterinary technician. With a background in anesthesia and surgery, she has worked in a variety of animal care settings, including emergency medicine and shelter environments. Before entering the veterinary field, Charlene served in the U.S. Navy for nearly five years. She lives with her best friend, Walter the dog, and four cats: Trixie, Ralph, Jack and Chance. Somehow, they all get along! In her free time, she enjoys a good hockey game, teaching and playing music, trivia night and attending Boy Scout events with her son. Fun fact: She’s been to all 50 U.S. states! Charlene says her work life has never been more fulfilling now that she’s with Animal Vision Center of Virginia. There’s much about the veterinary field that she loves, including client education and managing long-term cases with pet patients.
EMILY BROWNEVeterinary Assistant
Growing up in Ohio, Emily found her calling to work with animals when her father brought home a Boston terrier puppy for the family. This love for pets led to a long line of animal-related positions including working as a vet assistant in a general veterinary practice, at a doggie daycare facility, and with a non-profit animal rescue group. Working with the rescues was not only heartwarming and rewarding; it led to her adopting Teddy, her soulmate dog. Emily is now enjoying a new career chapter as part of the Animal Vision Center of Virginia team. When she’s not caring for pet patients, you will find her spoiling Noah, Mishka and (of course) Teddy!
CARISA CAMPBELLClient Care Liaison
Over the years, Carisa has called Georgia, Mississippi and Virginia home. In 2011, she moved to Virginia Beach, and then relocated to Gulfport, Mississippi from 2019-2022. This University of Georgia (go dawgs!) graduate is happy to be back in Coastal Virginia working in client care with the Animal Vision Center of Virginia team. She and her husband, an aviation electronics technician with the Navy, have one human child named Brantley. Their fur kids include four cats: Lola, Zahra, Georgia and Marshmallow; and a husky, Cayenne (named for the Porsche, not the pepper, she says).


We have dedicated our practice to offering you the highest level of technology, skill and compassion. From consultation to complete ophthalmic services, our dedicated staff promises the best possible experience no matter how small the patient or procedure.



“When my domestic short hair cat, Fatboy, developed a serious eye infection, I considered taking him to his regular vet. But I decided to take him to Dr. Brookshire instead. He is so afraid of strangers that he normally runs and hides, but to my surprise our visit could not have been more pleasant! Before the exam, Dr. Brookshire won Fatboy over in a matter of seconds with her calm voice and steady hands. After completing the exam and test, Dr. Brookshire determined results while we waited and prescribed the proper medications. From start to finish – under 30 minutes!

Over the next week when I phoned the office with questions, my call was returned before the end of the day with courteous professional advice. I received the same outstanding service at Fatboy’s follow-up appointment, and am happy to report his eye has healed completely. I highly recommend Dr, Brookshire for animal eye care!”

Pamela Ajluni
“It is with sadness that we say goodbye to Dr. Brookshire. We have always felt that she and her staff have always provided us with very professional and special care, everything from eye operations, after hour and holiday visits to help and sustain our beloved “Millie Girl” from blindness.
We have had 3 Cocker Spaniels with the same sort of problems and her care and commitment has by far been the very best!”
Dr. and Mrs. Lynn Edward Weaver
“Our 9 year old cocker spaniel, Mikey, suddenly went totally blind. Our vet referred us to Dr. Heather Brookshire, who examined and described him as an “interesting and puzzling case.” After performing several tests, Mikey was scheduled for surgery. But his blood work came back abnormal. Being very cautious, Dr. Brookshire referred us to an internist and later a neurologist who found Mikey had septic meningitis caused by a severe ear infection. After Mikey had ear surgery and his infection cured, Dr. Brookshire finally was able to perform eye surgery on our dog. Mikey immediately regained his vision and is more lively and happier than he has ever been!
Because of Dr. Brookshire’s expertise and caution, she not only gave Mikey his sight back but truly saved his life. We have the utmost respect for Dr. Brookshire and recommend her without reservation to anyone needing a canine ophthalmologist. She, in our opinion, is a true miracle worker.”
George & Susan Then
“I will never be able to say enough for the miracle Dr. Brookshire performed on our Japanese Chin, Precious. Precious was rushed to our local animal hospital with her eye bleeding. The vet thought it was glaucoma and wanted to remove the eye. We immediately asked for alternatives and they referred us to Dr. Brookshire immediately.

Dr. Brookshire determined that she had a corneal perforation of the left eye, not glaucoma. Dr. Brookshire gave us a couple of options fully explaining every one. We opted to have the surgery and a few hours later, we were able to bring Precious home for recovery.

During her recovery, Dr. Brookshire personally called to check up on her. Because of Dr. Brookshire our beloved pet did not lose her eye and has regained her vision. We will NEVER be able to thank her enough.”

Gary Sanford
“We want to extend to you our congratulations on your new endeavor. The only problem is that it will not be in Brevard County. We were so impressed with you and your colleagues at the clinic in Viera. You were all so caring and very knowledgeable. Billy knew he was in good hands. We will have to start out a day earlier for his re-check next year. It’s a little further to drive to Virginia. We will miss you, but wish you the very best. You are a very caring, competent Veterinarian. Your new patients are very lucky. All the best. Billy sends his love.”
Keith and Libby Cooke
“In December 2014, I received Lisa from a rescue agency. She came with almost no history and was found on the street. She was around 12 years old and blind in one eye with cataracts on both eyes.
Wanting to increase the quality of Lisa’s life I took her in for a vision check by Dr. Brookshire. Dr. Brookshire’s empathic nature instantly relaxed Lisa. She began to wag her tail! We had found the right eye Doctor! While she offered no guarantee, she told me there was a very good chance she could restore Lisa’s vision.
The results were beyond all expectations. Both cataracts had been removed and Lisa had her vision back in both eyes. Both of us will be forever grateful to Dr. Brookshire and her professional and caring staff.
Dr. Brookshire gave Lisa back her life!”
Stephen Moreau
“I met Dr. Heather Brookshire and her awesome team during an emergency. They saw my Taffy immediately and provided treatment and information along with a short and long term plan of care. The team’s efficiency, receptiveness and professionalism have extended way beyond this initial visit as Taffy and I continue to see the doctor regularly. I cannot say enough good things about everyone there. If Taffy and I must make this journey, I am so glad Dr. Brookshire is mapping the course.”
Cathee Giagnacovo and Taffy
“Dr. Heather was recommended to me by my vets at Animal Medical Center. Our beagle, Scooter, had completely lost his eyesight in both eyes due to cataracts. Scooter had been diagnosed as diabetic a few months prior to losing his sight. I was so impressed with Dr. Heather and all of her staff after our first visit. They were so professional and caring. All my questions and concerns were addressed. Scooter had bilateral cataract extraction the following week. Scooter was able to see immediately after his surgery! I am so thankful for all the love and care Dr. Heather and her staff provided Scooter! They are truly angels!”
Pat Bettag
“Anyone who has a Boston Terrier knows how we felt when Rooney couldn’t see the cookies we tossed on the floor for him. He tripped on curbs, missed steps…it was painful. We were referred to Dr. Brookshire for evaluation and got a diagnosis of cataracts on both eyes. I’ll be honest, the cost was a drawback for my husband, but as usual he deferred to my opinion that this was necessary to improve Rooney’s quality of life. The surgery was fairly smooth in spite of an episode under anesthesia, which is not uncommon with an 11 year old dog, but Dr. Brookshire handled it expertly and the final result was life changing for our little dog. He now sees all the cookies, all the birds, and he is now the little guy we brought home so many years ago. Albeit with a gray face and a little more chubby. My husband and I agree that it was well worth the care and expense to have our Rooney back and happy. The care and love provided by Dr. Brookshire and her staff are genuine and we are certain, if its possible, that they love our dog as much as we do and are focused on improving the lives of all her patients and their owners. I say owners, but we dog people know I really meant parents. I would refer and recommend her and her practice to anyone without reservation.”
Denaze and Buddy Llewellyn


For any consultation or referral request, use the convenient form below. You can also download a paper form and fax it to our office.


Sometimes all you need is a quick question answered or need a second opinion to help a patient. Dr. Heather is happy to give you both.


We will gladly provide ophthalmic consultations for your patients at YOUR veterinary practice. Due to increased time allotments, please allow up to one week for these appointments.


We appreciate and accept any animal in need of ocular care. In our hands, your patients will receive the best diagnosis and care possible.