Animal Vision Center of VAAnimal Vision Center of Virginia
5 Stars - Based on 17 User Reviews

When I adopted Lady Mae, a chihuahua-dachshund mix from Hope for Life Animal Rescue, I knew she had mature cataracts resulting in limited vision.  I made an appointment with Dr. Brookshire right away, and after a thorough ophthalmic exam she determined that Lady Mae’s retinas were functioning well and that with cataract surgery and lens implants she had a very good prognosis for regaining her sight.  The scheduled surgery went very well and being a compliant pet dad, I followed her post op care as outlined.  It was great fun to watch Lady Mae’s progress and her response to things she had not seen since her adoption; curiosity over a bug crawling across the floor, watching a bird fly overhead, barking at the squirrels and crows in my backyard and her vigilance looking out the window on car rides.  I am very grateful to Dr. Brookshire for her expertise and surgical skill in returning Lady Mae to a visual state.  She and all her staff are absolutely wonderful—two thumbs up!!

Dr. Heather and her staff are amazing. She is an expert and so gentle with her patients. Even with our wiggley Frenchie, Dr. Heather managed to get the medicine in her eyes and clear up her cornea ulcer.
Thanks Dr. Heather!

R. MellionR. Mellion

You will not find a more compassionate team. Dr Brookshire will go out of her way to not only help your furry family member, but comfort you along the way. Patients love her and are not afraid to walk in her office. Staff will always greet you with a smile and know your pet by name. I personally would not go anywhere else, and I recommend her for our patients!

Dr. C. SimsDr. C. Sims

This place is the absolute best. My nine-month old puppy has glaucoma, and they took her in by emergency appointment. Dr. Heather always gives you all of our available options. I’m thankful for her and her staff, as this will be something our puppy will have for the rest of her life. Definitely recommend her for all your animal eye needs.

L. LenkerL. Lenker

The staff and Dr. Heather were wonderful in the treatment of our sweet Cloey. We brought her in for a detached retina issues due to her high blood pressure and kidney failure. They were always so attentive, helpful and affectionate. Our family is so grateful for everything they did to prolong our kitty's life. I would highly recommend Dr. Heather to any pet owner.

JD SendlebeckJD Sendlebeck

Greeted with smiles and someone helped calm my dog down as soon as we walked in. His new vision problems have made him anxious in new settings, and everyone was more than helpful. I would recommend them to anyone having vision problems with their pets. A very calming and welcoming office!

K. UnderwoodK. Underwood

Nothing but praise for Dr. Brookshire and her staff. I have referred dozens of patients to her and my clients have always been extremely satisfied with the level of care and compassion they received. She has even taken care of two of my own horses when they needed treatment for eye injuries, and we are extremely grateful for her care.

Dr. N. KelleyDr. N. Kelley

Dr. Brookshire and staff are miracle workers! My beautiful four-year Doberman went blind from diabetic cataracts, and Dr. Brookshire completely restored his vision. They are so kind and caring. This is the only vet's office that my dog actually gets excited to go to!

Linda N.Linda N.

My dog Izzy had an injury that I did not understand and needed the attention of an eye specialist. Animal Vision Center of Virginia was 2 hours away from my location. From the time I was greeted at the front desk to the examination and surgery of Izzy, I must say the entire staff was professional, friendly and above all kind. Dr. Heather listened to every detail and proceeded with confidence. "Thank you so much for restoring Izzy's sight."

Izzy & John SoffeeIzzy & John Soffee

We were devastated when we were told our boy had melanoma on his lower eyelid. Our vet recommended Dr. Brookshire to be the one who "repaired" him. It was a very scary time for us (the human parents!), but Dr. Brookshire and her team did an awesome job and 6 months later his eye looks completely normal and most of all healthy! Thank you so much for the care you gave him and us.

Diane & Herb MartinDiane & Herb Martin

Sammy has diabetes and as a result lost vision in his right eye and 50% vision in his left eye. After the removal of cataracts in both eyes by Dr. Brookshire and team his eyes are brighter and vision is great. Thanks Dr. Brookshire!

Sammy & Stephanie StatonSammy & Stephanie Staton

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 LlewellynDenaze and Buddy LlewellynPet Owners in Virginia

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 AjluniPamela AjluniCat Owner in Florida

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 WeaverDr. and Mrs. Lynn Edward WeaverDog Owners in Merritt Island, Florida

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 ThenGeorge & Susan ThenDog owners in Indian Harbour Beach, Florida

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 SanfordGary SanfordPet Owner in Florida

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 CookeKeith and Libby CookePet Owners in Florida

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 MoreauStephen MoreauPet Owner in Florida

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 TaffyCathee Giagnacovo and TaffyOwner and Pet in Virginia

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 BettagPat BettagPet Owner in Virginia