We’re expanding our team to better serve you!

Our family is growing. Animal Vision Center of Virginia opened in 2015 with just one team member extraordinaire and a very busy Veterinary Ophthalmologist. Over the years, we have expanded our staff and practice space incrementally to meet the needs of our amazing clients and their wonderful pets. This year is no exception, and we’re pleased to welcome Dr. Taylor Belk and Dr. Amanda Romaneck to our practice staff.

Dr. Belk has joined AVCVA for a three-year comparative ophthalmology residency. She and I will be seeing ophthalmic cases together in a team setting here at our practice, with supplemental training provided as part of a joint Comparative Ophthalmology Residency Training Program with Animal Eye Care of Richmond.

Originally from Macon, Ga., Dr. Belk graduated from the University of Georgia in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Forest Resources, while majoring in Wildlife Science.  After graduation, she attended UGA’s College of Veterinary Medicine, where she earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) in 2018. She then completed a one-year rotating Medicine and Surgery Internship and a one-year Ophthalmology Specialty Internship at Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston.

Pursuing her dream to become a Board-Certified Ophthalmologist, Dr. Belk is thrilled to be here. She is married to her high school sweetheart, Justin. They have two fur children:  Bob, a yellow Lab mix, and Willow the cat. Together, they enjoy cheering on the Georgia Bulldogs, spending time outdoors, birdwatching and trying new restaurants.

We are also happy to have Dr. Romaneck with us, as she begins an Ophthalmology Specialty Internship. She 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 finished a one-year rotating Medicine and Surgery Internship with Iowa State University.

Dr. Romaneck is excited to further pursue her passion in veterinary ophthalmology by joining our team as a specialty intern this year under my guidance. Outside of the clinic, she has many interests, including creative writing, lifting weights with her husband Colin, and spending time with their pets—Dovah, a Great Pyrenees mix, and Kiin, a domestic short hair cat.

I’m happy to share this news with you. As a practice, we have really come a long way. With these appointments, and the dedication and expertise of our existing staff, we can build on what we are here to do—help animals of all shapes and sizes see a better life.

With kind regards,
Dr. Heather