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Dr. Chelsie Church Novitske joined Ridge Animal Hospital in July 2018 following graduation from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. Raised in Charlotte County, Dr. Novitske graduated from Randolph-Henry High School, earned her Bachelor of Science in Animal & Poultry Sciences from Virginia Tech, and completed a Master’s of Physiology from North Carolina State University. Growing up she had a variety of pets. Dr. Novitske loves cats, bunnies, and all breeds of dogs (but especially the large ones). In her spare time she enjoys reading, spending time on the beach, and playing disc golf. In addition to preventative medicine, her special veterinary interests include dermatology, internal medicine, and surgery. Dr. Novitske and her husband, Dylan, and adopted Gus the mastiff in 2018. Gus takes up a lot of space in Dr. Novitske's heart and in her house.