Our caring and compassionate veterinary care team!
Chesdin Animal Hospital was established in 1984 by Dr. Richard A. Grenoble and his wife, Sharon. The practice had its beginnings in a wing of a farmhouse that was converted into a small but efficient animal hospital. As the practice grew, it became obvious that the time was right to build a facility to accommodate our growing staff and allow more space to do what we love best, help sick and injured animals, as well as to keep them healthy and happy. We moved to our present location in the spring of 1992.
Chesdin Animal Hospital is “full service”, and offers medical and surgical expertise, disease prevention, dental procedures, and many other services including grooming and boarding.
We are very proud of our staff, who are all dedicated animal lovers. They demonstrate their compassion and skills for our patients every day and strive to make our pet owners comfortable and informed about their pet’s treatment and progress.
Chesdin Animal Hospital is not only a family run business that has been around since 1984, the next generation has joined the practice. Recently we have had the pleasure to bring on Dr. Richard D. Grenoble as a full time veterinarian and his wife, Amy as Assistant Office Manager.
Dr. Richard D. Grenoble
Dr. Richard D. Grenoble is a longtime resident of Dinwiddie County where he lives with his wife Amy and their daughter Sophia and son Alexander. At home, they have chickens and quail a hound named Hailey, and many hound dogs. Dr. Grenoble enjoys spending his time with his family and enjoys the outdoors.
Dr. Grenoble received his undergraduate degree from Ferrum College. He studied veterinary medicine at St. George’s University in Grenada, West Indies, and completed his clinical year at Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine (VA Tech).
Dr. Grenoble has a wide range of medical and surgical experiences with many different species of animals. While attending VA Tech, Dr. Grenoble completed an externship in exotic animal medicine. In addition to treating all breeds of dogs and cats, Dr. Grenoble sees pocket pets like gerbils and hamsters, exotics such as reptiles and birds, and small farm animals like goats, sheep, and pigs.
Dr. Grenoble is very loyal and compassionate about his career. He has had a lifelong love of animals that was developed from a very early age. He grew up surrounded by animals and watched his father, Dr. Richard A. Grenoble care for animals since he was a young boy. He started at Chesdin Animal Hospital as a veterinary assistant working with his dad before making the decision to become a doctor in veterinary medicine.
Dr. Mallori Henshaw
Dr. Mallori Henshaw is incredibly excited to join the Chesdin Animal Hospital family. She grew up just on the other side of the river in Matoaca where she currently lives with her family, including her husband Jared and their daughter Emily. They have two cats named Ruby and Socks and a very spoiled beagle named Max. When Dr. Henshaw is not at work, she can be found spending time with her family and trying to convince her husband that they need more pets.
Dr. Henshaw received both her undergraduate degree in animal and poultry sciences and her degree in veterinary medicine from Virginia Tech. She has always wanted to be a veterinarian since she was a little girl and is overjoyed to be living her dream. She enjoys working with animals of all varieties and looks forward to gaining more experience with exotics, pocket pets, and farm animals under the mentorship of Dr. Grenoble.
Dr. Henshaw is passionate about her job and helping animals. She looks forward to getting to know all of our clients and their fur babies. She’s committed to giving her all to taking care of your beloved pets with love and compassion.
Sharon Grenoble has been with Chesdin Animal Hospital from its opening in 1984 to the present. She worked closely with her husband, Dr. Richard A. Grenoble, to build and develop the practice into what it is today. Caring for and treating animals is something that she and her husband love and have made their life’s work.
Sharon is an active member of her sorority alumnae group, Zeta Tau Alpha. She enjoys reading, traveling, and cooking, but most of all, spending time with her grandchildren.
Amy Grenoble is the practice manager of Chesdin Animal Hospital and has been with the company since 2013. She is involved with the many aspects of managing the daily business affairs of the hospital, including inventory and account management.
She lives in Dinwiddie County with her husband, Dr. Richard D. Grenoble, and their children Sophia and Alexander. Amy graduated from Ferrum College with B.S degrees in Biology and Environmental Science with a minor in Chemistry.
At home, they have chickens and quail and a hound named Hailey who was rescued from Grenada, West Indies. Amy is active within St. Joseph Parish and likes spending time with family and friends, traveling, photography, watching movies, and reading books.
As well as managing the business affairs of the animal hospital, Amy organizes community projects such as rabies clinics within the county, visits to schools, and integration of students interested in the veterinary field.
Carly rejoined the Chesdin family in August of 2021 as the Assistant Office Manager. She has been in the veterinary field since 2012 when she began her veterinary career with Chesdin. Before entering the world of veterinary medicine, she was a Zookeeper caring for a wide array of animals. Carly has been a long-time resident of Matoaca, where she grew up and continues to live. She enjoys hanging out with family and friends, traveling, and spending time with her two horses, Nicky and Sipsy, and her Labrador, Ellie.
Andi Sue has been with Chesdin Animal Hospital for almost two years. She started working with us part-time during her senior year of high school and loved it so much that she went full-time as soon as she graduated. Andi Sue can be seen doing a little bit of everything from helping clients at the front desk to assisting doctors in exam rooms and in surgery. While she loves all animals, she has a special fondness for farm animals. She is pictured with one of our clients’ lambs named Joy. During her free time, Andi Sue enjoys being outdoors. She loves hunting and spending time with her animals. She has two beloved walker hounds named Waylon and Tootie. Andi Sue is interested in becoming a veterinarian technician and looks to start classes in the near future but is focusing on gaining all the experience she can in the meantime.
Courtney has recently joined the Chesdin family as an veterinary assistant but has been in the veterinary medicine field for over five years. She loves working with all types of animals and really enjoys the variety of animals that come to Chesdin. She personally loves working with cats the most and is a bit of a crazy cat lover. She has four cats of her own at home, three of them acquired from special cases at work, along with a hound puppy. Courtney has recently relocated to Matoaca with her fiancé. In her free time, she enjoys traveling and hiking along with baking and reading.
Maleah recently joined Chesdin Animal Hospital a couple of months ago as a veterinary assistant. She’s working to become a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and is currently a sophomore pre-veterinary medicine student at Virginia State University. She enjoys seeing all the different varieties of animals at Chesdin and loves working with them. She is pictured with one of our clients’ chickens. At home, she has a miniature schnauzer named Brindley and a turtle named Franklin. During her free time, she enjoys spending time with her pets and family, reading and watching horror and Marvel movies.
Caylee has recently joined Chesdin Animal Hospital as a veterinary assistant. She aspires to become a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and currently studies pre-veterinary medicine at Virginia State University. She enjoys working with all types of animals, especially farm animals. She is pictured with one of our client’s pet rat. At home, she has a bunny, bearded dragon, hedgehog, and 2 dogs. During her free time, Caylee enjoys spending time with her family and animals, as well as listening to music and watching horror movies. She also enjoys volunteering at Shoofly Farm and spending time with the horses there.
My name is Rita and I am the cheerful head receptionist that will greet you when you and your pet arrive at the clinic. I have been married for 11 years to my wonderful husband, Robbie. Together, we have two beautiful daughters, Julia and Violet. In addition to the humans in my family, I have a Chiweenie named Charlie and a chinchilla named Desmond. I have grown up most of my life in Dinwiddie surrounded by farm animals owned by my grandparents and aunt. Outside of work, I love going to the beach with Nags Head, Myrtle Beach, and those in Florida being my favorites. At home, I enjoy roasting smores around our firepit surrounded by my family and friends. My faith is very important to me and attending church weekly helps keep my faith strong. A quote by Albert Schweitzer that I believe describes my life is “The purpose of human life is to serve and show compassion and the will to help others.”
Lauren strives to make the grooming experience as stress-free as possible. She believes it is a must to have a great deal of patience and trust, as well as the ability to read the pet’s body language. She has had a great amount of success in grooming pets without the use of sedation but does use it occasionally. Clients have told her she has a special knack for working with pets that other groomers turn away. She adores all dogs (no matter their size) and cats and takes pride in giving quality grooming to every one of them with a loving, kind, and gentle hand. She takes great pride in her work and is very much a quality over quantity type of groomer. A big part of being a professional groomer is knowing what products can help get the look and feel that clients are looking for. Lauren is a believer that there is always something new to learn in the grooming industry and strives to learn new ways to keep your pet’s happy and healthy.
Lauren lives in Colonial Heights with her husband Dave of five years and their two very pampered doggies; Daisy, a puggle, and Duke, an old English bulldog. When she isn’t at Chesdin Animal Hospital, Lauren loves to spend time with her family and her nieces doing girly things including shopping which she doesn’t like to do but will for her beloved nieces.