Midlothian Veterinarians

Midlothian VeterinarianCraig Owen Nofzinger, DVM, Owner

From Whitehouse, Ohio, Dr. Craig Nofzinger grew up 60 feet from his father's veterinary practice and credits the elder Dr. Nofzinger as a major factor in his decision to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. From his humble beginning cleaning cages at his father's practice for $.10 per hour to owning Swift Creek Animal Hospital, Dr. Nofzinger's career has been characterized by his unwavering dedication to the well-being of animals as well as a true commitment to the pet parents who rely on him.

"I love developing a long time trust and relationship with our clients," he says. "The people I have had the pleasure to serve over the past 28 years have added so much to my life."

Dr. Nofzinger attended Miami University and The Ohio State University, where he majored in animal science, and earned his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Virginia Veterinary Medical Association, the Central Virginia Veterinary Medical Association and the American Animal Hospital Association. His professional interests include surgery, internal medicine, dermatology and dentistry. Dr. Nofzinger founded Swift Creek Animal Hospital in 1986.

He and his wife Terry, an Optometric Technician, have two grown children, Grant (married to Caitlin) and Lauren (married to Larry Thompson), with two grandsons, Hudson and Brayden. Outside his work at the practice, Dr. Nofzinger enjoys golf, cooking, hiking, camping and boating. He is also a member of the Journey Christian Church and the Willow Oaks Country Club and has two dogs: a toy poodle named Maddie and a Yorkshire terrier named Ollie.

Dr. Nofzinger is available for appointments Monday through Wednesday and performs surgery Monday through Thursday.


Midlothian VeterinarianValerie Lucas, Associate DVM

Dr. Valerie Lucas graduated from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine (VA Tech) in 1997 and has lived and worked in the Richmond area ever since. Dr. Lucas has been practicing small animal medicine and surgery over the past 18 years and has developed a special interest in senior dogs and cats. She enjoys being able to improve their quality of life as they age into their golden years.

Before deciding to pursue a career in veterinary medicine, Dr. Lucas earned a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from the University of Virginia. She especially enjoys UVA-VA Tech football games because no matter what team wins, she never loses!

Dr. Lucas and her husband Brian have two young children and a new Chihuahua puppy named Maleficent. As a family, they enjoy boating, kayaking, fishing and baking.

Dr. Lucas is available at Swift Creek Animal Hospital on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and every other Saturday. 


Midlothian VeterinarianCarolyn Powell, Associate VMD

Dr. Carolyn Powell joined the Swift Creek Animal Hospital team in 2015. She actually grew up in Midlothian and is excited to be back practicing veterinary medicine in the area.

After receiving a Bachelor's Degree in Biology at Duke University, Dr. Powell earned her Doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. She then completed a yearlong internship in small animal emergency and internal medicine at Affiliated Animal Care in Chesapeake, VA. She has particular interests in internal medicine, preventative medicine, nutrition, and dermatology.

Dr. Powell lives in Richmond with her energetic pit bull mix, Olive. Outside of work, she enjoys hiking, traveling, cooking, and watching Duke basketball. .

Dr. Powell is available at Swift Creek Animal Hospital on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and every third Saturday.


Midlothian VeterinarianJoe O'Hara, Associate DVM

Dr. Joseph O’Hara joined the Swift Creek Animal Hospital team in 2017 after receiving his Doctorate from the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine (Virginia Tech). Prior to attending veterinary school, he received his Bachelor of Science degree at Xavier University where he was also a member of the men’s swim team. Go X! His specific interests include surgery, dermatology, behavior, and preventative medicine.

Dr. O’Hara is originally from northeast Pennsylvania where much of his family resides, but is excited to be down in Virginia with his loving Mountain Cur/ Boxer mix, Mossy Oak. Outside of work, he enjoys triathlons, hiking, traveling, and is a lover of all sports including golf, water polo, and volleyball!


Midlothian VeterinarianSarah Clarke, Associate DVM

Dr. Sarah Clarke graduated from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 2001 after completing her undergraduate studies at the College of William and Mary in 1997, majoring in biology. Dr. Clarke graduated from veterinary school with her husband Dr. Jeff Clarke, a veterinary neurologist, and they lived in Red Bank, NJ, Jacksonville, FL and Baltimore, MD before settling (hopefully for good!) in Richmond in 2014.

Dr. Clarke practiced feline-only medicine for 12 years, and maintains a passion for treating kitties. In addition, she enjoys the amazing variety of cases and patients that general small animal practice provides. When not working, she cares for her two children as well as an energetic young orange tabby, Trout, and a neurotic shelter mutt, Hammie. Dr. Clarke also enjoys reading, running, and exploring her new hometown of Richmond with her family. She is so glad to be in Richmond and part of the Swift Creek team.