Anne Mitchell, VMD

I grew up in Chester County and have lived here all of my life. My aspiration to become a veterinarian began at an early age, as did my tendency to collect pets (dogs, fish, birds, hamsters, and eventually cats and horses also). I spent many wonderful years working as a veterinary technician prior to making the decision to apply to vet school. I completed my undergraduate work at West Chester University then proceeded on to University of Pennsylvania for my veterinary degree. Since graduation, I have spent most of my time working in general medicine at a private practice in Montgomery County, prior to joining Lap of Love. 

My first dog as an adult was a young rescue German Shepherd who taught me so much about veterinary medicine and the human-animal bond. We were together for almost 14 amazing years before he earned his wings with me by his side. Allowing him to pass peacefully was one of the most difficult life choices I ever had to make but it was also one of the most important decisions. I was able to give him the gift of a planned, pain-free journey.

I am honored to have the opportunity to join Lap of Love and I hope to help you and your loved ones through those difficult times.

Melinda Glavin, DVM

Growing up in Long Island, NY, I can’t remember a time where I didn’t want to be a veterinarian. I once even tried to convince my parents to get me a pet monkey! I spent my youth volunteering at animal shelters and eventually went on to complete my bachelor’s degree at Bucknell University. After graduation, I made the decision to travel the world and pursued veterinary school in the Caribbean at St. George’s University. 

I then began practicing small animal medicine, and while I enjoyed spending time with families and their pets, I yearned for a stronger bond with my patients in a slower paced atmosphere and I felt the calling to do veterinary end of life care.  As veterinarians, we are so lucky to help pets and families through major life decisions and to help guide them through tough times. Working with Lap of Love allows me to make a difference by giving me the honor of creating a beautiful transition to peace for our beloved pets.

My hobbies outside of Veterinary Medicine include playing guitar, singing, hiking, and spending time with my 6lb dog, Truman, and my twice-his-sized cat, Jackson.

Toni Knox, DVM

I was born and raised in the Germantown section of Philadelphia. I’ve always had an affinity for all animals and my mother has often told me stories of how I gave her small heart attacks when I little because I was known to let go of her hand to cross the street and make any animal I saw my new friend. During social events, like birthday parties, I was often found hidden away in a quiet corner or under the table with a friend’s pet. When I was 8 years old, after noticing my curiosity and love for animals, my mom explained to me that there were actual doctors for animals! From that point on my goal was crystal clear: become a veterinarian. I later attended Tuskegee University to study Animal Science and continued on to Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine where I obtained my Veterinary Degree. Upon graduation, I immediately returned to Philadelphia, the city I love, for the start of my Veterinary Career. 

My interests include Internal Medicine, Feline Medicine, Pathology, but most important of all is the Human-Animal Bond. I have had numerous pets during my lifetime, so I appreciate and fully value the strong bond that we create with the pets we care for and share our lives with. I know that loving a pet also means that we, the pet parents, will suffer an inevitable heartache when it is time for us to say goodbye. One of the most unique and beautiful privileges we have as veterinarians is to support and guide our client’s in the decision to give the selfless and loving gift of alleviating the suffering of their beloved pet. I am honored to be a Lap of Love veterinarian and I am committed to being there for you and your loved ones during these difficult times.
 
When I am not practicing medicine, I am often spending time with family, reading, and crafting. I am also a mom to a bright, energetic gentleman and five fur babies - Eden, King, Autumn, Hamish, and Velcro.

Brad Bates, VMD

People often ask me why I do what I do. For me, the ability to help pets and their loving families through a difficult time, and in doing so provide more comfort for everyone involved, is more than enough reason. It is a huge honor to help pets spend their last days or weeks or even months in more comfort, and with their families by their side. Everyone speaks of the difficulty of providing hospice care, but for me it is never difficult. Each and every pet and family I help shows me a deeper appreciation for the human animal bond. I feel the love between a family and a pet every time I step into a new home. It is a wonderful thing to be a part of, and to make a difficult situation better is exactly the reason I became a veterinarian. 

I received my veterinary degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Although I have experience in a wide array of small animal care, end-of-life and hospice care has truly been a calling for me. I'm so grateful that I can share my experience and understanding to you.

Like most veterinarians, my home consists of many pet children: I have 3 cats and a chinchilla. Like most pet parents, I understand the fear involved when they are sick. The fear of not knowing what to do, how to help, what is too much and most importantly when is it an appropriate time to let them pass peacefully. These are tough decisions, and you need the assistance of someone that will focus on you and your pet specifically. I offer the service I would want in return when those sad days happen to me. Being at home, surrounded by loved ones, and a peaceful goodbye.

One thing I’ve learned after being blessed with such great pets in the past, is that you have to enjoy the time you have with them. Time is less important than quality of time. I remember my little Laker. He was a sickly kitten, born with FeLV infection. He was sick with a severe respiratory infection due to his diminished immune system. His mother had to push him away from the litter. I cared for him and nursed him to health and he became a happy healthy kitten. But at aged 2 he developed lymphoma secondary to FeLV. Poor Laker was quite sick and I tried to help. But there was no medicine that could make him better. Once I thought his quality of life was diminishing and not improving, I let him pass peacefully with the help of my colleague. It was the most difficult day of my life, and that time was the most difficult time of my life to this day, and probably forever. But the thought of him suffering or becoming sicker was worse. I thank the stars every day that I was able to let him pass peacefully before he suffered to death.  He will be in my heart forever.

Spoil your pets and enjoy the laughs they bring when they are silly. Honor and remember them when they have passed. I never think of the day I will be without my pets. It helps that every day they make me laugh and smile. 


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