About the Board

The West Virginia Board of Veterinary Medicine was established by the West Virginia Legislature in 1915. The Board is the licensing and regulatory agency for veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and animal euthanasia technicians in the State of West Virginia. The Board is also responsible for registering and inspecting veterinary and euthanasia facilities located in West Virginia.

The Board consists of six (6) licensed veterinarians, one (1) registered veterinary technician and two (2) citizen members appointed by the Governor.

Board Members and Staff

Board Members


Chairman
Dr. John R. Wilson
Veterinarian Member
Lewisburg, WV

Dr. John R. Wilson is a 1969 graduate of Ohio State University in Columbus, OH.  He became a licensed veterinarian with the WV Board of Veterinary Medicine in July 1969.  Dr. Wilson founded Greenbrier Veterinary Hospital after graduating from Ohio State University. Dr. Wilson founded Greenbrier Veterinary Hospital after graduating from Ohio State University.
 

Dr. Wilson was appointed to the WV Board of Veterinary Medicine in 2007 as a veterinarian member. He was appointed as Chairman in 2013 and currently serves as Chairman with the WVBVM.  Dr. Wilson is also currently involved with the WV State Fair Board of Directors and a member of the Old Stone Presbyterian Church.   
 

Dr. Wilson was honored as Distinguished West Virginian in 2012.   Dr. Wilson and his wife, Vicki, live in Lewisburg, WV and have five daughters and 13 grandchildren.


Dr. Mark Ayers
Veterinarian Member
Huntington, WV

Dr. Ayers is a 1979 graduate of Auburn University School of Veterinary Medicine in Auburn, AL.  He became a licensed veterinarian with the WV Board of Veterinarian Medicine in January 1979.  Dr. Ayers founded Ayers Animal Hospital, Inc. in Huntington, WV, after purchasing the practice in 1983. He also owned Animal Care Clinic in Huntington, WV, from 1994-2012.

Because of his love of people, animals, and science, Dr. Ayers devoted his entire academic career and life to veterinary medicine.  Even now, after 37 years of private practice, Dr. Ayers still loves his profession as much as ever.  He strives to stay abreast with the latest developments in his field.  He has maintained a keen interest in dermatology, internal medicine, cardiology, ultrasonography, surgery, and radiology.

Dr. Ayers was appointed to the WV Board of Veterinary Medicine in 2014 as a Veterinarian member.  Dr. Ayers is also an ordained minister and is the pastor of the New Hope Worship Center, Nitro, WV. Dr. Ayers and his wife, Judy, live in Hurricane, WV and have three children.


Chairman Elect
Dr. Keith Berkeley
Veterinarian Member
Ranson, WV

Dr. Berkeley is a 1984 graduate of Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, Alabama. He became a licensed veterinarian with the WV Board of Veterinarian Medicine in June 1985.  Dr. Berkeley owns Valley Equine Associates in Ranson, WV.  He is particularly interested in equine lameness.

Dr. Berkeley is a member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners, American Association of Bovine Practitioners, American Veterinary Medical Association and the West Virginia Veterinary Medical Association.  Dr. Berkeley is very involved in the community. He is a Rotary member and sits on the boards of Bank of Charles Town, WV University Hospital and Asbury Methodist Church.

Dr. Berkeley was appointed to the WV Board of Veterinary Medicine in 2014 as a Veterinarian member.  Dr. Berkeley and his wife, Laura, live on a farm outside of Ranson, WV and have two children.


Ms. Amy Meadows
Lay Member
Lewisburg, WV

Ms. Meadows is a graduate of the West Virginia Univerisity School of Pharmacy and worked as a community pharmacist.  Ms. Meadows is a member of the Old Stone Presbyterian Church, PEO Chapter O WV, and serves as a Read Aloud volunteer.

Ms. Meadows was appointed to the WV Board of Veterinary Medicine in 2016 as a Lay member.  Ms. Meadows and her husband, Michael, live in Lewisburg, WV and have two children.


Secretary - Treasurer
Ms. Monica R. Patton
Registered Veterinary Technician Member
Charleston, WV

Ms. Patton is a 1993 graduate of Columbus State Community College, Columbus, OH.  She became a registered veterinary technician with the WV Board of Veterinarian Medicine in July 1995.

Ms. Patton is currently working at Animal Care Associates in Charleston, WV.  She has been involved in Carver Career Center Veterinary Technology Program since its inception and she began teaching in 2010.  She also has a strong interest in avian and exotic medicine.

Ms. Patton was appointed to the WV Board of Veterinary Medicine in 2014 as registered veterinary technician member.  Ms. Patton and her husband Jeffrey Patton, DVM live in Charleston, WV.


Jo Allen Long
Lay Member
Williamsburg, WV

Ms. Long graduated from Concord College, Athens WV, and received a Master's degree in early childhood education from Radford University, Radford, VA.  She retired in 2015 after 39 years of teaching.

Ms. Long is an All-Star and has been a 4-H club leader for 31 years.  She is President of the Greenbrier 4-H Foundation.  She is also a member of the Board of Directors for the State Fair of WV and Greenbrier Valley Community Foundation.

Ms. Long was appointed to the WV Board of Veterinary Medicine in July 2017 and a lay member.  Ms. Long and her husband Charlie Long live on a beef farm near Williamsburg, WV and have 3 children.


Dr. Frank Cary
Veterinarian Member
Beckley, WV

Dr. Cary is a 1975 graduate of Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine in Columbus, OH.  He graduated  from Lewisburg High School, received an Associate of Agriculture degree from Potomac State College, graduated with a BS in Agriculture from WV Univeristy, and then did post graduate work at Virginia Tech   He became a licensed veterinarian with the WV Board of Veterinary Medicine in June 1975.  

After getting licensed as a veterinarian, Dr. Cary worked in a mixed animal practice in Waynesboro, VA, and Lewisburg, WV.  In January 1978, Dr. Cary founded Mountainland Animal Hospital in Kingwood, WV, which was mostly a large animal practice but over the years transitioned to small animals.  

Dr. Cary is a native of Lewisburg, Greenbrier County, where he grew up working on a large dairy, beef, and hog farm.  He has been active in community service in many organizations and a very active member of the West Virginia Veterinary Medical Association where he held several offices and on the Board of Directors.  Dr. Cary and his wife live in Kingwood, WV.  


Dr. Jesse A. Fallon

Dr. Fallon is a 2008 graduate of Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine.  He became a licensed veterinarian with the WV Board of Veterinary Medicine in June 2009.  Dr. Fallon is a partner at Cheat Lake Animal Hospital in Morgantown, WV where he treats all species.

Dr. Fallon is also the Director of Veterinary Medicine for the Avian Conservation Center of Appalachia and is the WV State Liaison for the Association of Avian Veterinarians. He is a frequent lecturer for WV University Departments of Animal and Nutrition Sciences and Wildlife and Fisheries, a mentor for students at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, and has published numerous peer reviewed articles and book chapters.

Dr. Fallon was appointed to the WV Board of Veterinary Medicine in December 2020 and he is honored to serve on the Board and strives to uphold its mission. Dr. Fallon lives in Morgantown with his wife, 3 daughters, dogs, chickens, horses, parrots, and fish.


Dr. Shawn D. Sette

Dr. Sette is a 1993 graduate of Ohio State University. He became a licensed veterinarian with the WV Board of Veterinary Medicine in June 1993.   Dr. Sette accepted a job at the Kanawha Valley Animal Emergency Clinic in South Charleston. This is where he met his wife, Jennifer. Five years later, in 1998, he and his wife bought Hurricane Animal Hospital where they both continue to work and expand.

Dr. Sette joined the WV Veterinary Medical Association and became a district representative for 2 years. He participated in the national AVMA on behalf of WV. He then moved into the President elect position for an additional 2 years and finally the President for 2 more years. Immediately after that, he assumed the position of Chairman for the WVVMA Foundation in order to raise donations for student scholarships. He was awarded WV Veterinarian of the Year in 2019.

Dr. Sette was appointed to the WV Board of Veterinary Medicine in December 2020 and he hopes to continue the Board’s good work. He, his wife, and 2 children are very active in the community. In addition, they host student interns from 3 veterinary schools and 2 technician schools in hopes of participating in their growth within the profession. In his spare time, he is an avid outdoorsman/hunter and participates in many wildlife conservation organizations.

 

Staff

Dawn Karnes, Inspector, - Pending Picture and Bio
Trish Holstein, Executive Director - Pending Picture and Bio
Brandi Legg, Secretary - Pending Picture and Bio

Organization Chart

Coming Soon.

Mission Statement

The West Virginia Board of Veterinary Medicine protects the health, safety and welfare of the general public and animals of West Virginia through public education, enforcing licensing standards for veterinarians, registered veterinary technicians, certified animal euthanasia technicians and veterinary and euthanasia facilities.

Related Information

Forms & Documents

Links

AAVSB : American Association of Veterinary State Boards
Accredited Veterinary Colleges : American Association of Veterinary State Boards
Accredited Veterinary Technology Programs : American Association of Veterinary State Boards
Accredited Veterinary Technology Programs - Online : American Association of Veterinary State Boards
AVMA : American Veterinary Medical Association
DEA Controlled Substances List : American Veterinary Medical Association
FARB : Federation of Associations of Regulatory Boards
IELTS : For information about the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
NAVLE : National Board of Veterinary Examiners/North American Veterinary Licensing Exam
RACE Programs : National Board of Veterinary Examiners/North American Veterinary Licensing Exam
State of WV : West Virginia State Government Website
TOEFL : For information about the Test of Spoken English (TSE) and the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
US Immigration Support : US Immigration Support
USDA : United States Department of Agriculture
WVALB : West Virginia Association of Licensing Boards
WVVMA : West Virginia Veterinary Medical Assocation
VTNE : West Virginia Veterinary Medical Assocation