Karen Murphy, DVM Co-owner of Caring Hands Animal Hospital of Bristow
Dr. Murphy, Co-Owner, is a graduate of Auburn University. She did a post graduate internship at Angel Memorial Animal Hospital in Boston, MA. She practiced in North Carolina’s Piedmont region for 5 years before joining Caring Hands Animal Hospital. She has been a part of the Caring Hands family for over 10 years beginning at our Centreville office for 5 years and then opening the Bristow location in 2005. Her interests include preventative medicine, internal medicine, surgery and ultrasound.
Caroline Boyd, DVM
Dr. Boyd, associate veterinarian and medical director, is a graduate of the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine with an undergraduate degree from James Madison University. She is a life-long resident of the Northern Virginia area and has been a part of the Caring Hands family since 2010. She is particularly interested in the fields of dentistry, preventive medicine, dermatology, and soft tissue surgery. In her spare time, she enjoys horseback riding, hiking, learning photography, and spending time with her husband Nick and their beloved Beagle mix, Roxy.
Jennifer Zurkus, DVM
Dr. Zurkus, associate veterinarian, is a graduate of Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. She also holds a degree in Animal Science from Cornell. Her professional interests include oncology, soft tissue surgery, emergency/critical care medicine and caring for geriatric patients. Dr. Zurkus and her husband have a daughter and two sons. She has been a part of the Caring Hands Family since 2006. On the furry side, she has Gracie, a yellow lab; Pixie, a shih-tzu mix from the shelter; and Peanut, a domestic short hair, as well as two beautiful corn snakes. In her spare time she enjoys kayaking, skiing and cooking.
Dr. Abraham, associate veterinarian, is a graduate of the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine with an undergraduate degree from Virginia Tech in Biology. She is originally from Fairfax, VA and has practiced in the area since graduation. Her veterinary interests include preventative medicine, cardiology, canine reproduction, and the human-animal bond. In her spare time Dr. Abraham enjoys working out, reading, and singing. While she was raised in a family who bred, showed, and hunted with German Shorthaired Pointers, her fluffy love of life is a Schipperke named Lupin.
Alison Gemmill, DVM
Dr. Gemmill (previoiusly Noack), associate veterinarian, is a graduate of Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She is particularly interested in surgery and preventative medicine. Dr. Noack is a native of Northern Virginia and has lived here most of her life. Her family includes Buckley, a Golden Retriever, and Sophie, a Siamese mix.
Dr. Thompson, associate veterinarian, is a graduate of Ohio State University, with an undergraduate degree in biology from Indiana University. Her professional interests include preventative medicine, animal behavior, emergency/critical care, and oncology. She recently moved to Northern Virginia after spending four years in New Mexico , and is enjoying exploring the area with her husband and daughter. Dr. Thompson also shares her home with two cats and a pit bull mix named Arya.
Dr. Gnowles, associate veterinarian, is a graduate of Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine with an undergraduate degree from Auburn University. Her professional interests include geriatric patient care and animal behavior. In her spare time she enjoys gardening and hiking with her husband and daughter. Her extended family includes two rescued dogs, Bean and Cora, two rescued cats, Hunter and Remington, and a room full of reptiles!