The Cooke Veterinary Medical Center opened in Chesapeake, Virginia in November 2002. The hospital was designed by Dr. Denette Cooke to offer the patients and clients warm, comfortable, and charming surroundings while providing our guests with the highest quality and highest technology veterinary medicine available. We strive to involve the entire health care team, which centers on the owner, to heal our patients together.
Our health care team has been chosen for their knowledge, passion, and love of veterinary medicine. Our team includes the following individuals who love to care for your pets:
Dr. Denette Cooke, DVM, CVA
Veterinarian, Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist
Dr. Denette Cooke was born in Norfolk, Virginia and grew up in Virginia Beach, where she graduated from Green Run High School. She graduated from Berea College in Berea, Kentucky in 1987 with a Bachelors degree in Chemistry.
After working as an environmental and industrial chemist for 5 years, she attended the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Cooke graduated with a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1996. She practiced small animal medicine and surgery in Lynnwood, Washington for 2 years before moving home to be closer to family and friends.
After working at Pembroke Veterinary Clinic in Virginia Beach for 4 years, she opened The Cooke Veterinary Medical Center in Chesapeake, Virginia in 2002. Dr. Cooke enjoys all aspects of general practice, including surgery, dentistry, and internal medicine. She especially enjoys senior patients with their unique needs and she integrates ancient, evidence based medicine (acupuncture and herbals) into their healing protocols to alleviate pain, thereby giving many patients a higher quality of life than western therapy alone. She loves to incorporate the best aspects of all medicine to help the clients offer their pets the best approach to medicine that is possible.
Dr. Cooke keeps her medical and surgical skills on the cutting edge by attending extra continuing education every year that is required by the state of Virginia. She has special interest in a ‘whole pet’ approach to healing that incorporates family life style, breed life style, physical exercise, diet and nutrition, and the best medicine to maintain a healthy and productive life for your pet!
When Dr. Cooke is not practicing veterinary medicine, she enjoys gardening, outdoor activities, motorcycling, and spending time with family and friends. A good day is walking a pack of dogs in the park! Her pack includes 2 Italian Spinoni, a mutt and cats!
Administrator and Dr. Cooke’s Mother, Mother to All
I joined the Cooke Veterinary Medical Center team in 2006 after my retirement from another career. I serve as an administrator handling Quick Books, accounts payable, and payroll. Other jobs I enjoy are typing in reports and lab work, as well as helping out with the laundry and holding sleepy babies after surgery. My husband, Eddie, and I have two orange cats, Matlock and Mason, and a Papillion mixed dog named Tippi.
Licensed Veterinary Technician
I have been with Dr. Cooke since the beginning of the Cooke Veterinary Medical Center which opened in 2002. I graduated from Central Carolina Community College in 1984 with a degree as a Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT). I have worked in emergency and small animal practice in the Tidewater Area since that time. I have interest in Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine, diet and nutrition and preventive medicine. In my spare time, I practice Tai Chi. I have a various assortment of dogs, cats, and a few exotic animals.
I joined the Cooke Veterinary Medical Center as a Veterinary Assistant in May 2005. I have over a decade of experience in the veterinary field. I have worked in all aspects of the veterinary hospital and am the Team Coordinator. Of all the clinics I have worked in over the years, the Cooke Veterinary Medical Center has the most intuitive, caring doctors and staff.
I grew up in North Carolina, where I started working at a small animal clinic at the age of 20. Working in North Carolina and Virginia has given me experience with large animals, exotics and small animals. Working with such a variety of different types of animals has taught me many caring and compassionate handling techniques. I enjoy spending time and bonding with the pets that typically do not enjoy seeing the vet, so that I can try and make their experience less stressful.
I spend most of my free time with my son, husband, and playing with my pack of energetic pugs!
I am a Veterinary Assistant with over 10 years combined experience in small animal and exotic animal veterinary medicine. I earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Old Dominion University. My areas of interest include microbiology and laboratory diagnostic testing. I began here at The Cooke Veterinary Medical Center in 2007. I enjoy life with my husband Ben, our two children, and our pet, Meg, a Welsh Corgi.
I’ve been in the CookeVet family since 2009. I am the happy voice you hear at the other end of the phone! I am happily married with two children and a boxer Mia and her 3 kitty sisters, Emma, Annie, and Nada. I love everyone’s pet, although I am a little partial to Boxers!