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!
Dr. Lorrie Mosley, DVM, CVA
Veterinarian, Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist
I grew up in Magnolia, Mississippi, and I received my degree in veterinary medicine from Mississippi State University in 2003 as well as a Bachelor of Science in Poultry Science. I then went on to practice 4 ½ years in Gulf Breeze, Florida, where I had the opportunity to work with many zoo animals in addition to cats, dogs, birds, and various other pocket pets. After I was married in 2008, I moved to Chesapeake, Virginia. My husband was in the Navy at that time and has since
retired. I enjoy all areas of practice; but some of my special interests include dermatology, internal medicine, ultrasound, and traditional Chinese veterinary medicine including acupuncture and herbal medicine. Much of my free time in the past has been devoted to various civic and charity organizations. I enjoy volunteering with the American Cancer Society and also the Susan G. Komen Foundation. My husband and I currently attend River Oak Church and are involved in various activities throughout the church. My other interests and hobbies include reading, snorkeling, fishing, cooking, shopping, scrap-booking, motorcycling with my husband and spending time with my pets. As of now, we do not have any children, but we do have furry babies. I have a gray tabby cat whose name is Dusty and a brindle boxer named Sadie.
Dr. Jacqueline Balma, DVM
I was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. At age 19, I left home to join the Navy and traveled around the world while working as a Russian linguist for five years. While stationed in Japan, I met my husband-to-be, Cameron. Although I had many wonderful experiences and opportunities, I felt that my true passion was to work with animals someday, and Cameron and I decided to leave the Navy to pursue our educational goals once our tour was complete.
We found ourselves in upstate New York, Cameron’s home state. At this time I started working in the veterinary field and decided I wanted to become a veterinarian. I eventually moved back home to Ohio to attend the College of Veterinary Medicine at Ohio State University. I accepted a scholarship from the US Army and served as a veterinarian for 3 years after graduation. I enjoyed working with the Military Working Dogs and our military families, but it was difficult for Cameron and I to stay together since he also re-joined the Navy at the same time. After relocating to the Hampton Roads area, I was fortunate to accept a position at The Cooke Veterinary Medical Center in August 2009. I work part-time and consider our Cooke staff and clients my other family. (I work part time at the Norfolk SPCA as well).
Cameron and I were married in 2001 and now we have 3 boys, Gunnar, Maverick and Ethan, ages 5, 3, and 1 ½ years old. Our furry children include our dog, Jake, and 4 cats, Mackenzie, Scotch, Ping and Choey, and usually some variation of a foster animal that shares our home. There is never a dull moment in our household!
After several years working as a histotechnician and laboratory manager, I made a career change and joined The Cooke Veterinary Medical Center family in 2009. I can honestly say that it has been an honor to be a part of the wonderful services our facility provides to clients, patients, and staff alike. My role here is to help make our hospital one that stands above and beyond the standard. As an animal lover with 3 dogs, 3 cats, and one goldfish, getting to work with animals is truly a great perk. We look forward to meeting you and your animal companions!
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’m the ‘Cat Lover’ but some people know me as Cathy. I’ve been a part of The Cooke family since August 2006. I look forward to working with my four legged friend’s every day. I’m currently going to Tidewater Community College taking different types of classes still exploring my career options. I live in Chesapeake with my fiancée Adam. In my free time I love doing arts, crafts, and baking. But most of all I love working with animals and the happiness they bring to all of us! I look forward to meeting you and your furry family members!
I am a certified Veterinary Assistant. I have been at the Cooke Veterinary Medical Center since 2006. I am also a retired Navy Hospital Corpsman who served 22 years. I have always had a passion for animals and to be able to provide medical care for our clients’ pets (AKA ‘children’) is such a joy. I am very grateful to have this opportunity to do so here. I am a proud Mom of 2 daughters and am also a very proud Grandma. I have a multiple mix of cats, dogs and pocket pets, who are part of the family as my four legged ‘kids’.
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 started working at The Cooke Veterinary Medical Center in May of 2008. I’ve always loved animals and being able to work with them is a dream come true. As undecided as my career path has been, I knew I could never go wrong surrounding myself with love, affection, and lots of fur. I have learned a great deal working at The Center, and I am blessed to have the opportunity to make a difference. I have a small collection of my own at home that includes my two dogs Jake and Nora, and my two cats Hallie and Tristan. I’m not sure what is in store for my future, but I know that it will always include animals.
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!
I have always believed working with animals to be a valuable and satisfying career path, and being here at The Cooke Veterinary Medical Center has definitely reassured by belief. From the doctors to the staff, I’m surrounded by knowledgeable people that are so dedicated to what they do. It’s inspiring. I am very interested in acupuncture, herbals, and holistic medicine, and Cooke Vet has allowed me to learn so much in the short amount of time that I’ve been here. While I have no pets of my own, I view all the patients here as my extended animal family, and I look forward to seeing them every day.