About Sarah Francis, DVM


Dr. Sarah Francis is a native of Virginia Beach, VA.  She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Virginia Tech and is a 2008 graduate of Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in Blacksburg, VA.  After graduation, Dr. Francis worked for several years in Knoxville, TN and the Tri-Cities area in general small animal private practice, shelter medicine, and emergency medicine. Her professional interests include small animal medicine and surgery, emergency medicine, and ophthalmology. She and her husband, James, are the proud parents of two children and one black standard poodle. Outside of the hospital, she enjoys knitting, crocheting, reading, old time/bluegrass music, and traditional Appalachian culture and crafts.

Back a couple of months ago, I had a lab named Levi who had gotten hip dysplasia and was 12+ years old. I knew it was time to stop his suffering, but had no way to take this 120# lab to the vet. He couldn’t even stand on his hind quarters. So I called the vet’s office and they gave me a referral to Dr. Francis who was getting her home euthanasia service started. I called her and set up a time for her to come out and evaluate Levi. It was 730 pm on a cold rainy night and she came to our house. I was so relieved Levi would not have to suffer throughout the night outside, because we were unable to move him. She came and evaluated Levi and we decided it was time to let him go. She was very caring and empathetic to Levi’s needs as well as ours. I can’t thank her enough. It was such a relief for all of us. Dr. Francis is very compassionate. I received a follow up call and a nice handwritten sympathy card from her in the mail a few days later. That meant a lot. Sad to say we used her again a few weeks ago for my beloved 15+ year old Jack Russell with the same compassion and great service she provided in the past. In losing two of my animals in just a few weeks apart, Dr. Francis assured me we were doing the right thing at the right time and allowed our pets to be at home and kept as comfortable as they could be until the very end. Thank you Dr. Francis!!!
— Carla - Bristol, VA