Michelle E. Culbert, DVM

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Michelle E. Culbert, DVM
Michelle E. Culbert, DVM

Dr. Michelle Culbert has cared for dogs, cats, sea turtles, dolphins, manatees, crocodiles and even coati (members of the raccoon family). Her passion for helping pets and their owners runs so deep that she contributed to a TV station’s “Ask The Pet Expert” segment while working in emergency veterinary medicine in Richmond, Va.

Dr. Culbert, a native of Richmond, specializes in small-animal emergency care. She’s a graduate of Virginia Tech, and when she’s not cheering for her Hokies, she loves live music, hiking, reading – and, of course, animals of all sizes and species. “”Becoming a veterinarian was my childhood dream,” she says. “Today, I put that passion towards providing excellent medical care for our furry friends.”


  • Bachelor of Science, Virginia Tech
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine


  • Served as Associate Scientist (Immunochemistry) in pharmaceutical product development in Richmond, Va.
  • Participated in a Marine Veterinary Medicine workshop in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, where she administered vaccines and performed examinations and husbandry care on several species of marine life.


Husband, Brad Allmendinger


Madeline, an English Springer Spaniel, and Rogue, the cat

Recent Blog Posts from Dr. Culbert

Dystocia: What You Need to Know About Birth Emergencies

If your dog has been spayed, this article won’t apply to you. In fact, 19 out of 20 owners whose pets have puppies may never need this advice. But about 5 percent of the time, dystocia leads to emergencies that can threaten the mother’s life, if you don’t recognize...

Snake Bites: A Warm Weather Danger For Your Pet

Snakes bite around 150,000 animals per year in the United States. 90% of these occur between April and October. However, as temperatures continue to rise, snake bites are more likely to occur outside of these months. Venomous Snakes In North Carolina Do not assume...

Pets as Holiday Gifts- A Good or Bad Idea?

I’m just going to come right out and say it...pets as holiday gifts are a bad idea. Pets are living beings who depend on their humans to take care of them. If a person is given a pet and he or she is not ready, prepared or even willing to assume responsibility, what...

Holiday Hazards

With all of the decorations and tasty treats, there are many things that could be harmful to your furry friends during the holiday season. Here are some hazards to avoid and tips to make your holidays safe and joyful. Hazards Around the Christmas Tree Be sure to keep...