Blue Ridge Animal Clinic

133 Maury River Road
Lexington, VA 24450


Meet Our Doctors

Dr. Allen Strecker:

Dr. Allen Strecker, a native of Rockbridge County, graduated from Virginia Tech in 1978 with a BS degree in Animal Science and received his DVM degree from Auburn University in 1982.  Following graduation, Dr. Strecker was employed as a mixed- animal veterinarian at Harrogate Hosptial for Animals in Harrogate, Tennessee- a seven veterinarian mixed animal practice with two hospitals located in Tennessee and one hospital located in Jonesville, Virginia.  In 1985, he returned to Lexington to establish Blue Ridge Animal Clinic. 

Dr. Strecker's primary duties involve large animal medicine and surgery, with special emphasis in the field of assisted reproduction.   He is certified in embryo transfer by the American Embryo Transfer Association.  Dr. Strecker is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Virginia Veterinary Medical Association, Association of Bovine Practitioners, and the Society of Theriogenology.

Dr. Strecker and his wife, Kristen, have four sons- Luke, Bobby, Will, and Markus, and reside in Rockbridge Baths where they own and operate Cedar Springs Farm.

Dr. Melissa Ferris:

Dr. Melissa Ferris grew up in Big Stone Gap in Southwest Virginia.  She attended Virginia Tech and received her bachelor's degree in biology in May 1991.  She then continued her education at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine earning her DVM in May 1995.​

She moved to Lexington after graduation from veterinary school and started working at Blue Ridge Animal Clinic as a mixed animal veterinarian.  Today, however, Dr. Ferris is primarily a small animal practitioner. She enjoys working up ophthalmology and challenging medical cases. Dr. Ferris is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Blue Ridge Veterinary Medical Association. ​

Dr. Ferris lives in Lexington with her husband, two children, and three Standard Poodles. 

Dr. Bob Murdock

Dr. Murdock completed his bachelors degree at Johns Hopkins University in 1989, and graduated from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1998.  He worked in mixed-animal practice in Connecticut and Massachusetts before moving to Lexington in 2005.  He joined BRAC as a staff small-animal veterinarian in 2009 after several years of providing relief veterinary services there and at other Valley veterinary hospitals.  He is a member of the American and Blue Ridge Veterinary Medical Associations and the Society of Phi Zeta.

​Dr. Bob lives in Rockbridge County with his wife, kids and pets.​

Dr. Ashley Spencer:

Dr. Ashley Spencer graduated from Virginia Tech in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry.  She earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine in 2014.  ​

Dr. Spencer joined Blue Ridge Animal Clinic in 2014.  She enjoys the diversity of mixed animal practice from individualized care for pets to herd health.  ​

She is a member of both the American and Virginia Veterinary Medical Associations.  She has served on the officer team of the Blue Ridge Veterinary Medical Association since 2016.​

Dr. Spencer is a Rockbridge County native. She was active in the Rockbridge 4-H Livestock program showing cattle, sheep, and hogs.  She grew up on a beef cattle farm and continues to play a role in its operation. When she's away from the clinic, she can often be found working alongside her Dad on the farm.​