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.​

 Dr. Sam Johnson:

Dr. Sam Johnson was born and raised on a beef cattle and horse farm in the Appalachian mountains of North Carolina. His appreciation for agriculture and passion for animal care led him to his undergraduate degree in animal science from NC State University in 2004, and then onto graduate from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 2011.  ​

Dr. Johnson has practiced in North Carolina and Virginia and has been with Blue Ridge Animal Clinic for four years.  He has experience in both small and large animal medicine and surgery.  He enjoys all aspects of mixed animal veterinary medicine and his professional interests include beef herd health, anesthesiology, and internal medicine. ​

Sam is married to Dr. Kat Johnson who also works at Blue Ridge Animal Clinic. He currently enjoys outdoor activities and working on the family farm in his spare time.

 Dr. Kat Johnson:

​Dr. Kat Johnson is an associate vet at Blue Ridge Animal Clinic. She grew up in southern Ohio on a small farm with an assortment of horses, and she competed in 4-H and Pony Club competitions with her Morgan mare. ​

Dr. Johnson received her undergraduate degree in molecular biology from Kenyon College in 2004.  Before entering veterinary school, she worked at the National Institutes of Health researching prion diseases.  She graduated from Virginia-Maryland College of Vet Medicine in 2011. ​

Since then, she has provided care for both large and small animal patients in North Carolina and Virginia. She received her certification in acupuncture from the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society in 2016 where she published her case review.  She has been practicing at Blue Ridge Animal Clinic since 2015.  Her special interests are acupuncture and equine internal medicine, but she enjoys the variety of a mixed animal practice. ​

Kat is married to Sam, another vet at Blue Ridge. They have a black lab puppy, named Atticus. Kat enjoys hiking, gardening, and playing the piano.

 Dr. Ora Ford:

​Dr. Ora Lawson Ford grew up in Lewisburg, West Virginia on a farm. He is the second oldest son and has 2 brothers and 4 sisters. While growing up on the farm he helped raise cattle, horses, sheep, goats, pigs, and chickens. He was an avid member in local 4-H, FFA and AWANA clubs. ​

Dr. Ford attended undergraduate school at West Virginia University where he obtained an undergraduate degree for Animal and Nutritional Sciences. He then furthered his education and fulfilled his passion for animals by receiving his doctorate in veterinary medicine at Mississippi State University in 2015. He started practicing veterinary medicine in Horse Cave, Kentucky his first year out of school as a mixed animal practitioner. He transitioned to Blue Ridge Animal Clinic in the spring of 2016 where he currently practices as a mixed animal veterinarian . ​

Dr. Ford’s hobbies include hunting, fishing, and farming. He has 2 pets, his cat “Dirty Harry” and “Josey” the biggest border collie mix dog you will ever see.