Dr. Cindy Downes
Dr. Cindy Downes grew up on a farm in Southeastern Pennsylvania, where she spent hours riding her horse, exploring the great outdoors, and romping with the various dogs the family kept throughout the years. She developed a connection with nature and animals when she was only a little girl—that feeling never quit. Now, Dr. Downes has been helping pets and animal parents as a licensed veterinarian for more than 30 years!
Dr. Downes attended Purdue University in Lafayette, Indiana to earn her undergraduate degree in biology, and remained at the school to graduate from Purdue’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 1985. Afterward, she and her husband—a graduate of Purdue’s veterinary school himself—moved back to the East Coast to be closer to family, where Dr. Downes worked in a New Jersey clinic for a number of years.
In 2000, Dr. Downes and her husband relocated to Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, where she continued to work in shelter medicine and relief services. That’s when she met Dr. Spangler—the pair worked together in a spay/neuter and wellness clinic for several years, and Dr. Downes was happy to join the team here at Old Dominion Veterinary Clinic when Dr. Spangler mentioned that she could use another doctor.
Dr. Downes’ favorite parts of her job are infectious disease treatment, geriatric care counseling, and working alongside a talented team of animal-lovers just like herself. Nothing beats coming to work in the morning with friendly, kind staff members who aren’t afraid to have a little fun!
Away from work, Dr. Downes enjoys reading great books, planting flowers and herbs in her garden, cooking, and walking and hiking with her dogs. She and her husband have three grown children and share their home with Emmee, an aging Dachshund; Lacey the rambunctious Brittany Spaniel mix; and a sleep-loving cat named Karu. They also keep 70 chickens who provide them with plenty of eggs—Dr. Downes’ husband has even made a bit of a local business selling eggs, home-grown fruits, and organic vegetables!