Dr. Michelle Samuel


Dr. Michelle Samuel grew up along the New Jersey shore. Even at age three, she loved animals and knew she wanted to be a veterinarian. She attended University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. Before completing her fourth and final year of veterinary school, Dr. Samuel was one of the first veterinarians to accepted into the prestigious Howard Hughes Medical Institute-National Institute of Health Research Scholars Program. She completed one year of research in multi-drug resistant cancer before returning to Philadelphia to graduate from veterinary school. She then completed a small animal rotating internship at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital in New Jersey. It was during Dr. Samuel’s internship that she discovered her passion for ophthalmology. She completed her residency in veterinary ophthalmology at Eye Care for Animals in Wisconsin. Dr. Samuel then moved to the northern Virginia area, where she continued to practice as a board-certified veterinary ophthalmologist. She has been recognized by her colleagues as one of the top veterinarians in Ophthalmology in Northern Virginia Magazine in 2018, 2019, and 2020. Her special interests include cataract surgery and corneal and eyelid reconstructive techniques.

Dr. Samuel is passionate about her ability to give the gift of vision, prevent further loss of vision, and maintain comfort in a majority of her patients. She not only adores her patients but loves building lasting relationships with their owners!


  • Bachelor of Arts: Chemistry

    Cum Laude, Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania

  • Veterinariae Medicinae Doctoris:

    University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine, Philadephia, Pennsylvania

  • Medical Research Fellows Program:

    Howard Hughes Medical Institute-National Institute of Health, Bethesda, Maryland

  • Internship:

    Red Bank Veterinary Hospital, Red Bank, New Jersey

  • Residency:

    Veterinary Ophthalmology Residency, Eye Care for Animals, Pewaukee, Wisconsin

  • Board Certification:

    Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists

Professional Affiliations

  • American Veterinary Medical Association

  • American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists

  • Northern Virginia Medical Association

  • Loudoun County Veterinary Medical Association

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