Holiday Schedule: We will be open by appointment on Thursday, December 24th and closed on Friday, December 25th for Christmas.

Our COVID-19 Policy:
We have from the beginning implemented a curbside service policy where clients (with rare exceptions) are not permitted into our facility due to social distancing limitations. Social distancing in not possible in our exam rooms.

Please call when you arrive for your appointment time and an assistant will come to your car to bring your pet into the building. As winter approaches, we will first obtain a history via phone and then bring your pet inside from your car. The doctor will examine your pet, we will call you to discuss any findings, perform the agreed upon services and return your pet to you. We ask for your continued patience as this process takes longer than having you and your pet in the exam room with the doctor ans assistant while the exam is being done.

Meet Our Team

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We’re dedicated to your pet’s health.

Our network of hospitals were opened to provide the same calm, fear-free, stress-free experience to veterinary hospital clients known to our house call clients. Scroll down to meet our veterinarians and management team!

Leah Knode V.M.D.

Owner and Medical Director

Dr. Knode is a 1993 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine and is licensed in Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. Dr. Knode has many years of experience in veterinary emergency and critical care medicine and has worked in many of the leading 24-hour veterinary emergency hospitals in our area. Dr. Knode has developed a very practical approach to veterinary medicine to the benefit of the pet and client. Dr. Knode is passionate that old age is not a disease and that senior pets can do very well if their people are willing to help.

Dr. Knode is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Dr. Knode is also a member of the American Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners. Dr. Knode obtained her BS and MS at Shippensburg University. Some of the work on the MS degree was done at Johns Hopkins while working for the Chief of Surgery in his research laboratory.

Dr. Knode sees small and large animals. Dr. Knode is particularly excellent with cats, loves Big White Dogs, has (too) many cats, sheep, goats, and horses. Dr. Knode lives with her husband and Practice Manager John Ebersold near Purcellville, VA. Dr. Knode is licensed in Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania.

Dr. Knode can be requested to be seen in any of our facilities and our mobile practice.

Tibor Lazar, DVM

Visiting Surgeon

Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons

Dr. Lazar grew up in Fairfax County, graduated from Robinson High School in 1987, and received his BA in biology at the University of Virginia in 1991.

He earned a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1996 from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. In 1997, he completed a one-year rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the Animal Medical Center in New York City.

Following a year of private practice in Manhattan, Dr. Lazar moved to Maitland, Florida, and spent four years in a small animal surgery internship and residency at Affiliated Veterinary Specialists. In 2003, he earned board certification by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.

Since 2002, Dr. Lazar has focused on small animal specialty surgery in Northern Virginia. He lives in Reston with his wife, two sons and a plethora of pets including dogs, cats, birds, snakes, and fish.

House Paws will evaluate your pet’s need for surgery and consult with Dr. Lazar regarding his opinion of the same need.  We will then schedule your pet as needed for surgery at one of our hospitals.

Kerine Holcomb

Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT)

Keri has been with House Paws since January 2020. Keri is our head licensed veterinary technician and has been licensed since 2014 and been in the veterinary field since 2012. Keri provides technical and management leadership to all veterinary assistants and technicians. Keri is skilled in surgical assisting, anesthesia monitoring, dentistry and over all animal care. We are very lucky to have Keri as part of the team.

Get to know our management team.

John Ebersold

Co-Owner and Business Manager, Technology Support, etc. John has over twenty years of experience in the corporate world as a computer programmer, consultant, consulting manager and project manager in a diverse set of industries and government locations. John has been growing and managing House Paws and House Paws Animal Hospitals since 2000. John manages his farm in his “spare” time. John has learned much about veterinary medicine from Dr. Knode and his own on-going study and is an experienced veterinary assistant as well.

Marie Stevenson

Reception and Operations Manager at House Paws Animal Hospital Lovettsville, Client Communication and Office Support. Marie has been with House Paws, Lovettsville since the opening in 2015. She came to us with more than seven years of veterinary experience from working in private practice to emergency medicine. Marie oversees the flow of the hospital including scheduling appointments, client communication, and patient advocate. She is a mentor to other employees. When Marie is not at work she enjoys home time with her three cats, day trips and weekend get-aways with her grandchildren. In her spare time, Marie enjoys creating jewelry, clothing accessories and reading mystery novels.

Leslie Foster

Leslie made a career change from the restaurant industry where she was a general manager for many years. Leslie was the practice manager and head receptionist for the Round Hill office and brought a wealth of experience to the position. Leslie has moved to Florida and continues to support reception remotely and assist with back-office projects and currently functions as HR director and General Manager.

We have four locations and an in-home service.

We proudly serve pets in Lovettsville, Round Hill, Berryville, Winchester, and mobile services all over Northern Virginia. To contact us or request an appointment, find the location nearest you below.