Renee Sykes, DVM


Special interests: Orthopedic and Soft Tissue Surgery, Small Animal and Equine Dentistry, Wound Healing

Dr. Sykes is originally from rural Maryland. She attended Virginia Tech and then Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, graduating in 1993. She and her husband came back to the Hillsville-Galax area and she accepted an associate position from Dr. Donald Fincher in 1996. In 2006, Dr. Sykes became co-owner with Dr. Clark Fincher of Blue Ridge Veterinary Services. Dr. Sykes is particularly interested in surgery, participating in advanced training in orthopedic and soft tissue surgeries, dentistry and pain management. She enjoys the challenge of working on a variety of species including equine and small ruminant patients, and also works with many of our exotic patients.

Dr. Sykes lives on a small farm with her husband, Todd, and their three children. A multitude of animals keeps them busy including dogs, cats, horses, ponies, and goats.  She enjoys horse-back riding, especially dressage, homeschooling her children and gardening.

Dr. Sykes is available for appointments at Galax Veterinary Clinic on Mondays and for small and large animal services out of our Animal Medical Services office Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Clark Fincher, DVM


Special Interests: Shelter Medicine (Galax Carroll Grayson and Surry County Animal Shelters supervising Veterinarian), Preventative Care

Dr. Clark Fincher graduated from North Carolina State University in 1989, but his veterinary career started long before that, growing up with his late father Dr. Donald S. Fincher, who started practicing veterinary medicine in 1960. Dr. Donald S. Fincher founded Galax Veterinary Clinic in 1966 and Animal Medical Services in 1994. Clark was often at his father’s feet on calls, as well as at the clinic from the time he was able to walk. This long-time family friendly atmosphere is what he cherishes most about the practice today and continues to put in place for the future. Dr. Fincher is now is an owner/partner with Blue Ridge Veterinary Services, Inc.  While he no longer practices large animal medicine, he is always available for consultations both with clients and our other veterinarians. He is active with our area animal shelters, both in Galax and Surry County, acting as their primary veterinarian in both a professional and personal aspect.

Dr. Fincher and his wife Robin own 2 Chihuahuas, 2 cats and are active scuba divers, both obtaining their dive instructor certification in 2010.

Dr. Fincher is available for appointments at the Galax Veterinary Clinic on Thursdays and Fridays and at Animal Medical Services on Mondays and Tuesdays.

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