Diane Panopoulos, DVM
Dr. Panopoulos was born and raised in Baltimore. She attended Western Maryland College and Towson University, earning her Bachelors in Biology with a minor in Chemistry in 1986. After graduation she pursued a career in biomedical research at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences (USUHS) in Bethesda, Maryland. Dr. Panopoulos soon decided to switch career paths when she realized that she could use her knowledge to help animals rather than simply research them. She then ventured to Blacksburg, Virginia where she earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech. Dr. Panopoulos passed the veterinary boards in 1996 and has been treating small animal patients in a clinical setting ever since.
Dr. Panopoulos has always has an interest in science and animals. When she originally enrolled in vet school, she intended to focus her studies on zoo and wildlife research. It didn’t take long for her to realize that she had more interest and aptitude for the challenges and rewards of small animal medicine. She found that she preferred to handle her patients awake and interact with them; in zoo and wildlife medicine they were almost always sedated. She soon learned that the quality of medicine available to small animals equals or exceeds that of human medicine. Thus, her passion for small animal medicine was solidified for the long term. She is a seasoned veterinarian who treats dogs, cats, and most exotics. Her interests include infectious disease, geriatrics, and small mammals (ferrets, guinea pigs, bunnies, etc).
Currently, Dr. Panopoulos shares her home with three Norwegian Elkhounds and several chickens. She enjoys spending time with her husband and children. Outside of work you’ll find Dr. Panopoulos at the beach, biking, hiking, swimming, playing softball, traveling, or just relaxing with a good book. She loves to get her hands dirty through fossiling, wood refinishing, gardening, and baking.
Dr. Panopoulos is very active and easy going; our doctors, staff, and clients really enjoy her company. Our patients appreciate her kindness and thorough approach. We are very fortunate to have Dr. Panopoulos on our team!