11399 Nuckols Road, Glen Allen, VA 23059
(804) 421-7422
Mon- Fri: 7:30 am - 6:30 pm | Sat: 8 am -12 pm | Sun: Closed

Who We Are


Shady Grove Animal Clinic was opened in September 2001 by Dr. Jim DeBell and Dr. Lori Elliott. Since then, we have grown and now have four doctors and three licensed veterinary technicians who bring a wide array of experience to the practice. We have started a mobile service to help better serve your pet’s needs and also have a great working relationship with the veterinary specialists in the area. We are a full-service small animal veterinary clinic with the expertise and desire to optimize your pet’s health.


Dr. Lori Elliott is an Indiana native and graduated from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1989. Dr. Elliott has special interests in learning new therapies/diagnostics for diseases, keeping geriatric pets comfortable and happy, and working with ways to acclimate new pets into the household.  Outside of work she enjoys gardening, cooking, golfing, and spending time with friends and family (2 legged and 4 legged!).

Dr. Jim DeBell graduated from North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1988. He was born in Massachusetts and grew up in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  He is married with four daughters and enjoys woodworking and working with stained glass in his spare time.  While in North Carolina, Dr. DeBell worked at Duke Primate Center.  His special interests include cardiology, orthopedics, and primates.

Dr. Kenny Lucas is a Richmond native and graduated from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 2008. He was born in Germany and is a former sportswriter who is married with a son and a daughter. His special interests include endocrinology and neurology. He enjoys spending time with his family, golfing and following UVA athletics.

Dr. Carroll Garland is a native of Pearisburg, VA. She graduated from Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 1998. She is married with one daughter. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her horse, kayaking, and spending time with her family and critters. Her special interests in veterinary medicine include dentistry and internal medicine. Dr. Garland is a certified veterinary acupuncturist.


Everyone at Shady Grove Animal Clinic is dedicated to ensuring that your animal’s health needs are met. Our reception staff assists clients as they get ready for appointments and helps the doctors keep track of medical records and ingoing and outgoing messages. The veterinary assistants work in the exam rooms to keep your animal comfortable and safe, and provide food, walks and head rubs if they stay with us for the day. Our licensed veterinary technicians have specialized training that allows them to administer medications, obtain laboratory samples, monitor anesthesia and assist in almost every procedure that the doctors perform. The managerial staff takes care of the nuts and bolts of the clinic to ensure we have the supplies, facilities and training that we need, but they know some of our patients almost as well as the doctors do!