Meet the Vets

Dr Deutsch

Signal Hill Animal ClinicDr. Deutsch is a Northern Virginia native, having graduated from O'Connell High School in Arlington. He received his Bachelor's degree in Animal Science from Virginia Tech in 1980. Dr. Deutsch was a member of the second class to be admitted to the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, receiving his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1985. Dr. Deutsch's background in working with animals is diverse indeed, as he spent his college summers working on a cattle ranch in Texas, has worked on a dairy farm, and as a full time veterinary technician in several small animal hospitals in Northern Virginia prior to becoming a veterinarian. Dr. Deutsch has extensive experience in emergency and critical care medicine and surgery gained while working as the staff veterinarian at the Tidewater Emergency Clinic in Newport News, Virginia.

He is a member of the Northern Virginia, Virginia State, and American Veterinary Medical Associations, the American Animal Hospital Association, the District of Columbia Academy for Continuing Education, and the American Heartworm Society.

Department of Agriculture Accreditation

Dr. Deutsch is accredited by the United States Department of Agriculture. This special designation of "accredited veterinarian" allows the doctor to provide services beyond those of general practice.

Mentor of the Year

Dr. Deutsch received the Virginia Veterinary Medical Association's "Mentor of the Year" award for 2008 by providing students at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine with the proper guidance and help that will allow them to become outstanding veterinarians in the future. By helping them, we enhance the care of our pets in the future.

Dr. Amy Drake

Dr. Amy DrakeDr Amy Drake is originally from Bybee, TN. She obtained her Veterinary Science B.S. with a concentration in business from Lincoln Memorial University in 2005 and became a licensed veterinary technician in 2003. She graduated from the University of Tennessee in 2009 with her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. She completed a one-year rotating emergency/medicine internship at SouthPaws Veterinary Specialists and Emergency from 2009-2010. She has worked around the Northern Virginia area before coming to Signal Hill Animal Clinic. She holds special interests in avian/exotic medicine, ultrasonography, soft tissue surgery, and emergency medicine.

In her time away, Dr Drake enjoys reading and baking. She likes to write songs and poetry; she even has some of her poetry published. She also likes to go to the gym and is interested in weight lifting and kickboxing/combat. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Tyler, and her terrier mix, Daisy.