Call Shenandoah Valley Regional Veterinary Emergency Services at (540) 248-1051

For after hours FARM ANIMAL emergency care please call (540) 942-9777

Commonwealth Veterinary Clinic

2356 Jefferson Highway
Waynesboro, VA 22980


2356 Jefferson Highway  Waynesboro, VA 22980  (540)942-9777



Spencer Nice, DVM, practice owner

Dr. Nice is proud to be the owner of Commonwealth Veterinary Clinic.  What started as a high school mentorship experience in 1997 has led to a career that he still thoroughly enjoys today.  In addition to managing the clinic, Dr. Nice enjoys seeing patients here at the clinic and making farm calls all over the county.  When he's not working here at the clinic, Dr. Nice can usually be found on the baseball field, basketball court, or theater--chasing around his 3 very active children.  He and his wife Melissa make their home in Stuarts Draft, VA with their children Aaron, Alandra, and Easton.


Holly Barton, DVM

Dr. Barton grew up in Nelson County and had over 30 rescued dogs and cats over the course of her childhood.  A graduate of the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 2008, Dr. Barton is a member of Phi Zeta having graduated in the top 10% of her class.  She enjoyed life as a mixed animal practitioner for her first five years, but has settled into working primarily with dogs and cats.  Dr. Barton likes to develop tailored health plans for pets to live long healthy lives. Conditions such as kidney disease, diabetes and oral health are particular areas of interest.  She also loves helping clients and patients cope with behavior issues. In her spare time, Dr. Barton enjoys spending time with her husband Volker and her two sons, Levin and Luka. She likes to play bridge and any sort of game (Dr. Barton played college basketball and volleyball).  Cooking and eating delicious meals with her family is also a favorite pastime.  She is a graduate of Swarthmore College, where she studied Russian. 


Becky Pocock, BVetMed, CCRT

Dr. Pocock graduated from Davidson College in 2001 with a BA in Religion and worked in youth ministry before attending the Royal Veterinary College in London. During vet school, she used her education to work with horses in South Africa, learn about dairy cattle in New Zealand, and castrate dogs in India. She also used her free time to explore most of western Europe and make friends from all over the world. In 2015, she attained certification in veterinary rehabilitation, equivalent to human physical therapy, after she encountered dogs in practice with mobility issues and wanted more tools with which to help them. Dr. Pocock is passionate about preventing mobility challenges, as well as enabling injured and disabled animals to live as fully as possible. She lives in Afton where she cares for 3 horses, 2 dogs, and a cat. A horse girl for as long as she can recall, Dr. Pocock once competed in three-day eventing, and hopes to return to the sport in time.



Brendan Martin, DVM

Dr. Brendan Martin grew up on a beef cattle, poultry, and crop farm near Mt. Solon, Virginia. He received his undergraduate degree in Animal and Poultry Science and Dairy Science from Virginia Tech in 2011. He graduated from Virginia Tech’s Veterinary School in May, 2015. Dr. Martin is exclusively a large animal veterinarian and has been a member of Commonwealth’s veterinary staff since 2015. In addition to serving Valley farmers, Dr. Martin also operates his own beef cattle operation in Augusta County. He is recently engaged to his lovely fiancé Elaine.