IN THE BEGINNING…
Dr. Donald Miele followed his heart to Chicago after graduating from Lycoming College in Pennsylvania. While in Chicago, he worked as an orderly in a county hospital and met his future wife. He then served in the Army before going on to study veterinary medicine, earning his VMD from the University of Pennsylvania.
After graduation, Dr. Miele served as a health inspector before relocating to Virginia to begin his veterinary practice. He focuses on preventative care for cats and dogs, with the philosophy that the road to longevity begins with preventing disease.
Dr. Miele has seven children and thirteen grandchildren. His interests include Harley-Davidson motorcycles, Italian-language novels, tropical fish, model train layouts, and historic battles. .
PET ENTHUSIASM — IT RUNS IN THE FAMILY
Dr. Miele has owned a Labrador, an Irish Wolfhound, and several Chinese Pugs, in addition to mysterious mix-breeds. He’s been adopted by at least two dozen cats over the years, and at one time had a bird population consisting of parakeets, finches, parrots, a macaw, a cockatoo, cockatiels, doves, and cardinals. He has maintained freshwater and saltwater fish tanks over the years. (His kids will never forget the time there were seahorses in the den!)
The Miele children became the proud caretakers of ducks in 1983, also an unforgettable experience. Dr. Miele once cared for two orphaned opossums and later collaborated with his wife and daughter to raise a baby robin that had fallen from its nest. When it was time to say good-bye, the robin landed on Dr. Miele’s head, gave it a peck, and flew away for the final time.
Dr. Miele’s seven children were allowed to have their own private zoos, which included lizards, snakes, chameleons, rabbits, iguanas, countless fish, Sea Monkeys, hermit crabs, ferrets, turtles, caterpillars, worms, and a mouse. Basically, anything that was meant to live outdoors was brought inside the house. The family tradition continues today wherever there are Miele offspring, but has since expanded to include hedgehogs, guinea pigs, goats, chickens, bees, and a rat.
Of all his pets, Dr. Miele’s favorite was the one he had as a little boy: his very own big white duck.
Being admitted to the profession of veterinary medicine, I solemnly swear to use my scientific knowledge and skills for the benefit of society through the protection of animal health and welfare, the prevention and relief of animal suffering, the conservation of animal resources, the promotion of public health, and the advancement of medical knowledge.
I will practice my profession conscientiously, with dignity, and in keeping with the principles of veterinary medical ethics.
I accept as a lifelong obligation the continual improvement of my professional knowledge and competence.
OUR VETERINARIAN THROUGH THE YEARS