Our Team

Dr. Robert Porter
Co-Owner, Veterinarian
Although Dr. Porter’s original career direction was in the field of biomedical research, after spending eight years in the academic research environment it became clear that the most rewarding part of his research work came when he was dealing with animals! It was because of this, that after completing his master’s degree at The Medical College of Virginia, Dr. Porter entered the veterinary program at The Virginia Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech.)

Dr. Porter was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Since his father was a pilot in the Air Force, his family moved around a lot when Bob was young, even spending a stint in Naples, Italy before ending up in Virginia. He received his undergraduate degree from James Madison University, where he would meet his wife and future co-owner of Western Branch Veterinary Hospital, Diana. Dr. Porter also holds a Master’s degree in Physiology and Biophysics, as well as his veterinary degree from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine.

After six years of working as an Associate Veterinarian, Dr. Porter was ready to open his own practice. Diana was the one who noticed a small brick building near the townhouse where they lived. In 1997, they rented the building, renovated it, and opened the brand-new Western Branch Veterinary Hospital to the public!

Surgery is one of Bob’s favorite aspects of veterinary work, something he’s been interested in since his days in research. He also loves educating clients on the best possible care for their pets, and forming long-lasting relationships with his clients and patients. Dr. Porter also enjoys teaching the next generation of veterinary professionals. In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Porter holds a position as an adjunct faculty member with Northern Virginia Community College. In this capacity, Dr. Porter and WBVH provide educational opportunities and mentorship for students in their Veterinary Technician program.

Dr. Porter and his wife have two children, Matthew and Kaitlyn, both of whom are in college. When he has time away from the clinic, Bob likes to play golf and strum his guitar. He enjoys attending the performance and defensive driving school at Spartansburg, SC with his children.
Dr. Christina Koloup
Associate Veterinarian
Dr. Christina Koloup grew up in Fairfax, Virginia, where she was lucky enough to have her own horse in the family’s backyard. Being responsible for her beloved horse influenced her love for animal care early on in life—for Dr. Koloup, that passion just never wavered. She knew that she wanted to help others’ animal companions live happy, healthy lives, too! Dr. Koloup gets to do just that on a daily basis. She’s proud to serve as an Associate Veterinarian with the Western Branch Veterinary Hospital team.

Dr. Koloup earned her undergraduate degree in animal science at the University of Tennessee, and remained in Knoxville for veterinary school. Upon graduating in 2018, she joined her husband at Fort Riley in Kansas before spending 2020 in Dothan, Alabama. Once her husband left the Army, the couple relocated to Chesapeake in early 2021. It wasn’t long before Dr. Koloup had found her clinical home here at Western Branch Veterinary Hospital—she couldn’t be happier to help the pets and animal parents of the area!

One of Dr. Koloup’s favorite things about general practice is that she gets to dip her toes in all areas of veterinary medicine. On any given day, she might serve as a dentist, dermatologist, ophthalmologist, or surgeon! Of course, she’s also partial to snuggling adorable puppies. Most of all, Dr. Koloup loves knowing that her hard work makes a lasting impact on the families of the community.

When she’s not at work, Dr. Koloup can be found spending quality time with friends and family, going to the beach, cooking, reading, and crocheting. She and her husband, Chris, share their home with two loveable dogs: Indy, a Golden Retriever who tends to act more like a cat than a dog; and an Australian Shepherd who is rarely more than a few inches from Dr. Koloup or her husband.
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