Woof to Hoof Pet Services is licensed and insured for your protection, and Joanna is certified in Pet CPR & First Aid.We specialize in equine and farm care, but whether you have dogs, cats, or a whole farm full of animals, Woof to Hoof cares for them all.

Joanna Bickham

Picture of Joanna with a client's horse.

Luna, a client’s warmblood filly.

Joanna has over 20 years of animal experience, and is a life-long equestrian. She received her first pony at the age of 7 and spent every possible minute of her childhood riding Sugarfoot. As a neighbor describes it, “Every time I looked out the window Joanna was flying through the air… but she always got back on.” Years later, pony thoroughly tamed, she scraped together all her savings and bought her first horse: a bay Thoroughbred mare named Royal Image. She then proceeded to amass a collection of predominately blue ribbons and championships on the Suffolk Horse Show Association circuit, and also participated in 4-H Camps at Wakefield’s Airfield 4-H Center and the Virginia Horse Center. She recently lost her 19 year old off-track Thoroughbred, Gambler, but continues her connections with horses through her clienta’ animals. Beginning at the age of 15, Joanna worked for various stables at multiple levels, from stall cleaning to horse training, and by the age of 19 was the Business and Barn Manager of Lighthorse Farm, LLC, located outside of Harrisonburg, VA. While employed at LHF, she received the highest certifications possible for her age for Barn Management and Hunt Seat Instruction through the American Riding Instructors Association. 

Joanna graduated Magna cum laude with Distinction from James Madison University with a degree in Biological Anthropology. She has a strong interest in both human and animal behavior and a desire to make others feel better. To that end, she has been an active volunteer with Therapy Dogs International since 2011, and made over 100 documented visits with the late Kassie TDIA, a New Zealand Heading Dog. In 2014 and 2015 she volunteered with the Arizona Burn Foundation’s Camp Courage for child burn survivors and their siblings as part of the horse team that provided equine-assisted learning activities and trail rides for the campers. She has also volunteered with the Horses Helping Heroes Project in Smithfield, serving as their Path Intl. certified ESMHL, and with ReRun Thoroughbred Adoption in Suffolk. Joanna recently graduated with her Master of Science in Counseling Psychology degree from Prescott College in Arizona. Her degree included extensive coursework in trauma-informed equine-assisted mental health and learning.

Joanna is knowledgeable and experienced in the following areas: farm and stable management, horse and dog training, horse showing, grooming (to include show preparation, body clipping, and braiding), veterinary care, and behavioral issues. She has both personal and professional experience with small-large animal veterinary care, including oral, injectable (IM/IV), and topical medications, bandaging, rehabilitation of injuries, and dietary management. Joanna has worked in two separate veterinary offices for a total of over 4 years, and has a considerable working knowledge of common illnesses, symptoms, and treatments, as well as quick and easy access to both large and small animal veterinarians. She is capable of mending fences, using farm machinery, and calling for help within her considerable network of contractors, mechanics, and animal experts when needed. She has cared for horses, cattle, llama, alpaca, goats, swine, poultry, saltwater and freshwater fish, birds, reptiles, and pocket pets. Visit her LinkedIn profile here. References available upon request. Visit Facebook and Google+ for reviews.

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Tara S.

Tara has been a friend and neighbor for ~5 years, owns a small farm with horses, fainting goats, chickens, rabbits, dogs, and cats. She is a lifelong equestrian and rides dressage on her horses Rici and Skye in her spare time. I keep trying to get her into jumping but she prefers riding in fancy patterns. She cares for my animals when I am out of town and has been assisting me part time for approximately 2 years.

Carolyn Bickham

Mom was a high school guidance counselor for over 25 years and now sells real estate in and around Suffolk with Cross Realty. She grew up on a farm and has cared for just about every farm animal. As a girl, she rode her horse Misty all over Southampton County, raised orphan calfs, helped her father with his quail conservation efforts, and tended to all sorts of animals from dogs and cats to goats and hogs. She and my father are currently fur parents to two spoiled “outdoor” (read: they live indoors 90% of the time) cats, Arlo and Lucy. 

Ed “Bick” Bickham

Dad is a semi-retired Senior Project Manager for an industrial plumbing and heating corporation. He earned the title of Best Horse Show Dad while I was showing local hunters during my youth, always ready to hold my horse or shine my boots. He’d never admit it, but he’s more attached to the cats than Mom. Lucy has an affinity for snuggling with him, but what she really loves is bringing dead (and occasionally alive) “presents” inside the house to throw at my mother’s feet. Dad has “trained” Arlo so that she has to scratch a scratching post before she will get dinner, and watching him talk sternly to her when she tries to ignore this prerequisite is pretty hilarious. Facebook video to follow.

Pam S.

My honorary “aunt” Pam is a retired elementary school teacher who has a passion for gardening and is a new mother to backyard chickens. She and her husband, Paul, also have two cats and a Llewellyn Setter, Chessie.

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