Dr. Pietropaoli grew up in Southern Maryland, and dreamed of being a veterinarian for her entire childhood. Heading to the University of Virginia (Go Hoos!) for college, she realized that while she loved animals, she was not a big fan of organic chemistry, and chose to major in Foreign Affairs and Islamic Studies. Upon graduating, she immediately realized that her love for animals trumped her dislike for chemistry, and she went back to the University of Maryland to complete the additional science courses that allowed her to pursue her dream.
Dr. Pietropaoli moved to Blacksburg, proving that someone can love the Hoos and the Hokies at the same time, and completed her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) and her Master of Public Health (MPH) at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Sciences.
Dr. Pietropaoli has special professional interests in internal medicine, soft-tissue surgery, diagnostic imaging, and preventative care. Her favorite part of veterinary medicine, though, is fostering meaningful connections through the human-animal bond.
Outside of work, she loves water-sports, hiking, and running. She also enjoys cooking, visiting local vineyards, and spending as much time as possible with her dog, Copper.