Ann Marie Livengood, DVM
Dr. Ann Marie Livengood grew up in Ararat, North Carolina and moved to Mount Airy when she was 11 years old. She spent her early teens at Mt. Airy High School before her acceptance into the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, where she spent her junior and senior year. After graduation, she did her undergraduate work in Zoology at NC State University and then entered into the Veterinary School at NC State University. She spent a year in Fayetteville before joining Cobb Animal Clinic in Greensboro, NC as an associate veterinarian for 11 years. For the two years prior to the initiation of Pfafftown Animal Hospital, she worked supporting veterinary hospitals in the triad area as a relief veterinarian.
Dr. Livengood is dedicated to providing services that far exceed basic pet care while providing a warm and compassionate environment for the client. Even while running a growing practice, Dr. Livengood still finds time to play an active role in the community as well as her church. Starting a new practice would never have been possible without the love and support of her family. Raising three children and a husband is no easy job! Team Livengood just wouldn't be complete without their rescue dog Max. Dr. Livengood and Max are quite the team! Not only does Max have his Canine Good Citizenship Award but he has been awarded his Companion Dog AKC title.
Mary R. Rizzolo, DVM, MT(ASPC)
Dr. Mary R. Rizzolo grew up in Newark, NJ. After finishing her undergraduate education at Rutgers, The State University of NJ, she attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she earned her degree in veterinary medicine. While working as a veterinarian in Ohio, she obtained her degree in Medical Technology from Southwest General Hospital.
Since obtaining her veterinary degree, Dr. Rizzolo has utilized her education along with a lot of love and compassion to volunteer helping animals and humans alike. She traveled to Louisiana in 2005 after hurricane Katrina hit the gulf coast and assisted there as a veterinarian to help house and care for animals that were affected by the storm. She has also been involved with Global Volunteers; and traveled with them to Crete, Greece in 2010 to teach conversational English to children in the community.
We are proud to say that Dr. Rizzolo joined the Pfafftown Animal Hospital team in September of 2014. She has been a resident of North Carolina for almost 12 years and lives in Trinity with her two amazing dogs, Razzle and Ella. She and Razzle are proud members of Love On A Leash and Elite Canine Comfort Dogs. Razzle has obtained her Canine Good Citizen Award, a Canine Performance Event Agility Championship title, and is a certified therapy companion.
During her spare time, Dr. Rizzolo enjoys traveling, hiking, canine agility, and canine barn hunting events. She is an avid fantasy football fan and enjoys country music.
Atalvin Zhiva, MV, RVT
Vini has been with us since the hospital opened in 2007, but his experience started a long time ago assisting his father, who is a veterinarian. Born in the small European country of Albania, he graduated from Veterinary University in 2001 and has an Albanian degree in Veterinary Medicine. When he emigrated from Albania in 2006 with his family, he began work as a Registered Veterinary Technician. He is currently working towards one day becoming a licensed veterinarian here in the United States.
Vini is a very skilled dental hygienist, surgical nurse, and is a wonderful addition to our staff. He is also proficient in Italian.
Outside of the practice, Vini enjoys spending time with his wife, Marinela, and his sons, Albi and Robert.
Mrs. Lindi-lu Perry
Lindi-lu was born and raised in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. She attended the University of Tampa in 1979 before transferring to St. Petersburg Junior College to further her education through the Veterinary Technician program. Following her graduation in 1980, she began her career as a Certified Veterinary Technician and became a member of the Marine Mammal Foundation, where she assisted with the beaching of whales, dolphins, and turtles. Mrs. Perry also helped open an emergency clinic, a pet store, and two veterinary practices in St. Petersburg.
In 1997, she completed a veterinary management course and went on to manage Bay Moorings Animal Hospital, Live Oak Vet Hospital, and The Cat Hospital on Park Street in St. Pete, continuing to work for the same two doctors for over 35 years.
Lindi-lu joined our team in January 2016 after moving to Lewisville, North Carolina with her husband of 17 years, Scott, to be closer to her family. Together, they have a rescue dog named Lucy, and 3 rescue cats named Red, Mama Leah, and Dori-lu-lu. Outside of work, Lindi enjoys exploring the sights of North Carolina, browsing antique malls, and spending time with her family and friends.