Dr. Mary Betterton ’81



Betterton was born in Danville, Virginia in 1959, the daughter of a United Methodist minister. She attended eight schools in 12 years and graduated from Chatham High School in 1977. Dr. Betterton then continued her education at Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, majoring in biology and minoring in chemistry while also working in the library, waitressing in the dining hall, and enjoying many hours classifying plants in the herbarium with professor Dorothy Bliss.

After graduation she spent a year working in the chemistry lab at the Danville Memorial Hospital before applying and being accepted into the third class of the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. In 1982 she married Frankie Betterton and together they raised three children in the Danville/Martinsville area.

Responding to the tremendous need for rural veterinary practices, in 1996 Dr. Betterton and her family built Brosville Animal Clinic.

Currently she volunteers at both the Martinsville and Danville Area Humane Societies. She serves as treasurer and on the staff at Camp Selah, a ministry dedicated to getting children back into nature. She also works with the local children’s clothes closet, leads a woman’s grief program, and has been active as an Emergency Medical Technician with the Brosville Volunteer Fire Department. Due to the intense demand for veterinarians, Dr. Betterton has been called out of retirement to serve as a relief veterinarian throughout the state.