Ethan Morris, DVM

Director of Surgery and Owner of the Veterinary Referral Center of Northern Virginia

Dr. Ethan Morris was born and raised in Lyndhurst, Ohio which is a northeastern suburb of Cleveland.  He is the third son of a family of four boys. After finishing high school at University School in Cleveland in 1989, he attended Tulane University in New Orleans, LA. While attending Tulane he worked at the Audubon Zoo. It was that experience that reinforced his enthusiasm for a career in veterinary medicine. At Tulane he received a Bachelor of Arts in Classical History and a minor in Biology. After graduating from Tulane in 1993 he attended Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine.

As a veterinary student at Tufts he was exposed to many facets of veterinary medicine.  He worked at the school’s pig farm and worked in the Small Animal Intensive Care Unit as a technician.

After graduating from Tufts in 1997, he was accepted for a one-year Small Animal Surgery/Medicine/Emergency Internship at the Darien Animal Hospital in Darien Connecticut. After successfully completing the internship he was accepted for a three-year surgical residency at the University of Minnesota Veterinary Teaching Hospital. During his time at the University of Minnesota he was trained in orthopedic, neurological, and soft tissue surgeries.

He published one of the first peer-reviewed papers on tibial plateau angles in dogs, Comparison of Tibial Plateau Angle in Dogs with and without Cranial Cruciate Injuries (Journal of Veterinary Medicine Volume 218, No.3, February 1, 2001).

After successfully finishing his surgical residency in July 2001, he accepted a position with Dr. Bradley at the Veterinary Surgical Referral Practice—now the Veterinary Referral Center of Northern Virginia—in Manassas, Virginia.

Dr. Morris has special interests in cranial cruciate injuries, thoracic surgery, and juvenile hip dysplasia. He regularly attends veterinary continuing education conferences.

Dr. Morris lives in Warrenton, Virginia with his wife Carla and their three children Cameron, Sawyer, and Eli, and their yellow Labrador Mac and German Shepherd Ezra. During his free time Dr. Morris enjoys spending time with his family, driving his classic car and playing golf.

Anne Minihan, DVM, DACVS-SA

Dr. Minihan, a native of Dorchester, Massachusetts, graduated from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1993. Prior to veterinary school, she earned a Bachelor of Animal Science degree at UMass Amherst. Dr. Minihan completed a rotating internship at The Animal Medical Center in New York City and completed her surgical residency at Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine and Angell Animal Medical Center. She became board certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2004.

Dr. Minihan has 20 years of experience as a surgeon.  She served as a staff surgeon in Boston for two years after completing her residency. She then moved to Maryland and worked as a staff surgeon at a large referral center for 18 years. In addition, Dr. Minihan did relief surgery in Tennessee, South Carolina, and Virginia. Her areas of expertise include TPLO repair for cranial cruciate repair, oncologic surgery, and soft tissue surgery.

In her free time Dr Minihan enjoys traveling, scuba diving, ice hockey, and volunteering to aid animals in remote areas for spay neuter clinics. She loves spending time with her two dogs Gobi a golden doodle, Deuce Bigelow, a bichon mix and her cat Percy, who thinks she is a dog.

James “Jay” G. Coisman, DVM, MS, DACVS-SA

Dr. Coisman grew up on a small farm in rural upstate New York.  After high school he enlisted in the Marine Corps and served four years on active duty and several years in the Marine reserves.  In 1999 he graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and a minor in Molecular and Microbiology.  During his first year as a veterinary student he was awarded an Army Health Professions Scholarship and commissioned into the Army Veterinary Corps.

In 2004 Dr. Coisman earned his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Florida and return to active duty military service as a clinical intern at the Department of Defense Military Working Dog Veterinary Services in San Antonio, Texas.  He served as Officer in Charge of the Moody Air Force Base Veterinary Treatment Facility and Chief of the Fort Shafter Branch Veterinary Services.

Dr. Coisman returned to the University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine and completed a residency in small animal surgery and a Master’s degree in Clinical Sciences in 2013.  He attained board certification in the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2015.  Subsequently he has served as the Deputy Commander of the 218th Medical Detachment Veterinary Services Support (MDVSS) at Fort Lewis, Washington; in Afghanistan in support of the 72nd MDVSS as the theater clinical specialist; as a clinical instructor and referral surgeon at the Fort Belvoir Veterinary Center; and Chief of Animal Medicine, Veterinary Services Branch, Defense Health Agency.

His particular interests are in minimally invasive, trauma, and oncologic surgery, wound management, and sports medicine.

Dr. Coisman lives in Stafford with Natalie, his wife, and their four children Olivia, Kira, Adyson, and Sawyer, Belgian Malinois Betty, German Shephard Tonka, and Shar Pei Mater.  In addition, they have a large menagerie of chickens, rabbits, and goats.  He enjoys spending his free time with his family, running, and serving at church and 4H.


Dr. Minihan and Dr. Coisman are Diplomates of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. The ACVS was founded in 1965 and has defined the high standards of veterinary surgery ever since. All ACVS members have fulfilled stringent requirements in order to obtain the specialist title of Diplomate.

Like Drs. Minihan and Coisman, many Diplomates are involved in referral practices across the nation. These Diplomates accept cases on a strictly referral basis. They become an integral part of your healthcare team by helping primary care veterinarians manage the most difficult and demanding procedures.

Many of the remaining Diplomates are involved in universities and industry teaching, conducting research, and developing new treatments to advance the quality of healthcare for your pet.

No matter where their interests lie, all of these Diplomates are dedicated to the veterinary profession and to the care of your pet.