Meet our Doctors

Anna Caruso Oakley, DVM

Rotating Veterinarian

Anna Oakley

My parents met while working at a zoo; consequently, I grew up surrounded by a menagerie of animals. I spent the majority of my upbringing outdoors at the barn or at a horse show; I went on to compete on collegiate equestrian teams while working as a veterinary technician in both large and small animal clinics.

My husband and I have a passion for traveling and experiencing new places together – moving from Tennessee to Texas to Florida along my educational path in veterinary medicine. We have been living in the DC area for the last few years. In our spare time, we love trying new food, taking Ozzy (our spoiled dog) for walks, and being below average Crossfitters.

Clinical Areas of Interest

  • Surgery
  • Emergency medicine
  • Diagnostic imaging

Why do you work at Friendship?

I love being a part of a diverse team dedicated to nurturing animals through all life stages, while simultaneously prioritizing high quality veterinary medicine and effective client communication.


  • BS: Middle Tennessee State University. Majors: General Science & Animal Science
  • DVM: Texas A&M University
  • Internship: Equine Medical Center of Ocala, Ocala, FL

Publications and Research

Jessen, S., Horn, J., Caruso, A., Clubb, F. Jr., Weeks, B., “Computational Evaluation of Thrombosis Risk After Ventricular Remodeling with Long-term Mechanical Support.” ASAIO Journal (Journal of the American Association for Artificial Internal Organs). 2016. Abstract.

Caruso, A., Jessen, S., Smith, H., Clubb, F., Weeks, B. “Effect of left ventricular assist device inflow cannular placement on ventricular blood flow.” 2015. Merial-NIH National Veterinary Scholar Symposium: University of California at Davis CVM poster presentation.

Caruso, A., Kayser, P., Haffner, J. “VEGF-A concentrations during uterine regeneration in the postpartum mare.” 2011-2013. MTSU Honors College research-based thesis, research, publication & defense.

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