Dr. Richard "Chip" Godine is a veterinarian in Ruckersville.

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Ruckersville Veterinarian

Dr. Godine

Dr. Godine grew up in Baltimore and nearby Advanced Mills. He graduated from Woodberry Forest School and was a letterman on the UVA lacrosse team in the mid-1970s. ​Dr. Godine's special interests in Veterinary Medicine include ultrasound, cardiology, laser therapy, STEM cell therapy, and orthopedic surgery.

​He enjoys spending time with his wife and four adult children, playing golf, and doing professional association work.


  • DVM: Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine (Class of 1987)
  • BA: University of Virginia (Class of 1977)

Current memberships:

  • American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)
  • Virginia Veterinary Medical Association)(VVMA)
  • North American Association for Light Therapy (NAALT)
  • World Association for Laser Therapy (WALT) 
  • American Society for Laser Medicine & Surgery (ASLMS)
  • International Association of Laser Medicine and Surgery (IALMS) 
  • International Society for Medical Laser Applications (ISLA)

Contributing Author

  • Laser Therapy in Veterinary Medicine, Riegel, Godbold, et al (2017)
  • Handbook of Laser Therapy, Hamblin, et al (2016)
  • Medical Low-Level-Laser Therapy, Foundations, and Clinical Applications, Weber et al (2015)

​Other Accomplishments:​

  • Past-President, Virginia Veterinary Medical Association (VVMA)
  • Past-President, North American Association for Light Therapy (NAALT)
  • Virginia Delegate to the American Veterinary Medical Association(AVMA)
  • Distinguished Alumni Award (2016) Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine​

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