Dr. Steve Karras, a native Chicagoan, moved to central Oregon in his youth. Dr. Karras attended Oregon State University and earned his Bachelor of Science in Animal Science. While at Veterinary School in Oregon, Dr. Karras met and married his best friend Valerie Edwards. They both received their Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degrees in 1989 from the combined Washington, Oregon and Idaho Regional Veterinary Program.
A clinical internship in Medicine and Surgery at Virginia Tech brought him to SW Virginia and made him a Hokie. Following his internship, Dr. Karras joined Cave Spring Veterinary Clinic in 1990. Dr. Karras became Veterinarian-in-Charge in July 1993. As Hospital Directors, Dr. Karras and Dr. Edwards led Cave Spring Veterinary Clinic to American Animal Hospital Association Accreditation in 1994. Cave Spring Veterinary Clinic also participates with the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine as an affiliate refferal hospital.
As a leader in the veterinary community, Dr. Karras is active with many local and state organizations. He is a participating/consulting veterinarian with St. Francis of Assisi Service Dog Foundation, Virginia Police Work Dog Association, Roanoke City Police Department, Roanoke County Police Department and Virginia State Police Department. His community work has included WSLS-TV Channel 10 & WDBJ-TV Channel 7 Veterinary Segments, Health Department Rabies Committees and Roanoke Valley SPCA directorship. He has previously served as the President of the Roanoke Valley Veterinary Medical Association and was the 2008-2009 President of the Virginia Veterinary Medical Association. He remains active on several committees within the Virginia Veterinary Medical Association.
Dr. Karras maintains an active relationship with the College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech. He served as Director to the Virginia Veterinary Medical Association and as an advisor to the College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech and the Veterinary Technology Program at Blue Ridge Community College. He is a leader and active participant in the veterinary student Mentorship Program and has served as an adjunct instructor for Blue Ridge Community College's Veterinary Technology Distance Education Program.
In 2004, Dr. Karras achieved Diplomate status as a member of the American Board of Veterinary Practicitioners in Canine and Feline Specialty. Dr. Karras is acknowledged as both a Canine and a Feline Specialist. Diplomates are recognized experts in the integrated case management of the medical and surgical needs of dogs and cats. Diplomate status is maintained through rigorous continuing education requirements and recertification every ten years.
The Distinguished Virginia Veteriniarian Award was presented to Dr. Karras by the Virginia Veterinary Medical Association in 2011.
As well as loving his "Honey", two wonderful daughters and his critters at home (too many to mention), Dr. Karras is also an avid waterskier. When he is not in the clinic, he and his family may be found in and behind the Ski Nautique trying to perfect a slalom run, a new wakeboard trick or riding the Air Chair. So when outside the clinic, Dr. Karras is usually "all wet"!