Our Mission: We strive to provide superior medical care to our patients while nurturing relationships professionally and compassionately, at all times
Arthur Serwitz, DVM
Practice Founder / Co-Owner
Dr. Arthur Serwitz is the founder of Riverview Animal Clinic. He was born in Brooklyn, NY, and grew up in Richmond, Virginia. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech in 1966, and was accepted into the University of Georgia’s College of Veterinary Medicine, completing his Doctorate in 1970. After graduation, “Doc” lived in Israel for a year, traveling, studying, and working on farms raising turkeys, growing tomatoes, working orchards, milking cows, beekeeping, and practicing veterinary medicine on some of the local pets.
In 1975, Dr. Serwitz and Joyce moved to Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and again settled into another mixed animal practice at Shaver Animal Clinic. Two years later they relocated to Birmingham. He began working in a small animal practice facility, Standifer’s Animal Clinic in Homewood, where he stayed for seven years. It was in 1984 that Dr. Serwitz acquired the old “Motel for Pets” and began Riverview Animal Clinic.
Doc and Joyce had two children, Shelley and David. Both are married, living in Atlanta, and with two children each. It’s an easy trip to Atlanta to visit their four grandchildren and other family.
Dr. Serwitz remains active with the local Jefferson County Veterinary Medical Association, and has professional affiliations with the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), Alabama Veterinary Medical Association (ALVMA), American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), and a national veterinary study group (VMG IV). He has been an active Rotarian since 1985 (Rotary Club of North Shelby – Inverness). When he is not at Riverview, “Doc” enjoys golfing, traveling, spending time with friends and family, cooking, and playing poker. You can often find Doc in our lobby, greeting “old” and “new” friends.
Robert Wood, DVM
Dr. Robert Wood is one of the co-owners of Riverview Animal Clinic. He has been practicing veterinary medicine since 1981. He first became a veterinarian through a strong interest in science. His original plan was to pursue marine biology and study marine life of the Gulf Coast. As he entered college attending UAB and Auburn University, he realized what a niche career that is and a friend talked him into a Pre-Vet Program. Dr. Wood says that “the study of medicine sounded interesting but going into the human field never interested me so veterinary medicine was a good fit” and that is reflected daily with his compassionate care of all the animals that he sees.
Through the challenge of the veterinary program at Auburn University, Dr. Wood’s role model was his father who taught him life lessons that we see today in Dr. Wood’s work ethic here at Riverview Animal Clinic. His father’s teachings were a reason why school was so important and insisted that Dr. Wood do well in his pursuit of veterinary medicine. One of his father’s biggest lesson that still guides Dr. Wood today is that “it is always better to do something right the first time, even if it is harder and takes longer. It always takes longer to have to go back and fix it.” For many years, Mr. Wood was the resident handy man at Riverview Animal Clinic and always could be seen with a project.
At the beginning of his career in veterinary medicine, Dr. Wood had considered becoming board certified- but after many years of school and the broad scope of topics encompassing veterinary medicine, he could not narrow his focus down to just one area. Instead, he decided to enter general practice and push the envelope of what a general practice could and would do for their patients during that time. He was one of the early practitioners to learn ultrasound when that technology was first available in the 1990’s. This formed his personal and clinic wide goal of trying to offer medical care that was as close to a referral center as possible. He maintains that goal even in current time still continually learning and guiding the clinic as the Medical Director into more up to date treatments and medicine options for a general practice setting.
Alvin Atlas, DVM
Dr. Alvin Atlas combines a dedication to excellence in veterinary medicine with an energetic commitment to people, and has done so here at Riverview for over twenty years. This means not only keeping up with the latest techniques, but also spending more time with his clients and their pets by taking an active role in their health education.
In addition to cats and dogs, Dr. Atlas has a special interest in avian, exotic and wildlife species. His caseload, from rabbits to iguanas, to turtles and ferrets, also includes a large and diverse number of avian patients, as well as consultations and referrals from breeders, area veterinarians and the Birmingham Zoo. He worked with the Southeastern Raptor Center while in veterinary school at Auburn University before graduating in 1988 and has continued working with raptors and native species as a volunteer veterinarian and board member with the Alabama Wildlife Center and Ruffner Mountain Nature Center.
Dr. Atlas is a member of the American, Alabama and Jefferson County Veterinary Medical Associations, the Association of Avian Veterinarians, the Association of Reptile and Amphibian Veterinarians, the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians and serves on the board of the Alabama EARS chapter of the House Rabbit Society and the advisory board of Hand in Paw, the Birmingham based pet-assisted therapy organization.
Dr. Atlas also works with Alabama Reptile Rescue, Alabama Wild Mammal Care, the McDowell Environmental Center, the Coosa River Science Center, Lake Martin Raptor Rehab and many other state and local wildlife charitable organizations.
Dr. Atlas and his wife Jill live with their three golden retrievers: Dylan, Maddie and Gracie; their shih-tzus: Lexi and Zoe; their Senegal parrot, The Little Bird; several freshwater aquaria and an endless procession of turtles. He and Jill enjoy wildlife photography, canoeing and scuba diving.
Amy Tate, DVM
Dr. Amy Tate joined Riverview Animal Clinic as a veterinarian in June of 2000. However, she had decided upon being a veterinarian many years before that. In fact, when asked, there was only a few years that she can remember where she wanted to do something else-an archeologist after the Indian Jones movies but that soon passed. While her parents are not exactly sure what inspired her to want to be a veterinarian, she grew up with animals, was always outside, and begging her parents for a pony. After reading the James Herriot series about a veterinarian in post-World War II England, she decided that she wanted to be an equine veterinarian and promptly informed her parents that she needed riding lessons and to work in an animal clinic. Dr. Tate started riding American Saddlebreds at 13 years old and this passion she still participates in today. She joined Riverview Animal Clinic as a kennel technician in high school working after school and weekends.
Through out her life there have been many supporters and role models for Dr. Tate. She attributes her family support as the biggest reason that she became a veterinarian. Her grandparents, parents and sister never questioned if she could, but they always said, “when you are a veterinarian”. Her first riding instructor John Cowart let her flush wounds and wrap lacerations and really learn by watching and doing. The biggest influencers on her career path as a small animal veterinarian are Dr. Serwitz, Wood and Atlas who helped to mentor her during her tenure at Riverview Animal Clinic.
She is affiliated with the Jefferson County Veterinary Medical association, the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Animal Hospital Association and the American Association of Feline Practitioners. While not a cancer specialist, Dr. Tate finds the diagnosis and treatment of cancer in small animals as an area of special interest.
When asked why she became a veterinarian, Dr. Tate will jokingly answer that “she was never good with people” but the truth is that she is passionate about the care of those who need help and can not speak for themselves. She has been focused on this goal since she was a teenager and has dedicated her career path to learning as much about veterinary medicine as she can for those animals that she treats. Now veterinary medicine is part of her life that continues to challenge her to learn more, to be her best, and offer the best medicine even though school stopped long ago.
Dr. Tate has always tried to go above and beyond for her patients. She tries to keep the thought of “how would I treat my own” when making treatment plans and recommendations. She has interests in dental health, geriatric care, and small animal oncology. Recently, she has challenged herself to assume practice management duties in the clinic to bring in new technology and services to keep the clinic updated.
Christopher Campbell, DVM
Dr. Christopher Campbell was born in Mobile, Alabama. He attended Auburn University where he received a B.S. in zoology, magna cum laude and a DVM, suma cum laude. While at Auburn, Dr. Campbell worked with the Southeastern Raptor Rehabilitation Center and showed a strong interest in general exotic animal medicine. Before graduating, Dr. Campbell spent a three week externship under the “wing” of Dr. Atlas here at Riverview Animal Clinic, furthering his knowledge of exotic animal medicine.
After graduating, Dr. Campbell spent nearly a year practicing in Trussville, Alabama before returning like a prodigal son to the Riverview we all know and love. Since returning to Riverview, Dr. Campbell says he has “been blessed to work with the most competent and caring staff while being mentored by the most compassionate and selfless doctors [he has] ever met. It is an honor to be part of such a great team, and each day offers new challenges.”
With his special interests in exotic animal medicine, Dr. Campbell is on the board of directors for two local rescue organizations – Alabama Reptile Rescue Sanctuary and Wild Mammal Care of Alabama. He also assists patients from the Alabama Wildlife Center, Ruffner Mountain Nature Center, and the Alabama EARS chapter of the House Rabbit Society. In addition to exotic animals, Dr. Campbell also has interest in ultrasound diagnostics.
Dr. Campbell’s love for veterinary medicine is shared with his passion for music, gardening, and general handyman projects. When he is not at the clinic, he spends his time with his lovely wife, Christy, sons Christopher and Callum, and his cat Charlie.
Amelia Cox, DVM
Dr. Amelia Cox was born and raised in Birmingham, AL. Since she was 7 years old she dreamed of becoming a veterinarian. She attended Berry College where she received a B.S. in Animal Science. After graduating in 2011, she continued her education at Auburn University’s School of Veterinary Medicine receiving her D.V.M. in 2015. During her years in veterinary school, Dr. Cox was privileged to spend her summers and holiday breaks working as a veterinary technician at Riverview. During that time she came to see Riverview as a model of high quality veterinary care and is thrilled to join the team as an associate veterinarian.
Outside of the clinic, Dr. Cox likes to spend time with her friends, family, and husband Chase. She often cooks and bakes, and she really enjoys a good board game. Recently she has taken up running with Chase and their 1-year-old dog Jude. Dr. Cox and her husband also have two cats, Evie and Spike.
Layla Dodgen, DVM
Dr. Layla Dodgen is from Birmingham, Alabama. Being raised around animals her entire life, she knew veterinary medicine was where she belonged. She attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham for her undergraduate degree in biochemistry. Her veterinary degree was obtained from Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2014. Prior to graduating, she was fortunate enough to complete a two month preceptorship at Riverview working alongside the veterinarians. Riverview left a strong impression of what thorough and caring veterinary medicine should be. After graduation she was excited to move back to Birmingham and join Riverview as an associate veterinarian. Dr. Dodgen feels she is very lucky to be working at a practice with such a dedicated and compassionate veterinary team. She is a member of the Jefferson County Veterinary Medical Association, Alabama Veterinary Medical Association, and American Veterinary Medical Association.
In her free time she enjoys exercising, cooking, and spending time with her Boston terrier and tuxedo cat, Charlie and Gus.
Daniel LeBlanc, DVM
Dr Daniel LeBlanc is a native of New Orleans. He graduated from the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine in 1998. He returned to New Orleans following graduation and took his first job with Airline Animal Hospital, a very busy and progressive multi-doctor small animal practice. There he began to develop interests in internal medicine, surgery, oncology, and emergency medicine among many others. He enjoyed his time there until 2005, when he lost his home in Hurricane Katrina.
The family quickly established roots in the area as the girls grew and entered school.
In 2009 Dr LeBlanc began doing relief work around Birmingham including the Emergency and Specialty Animal Medical Center, Standifer’s Animal Clinic in Homewood, and Hope Animal Clinic in Bessemer. In 2010 he went to work at Hope Animal Clinic full time, until joining Riverview Animal Clinic in 2018.
Dr LeBlanc has had a lifelong passion for veterinary medicine which has only grown over the last 20 years in practice. He truly enjoys the day to day challenges that come with being a practicing veterinarian, from the fun of a first puppy visit to the most complicated medical and surgical cases. His commitment to excellence and education is apparent with the time he takes with his clients explaining their pet’s diagnosis and treatment options.
When not at the clinic Dr LeBlanc can be found spending as much quality time as possible with his family and two dogs, Reggie and Ralphie.
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Riverview Animal Clinic
4640 Hwy. 280
Birmingham, AL 35242
Open and caring, 7 days a week
Mon. - Fri.: 7am - 6pm
Sat.: 7am - 5pm
Sun.: 1pm - 6pm