I am a Pennsylvania native, growing up in the northeastern corner in the town of Honesdale. I spent my childhood on a dairy farm, where I was able to have and care for animals of all different species. I knew from a young age that I was destined to be a veterinarian, always wanting to care for any animals that were sick on the farm. I attended Delaware Valley University, and obtained a B.S. in both Large Animal Science and Dairy Science. In May of 2012 I received my Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, CA.
I have practiced mixed animal medicine since graduating. Always striving to improve myself and my medicine, I decided to obtain my certification in both Veterinary Chiropractic and Veterinary Acupuncture. These methods allow me to have an integrative approach to the patients that are entrusted in my care. I have seen remarkable improvements in many animals that received these alternative approaches. I am constantly trying to advance my knowledge and help my patients with new treatments.
I currently reside in Fayetteville, PA. I live with my significant other (Dan), 2 dogs (Dink and Rhiannon) and a cat (Mr. Biscuits). I also have a horse (Leo) and cows. In my free time I enjoy horseback riding, running and kayaking.
Recent trends in the feeding of grain-free and/or exotic protein diets to dogs has presented veterinary medicine with some interesting results. For further reading, we recommend the following:
Popular Grain-Free Dog Foods May Be Linked to Heart Disease (New York Times)
Questions You Should Be Asking About Your Pet’s Food (Tufts University)
Important Nutrients for Pets with Heart Disease (Tufts University)
Grain-free, exotic dog food linked to heart disease (Washington Post)
UC Davis Investigates Link Between Dog Diets and Deadly Heart Disease (UC Davis)
A broken heart: Risk of heart disease in boutique or grain-free diets and exotic ingredients (Tufts University)
Pet Nutrition Resources for Pet Owners, Grain-Free (CVCA Cardiac Care)
Can you imagine telling your dog, “Let’s go to the vet!” and seeing her tail wag? How about getting out your cat’s carrier and seeing him come running?
Local pet owners won’t need to imagine it if they visit Littlestown Veterinary Hospital. That’s because they are part of a new initiative sweeping veterinary medicine designed to ease the stress, fear, and anxiety so many pets experience while at the veterinarian. Known as Fear Free, the training and certification program helps veterinarians modify their procedures, handling, and facilities to help pets feel safe and comfortable while receiving the medical care they need.
Long-time client care specialist Ruth Green says, “I think every pet that comes to the vet should be calm and relaxed so we can give them the help they need.”
"This program was a natural fit for us as these are practices we have always believed in," says Littlestown Veterinary Hospital owner and operator Dr. Julie Holland. "This formalized how we want animals to be treated."
Founded by veterinarian Dr. Marty Becker, the Fear Free training program was developed by board-certified veterinary behaviorists, veterinary technician behavior specialists, board-certified veterinary anesthetists, well-known veterinary practice management experts, and boarded veterinary practitioners experienced in Fear Free methods.
“Providing veterinarians with the tools they need to ease this burden of fear and anxiety or our patients is the pinnacle of my 37-year veterinary career,” said Dr. Becker, who was dubbed “America’s Veterinarian” by Dr. Oz and appeared on “Good Morning America” for 17 years. “Veterinary professionals are hungry for this information. Animals and their humans need and deserve it. And now it’s here!”
To become certified, veterinarians and veterinary staff are required to complete a comprehensive, 8-part educational course and exam. They also have to take continuing education to remain certified.
Green adds, “I also hope that this will lead to more informed owners.”
Though many staff have completed Fear Free professional certification, Littlestown Veterinary Hospital continues to work towards Fear Free practice certification. Pet owners who would like their pets to experience the Fear Free difference can schedule an appointment by calling 717-359-7877.
About Fear Free
Developed by “America’s Veterinarian,” Dr. Marty Becker, the Fear Free initiative aims to “take the ‘pet’ out of ‘petrified’” and get pets back for veterinary visits by promoting considerate approach and gentle control techniques used in calming environments. Utilization of Fear Free methods and protocols leads to reduction or removal of anxiety triggers, which creates an experience that is rewarding and safer for all involved including pets, their owners, and veterinary health care teams. Learn more at www.fearfreepets.com.
Well, hot dog! It’s summertime again. Keep your best friend safe and happy with the following tips:
We wish you safe travels as your vacation. Please keep in mind that our wellness appointments book out 2-4 weeks if your pet will need vaccination boosters prior to being boarded.
Emergencies happen when you least expect them! We encourage you to consult these resources sooner than later.
Build a Pet First-Aid Kit
Build an Emergency Preparedness Kit
Who would take care of your pets if you couldn't?
To clarify our previous post, there was no deliberate intention to insult online pharmacies. Some well-known pet products are available online with the full blessing of their manufacturer, while other manufacturers claim to sell only directly to community veterinary clinics. In addition, some manufacturers encourage pet owners to buy from their local veterinary practice by offering them special promotions (free doses or rebates) as well as offering significant and exclusive product Guarantees.
We understand that the cost of maintaining pets can be high and that pet owners are looking for a less expensive way to keep their beloved family members healthy and parasite free and we regularly cooperate with online pharmacies to do so.
If you order online, please check to be sure the pharmacy you are working with is accredited through the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy ® (Veterinary Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Sites or Vet-VIPPS cm ). If you have any concern with product purchased online, please feel free to discuss it with our clinic staff.
We are grateful to have received many applications for our tech and client care positions and are pleased to report that both positions have been filled. Please welcome our new team members when you are next in to see us!
Due to the response we received, we have removed our previous post regarding counterfeit Nexgard. We will be consulting our Merial representative for an official statement.
Edit: We encourage anyone wishing for more information in the meantime to contact Merial directly.
Duties will include (but are not limited to): assisting with surgery, performing dental cleanings, assisting in appointments, drawing blood, placing catheters, taking radiographs, and monitoring and medicating hospitalized patients.
Experience is a must as this busy hospital will need the candidate to be able to hit the ground running. Our staff is engaged and responsive to a wonderful client base and we put on premium keeping our staff challenged and happy. Hours will include one evening per week and some limited Saturday work. Working conditions are bright and conducive to performing excellent quality veterinary medicine.
Please mail resume to:
Littlestown Veterinary Hospital
5010 Baltimore Pike
Littlestown, PA 17340
Or email resume to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Littlestown Vet Hospital