Our Doctors


EMERGENCY DOCTORS:

Mitchell Barnett, DVM

Critical Care Veterinarian

Dr. Barnett graduated from the University of Pittsburgh bioengineering program in 2008 and Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2012 with Highest Honors. He attended Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine for his clinical year of veterinary school. He practiced as a general practitioner for a few years in the Lancaster/Reading area before realizing his passion for emergency medicine and critical care.

Outside veterinary medicine, Dr. Barnett enjoys golfing and soccer and spending time with his wife, who is also a veterinarian, and his son. He also has two “coconut retrievers” “Sandie” and “Griffin” that he and his wife adopted from the island of St. Kitts while in veterinary school and a cat named “Sir Alex” after the legendary manager of Manchester United FC.

Mark Huber, DVM

Critical Care Veterinarian and Medical Director

Dr. Huber graduated from Cornell University's College of Agriculture and Life Science in 1995 and Cornell University's College of Veterinary Medicine in 1999. He has been a veterinary practitioner for the past 15 years with a special interest in Emergency and Critical Care. Dr. Huber grew up around animals in his parents' pet shop, Petology. It was there that he first witnessed the deep bond between pet owners and their pets as members of the family.

His experience as a veterinarian has evolved over the years. While he still enjoys diagnosing the sources of problems and seeing dogs and cats respond to treatment, today what he most loves is the privilege to work day after day with dog and cat owners who are the ultimate animal lovers. He feels these people seem to be the purest in spirit and he is still amazed and honored to be entrusted to the care of their animals. It is something he never takes for granted.

Outside of veterinary medicine, Dr. Huber spends his time raising three beautiful girls. He also enjoys riding his road bike through the farmland and hills of Lancaster County.

Dr. Julia Seitz, DVM

Bio coming soon.

SPECIALTY MEDICINE DOCTORS:

Brady Beale, VMD, DACVO

Ophthalmology

Dr. Beale is a Board Certified veterinary ophthalmologist and a Diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmology. Dr. Beale started a referral practice at PETS after creating a very successful program at the Veterinary Referral Center.

Prior to completing a 3-year residency in comparative ophthalmology at North Caroline State University, Dr. Beale received her veterinary diploma from the University of Pennsylvania where she also completed a year-long internship in medicine and surgery. She completed her undergraduate studies at Dartmouth College, and she has interned at numerous animal care locations including The New England Aquarium and Baltimore Zoo.

From cataract surgery to eye certification for breeding dogs, Dr. Beale will work closely with you and your vet to fully understand your options and to ensure your pet will receive the best treatment plan for their ophthalmology needs.

Brian Bretz, DVM, DACVS

Surgery

Brian received his DVM degree from the University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 2005 and completed a one year rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Garden State Veterinary Specialists in NJ. He then went on to complete a residency in small animal surgery at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine and the Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston, MA. Following his residency, he practiced at CARES, a specialty private practice in the northern Philadelphia region before joining us here at HOPEVS.

Brian is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (DACVS). His clinical interests include orthopedic, soft tissue, oncologic, and neurologic surgery. He has also performed multiple types of minimally invasive surgery (arthroscopy, laparoscopy, and thoracoscopy) over the last 9 years and has co-authored several journal articles in peer reviewed journals. He also enjoys lecturing on all aspects of surgery.

Brian is currently enrolled in an Executive MBA program at the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business. He lives in Malvern with his wife, a dog and two cats. In his spare time, Brian enjoys running, scuba diving and traveling.

Dennis Burkett, VMD, PhD, DACVECC, DACVIM

Cardiology

Dr. Burkett is a past President of the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society (VECCS), and a well-known lecturer and reviewer for many professional journals including The Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care. A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Dr. Burkett is a graduate of the School of Veterinary Medicine of University of Pennsylvania and obtained his MS and PhD in Physiology and Biophysics from Hahneman University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He completed a residency in Internal Medicine with a concentration in emergency and critical care at the University of Pennsylvania and received professional certification as a Diplomat in the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care.

After returning to academia in 2002, Dr. Burkett completed a residency in cardiology at both Red Bank Veterinary Hospital and Matthew J. Ryan Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He was professionally certified as a Diplomat in the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in the subspecialty of Cardiology in 2007.

Dr. Burkett has a special interest and knowledgeable background in cardiopulmonary emergencies.

Craig Clifford, DVM, MS, DACVIM

Oncology

Dr. Craig Clifford is our first medical oncologist and the Director of Clinical Studies for Pet Emergency Treatment and Specialties. He is a graduate of Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine and received an MS degree in Animal Science/Virology from the University of Delaware. After completing an internship and a medical oncology residency at the University of Pennsylvania, he became a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Oncology) in 2003. He joined Red Bank Veterinary Hospital in 2002 as a medical oncologist and Director of Clinical Research. Dr. Clifford was responsible for the creation of a clinical studies program at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital, Hope Veterinary Specialists and Valley Central Veterinary Referral Center and brings this expertise to PETS.

Dr. Clifford is a renowned oncologist who has authored/co-authored over 30 papers and book chapters. He was responsible for the creation of Veterinary Cancer Society resident review session and the Northeast Veterinary Co-operative Oncology Group. He is a frequent lecturer at major veterinary meetings in the USA and abroad and participates in Pet Emergency Treatment and Specialties Inc. sponsored symposiums. Dr. Clifford has served on the VCS executive board and currently on the ACVIM Exam Rating Committee, Residency Training and Credentials Committee and is the Co-chair of the Standards of Excellence in Residency Education Task Force.


Publications
Kicenuik, K, Northrup N, Dawson A, Locke J, Villamil JA, Chretin J, Sfiligoi S, Clifford CA, et al. Treatment time, ease of use and cost associated with use of Equashield™, PhaSeal®, or no closed system transfer device for administration of cancer chemotherapy to a dog model. VCO 2017;15:163–173 Mullin CM, Clifford CA. Which Drugs Are Used for Medical Management of Lymphoma in Dogs & Cats? Clinicians Brief (Part 1,2,3) Nov, Dec 2016, Jan 2017 BA Marker, LG Barber, CA Clifford, et al. Extravasation reaction associated with the administration of pamidronate: 11 cases (2008-2013). VCO 2016 DOI: 10.1111/vco.12191 Paek M, Glass E, Kent M, Clifford CA, De Lahunta A. Primary Lumbar Extradural Hemangiosarcoma in a Dog. JAAHA 2015; 51, No. 3, pp. 191-196 Clifford CA, Mullin C. Consultant on Call, Oncology: Feline Lymphoma. NAVC Clinician’s Brief 2015;13(7):72 Gouldin ED, Mullin C, Morges M, Mehler SJ, de Lorimier LP, Oakley C, Risbon RE, May L, Kahn SA and Clifford CA. Feline discrete high-grade gastrointestinal lymphoma treated with surgical resection and adjuvant CHOP-based chemotherapy: retrospective study of 20 cases. Vet Comp Oncol, 2015 DOI: 10.1111/vco.12166 Gardner HL, London CA, Portela RA, Nguyen S, Rosenberg MR, Klein MK, Clifford CA, et al. Maintenance therapy with toceranib following doxorubicin- based chemotherapy for canine splenic hemangiosarcoma. BMC Veterinary Research 2015;11:131 DOI: 10.1186/s12917-015-0446-1 Burton, JH, Venable RO, Vail DM, Williams LE, Clifford CA, et al. Pulse-Administered Toceranib plus Lomustine for the Treatment of Unresectable Canine Mast Cell Tumors. JVIM 2015;29:1098–1104 London C, Gardner H, Mathie T, Stingle N, Portela R, Pennell M, CA Clifford, et al. Impact of Toceranib/Piroxicam/Cyclophosphamide Maintenance Therapy on Outcome of Dogs with Appendicular Osteosarcoma Following Amputation and Carboplatin Chemotherapy: A Multi-Institutional Study. Plos One 2015 http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0124889 Culp WTN, Weisse C, Berent A, Reetz JA, Krick EL, Jackson DE, Kass PH, CA Clifford et al. Comparison of Intra-Arterial and Intravenous Carboplatin for Early Tumor Response in Naturally-Occurring Canine Lower Urinary Tract Carcinoma. JVIM 2015;29: 900–907 CM Mullin, MA Arkans, CD Sammarco, DM Vail, BM Britton, KR Vickery, RE Risbon, J Lachowicz, KE Burgess, C Manley, and CA Clifford. Doxorubicin chemotherapy for presumptive cardiac hemangiosarcoma in dogs. Vet Comp Oncol, 2014 DOI: 10.1111/vco.12131 KA Kraus CA Clifford, GJ Davis, et al. Outcome and prognostic indicators in cats undergoing splenectomy for splenic mast cell tumor. JAAHA. 2015;51: 231-238 Burr DH, Keating JH, CA Clifford, et al. Cutaneous lymphoma of the tarsus in cats: 23 cases (2000–2012). JAVMA 2014; 244:1429-1434 RK Sivacolundhu, TA Donovan, LG Barber, CF Saba, CA Clifford, et al. Ulnar osteosarcoma in dogs: 30 cases (1992-2008). JAVMA 2013;24:96-101 SA Kahn, CM Mullin, de Lorimier LP, Burgess KE, Risbon RE, Fred RM, Drobatz K and CA Clifford. Doxorubicin and deracoxib adjuvant therapy for canine splenic hemangiosarcoma: A pilot study. Canadian Veterinary Journal 2013;237-242. M Linderman, G Post, E Brodsky, LP deLroimier and CA Clifford. Feline Exocrine Pancreatic Carcinoma: 34 cases. Veterinary and Comparative Oncology 2013;11:208-18 D.M. Vail, H. von Euler, A.W. Rusk, L. Barber, CA. Clifford, et al. A Randomized Trial Investigating the Efficacy and Safety of Water Soluble Micellar Paclitaxel (Paccal Vet) for Treatment of Nonresectable Grade 2 or 3 Mast Cell Tumors in Dogs. JVIM 2012;26:598-607 C London, T Mathie, N Stingle, CA Clifford, et al. Preliminary evidence for biologic activity of toceranib phosphate (Palladia®) in solid tumours. Veterinary and Comparative Oncology Vet Comp Oncol. 2012;10:194-205. G Dank, KM Rassnick, O Kristal, CO Rodriguez, CA Clifford, et al. Clinical characteristics, treatment, and outcome of dogs with presumed primary hepatic lymphoma: 18 cases (1992–2008). JAVMA 2011;239:966-971 J Wiley, J Rook, CA Clifford, G Thomas, KU Sorenmo. Efficacy of doxorubicin- based chemotherapy for non-resectable canine subcutaneous hemangiosarcoma. Vet Comp Oncology 2010;8:221-233. KA Skorupski CO Rodriguez, EL Krick, CA Clifford, R Ward, MS Kent Long-term survival in dogs with localized histiocytic sarcoma treated with CCNU as an adjuvant to local therapy. Vet Comp Oncol. 2009;7:139-44. S Haney, L Beaver, J Turrel, CA Clifford, et al. A survival analysis for nasal lymphoma in 97 cats: a multi-institutional retrospective study. JVIM 2009;23:287-94. EJ Bulakowski, JC Philibert, S Siegel, CA Clifford, R Risbon, et al. Evaluation of outcome associated with subcutaneous and intramuscular hemangiosarcoma treated with adjuvant doxorubicin in dogs: 21 cases (2001-2006). JAVMA 2008;233:122-8. KL Mealey, J Fidel, J Gay, J Impellizeri, CA Clifford, Phil Bergman. ABCB1- 1 Polymorphism Can Predict Hematologic Toxicity in Dogs Treated with Vincristine. JVIM 2008;22:996-1000. E L Krick, L Little, R Patel, F S Shofer, K Sorenmo, C A Clifford, J L Baez Description of clinical and pathological findings, treatment and outcome of feline large granular lymphocyte lymphoma (1996-2004).Vet Comp Oncol. 2008;6:102-10. N J Mason, C M Coughlin, B Overley , J N Cohen , E L Mitchell, T A Colligon , C A Clifford, A Zurbriggen, K U Sorenmo, R H Vonderheide. RNA-loaded CD40-activated B cells stimulate antigen-specific T-cell responses in dogs with spontaneous lymphoma. Gene Ther. 2008;15:955-65. K Sorenmo, M Samluk, CA Clifford, et al. Clinical and pharmacokinetic characteristics of intracavitary administration of pegylated liposomal encapsulated doxorubicin in dogs with splenic hemangiosarcoma. JVIM. 2007;21:1347-54. RE Risbon, CA Clifford, and K Skorupski. An overview of canine histiocytic disorders. Vet Med 2007; 102: 464-480. T Britt, CA Clifford, A Barger, et al. Diagnosing appendicular osteosarcoma with ultrasound-guided fine-needle aspiration: 36 cases. J Small Anim Pract. 2007;48:145-50. KA Skorupski, CA Clifford, MC Paoloni, et al. CCNU for the treatment of dogs with histiocytic sarcoma. JVIM 2007;21:121-6. CJ McNeill, B Overley, FS Shofer, MS Kent, CA Clifford, et al. Characterization of the Biological Behaviour of Appendicular Osteosarcoma in Rottweilers and a Comparison with Other Breeds: A Review of 258 Dogs Vet Comp Oncol. 2007;5:90-98. Risbon RE, Clifford CA, Burgess KE, et al.. Response of Canine Cutaneous Epitheliotropic Lymphoma to Lomustine (CCNU): A retrospective study of 46 cases (1999-2004). JVIM 2006;20:1389–1397. Weisse C, Berent A, Todd K, Clifford CA, Solomon J. Palliative Stenting for Malignant Urethral Obstructions in 12 Dogs. JAVMA 2006;229:226-34. Heller DA, Clifford CA, Goldschmidt MH, Holt DE, Manfredi MJ, Sorenmo KU. Assessment of cyclooxygenase-2 expression in canine hemangiosarcoma, histiocytic sarcoma, and mast cell tumor. Vet Pathol 2005;42:350-3. Heller DA, Clifford CA, Goldschmidt MH, et al. Cyclooxygenase-2 expression is associated with histologic tumor type in canine mammary carcinoma.Vet Pathol. 2005;42:776-80. Sorenmo KU, Baez JL, Clifford CA, Mauldin E, Overley B, Skorupski K, Bachman R, Samluk M, and Shofer F. Efficacy and toxicity of a dose-intensified doxorubicin protocol in canine hemangiosarcoma. JVIM 2004;18:209-13. Clifford CA, Pretorius ES, Weisse C, Siegelman ES; Sorenmo KU, and Solomon JR. Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Canine Splenic and Hepatic Lesions: A Pilot Study. JVIM 2004;18:330-338. Radhakrishnan A, Risbon RE, Patel RT, and Clifford CA. Progression of an extramedullary plasmacytoma to multiple myeloma in a cat. Veterinary Clinical and Comparative Oncology 2004;2:36-43. Weisse C, Clifford CA, Nicholson M, Holt D, Hurst R, Solomon JA. Percutaneous Bland Arterial Embolization and Chemoembolization for the Treatment of Benign and Malignant Diseases. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. JAVMA 2002;221;1430-1436. Herndon WE, Kittleson MD, Sanderson K, Drobatz KJ, Clifford CA, Gelzer A, Summerfield NJ, Linde A, and Sleeper MM. Cardiac Troponin I in Feline Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy. Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine 2002;16:558-564. Clifford CA, Hughes D, Beal MW, Henry CJ, Drobatz KJ, and Sorenmo KU. Vascular endothelial growth factor concentrations in body cavity effusions in dogs. Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine 2002;16:164-168. Sleeper MM, Clifford CA, Laster LL. Cardiac troponin I in the normal dog and cat. Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine 2001;15:501-503. Clifford CA, Hughes D, Beal MW, Mackin AJ, Henry CJ, Shofer FS, and Sorenmo KU. Plasma vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) concentrations in healthy dogs and dogs with hemangiosarcoma. Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine 2001;15:131-135. Clifford CA, Mackin AJ, Henry CJ, Treatment of canine hemangiosarcoma: 2000 and beyond. Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine 2000;14:479-484. Clifford CA, Sorenmo K. Doxorubicin cardiotoxicity: current concepts on pathogenesis, cardioprotection and screening. Veterinary Cancer Society Newsletter; Spring 2000. Clifford CA, Weigand C, Jennings D, Maslin WR. What’s your neurologic diagnosis? Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association 2000;216:1217-1219. Henry CJ, Turnquist SE, Smith A, Graham JC, Thamm DH, Obrien M, Clifford CA. Primary renal tumors in cats: 19 cases (1992-1998). European Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery 1999;1:165-170. Clifford CA: The characterization of the Mississippi -B (Miss-B) reovirus isolate: pathogenesis, persistence and effect on the immune system. Masters Thesis, University of Delaware 1993.


Book Chapters
Clifford CA, Mullin C, Banks T. Multimodal approaches to surgical oncology. In Veterinary Surgical Oncology, 2nd edition. Iowa: Wiley-Blackwell. In Press. Clifford CA, LP de Lorimier. Hemangiosarcoma: Textbook of Veterinary Internal Medicine Expert Consult, 8th Ed Ettinger and Feldman ed. 2016 LP de Lorimier, Clifford CA. Chemotherapy related toxicities: Textbook of Veterinary Internal Medicine Expert Consult, 8th Ed Ettinger and Feldman ed. 2016 Mullin C, Clifford CA, Oncology for the Interventionalist. In Weisse’s Veterinary Image-Guided Interventions. 2015. Clifford CA, Mullin CM. Bile Duct Carcinoma. In Blackwell’s Five-Minute Veterinary Consult: Canine and Feline, Sixth Edition. Iowa: Wiley-Blackwell. 2014. Clifford CA, Mullin CM. Hemangiosarcoma, Bone. In Blackwell’s Five-Minute Veterinary Consult: Canine and Feline, Sixth Edition. Iowa: Wiley-Blackwell. 2014 Clifford CA, Mullin CM. Hemangiosarcoma, Heart. In Blackwell’s Five-Minute Veterinary Consult: Canine and Feline, Sixth Edition. Iowa: Wiley-Blackwell. 2014 Clifford CA, Mullin CM. Hemangiosarcoma, Spleen and Liver. In Blackwell’s Five-Minute Veterinary Consult: Canine and Feline, Sixth Edition. Iowa: Wiley- Blackwell. 2014 Clifford CA, Mullin CM. Hemangiosarcoma, Skin. In Blackwell’s Five-Minute Veterinary Consult: Canine and Feline, Sixth Edition. Iowa: Wiley-Blackwell. 2014. Clifford CA, Skorupski KA, Moore PF. The Histiocytic Diseases. In Withrow and Mac Ewen’s Small Animal Clinical Oncology, 5th Edition. 2012. Fan TM, Clifford CA, LP de Lorimier, Garrett LD, Neoplastic and Non- Neoplastic tumors. In Muller and Kirk’s; Small Animal Dermatology 7th Ed. 2012. Clifford CA, DeLorimer LP. Canine Hemangiosarcoma: Current Concepts. Current Vet Therapy XIV 2013. Clifford CA, Fischetti A, Goggins J, Pretorius ES. Use of Computed Tomography and Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Veterinary Oncology. Handbook of Oncology. 1st edition 2009 Clifford CA, DeLorimer LP. Canine Hemangiosarcoma: Current Concepts. Current Vet Therapy XIV 2008. Clifford CA, Skorupski KA. The Histiocytic Diseases. Handbook of Oncology 1st edition 2009 Clifford CA, Skorupski KA: The Histiocytic Diseases. In Withrow and Mac Ewen’s Small Animal Clinical Oncology, 4th Edition. 2006. Clifford CA, Sorenmo KU. Tumors of the Larynx and Trachea; a chapter in the Textbook of Respiratory Disease in Dogs and Cats, Lesley G. King, ed. Philadelphia, PA: W.B. Saunders. 2004.


Selected Presentations
Lectures provided on: Controversies in Oncology: Metronomic therapy, Lymphoma, Immunotherapy; Multimodal approach to the tumors of the abdomen and thorax. Dutch Oncology Congress, Amsterdam, Netherlands 2017 Lectures provided on: Chemotherapy and the surgeon, How to read a histopathology repeat; Clinical staging and the surgeon. AVCS Ann Conf Seattle, Wa. 2016 Lecture provided: Clinical Application of Immunotherapeutics in Veterinary Oncology. NAVC, Orlando Fl. 2016 Lecture provided: Clinical Application of Immunotherapeutics in Veterinary Oncology. WVC, Las Vegas, NV. 2016 Lectures provided on: Controversies in Oncology; Lymphoma, Melanoma, Metronomic therapy and Mast cell tumors. ACVIM Annual Conference, Indianapolis, IN. 2015 Lectures provided on: Recent advancements in oncology; Updates in Canine and Feline Lymphoma; Canine Hanmgiosarcoma and Mast cell tumors. Virginia VMA, Roanoke Va. 2015 Lectures provided on: Recent advancements in oncology; Cased Based Lymphoma; Novel Therapies, Palliative Care and the Oncology Patient, Common skin tumors, Melanoma: Current Concepts, Feline thoracic tumors; Feline intra-abdominal tumors; Injection site sarcoma; 4th National Congress in Veterinary Medicine, Lisbon, Portugal 2014. Lectures provided on Mast cell tumors, Updates in Canine Lymphoma, Novel Therapies, Oral tumors and Soft tissue sarcoma. ACVC Annual Meeting, Atlantic City NJ, 2014 Lectures provided on Case based approach to oncology; oral tumors, intrathoracic tumors, intra-abdominal tumor and perianal tumors. ACVIM Annual Conference, Nashville Ky 2014 Lectures provided: Recent advancements in Oncology; Oral tumors; Canine Lymphoma, Tysosine Kinase Inhibitors; Keystone Annual PVMA meeting, April 2014, Penn St, PA Lectures provided on: Recent advancement in feline oncology; Tyrosine kinase inhibitors; Feline thoracic tumors; Feline intra-abdominal tumors; Injection site sarcoma; Feline squamous cell carcinoma; Feline mast cell tumors. Dutch Oncology Congress, Utrecht, Netherlands 2013 Lectures provided on: Recent advancements in oncology; Current concepts in Lymphoma. Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists Science Week, Surfers Paradise 2013 Lectures provided on: Recent advancements in oncology; Current concepts in lymphoma; Canine osteosarcoma; How to read histopathology reports; Tyrosine kinase receptor inhibitors: ACVC, Annual Conference Atlantic City, NJ 2012 Lectures provided on: Canine and Feline Lymphoma, What’s new in Oncology, How to read a histopathology report; Canine mast cell tumours and TKIs; Canine Hemangiosarcoma. Melbourne Veterinary Specialists Centre 1st Annual Continuing Education Event; Melbourne, Australia 2011. Lectures provided on: Recent advancements in oncology; Current concepts in Lymphoma; Canine Hemangiosarcoma; Cytology and Histopathology, an oncologist’s view; mammary gland tumors in the dog; Vaccine associated sarcomas: Current Concepts; 1st National Congress in Veterinary Medicine , Lisbon, Portugal 2010. Biologic Activity of Toceranib Phosphate (Palladia™) in Canine Apocrine Gland Anal Sac Adenocarcinoma (AGASACA). 30th Annual Conference, Veterinary Cancer Society, 2010 Academia vs Private Practice vs Industry – The Possibilities are Endless! ACVIM Annual Conference Anaheim, Ca 2010 Oncologic Emergencies. ACVIM Annual Conference San Antonio 2008 Evaluation of a 10 week CHOP + CCNU protocol for relapse canine lymphoma: 72 cases. 27th Annual Conference, Veterinary Cancer Society, Ft Lauderdale, FL 2007 Canine Hemangiosarcoma: Current Concepts; Canine Lymphoma: Long vs Short Protocols: ACVC, Annual Conference Atlantic City, NJ 2007 Canine Hemangiosarcoma: Current Concepts: ACVIM Annual Conference Seattle WA 2007. Evaluation of a Doxorubicin and Deracoxib Protocol for the Treatment of Splenic Hemangiosarcoma (HSA): A Pilot Study. 25th Annual Conference, Veterinary Cancer Society, 2005 Lymphoma: Short vs. Long Protocol; Point Counterpoint: (Clifford CA, Burgess KE). ACVIM Annual Conference 2005 Lectures provided on: Chemotherapy: Principles and Practice; Canine Hemangiosarcoma; Controversies in Oncology; NSAIDs and Cancer. Penn Conference 2005 Novartis Lecture Series: NSAIDs and Cancer; Vermont 2005, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico 2005; North American Veterinary Conference, Orlando Fl, 2005; St Augustine 2005; Veterinary Orthopedic Society Annual Conference 2004. American Animal Hospital Association Annual Conference 2003 Lectures provided on: Canine Hemangiosarcoma, NSAIDs and Cancer, Lymphoma, past and present; Chemotherapy: Principles and Practice PVMA Annual Conference 2004; Happy Valley, PA; 2004 Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Canine Splenic Lesions. 24th Annual Conference. Veterinary Cancer Society, Kansas City, MO 2004 MR Imaging of Canine Splenic and Hepatic Lesions: A Pilot Study. 22nd Annual Conference. Veterinary Cancer Society, New York, NY 2002. The Use of Plasma Cardiac Troponin I (cTnI), Cardiac Troponin T (cTnT) and Atrial Natriuretic Peptide (ANP) as Biochemical Markers of Cardiac Injury Associated with Doxorubicin Chemotherapy: A Pilot Study. 21st Annual Conference. Veterinary Cancer Society, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 2001 Canine vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) in the effusions of patients with malignant and nonmalignant diseases. 20th Annual Conference. Veterinary Cancer Society, Pacific Grove, California 200.

Pamela Datsko, DVM

Acupuncture

Dr. Pamela Datsko, DVM, completed her Veterinary degree from Michigan State University in 1990. A native of Pennsylvania, Dr. Datsko grew up in Ebensburg and attended IUP for her undergraduate degrees in biology and chemistry. She has held jobs in several areas of the state, including Pottstown, York and Mechanicsburg before continuing her career in Lancaster 10 years ago.

Dr. Datsko has an affinity for building relationships with her clients and patients and she enjoys seeing the human-animal bond strengthened because of her knowledge. Dr. Datsko's interest in soft tissue surgery led her to complete the NAVC Institute course in soft tissue surgery in 2006 which was a week long, intensive, immersive, hands on surgery course taught by leading Veterinary surgeons from around the country.

In keeping with her commitment to professional development and continual learning, Dr. Datsko completed the International Veterinary Acupuncture society (IVAS) course in October of 2015 that included over 200 hours of class work, written and oral exams and case study reports. An extensive internship involving many hours of hands on learning at the side of experienced acupuncturists was an invaluable experience. The fact that acupuncture can be approached from a scientific neuro-anatomic avenue as well as the more traditional eastern medicine approach means that Dr. Datsko is well equipped to answer any and all questions you have pertaining to how acupuncture can aid in your pet's health or recovery. Acupuncture can be used for most diseases but osteoarthritis and other orthopedic pain, side effects from chemotherapy, anxiety, and skin and internal medicine issues respond very well to this form of veterinary treatment.

Dr. Datsko enjoys her time outside of the office cooking vegetarian meals and traveling. She has two horses, GQ and Maya that live next door to her and keep her from sleeping in! Muto the kitty also takes advantage of Dr. Datsko's early mornings with a patrol around the deck for lollygagging birds or leaves.

Ellen Davison, VMD, DACVIM

Cardiology

Dr. Davison is originally from Seattle, Washington. She obtained her bachelor's degree in engineering from the University of Pennsylvania in 1993, and is a 2001 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine. She worked in a large general practice in Wilmington, Delaware for 5 years before returning to the University of Pennsylvania for a three-year residency in Veterinary Cardiology. Dr. Davison completed her residency and passed her Cardiology certifying examination in 2009. She is board-certified in Cardiology by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.

Sarah Dowling, DVM, DACVIM

Internal Medicine

Dr. Sarah Dowling received her bachelor's degree in Animal Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2006 followed by her DVM from the University of Illinois in 2011. She then completed a 1 year internship in medicine and surgery at the University of Minnesota-St. Paul in 2012. She continued her tour of the Midwest during her 3 year medicine residency at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Dr. Dowling has dedicated herself to providing compassionate care to her patients, as well as developing strong relationships with their owners and family veterinarians. She finds these relationships to be the most rewarding part of her job. She is excited to work with Dr. Damon Rodriguez to provide exceptional internal medicine care to Lancaster and the surrounding area.

Dr. Dowling enjoys all aspects of internal medicine, but has a special interest in gastrointestinal, liver, respiratory, autoimmune, and lower urinary tract diseases, as well as minimally invasive procedures. She performs a wide variety of procedures including minimally invasive laparoscopic liver biopsies for cats and dogs, abdominal and thoracic ultrasounds, as well as endoscopic exams of the intestinal tract, respiratory tract, and bladder.

Dr. Dowling has lived in the Midwest most of her life, however she was born in Albany, NY and lived in Massachusetts before moving to Illinois when she was 5. She is excited to be moving back east and to being closer to her family in Maryland. Outside of work she spends as much time outdoors as possible and loves hiking, kayaking, gardening and playing tennis. She looks forward to exploring Pennsylvania's state parks and hiking trails with her scruffy mutt, Dexter. Her cats, Delilah and Mia, refuse to admit they are excited about anything besides laser pointers and snacks.

Carlos Hodges, DVM, MS, PC

Surgery

Dr. Hodges comes from a family of veterinarians. His father is a retired general practitioner in Philadelphia and he works with his brother, a veterinary internist. Dr. Hodges graduated from Tuskegee University, School of Veterinary Medicine in 1985. He completed a one-year rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery from 1985-86. Dr. Hodges completed a one-year fellowship in surgery at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, completing a research project in veterinary dentistry under the guidance of Dr. Colin Harvey. Dr. Hodges completed a surgical residency at Texas A&M University, College of Veterinary Medicine from 1987-90. His research was in chylothorax under the guidance of Dr. Terry Fossum. In 1990, Dr. Hodges accepted an appointment as Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery and Orthopedics at the teaching hospital of the Texas Veterinary Medical Center at Texas A&M University from 1990-96, working with Dr. Don Hulse. He remained in that capacity with interests in soft tissue surgery, orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, and veterinary dentistry until June of 1996 when he began the surgical practice at Valley Central.

Dr. Hodges' surgical interests include, but are not limited to, soft tissue surgery, neurosurgery, and orthopedics. He is certified in the Kyon TTA & Total Hip, and performs TPLO and Tight Rope surgeries for the cruciate deficient stifle. Dr. Hodges is also certified in the Biomedtrix Total Knee Replacement. He performs minimally invasive orthopedic (arthroscopy, ACL, & fracture fixation), soft tissue surgery (gastropexy, ovariohysterectomy, bladder stone removal, etc), and thoracoscopy procedures (lung biopsy, pericardectomy).

Dr. Hodges won the research portion of the ACVS residents competition in 1990. He is a member of the AVMA, AAHA, PVMA, LVVMA, and serves on the board of the Valley Central Veterinary Emergency Hospital. Dr. Hodges joined the Novartis/Hills Osteoarthritis Speaker Advocate Panel in 2010. Dr. Hodges co-hosts the Animal Doctor Show on Channel 69 WFMZ-TV Allentown, PA, with Kathy Craine. He is also a frequent participant on MyFox Philly 29 and WCAU-TV Philadelphia. Dr. Hodges has hosted a Wednesday's Foster Child segment sponsored by Freddie Mac from WCAU-TV Philadelphia. The segment won the PVMA's Media Award in 2004.

Van W. Knox IV (Rafe), VMD, DACVR

Radiology

Dr. Rafe Knox completed his undergraduate studies at Princeton University (1989) prior to graduating from the School of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania in 1994. He then completed a one-year internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery from the Animal Medical Center in New York City. Following five years in general practice, he returned to Penn for a three-year residency in Veterinary Radiology, graduating in 2003.

Dr. Knox is considered a specialist in the areas of abdominal, non-cardiac thoracic, cervical, and musculoskeletal ultrasonography; all aspects of diagnostic radiology; computed tomography; and magnetic resonance imaging. He is a Diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Radiology. Dr. Knox is available for the care of your pet's radiological needs.

Matthew Krecic, DVM, DACVIM

Internal Medicine

Dr. Matthew Krecic is pleased to join the internal medicine team to continue our quest of providing the highest quality of medicine and service that pet owners and referring veterinarians have come to expect. Dr. Krecic obtained his veterinary degree from The Ohio State University. He completed an internship in medicine and surgery at Auburn University. Dr Krecic became board certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 2001 after successfully completing a residency and Master's degree at Mississippi State University. Dr. Krecic brings years of experience in academia, the veterinary industry sector, and private referral practice. He is currently the Senior Technical Services Manager for Zoetis US Diagnostics, which is a division of Pfizer and was also a faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Krecic performs numerous specialized procedures which include but are not limited to gastroduodenoscopy, colonoscopy, rhinoscopy, bronchoscopy, abdominal ultrasound, ultrasound guided aspirates, echocardiography, thoracic ultrasound, feeding tube placement, spinal taps, bone marrow aspirates, and bone marrow biopsies. Some of Dr. Krecic's areas of interest include endocrinology, feline medicine, and infectious disease.

Damon B. Rodriguez, DVM, DACVIM

Internal Medicine

Dr. Damon B. Rodriguez received his bachelors degree in mathematics from Cornell University in 1993. He headed to warmer weather and attained his veterinary degree from the University of Florida graduating with highest honors in 1997. After veterinary school, Dr. Rodriguez completed a one-year internship in medicine and surgery at Angell Memorial Animal Hospital in Boston. He spent two years in private general practice and then was accepted into a three-year residency program at Mississippi State University. Dr. Rodriguez has been a board certified specialist in small animal internal medicine since 2003.

Dr. Rodriguez's interests within the discipline of internal medicine are broad and include endocrinology, gastroenterology, hematology, oncology, cardiology, infectious disease, and neurology. He has published articles in several professional journals and has given talks at both the local and national levels. Dr. Rodriguez performs numerous specialized procedures which include, but are not limited to, gastroduodenoscopy, colonoscopy, rhinoscopy, bronchoscopy, urethrocystoscopy, abdominal ultrasound, echocardiography, contrast radiographic studies, PEG tube placement, ultrasound guided biopsies, spinal taps, bone marrow aspirates, and bone marrow biopsies. Dr. Rodriguez strives to provide exceptional compassionate care for your pet while maintaining strong communication with your family veterinarian. He enjoys spending free time with his wife and three children.

Chris Ryan VMD, DABVP, DACVR

Radiology

Dr. Chris Ryan is originally from upstate NY and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania-School of Veterinary Medicine in 2003. He then completed an equine internship at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, KY followed by several years of practice as an ambulatory veterinarian locally with New Bolton Center. Dr. Ryan then made the transition to small animal practice by first completing a small animal rotating internship at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital in New Jersey followed by his radiology residency at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Ryan is a diplomate of both the American College of Veterinary Radiology and American Board of Veterinary Practitioners.

Dr. Ryan's clinical interests include magnetic resonance imaging of the nervous system, interventional radiology, computed tomography and abdominal ultrasound. His research has included the evaluation of novel orthopedic implants with CT and the evaluation of various breed-specific neurologic disorders with MRI.

Kevin Shanley, DVM, DACVD

Dermatology

Originally from Indiana, Dr. Shanley is a graduate of the Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine. He completed his residency in Dermatology at the University of Pennsylvania in 1985. After establishing the first veterinary dermatology practice in the State of Arizona, Dr. Shanley returned to the University of Pennsylvania as an Assistant Professor of Veterinary Dermatology for seven years. He has been a veterinary dermatologist for over 17 years in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area along with lecturing nationally and internationally and has published numerous articles in investigative journals such as The Journal of American Animal Hospital Association and Veterinary Dermatology. He collaborated on the identification, characterization and inheritance patterns of the first cases of Canine Benign Familial Pemphigus. He currently serves as an adjunct professor in Clinical Dermatology at the Matthew Ryan Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and operates DermPath Consultants, a skin biopsy service for local veterinarians.

Dr. Shanley is a member of the Pennsylvania Veterinary Medicine Association, The American Academy of Veterinary Dermatology, The American College of Veterinary Dermatology and the American Veterinary Medical Association.