Dr. Steve Stoddard’s childhood was spent in many locations throughout the Empire State, including New York City, Salem, and Randolph. A graduate of Cornell University in 1985, Dr. Stoddard grew up around animals and thoroughly enjoyed working with them. He also enjoys fixing things that are not functioning properly, whether it be machines or animals. Veterinary medicine combines these passions, and Dr. Stoddard has been able to receive additional training in the related field of orthopedics. Since joining our practice in 1985, Dr. Stoddard has also completed further education in the fields of dentistry, internal medicine, and ruminant nutrition. Dr. Stoddard is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, New York State Veterinary Medical Association, American Association of Bovine Practitioners, and National Mastitis Council. He also serves as Bank of Castile Director, and he and his wife are the proud parents of four grown children. Four legged members of his family (one horse, one dog, and three cats) keep him busy at home when he is not out camping, skiing, canoeing, white water kayaking, or teaching Sunday School.
Dr. David Hale’s childhood was spent in Lakeview, NY, where some of his fondest memories include working with cattle on his grandfather’s dairy farm. Dr. Hale thoroughly enjoyed working with dairy cattle and wanted nothing more than to pursue a “cow” career. In between this decision and graduating from Cornell University with his degree in veterinary medicine (1986-he joined our practice shortly thereafter), Dr. Hale held a very interesting job as a binding mechanic in Teton Village (Jackson Hole, Wyoming). Dr. Hale received his undergraduate degree in Biology from Westminster College, and he is a proud member of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners. His interests are in dairy nutrition and embryo transfer. When he is not focusing on his “cow” career or practicing companion animal medicine at our Yorkshire location, he enjoys boating, fishing, hunting, and taking vacations with his family (wife Alice, two sons Andrew and Brian, two daughters Laura and Maggie). Dr. Hale also shares his home with beloved pets Sampson (Cur mix), Juno (Black Lab), Max and Libby (cats).
Dr. Peter Hecht was born and raised in Buffalo, NY. He pursued his education at North Carolina State University, coupling it with real life experience milking cows on the weekend and working as a kennel boy/stall hand at a large veterinary practice. Completion of vet school in 1987 brought him back to Western NY, where he had found inspiration during his formative years to work with people and animals by shadowing veterinarians at Perry Vet Clinic. Dr. Hecht enjoys the challenge that veterinary medicine presents, especially in small animals and South American camelids. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and New York State Veterinary Medical Society. In his free time, Dr. Hecht is passionate about a variety of outdoor activities ranging from camping and fishing to hiking, biking, and skiing. On or off the trail, Dr. Hecht values spending time with his wife and three children. They also share their home with three dogs, one cat, and two horses.
Born and raised in a small town called Poughquag (Mid Hudson Valley region), Dr. Lynch’s first intention was to be a dairy farmer. He found purpose and pleasure in assisting with farmwork, but his family sold the farm just before he was accepted into vet school. Dr. Lynch also found himself working alongside his uncles in the construction field while he was growing up. While in college, he capitalized on these skills gained from being such great (and free!) help. He also found himself trimming cattle feet. Dr. Lynch graduated in 1977 from Cornell and joined our team shortly after. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Western NY Veterinary Medical Association, and the American Association of Bovine Practitioners. Dr. Lynch enjoys camping with the family (wife Liese, son Caleb, son Seth, and Seth’s wife/children) and church-related activities (Grace Baptist). The Lynch family share their hearts and home with Chocolate Lab Lizzie.
Born in Philadelphia and raised until age 7 in central Wisconsin, Dr. Karl Minster actually considers New England to be his “home turf.” It was there that his love of solving problems and fixing things meshed together with his love for animals. His family owned a kennel with 30 racing huskies and competed in sled dog races throughout the northeast. His passion for biology and helping people led to the very natural decision of entering veterinary medicine. A graduate of Cornell in 1977, Dr. Minster’s first job was in a mixed practice clinic in his hometown of Amesbury, MA. After two years, he pursued his interest in equine medicine, working for eight years with Robert Orcutt, DVM and various equine athletes throughout northeast Massachusetts. Starting a family inspired him to transition back to small animal practice at Pawling Veterinary Clinic (Pawling, NY). Four years later (1991), college friend Dr. Patrick Lynch recruited Dr. Minster to come to Perry Vet Clinic and work to develop the small animal component of the practice as Clinical Director. Dr. Minster started out working in the small and large animal capacity, but he transitioned to solely small animal, and this is where he plans to stay until he retires! When asked to list his special awards and interests, Dr. Minster’s reply was, “Every day is rewarding and every case is interesting.” Dr. Minster is a member of the New York State Veterinary Medical Society and the American Veterinary Medical Association. He has additional training in dentistry, ultrasonography, and endoscopy. When he isn’t enjoying home life with his wife and two mini dachshunds Miles and Ella (named after two jazz greats), Dr. Minster can be found biking, kayaking, skiing, listening to music, and/or camping.
Dr. Craig C. Lamb grew up on a dairy farm in Oakfield, NY. It was this childhood experience that laid the foundation for his desire to work with dairy farmers and their herds. He graduated from Cornell University with his B.S. in Animal Science, and he went on to the University of Wisconsin for vet school. Upon graduation in 1996, he started working with us. His chief professional interest is in bovine embryo transfer. Dr. Lamb is a member of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners and the American Embryo Transfer Association. He is a whitetail deer hunting enthusiast, and he also enjoys vegetable gardening. Spending time with family is important to him (wife-Janet, daughters-Anna and Emily, son-Nick), and he also shares his home with two cats (Isa and Butter).
Dr. Ted Wolf hails from the Buckeye State. Born in Canton, he grew up in Louisville and attended The Ohio State University. Prior to graduating and joining our practice in 1997, he was a herdsman for the dairy on OSU’s campus. Another interesting job he had involved the treatment of primates used in AIDS research. While his work today primarily involves the bovine species, he still strives to stay up-to-date with the latest research, especially in bovine reproduction. Dr. Wolf has had additional training in bovine ultrasound. Some of his other professional interests include general practice, facility design, and calf management. He enjoys practicing general companion animal medicine and surgery. Today he is happily married to Dr. Liz Wolf, who is also a veterinarian with our team. He thoroughly enjoys family time and keeping up with his children, Claire, Grace, and Sam. Four dogs in the household (Jett, Basil, Zinger, and Sophie) also keep him busy. Hunting, sports, and raising heifers are some of his other passions.
Growing up as the son of a commercial river boat pilot on the Hudson River, Dr. Capel did not originate from a dairy background. Through years of working on hobby swine and beef farms during his youth, he developed a love for the blend of mental and physical work that agriculture brings and quickly set his sights on a veterinary career. Dr. Capel’s undergraduate (Animal Science and Dairy Fellows) and veterinary degrees are from Cornell University where he developed a strong interest in production medicine. Upon graduation, Dr. Capel and his wife joined the Perry Veterinary Clinic. Since graduation he completed a 3 year certificate program in Production Medicine at the Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph, is a NYS certified milking equipment technician, has developed a keen interest in dairy nutrition and is a co-author on several peer reviewed articles. He is an active member of the AABP and a member of the NYSVMS, the NMC, and the AVMA. He currently chairs the advisory board for Quality Milk Production Services. When not working Dr. Capel can be found singing or acting, snow skiing, attending Boy Scout campouts or water skiing with his family (wife Kate and four children, Matthew, Adeline, Caroline and Natalie).
Dr. Leo Vranich was born and raised in Somerset County, Pennsylvania. He continued his higher educational pursuits in the Keystone State (Penn State University). His undergraduate degree was completed in animal science and animal bioscience. Dr. Vranich’s decision to enter into the veterinary field was primarily based on how much he enjoyed working with cows. In 2008, he graduated from Virginia Tech’s vet school program. An interesting job he had along the way was training at a Veterinary Medical Office for the Food Safety Inspection Service, USDA. He is still committed to giving the public a wholesome product, especially when it comes to milk. Milk quality, transition cow management, and ultrasonography are his main professional interests. He is a member of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners, American Dairy Science Association, National Mastitis Council, and the American Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. Vranich’s hobbies include hunting, fishing, and hiking. He thoroughly enjoys playing with his children (daughter Amelia, son Stephen and son Eli) and family time in general with wife Ashley (also a veterinarian with our practice). The Vranichs share their home with Bailey the bassett hound and one cow named Super (Dr. Vranich states that there will be more cows in the future!).
Dr. Jessica Litteer’s childhood was spent in Conesus, NY, where her father raised beagles. Naturally, she ended up spending a lot of time around veterinarians, and she knew that was the profession she would enter someday. As a teenager, Dr. Litteer’s first job was the kennel assistant at our Livonia location. Her undergraduate education was completed at St. John Fisher College, and she went on to vet school at Cornell (class of 2004). In 2007, Dr. Litteer joined our team. Her professional interests include: dentistry, soft tissue surgery, endocrine diseases (diabetes, Cushing’s disease, Addison’s disease), and pocket pet (rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets, etc.) care. She is also a professional bargain shopper, and can often be found hunting through the clothing racks at Goodwill! In Dr. Litteer’s spare time she volunteers for local feral cat spay and neuter clinics. Her passion for assisting with the feral cat population extends to her personal life, as she cares for a feral cat colony near her house. Some of the cats who have made their way into her home include: Greyboy, Louis, Edith, Beatrice, and Gilbert. Dr. Litteer also has a bearded dragon and fish. In September of 2013, she added whippet mix Bella Bean (a rescue from Livingston County Dog Control) to the family. Two legged members of the household include husband Dan (also a veterinarian at our practice) and daughter Jane.
Dr. DeGroff was born and raised in Perry, NY, and was one of the five founding members of our veterinary practice (1971). Dr. DeGroff completed his undergraduate work at Michigan State. Upon graduation from their pre-vet program (’63), he attended Cornell (‘69). Dr. DeGroff’s internship took place at Ohio State, and in 1970 he joined forces with Drs. Skinner, Chamberlain, and Kreutter. He has an interest in traveling (especially to warmer climates during the winter months!) and farming. The family’s roadside produce stands can be found throughout Livingston/Wyoming counties during the summer/fall months. Dr. DeGroff has three sons (one a vet with our practice, one a bovine hoof trimmer, and one a nutritionist). He is also the proud grandfather of eight grandchildren.
Born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, Dr. Kate Capel fell in love with the Finger Lakes region during summer family vacations to Canandaigua Lake. She returned to the area to attend Cornell University, where she majored in biology and intended to pursue a career in research. As senior year drew near, Kate found herself bored with research projects but thoroughly enjoying her part-time work as an animal caretaker for a menagerie of Central and South American mammals (pacas, agoutis, a two-toed sloth named Roscoe and a colony of vampire bats). Dr. Capel took a year off after this realization to get her feet wet in a few veterinary settings before committing to the profession. Her first job was actually cleaning kennels at a boarding facility. Dr. Capel returned to Cornell as a member of the graduating Class of 2000 at the College of Veterinary Medicine. On her first day of classes, she met her anatomy partner and future husband, Michael. Upon graduation, the Capels relocated and joined our practice (2000). Dr. Capel enjoys general surgery and the challenge of internal medicine, but one of her favorite roles is mentoring young students and speaking to school groups. Dr. Capel also keeps busy raising four children (Matthew, Adeline, Caroline, and Natalie) and tending to the Capel family pets (dogs: Eve, Paige, and Cody; cats: Levi, Jacque, and Nigel; hermit crabs: Ludwig and Suzette). In her spare time, Dr. Capel enjoys traveling, boating, kayaking, and skiing with her family.
Born in Chicago and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, Dr. Liz Wolf saw a female vet come to the farm where she rode horses. She was eight years old, and she decided from that day forward that she was going to be a veterinarian. Dr. Wolf graduated vet school from the Ohio State University in 1995. She also holds her undergraduate degree from Penn State in Biology and Secondary Education. Among the many things she learned during her higher educational pursuits was that she really enjoyed waitressing. Helping people and attending to the needs of animals is what Dr. Wolf excels at today. Dr. Wolf joined our practice in 1997. Together with husband Ted (also a veterinarian with our team), they have two daughters (Claire and Grace) and a son, Sam. Their family is completed by four dogs, three cats, two horses, twenty cows, and pigs.
Dr. Rob Wilson grew up on a dairy and sheep farm near Canaseraga, NY. This childhood experience proved to be the building block for his lifelong commitment to working with livestock. Dr. Wilson enjoys helping farmers by combining his interest in science with veterinary medicine. His undergraduate work was completed in animal science at the University of Illinois, during which he worked in the dairy nutrition lab. In 2001, he graduated from Cornell and worked at Ridge Animal Hospital (Middleport, NY). He practiced there for just over four years prior to joining our team. Dr. Wilson’s professional interests include bovine, equine, and small ruminant medicine. Wife Kim and sons Collin and Brendon keep Dr. Wilson busy when he isn’t out on the road working, or farming with his family heifer boarding/commercial sheep operation. Dr. Wilson also operates his own small custom combining business.
Dr. Ashley Vranich grew up on a beef cattle farm in Natural Bridge, VA, treating sick calves by age 5 with a balling gun, pills, and stick of butter (provided by her grandfather to coat the pills and help them go down easier). This way of life and practical approach to helping animals transcended during her undergraduate work at Hollins University, where one of her most interesting jobs consisted of research on songbirds. Upon completion of her degree in biology, Dr. Vranich attended VA-MD Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. She is a member of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners, American Veterinary Medical Association, and New York State Veterinary Medical Society. She graduated with her degree in veterinary medicine in 2010, and joined our team alongside her husband, Dr. Leo Vranich. Together they welcomed a daughter (Amelia) and sons (Stephen & Eli) into their family, which also consists of several four-legged members: Bailey the basset hound, Seeker & Merlin the horses, and Salt, Pepper, Hazel and Maple the cats.
Dr. Laura Westfall’s childhood was spent moving frequently (New York, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio) as a member of a military family, but her passion for science and the joy she found working with animals remained unchanged. She received her undergraduate degree from Barnard College (Columbia University) in 1981 and worked neurophysiology research at Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse for two years before vet school. She graduated with her degree in veterinary medicine from Cornell in 1988. In 2012, Dr. Westfall joined our practice as a part of the Batavia Animal Hospital. Dr. Westfall’s most memorable job was working on a pheasant research project for the DEC. It was there that she met her husband, Alan (present day hatchery manager at Caledonia NYS Fish Hatchery). Together they have welcomed two children into their family through adoption. They have also opened their home and hearts up two Papillions (Aspen and Emma), two cats (hand raised from an orphaned litter), a variety of freshwater fish for their large aquarium, and a paradise fish. Dr. Westfall enjoys hiking, biking, and kayaking in her spare time.
Dr. Florence Higgins was born and raised in Queens, NY, and she recognized her love of animals from a very early age. Her father wrote to Cornell Vet School on her behalf when she was twelve years old, and in 1981 diligence and support from her family paid off as she received her degree in veterinary medicine. Dr. Higgins also has her MS in Animal Science from University of Connecticut. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, New York State Veterinary Medical Association, and Genesee Valley Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. Higgins joined our practice in 2012, having been with the Batavia Animal Hospital for years prior. Her main interest lies in internal medicine, but her passion is learning about training and behavior modifications. She trains and shows her own dogs (three Border Collies—Kelsey, Gryffin, and Jazz) in obedience and agility. When she is not at the clinic, Dr. Higgins enjoys running 5Ks, biking, and swimming. Her husband John is a researcher at Kodak, and her two sons Greg and Zack are students at Brockport and Binghamton, respectively. Dr. Higgins also has a three-legged member of her family, a cat named Fitch.
Dr. Rachel Rowell grew up in Lancaster, NY and has always been an animal lover. Dr. Rowell received her Associate’s degree in Veterinary Technology and her Master’s in Psychology from Medaille College, but her work as a veterinary technician is what led her to pursue a career as a veterinarian. Dr. Rowell joined our team upon graduation from Kansas State University in 2013. Dr. Rowell’s focus is on small animal medicine. When she is not at the hospital, Dr. Rowell enjoys winetasting in the Finger Lakes region, recreational sand volleyball, and gardening vegetables in her greenhouse. She shares her life with husband Chris (an engineer at Moog), Mocha (a Bernese Mountain dog), Cooper (an Australian Shepherd mix), and two cats named Penny and Abbey.
Dr. Dan Fischer was born in the Bronx and raised in Poughkeepsie, New York. Dr. Fischer has always had a deep rooted interested in the world of animals and graduated from Cornell University in 1997 with an Honors degree in Biology. After college, he worked in several research laboratories and animal hospitals before deciding to become a veterinarian. Dr. Fischer returned to Cornell in 2000 and completed his DVM training in 2004. From there, he practiced general medicine and surgery in Connecticut for three years before coming to the Rochester area to practice and start a family in 2007. Some of Dr. Fischer’s professional interests include dentistry, dermatology, behavior, and gastroenterology. He loves the variety and constant challenge that being a general practitioner provides. Dr. Fischer shares his home with his wife (Dr. Jessica Litteer), their daughter, one dog, and five cats. Two feral cats patrol the outdoors, and are rewarded daily for their efforts. When not enjoying the company of his family and pets, Dr. Fischer enjoys reading and learning to play guitar.
Dr. Ben Kenney grew up in Fairfield, Maine on his family’s dairy and beef cattle farm. His childhood experiences of following their cow vet around led to his desire to someday be a veterinarian. He enjoyed the challenge of diagnosing and treating sick animals on his family’s farm. After he pulled his first difficult calf he was reassured that being a veterinarian was the career for him. Dr. Kenney graduated from the University of Maine with a degree in Animal Science, and he went on to the Atlantic Veterinary College for vet school. His professional interests include embryo transfer, cow comfort, hoof health and lameness, and goat medicine. Dr. Kenney is a member of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners, American Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners, and American Embryo Transfer Association. He likes to enjoy the outdoors while hunting, snowmobiling, hiking and working with cows. Dr. Kenney and his girlfriend (also a veterinarian) share a menagerie of cats and dogs.
Dr. Emily Sabo grew up in New Philadelphia, OH. Dr. Sabo always wanted to work in a field that incorporated science, animals, and the outdoors. She worked with a dairy vet for a few months and became hooked on the industry. Dr. Sabo graduated from the Colgate University with a degree in Molecular Biology, and she went on to Cornell University for vet school. Her professional interest is in advanced reproductive techniques like embryo transfer / IVF. However, she can get excited about almost anything in the dairy industry. Dr. Sabo is a member of the American Embryo Transfer Association and the American Vet Medical Association. She is most involved in the American Association of Bovine Practitioners, acting as Cornell’s student delegate for two years and was recently appointed to the Student Activities Committee. Dr. Sabo has been awarded the AABP Amstutz Scholarship in 2013 and received a Theriogenology competence prize upon graduation. She enjoys the outdoors while running, telemark and cross country skiing, hunting, trapping, and hiking. Dr. Sabo resides in Geneseo. Her furry family consists of a yellow lab, “Aspen” and a 3-legged rabbit, “Briar”, she also receives occasional visits from “Oak”, a yellow lab.
Dr. Alexander Navarro grew up in Fort Ann, New York. Dr. Navarro had a lifelong passion of helping people by helping with their livestock which led him to becoming a veterinarian. Dr. Navarro graduated from Cornell University with a degree in Animal Science and then continued at Cornell University for vet school. Dr. Navarro received specialized training at a Summer Dairy Institute at Cornell University and he attended Swine Management and Consulting at Iowa State University. Prior to vet school Dr. Navarro milked cows on a Jersey dairy farm in Vermont. His professional interest is in milk quality and dairy nutrition. Dr. Navarro is a member of American Association of Bovine Practitioners, the American Association of Swine Veterinarians, National Mastitis Council, and Dairy Calf and Heifer Association. He enjoys gardening, hiking, cooking, and participating in church activities. Dr. Navarro resides in Perry, NY with his wife, Hannah.
Dr. Kendra Sims grew up in Worcester, MA. At a young age Dr. Sims started fixing pretend “boo-boos” on her family dog and in general, had a love for all animals. When she became an active horseback rider, she would take extra care of a small scratch or stay at the barn all day so she could be there for the vet visits. Later in life Dr. Sims realized how veterinary medicine impacted the community and she couldn’t see herself doing anything else but helping others and their beloved pets. Dr. Sims graduated from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst with an undergrad degree in Pre-Veterinary Sciences. She then attended vet school at Ontario Veterinary College in which she graduated in 2016. Dr. Sims professional interests include companion animal medicine, dairy consultation and research, and is an Omega Tau Sigma Professional Veterinary Fraternity Delta Chapter President Alumni. She has received many leadership awards within the OTS Delta Chapter. Dr. Sims is a member of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners, American Veterinary Medical Association, Ontario Association of Bovine Practitioners, and the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association. She enjoys fishing, hiking, biking, DIY projects, and visiting family in New Hampshire. Dr. Sims currently lives in Leicester, NY with her cat Remington and dog Roskoe.
Dr. Sam Wicker grew up in Jefferson County, Tennessee on a small family beef farm. He quickly fell in love with farm life, even hand-milking the Jersey, and was introduced to veterinary medicine through the local bovine and equine vets. Dr. Wicker attended the University of Tennessee, where he worked in the vet school and shot fireworks during the summers (mostly over the 4th of July holidays). After graduating in 2013, he worked at a large animal ambulatory clinic in central Pennsylvania before joining Perry Veterinary Clinic. Dr. Wicker is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Association of Equine Practitioners, and the International Embryo Transfer Society. He now lives in Batavia, and enjoys traveling, hiking, and riding his quarter horse.
Dr. Carrie DiCarlo was born in Northwest Ohio, grew up in Maumee, Ohio where her family still lives. Dr. DiCarlo graduated from Cornell University with a degree in Animal Science. She then went to vet school at The Ohio State University where she graduated in 2004. She went to vet school for a career in dairy production medicine. After a career altering injury in 2008, Dr. DiCarlo switched gears and has been happily working with cats and dogs ever since. She enjoys working with people and animals. She feels lucky to have such a versatile career. Dr. DiCarlo received specialized training while doing an internship in Farm Animal Medicine and Surgery at The Ohio State University. She has also completed several continuing education courses on dentistry and dental surgery. Dr. DiCarlo’s professional interests are companion animal reproduction and ultrasound. She has received several awards: Graduated Magna Cum Laude; Pfizer Large Animal Clinical Proficiency Award; OSU CVM Excellence in Preventive Medicine; OCU CVM Marysville Ambulatory Excellence Award; and she received the AABP Amstutz Scholarship. Dr. DiCarlo is a member of American Veterinary Medical Association, New York State Veterinary medical Society, and Society for Theriogenology, and American Association of Bovine Practitioners. Her personal interests are Ohio State Football, running, and spending time on Lake Erie with her family in Ohio. She resides in Canandaigua, NY with her husband, Bob, and their two children, Nora and Ian. Her husband is a partner at Fa-Ba farm in Canandaigua. Dr. DiCarlo and their children are often at the dairy farm helping out or playing with the calves. Their furry family consists of some cats: Francis, Lola, Simon, and Amelia; and two pet heifers: Fruit Snack and Meatball (named by the kids, of course).
Dr. Becky Silvanic was born and grew up in Whitney Point, NY on a 50 tie stall and maple syrup farm. Dr. Silvanic graduated from Cornell University with a degree in Animal Science. She then went to vet school at Iowa State University where she graduated in 2004. She always had an interest and plan to work on cows throughout her childhood (much to her grandmother’s chagrin). Dr. Silvanic’s professional interests are transition cows, barn design and ventilation, milk quality and beef. Her personal interests are hunting, quilting, baking and gardening.
Dr. Deborah Kondoff was born in Detroit, Michigan and grew up in a suburban Detroit area. Dr. Kondoff received her bachelors of Science degree in biochemistry from Michigan State University and then continued on at Michigan State for vet school. Dr. Kondoff chose to become a veterinarian because it seemed to be the perfect way to unite her love of animals and the acetylic ability to figure out what is wrong them and how to fix it. Although Dr. Konfoff has not received any specialized training along her career path she loves internal medicine, soft tissue surgeries, and pet dentistry. Along her career path, Dr. Kondoff has helped to develop and taught in the Veterinary Technology Program at Medaille College in Buffalo, NY. There she taught everything from exotics, lab animals, farm animals, horses, as well as dogs and cats and all disciplines within these fields. Dr. Kondoff is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, New York State Veterinary Medical Society and Buffalo Academy. She is an avid dressage rider, trainer, and small breeder of quality Dutch Warmblood horses. She also judges dressage shows in the area, loves to read and play volleyball. Dr. Kondoff resides in Pembroke, NY on a small horse farm with her very tolerant husband of 33 years and their three children, which they are very proud of. Their furry family members consist of three horses, two dogs and five cats.
Dr. Angela Conrad was born and grew up in Bliss, NY. Dr. Conrad received her bachelors of Science degree in biochemistry from Fredonia State College and then continued on at Minnesota State. She graduated vet school in 2017. Dr. Conrad chose to become a veterinarian because she was raised on a dairy farm and always looked up to their farm vet, especially when surgeries were going on. She fell in love with the science behind veterinary medicine and never looked back. Dr. Conrad’s professional interest is surgeries. Her personal interests include doing DIY projects, snowmobiling, and fishing. She resides in Avon, NY. Her furry family consists of two dogs; Maggie, a lazy border collie and Hickory, a crazy doberman.
Dr. Meagan Hilsdorf was born in Bath, NY and raised in the small farming community of Wheeler, NY (just outside of Bath, NY). She went to Prattsburgh Central School. Dr. Hilsdorf received her undergrad degree in Biochemistry with a minor in Biology from Keuka College. She then went on to vet school at Ross University and graduated in September of 2017 with Highest Honors. With growing up in a rural community Dr. Hilsdorf had a love for animals and when she asked she would say she wanted to be a farmer or a veterinarian. While in high school she was able to shadow at the local veterinary office, and there she fell in love with the veterinary profession and felt it was her calling. Additionally, growing up with many pets ranging from cats and a dog, to rabbits and a guinea pig, she had a great appreciation and bond with animals and the human-animal bond. Dr. Hilsdorf’s first professional job was working at her local veterinary office as a veterinary assistant. While attending Keuka College she had the opportunity to volunteer at the Buffalo Zoo in the rainforest department and went on a Spanish Study Abroad in Costa Rica. Dr. Hilsdorf’s professional interests include dentistry, ultrasound, and physical therapy. Her personal interests include anything outdoors (hunting, fishing, hiking and camping). She also enjoys painting and doing various crafts. Dr. Hilsdorf adds that she would not have been able to achieve her dream of becoming a veterinarian without the love and support of her loving parents, Douglas and Karen, her siblings, Matthew and Mackenzie, her boyfriend (now fiancé), Kevin, her grandmother Diana and her best friend Ashley. Dr. Hilsdorf’s furry family consists of a Brittany Spaniel named Riley.