Dr. Tony Wiseley’s native land is Findlay, Ohio. His upbringing on a dairy and cash crop farm led to a lifelong interest in agriculture. Veterinary medicine drew his attention because it fulfilled this interest, specifically in the field of animal care. Dr. Wiseley attended The Ohio State University for undergraduate school. He continued to sport scarlet and grey throughout vet school and graduated in 1973. Along the path to joining our large animal road service team (1975), he worked in Millersburg, Ohio for a year. Millersburg was a largely Amish area, and for this experience we are all grateful here at Perry Vet Clinic because it refined many of Dr. Wiseley’s skills (especially in the arena of pie-making!). Dr. Wiseley is the proud father of Heidi, Ty, and Drew.
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.
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.
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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).
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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 and son Stephen) 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. 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.
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 a son (Stephen) into their family, which also consists of several four-legged members: Bailey the basset hound, Seeker the horse, and Salt, Pepper and BC (cats).
Dr. David Hernke was born in Bucks County, PA, but his childhood was spent between Phoenix, AZ and St. Charles, MO. In 1998 he graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, and he served as an aviation officer in the US Army from 1996-2003, including tours in Korea and Afghanistan. After proudly serving his country, Dr. Hernke made the decision to serve the needs of animals. In 2008, he graduated from Tufts School of Veterinary Medicine (North Grafton, MA). Dr. Hernke also holds his bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering. He worked as an associate veterinarian in mixed practice at Foxcroft Veterinary Services (Dover-Foxcroft, ME) from 2008-2010. In 2010 he joined our team alongside wife Dr. Kristin Williams. Dr. Hernke is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, American Association of Bovine Practitioners, and American Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners. His areas of additional training include the Summer Dairy Initiative, and certification through the PennHIP program. In his free time, Dr. Hernke enjoys kayaking, hiking, cross country skiing, and gardening. He shares his home with a variety of animals, reflective of his interest in both large and small animals: three dogs, three cats, and two horses.
Dr. Kristin Williams spent her youth throughout scenic Connecticut and New Hampshire. Prior to realizing her dream as a veterinarian, Dr. Williams was a graduate of Dartmouth College with a double major in economics and sociology. She worked as a financial analyst for a company traded on the New York Stock Exchange. While working with bears and bulls of the market proved challenging, Dr. Williams elected to pursue her interest in working with real animals at Tufts-Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. She graduated in 2008 and has a passion for equine medicine, specifically endocrinology and dentistry. We welcomed Dr. Williams to our team in 2010. Dr. Williams is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, American Association of Equine Practitioners, and Western New York Veterinary Medical Society. She enjoys running, competitive trail riding, training horses, hiking, and spending time with her husband, Dr. David Hernke. Dr. Williams is the proud owner of several pets, including three dogs, three cats, and two horses.
Hailing originally from Southwestern Ontario, Canada, Dr. Kristen Edwards received her undergrad degree in Zoology from The University of Guelph, located in Ontario, Canada and earned her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from The Ontario Veterinary College. Her journey to becoming a veterinarian included serving as a herdsman on a dairy farm in Killenagh, Ireland, attending the Cornell Summer Dairy Institute in 2013, and studying ultrasonography with Dr. Jill Colloton. Dr. Edwards is a member of both the American Association of Bovine Practitioners and the Ontario Associate of Bovine Practitioners. In her spare time Dr. Edwards, enjoys taking canoe trips, watching and playing hockey, snowboarding, and hiking through The Algonquin Provincial Park interior. Dr. Edwards shares her home with her Duck Trolling Retriever-German Shepherd cross, Kaia.