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Our Pennsylvania Veterinarian
Lauren Connolly, DVM
House Call Veterinarian
Dr. Lauren Connolly did her undergraduate training at North Carolina State University and graduated from Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2004. She then returned to her native New England and has lived extensively up and down the east coast before settling in the Philadelphia area. Dr. Connolly has practiced in the traditional clinical setting, but has always enjoyed making house calls as she feels her patients are truly relaxed and happier. She has particular interests in animal behavior and hospice care and is passionate about preventative medicine. Dr. Connolly has a beautiful daughter and handsome son and in her free time enjoys playing games and reading to them. She can’t wait until they are old enough to take them backpacking and teach them about the outdoors. She also has two shelter dogs, one a Lab/Pitbull mix named Guinness and the other a Golden Retriever/Collie mix named Jake.
Laura Zehnder Jones, DVM
House Call Veterinarian
Dr. Laura Zehnder Jones grew up in New Jersey but pursued her education in Virginia by graduating from James Madison University in 2002 and obtained her DVM from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 2006. After initially working in Virginia, Laura moved to Pennsylvania where she now resides with her two rescued dogs, Barley and Amber, and her husband, Andrew. Laura enjoys being a veterinarian, because it allows her to combine her interest in science and medicine with her love of animals and those who care for them. Laura's favorite aspects of veterinary medicine are the complexities of internal medicine, soft tissue surgery, preventative medicine, and the human-animal bond. She is passionate about promoting adoption/rescue to help our animal companions who are the most in need. Laura's hobbies include hiking, painting, gardening, and updating her house.
Kathryn grew up always having dogs and cats in her home. Her passion for animals led her to pursue an education in the Veterinary Sciences field. She attended Rutgers University, Cook College, and graduated with a BS degree in Animal Science. She started her career in research but soon after started working from home along with her husband in their own business, and raising their three sons. Now that her children are older, Kathryn has joined VETdispatch to bring her compassion and caring to our clients. She lives in Long Valley, NJ with her husband, three boys and cat, Jax. She enjoys spending her spare time with family and friends.
Amy's love of animals started at an early age, as early as 5 yrs old. She would bring home turtles, frogs, birds, lost dogs - you name it! Growing up in the country, Amy was taught a true love and appreciation for all animals. After working for 10+ years in corporate America as a project manager, Amy felt like something was missing. She wanted to find a job that could not only utilize her experience in project and office management but incorporate her love of animals as well. That's when Amy's path crossed with VETdispatch! She lives in Long Valley, NJ where she shares her home with her wonderful boyfriend, Hugh, as well as their two black cats Chloe and Cakes (and any other animals that may be passing by).
Celina has always had a passion for helping animals. Her passion for animals really sparked after adopting Dyson, her dog. She has volunteered at a few local shelters and is currently in the process of receiving her certificate for veterinary assistant online at Penn Foster College. She shares her home with her cat, Velvet, and dog, Dyson.
Our Pennsylvania Veterinary Technicians
Susan is a respected canine behavior specialist with over 20 years of hands-on experience. Her career arc has taken her from a childhood home full of animals to working in veterinary hospitals to studying and practicing canine behavior and training techniques. Even though she is known to be great with the dogs, she has practiced, gentle and loving hands to deal with the kitties. In addition to working as a veterinary assistant, she teaches group obedience training classes; works in schools and at summer events educating children on canine evolution, genealogy, and behavior; helps wolves and wolf-dogs in confidence building and socialization for re-adoption; and volunteers with her dog, Jonny, in the “Greater Philadelphia Search and Rescue” team. She can also be seen as the dog expert for episodes of “NBC 10 Dawns Pet Project.”
Christina has been working in the veterinary field since 2007. Pets have always been a huge part of her life and she loves to care for them! She started her veterinary career out with a bang; working in emergency and critical care, then moved forward to surgical care and anesthesia, and is currently working as a veterinary rehabilitation technician. When she's not at work, you can find her on the trails hiking with her dog, Dori, or out rock climbing. She's quite the outdoor enthusiast! Aside from Dori, she also has two kitty children at home named Marlie and Dexter.
La Toya Lark
La Toya attended Manor College and graduated from the accredited Veterinary Technology program in 2013. She has been volunteering and working at various veterinary hospitals in Philadelphia and the surrounding areas since 2012. She also pet sits and dog walks for families in Philadelphia and the surrounding areas. She has recently lost her beloved Rottweiler, Cinder Love, who was humanely laid to rest May 2014. She is a lover of animals with a passion for their health and well-being.