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Our clinic was initially founded in 1952 by Dr. David Baldwin at its current location. The building has a lot of history and was the first post office in Dummerston in 1815 and prior to that was a tavern! Dr. Baldwin was joined in 1962 by Dr. J. Clyde Johnson. At that time it was primarily a livestock and equine clinic and serviced the local Standardbred racetrack as well. Many things have changed, but we still have a strong tradition of having committed veterinarians who are with us for the long term.
Dr. Ron Veenema has been with the practice since 1973, his favorite place to be when he is not seeing patients is the surgical suite. He enjoys orthopedic surgeries and frequently repairs torn cranial cruciate ligaments (ACL) in our canine patients. Dr. Veenema has participated in numerous mission trips to Haiti where he provides much needed services to the local community. He also finds time to serve as the secretary / treasurer of the Vermont Veterinary Medical Association (VVMA) and chairs their budget committee.
Dr. Ron Svec joined the practice in 1983 after receiving his medical degree from Kansas State University. His area of expertise includes small and exotic animal medicine and surgery. He also enjoys offering assistance and consultation with local wildlife rescue and rehabilitation. In March he often travels to Alaska to participate in the Iditarod Sled Dog Race as a trail veterinarian. He also serves as secretary for the International Sled Dog Veterinary Medical Association. He enjoys coaching, playing and officiating soccer. His outdoor interests include wildlife observation, fishing and kayaking.
Dr. Ted Johnson, who joined the practice in 1990, focuses on the health needs of the horse population in the tri-state region. He enjoys lameness, pre-purchase exams, and the problem solving that comes with daily equine practice. During his time away from the office he enjoys woodworking and the outdoors. In the winter he also enjoys back country skiing and is a member of the Ski Patrol at Magic Mountain.
Dr. Jerilyn Jacobs has been with us since 1994 and lives on a small farm in Vermont. She enjoys both small animal and equine medicine. She enjoys a variety of horse back riding activities, such as ranch horse shows, jumping, trail riding, equine agility, and western dressage with her Quarter Horse, Tana. She is also a trustee of the Veterinary Scholarship Trust of New England (VSTONE) and on the board for the Southern Vermont Therapeutic Riding Center (SVTRC). Dr. Jacobs was also inducted to the Stoneleigh-Burnham School's Wall of Fame.
Dr. Tammy McNamara joined the practice in 2004 and enjoys preventative equine care along with small animal medicine and surgery. She is a member of the VVMA Animal Welfare Committee, the Vermont Equine Welfare Coalition, and previously worked at Dakin Humane Society. She shares her home with a variety of pets, including three rescue horses, a mini donkey, and a German Shepherd. She enjoys trail riding and gardening in her spare time. She and her husband have two beautiful girls at home, Grace and Ruby.
Originally from Yarmouth, Maine, Dr. Dan Abbott joined us in July 2011 after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania. The founding veterinarians of our clinic (Dr. David Baldwin and Dr. Clyde Johnson) also graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, as did Dr. Ron Veenema, so he is in good company! Prior to veterinary school, he gained a wide variety of animal related experience, including volunteering at a wildlife sanctuary for chimpanzees and studying field biology in Costa Rica and Botswana. Dr. Abbott has a strong interest in small animal surgery and is excited to be a part of our mixed animal practice. Outside of veterinary medicine he enjoys hiking, skiing, kayaking, and spending time with his shepherd mix, Bombero. Dr. Abbott loves living in beautiful Southern Vermont and may be spotted exploring the local parks, forests, and rivers.
Our newest addition joined us in August of 2015, Dr. Lea Warner. Dr. Warner is a native of Pomfret, VT and a 2013 graduate of the University of Georgia, Dr. Warner went on to do an ambulatory internship for the University. That was followed by being in a private practice in Virginia for one year, before wishing to return to Vermont. She has an interest in equine preventative care, equine geriatrics, and client education.