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 Svec
Small Animal Clinician
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 Tammy MacNamara
Small Animal Clincian
Dr. Tammy McNamara joined the practice in 2004 and enjoys 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.
Dr Jerilyn Jacobs
Small Animal and Equine Practitioner
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 Dan Abbott
Small Animal Clinician
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.
Dr Lea Warner
Equine and Small Animal Clinician
Dr Lea Warner, joined us in August of 2015. 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 large animal internship for the University. That was followed by private mixed animal practice in Virginia for one year before wishing to return to Vermont. She has an interest in preventative care, geriatrics (both of the feline and equine persuasions!), and equine dentistry. Dr Warner is a member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP), and is also certified in animal chiropractic by the Animal Chiropractic Certification Commission (ACCC) of the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association (AVCA). Dr Warner loves hiking, baking, and trail riding her horses in the beautiful VT woods. She shares her home with several cats, dogs, and horses.
Dr Ted Johnson
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 Jaclyn Torzewski
Small Animal Clinician
Dr. Torzewski,also known as Dr T, joined our practice in June 2018 as a small animal practitioner after several years working in an emergency and critical care facility in MA. She graduated from St. George’s University in 2015 and completed her clinical rotations at the University of Tennessee. Outside of work, she enjoys outdoor activities with her husband and Australian Shepherd, Kona.