Let us show you what compassionate care really means! Our experienced staff will provide your pet with only the very best care – whether they are here for an appointment, or with us for an extended stay. At Confederate Woods Veterinary hospital, Client education, exceptional service and patient care are our top priorities.
Our veterinary technicians provide your pet with exceptional care. They can answer many of your pet care questions and if your pet needs surgery, or needs to stay in our hospital for extended care, they’ll provide your pet with our special brand of compassionate care.
In addition to providing nursing care and administering treatments to our hospitalized patients, our veterinary technicians perform many tasks, including operation of our in-hospital laboratory equipment, positioning and obtaining X-rays, monitoring patient anesthesia, and performing dental cleanings.
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I joined Confederate Woods in early 2014 during which time I was attending classes in Veterinary Medical Technology at Wilson College. Before coming to CWVH, I worked as a shelter technician at the Adams County SPCA where I cared for a variety of animal personalities. With this background and experience, I try to make our patient’s experience the best it can be.
I have two dogs, Frank and Aurora, and a cat named Mini that I adopted while I was at the shelter. I also have two other cats, Ralph and Alice, two leopard geckos and a blue-tongued skink in my home. I enjoy working in a small animal practice but I also enjoy working with horses and reptiles. In my spare time, I enjoy going on walks with my dogs and watching a good movie. I also have a pretty extensive rock and geode collection that I enjoy expanding.
Our technician assistants play a pivotal role in the care of our patients. They have many diverse responsibilities including assisting the doctor during appointments, filling prescriptions, cleaning exams rooms, helping with inventory, updating medical records, and assisting with patient care.
Whatever the assigned task, the help they provide to our doctors and veterinary technicians is critical to our overall patient care goals. Our assistants not only have a focus on patient care, but are trained to educate our clients on many aspects of their pet’s care. Ensuring that you have the information you need to take the best care of your pet is a top priority.
I joined the Confederate Woods family in 2016. Before moving to Gettysburg, I worked in a small veterinary practice in New York for eleven years. I love being around animals and enjoy working closely with the doctors. I like knowing that I play a part in keeping someone’s pet healthy and happy. I always keep a positive attitude and try to do the best job that I can.
I have a seven year old Peke/Pug named Hoagie, who definitely keeps me moving! In my free time, I enjoy visiting with friends and talking with my family in New York. I love traveling, taking long walks, and reading. Some interesting things about me are that I love to write and have had three poems published. I also love to ghost hunt!
Beth – Receptionist/Technician Assistant
I joined Confederate Woods Veterinary Hospital in April, 2017 after working for a small animal hospital in Maryland for over 20 years. I enjoy interacting with our clients and their pets each day.
I have 2 cats, Doctor and Tucker, who are actually dogs in cat bodies! I enjoy spending my free time with the husband and sons and working in my garden. I also enjoy photography and geology.
Tessa – Technician Assistant
I joined the team at Confederate Woods in October 2017 after completing my veterinary assistant program and earning my certificate at Penn Foster Career School. I have always loved being around animals and I have an amazing positive attitude.
I have 2 cats, Spook (12 yrs ) and Smoke (7 yrs ), a rabbit, Saphira (5 yrs) and 2 chickens, Charlotte and Rhonda (2 yrs). I enjoy horseback riding and tending to all my animals since they keep me very busy. I also enjoy going to the beach, love rollercoasters and anything related to the paranormal.
Jennifer – Receptionist/Technician Assistant
I joined the Confederate Woods Veterinary Hospital in January 2018. I began my veterinary career working in emergency medicine as a technician 20 years ago. Since then I have worn many hats in veterinary medicine but my true calling is working with clients to answer their questions while working to create a warm, comfortable environment for both owners and their pets.
I live in Gettysburg with my 2 amazing children and our critters.
Kayla – Technician Assistant
I joined Confederate Woods in the summer of 2018. I had lived in Missouri for two years where I worked at a doggie daycare and boarding facility while doing some schooling. Although I’m pretty quiet, I like meeting new people and getting to learn about their pets.
While I’m just a bit more of a cat person than a dog person, my Bichonpoo/Eskimo dog, Bailey, is my baby, and I have a big interest in dog behavior and training. My other interests include drawing, hiking, collecting, and all kinds of animals – even insects and spiders!
Tami – Technician Assistant
I joined the Confederate Woods team in the summer of 2018. With over 11 years experience, I have worked in animal hospitals in Pennsylvania, Colorado and Florida. I have been fortunate to have not only cared for dogs and cats but also dealt with wildlife such as eagles, hawks, bobcats and cattle. Originally from the Harrisburg area, I’m glad to return to central PA and a be a part the CWVH team!
I love to be active and be outdoors. When I am not mountain biking or rock climbing with my husband Chris, I can be found running or kayaking with my Border Collie mix, Bodhi. I also share my home with 2 cats: Tucker, and the newest addition, Mini.
Kelsey- Technician Assistant
I joined the team at Confederate Woods in September of 2018 during which time I was fulfilling my internship requirements for Wilson College. I will be concluding my time at college with a Bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Medical Technology, a concentration in Equine Assistance, and dual minors in Equine Management and Small Business Entrepreneurship. After having years of experience working with animals in various programs such as 4H, FFA, and volunteer opportunities at shelters, I decided to turn my love for animals into a career.
During my free time I love to spend it with my personally owned animals! I have two dogs that were both rescued from shelters, as well as two cats, and three horses. I have also previously owned a small group of rats! My hobbies consist of horseback riding, going to craft fairs and antiquing, attending music festivals and traveling in and out of the United States. I look forward to the opportunities that working at CWVH has to offer me, as well as meeting all of the clients and patients who attend our facility!
Our doctors and staff are able to perform their good work largely because of the support structure created by our dedicated management team. They work diligently to support our daily mission: providing excellence in client service, client education, and patient care.
Mary Jo arrived in Gettysburg with her husband, Dr. Dale, and their three children Robert, Jody, and Michael in 1980, when Dr. Dale purchased a veterinary practice from Dr. Richard Newsham. She has a background in medicine as a registered nurse and in banking. She was the first female lending officer at Lincon Bank in Philadelphia, PA.
Upon arriving in Gettysburg, both talents were called to play. Mary Jo helped Dr. Dale in the early years of practice with medical and surgical emergencies, while also taking charge of the bookkeeping for the practice. Mary Jo continues to manage the accounts for Confederate Woods Veterinary Hospital, Inc., now owned by her daughter Dr. Jody. She has been a part of the practice since 1980 and hopes to be here for years to come!! She enjoys cooking, playing bridge, traveling, and spending time with friends and family, especially Dale.
I joined the team at Confederate Woods Veterinary Hospital in July 2015. I received an A.S. degree in Veterinary Medical Technology from Wilson College in 1983 and have been working as a full-time Licensed Veterinary Technician ever since. Over the years, I have worked with an array of species including exotics and wildlife. My favorite aspect of the veterinary profession has always been the opportunity to learn something new every single day.
I have a crazy Samoyed mix dog, “Larry” and an always entertaining cat, “Jeff”. I enjoy spending time with my family and especially enjoy special moments with my granddaughter, Lily. During my free time, I can be found on the back of a motorcycle, reading, rubber stamping, and crafting.
I have worked at CWVH since 1992 and I feel that since that time many advances have been made in veterinary medicine. I most enjoy educating clients on the importance of preventative care and other health-related issues. I started this job with the hope of helping animals and truly believe that education is the key. I know that whenever a pet owner is provided with the correct information, an animal benefits.