- Canine Rehabilitation
- Board Certified Surgeon
- Wellness Visits
- Advanced Care
- Animal Boarding
- Animal Daycare
- Animal Flea Control
- Animal Grooming
- Animal Microchipping
- Bird Vet
- Exotic Animal Vet
- Small Animal Vet
- Veterinary Dentistry
- Veterinary Euthanasia
- Veterinary Medical Specialties
- Veterinary Surgery
- Veterinary Vaccinations
- Veterinary Cropping
At VCA Smoketown Animal Hospital, we look forward to welcoming you, your dog, cat and other pets. Everyone on our staff believes the better we get to know your pets, the better we can provide the best possible healthcare for them. In fact, when you come in, you'll see exactly why our veterinarians are praised for their kind and thorough care. We'll give you and your pet all the time you need, and never rush through an exam. We'll also carefully track the course of your pet's care, which is so important to your pet's long-term health.
In every case, you'll be served by experienced, knowledgeable members of our staff. Our veterinarians, veterinary technicians and other pet-friendly personnel are trained to the highest standards. Their knowledge of the latest veterinary medicines and procedures ensures that all our pet patients get the best in prevention and healing methods.
- Digital Radiology
- In-Hospital Pet Store
- Canine Rehabilitation
- Underwater Treadmill
- Puppy Training Classes
- Board-certified Radiologist and Surgeon
Donald Shellenberger, VMD
Born and raised in Lancaster County, Dr. Shellenberger began his veterinary career at Smoketown in 1978 after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Shellenberger credits a great team of doctors and an excellent support staff for the current success of the practice.
When not at the hospital, Dr. Shellenberger enjoys spending time with his wife, Ann, his three daughters, their husbands, four grandchildren, one grand-dog, and two grand-cats. He is an avid boater on the Chesapeake Bay and, of course, enjoys eating crabs.
John Hall, VMD
Dr. Hall joined Smoketown Veterinary Hospital right out of veterinary school in 1980. He has been here ever since and especially enjoys the diversity of the practice. Noting the numerous doctors on staff, he sees this as an opportunity for each to develop a variety of special interests. Dr. Hall has several special interests himself, most of which were the result of owning several lovebirds, guinea pigs, and rats. He enjoys working with pet birds and pocket pets in addition to dogs and cats. Because behavior issues are a significant problem with birds, Dr. Hall has expanded his education to include behavior issues as well.
Dr. Hall owns a Border Collie mix, named Gus and a purebred Blue Somali, named Phantom. In addition, he has rescued several stray cats which now enjoy the luxuries of indoor living.
His aviary includes the following species: macaws, cockatoos, a Nanday conure, Pionus parrots, African greys, Eclectus parrots, a Toco toucan, a yellow-naped Amazon, a black-headed caique, an African ringneck, a violet-necked lory, budgies, lovebirds, cockatiels, finches, canaries, and pigeons.
Dr. Hall is a veterinarian for the Operation Scarlet Shar-Pei Rescue. Dr. Hall is also Medical Director at VCA Bridgeport Animal Hospital. He also enjoys traveling, gardening, and gourmet cooking.
Hani Battah, DVM
Dr. Battah claims that Smoketown Veterinary Hospital is one of the busiest and most progressive practices he knows. This is remarkable because he has been involved with veterinary medicine not only in the U.S., but in New Zealand and Iraq as well. He has been with Smoketown Veterinary Hospital since 2004.
Interested in becoming board-certified in veterinary dentistry, Dr. Battah likens a pet?s teeth to a human?s hands. ?Pets do everything with their mouths that we do with our hands,? he says. ?So a pet without teeth is like a human without hands.? This makes it important to preserve existing teeth rather than extracting them.
When not at work, Dr. Battah enjoys time with his wife, daughter, and his cat named ?Katie.? Athletically he plans on tackling two triathlons per year besides his involvement with soccer and weight training.
Board Certification: American College of Veterinary Surgeons
Veterinary School: North Carolina State University
Gayle H. Jaeger, a native of Long Island New York, received her Bachelor's of Science from Syracuse University and earned her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from North Carolina State University. She completed an academic internship at Oklahoma State University and a specialized surgical internship in Orlando, Florida at Affiliated Veterinary Specialists. Dr. Jaeger then returned to North Carolina State University for her surgical residency training while earning a Masters degree in Specialized Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Jaeger was inducted into the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2004. Dr. Jaeger worked with California Veterinary Specialists in San Marcos, California specializing in Orthopedics and Surgical Oncology.
Veterinary School: Oklahoma State University
Originally from Green Lane, PA planted roots on the countryside of Conestoga, PA. Dr Urban started veterinary school at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine on the island of St. Kitts, West Indies, she transferred to Oklahoma State University School of Veterinary Medicine in August 2010. I enjoy spending time with my "coconut" retriever "Lassie" whom I adopted while living in the Caribbean and hiking with my other dog "Delilah". Her other interests include trail running, horseback riding, organic gardening, and flyball. Veterinary medicine interests include animal rehabilitation, sports medicine, acupuncture, chiropractics, nutrition, herbal medicine, and international veterinary aide programs.
Mitchell Barnett, DVM
Dr. Mitch Barnett grew up in Reading, PA, and graduated veterinary school from Ross University in the Caribbean Island of St. Kitts he then did his clinical year at Auburn University.
When Dr. Barnett is not working, he enjoys spending time with his wife Nicole (also a veterinarian), and their two dogs, Sandie and Griffin. Sandie and Griffin are"coconut" retrievers that Dr. Barnett & his wife adopted while at vet school in St. Kitts. Dr. Barnett is also an avid golfer and enjoys a good soccer game.
Stephanie Herr, VMD
Dr. Herr is no stranger to VCA Smoketown Animal Hospital. She was a technician assistant and kennel assistant here in 1999. The diversity of our caseload attracted Dr. Herr back in 2008.
During her free time, Dr. Herr likes to spend time with her family and collect Gemstones. She has a 2yr old Beagle/Rottweiler mix named, Porter.