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VCA Smoketown Animal Hospital

VCA Smoketown Animal Hospital

2497 Philadelphia Pike | Lancaster, PA 17576

Call 717-431-1257
Monday 7:30am - 7:30pm
Tuesday 7:30am - 7:30pm
Wednesday 7:30am - 7:30pm
Thursday 7:30am - 7:30pm
Friday 7:30am - 7:00pm
Saturday 7:30am - 1:30pm
Sunday Closed
  • Canine Rehabilitation
  • Board Certified Surgeon
  • Wellness Visits
  • Boarding
  • Advanced Care
  • Animal Boarding
  • Animal Daycare
  • Animal Flea Control
  • Animal Grooming
  • Animal Microchipping
  • Bird Vet
  • Declawing
  • Exotic Animal Vet
  • Small Animal Vet
  • Spaying/Neutering
  • Veterinarians
  • Veterinary Dentistry
  • Veterinary Euthanasia
  • Veterinary Medical Specialties
  • Veterinary Surgery
  • Veterinary Vaccinations
  • Veterinary Cropping
  • New Pet Initial Visit
  • Physical Exam

A Wealth of Veterinary Experience at Your Service!

Located in Smoketown PA, people have entrusted their pets' health with us for a century and we continue to serve and support our surrounding communities; Smoketown, Lancaster, Leola, Bird-in-hand, Intercourse, Strasburg, Willow Street, Gap, Coatesville, Parkesburg, Quarryville, Ephrata, Manheim, Lititz, and New Holland. When you visit our hospital, you will experience why our hospital has been such an integral part of the Lancaster community for many years and why customers in Lancaster and the surrounding communities has entrusted their pets health in us.

At VCA Smoketown Animal Hospital, we look forward to welcoming you, your dogs, cats, rabbits, ferrets, birds, and pocket 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.

Additional Services:
- Digital Radiology
- In-Hospital Pet Store
- Canine Rehabilitation
- Underwater Treadmill
- Puppy Training Classes
- Board-certified Radiologist and Surgeon

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Welcome to VCA Smoketown Animal Hospital! Welcome to VCA Smoketown Animal Hospital!
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Donald Shellenberger, VMD
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.

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John Hall, VMD
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.

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Hani Battah, DVM
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.

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 Gayle Jaeger
Gayle Jaeger

Associate Veterinarian
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.

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Leann Murphy, VMD
Leann Murphy, VMD

Dr. Murphy grew up in Lancaster and attended Conestoga Valley High School. Her family had a wide variety of pets and livestock on their farmette and she enjoyed caring for all the different species. She is the daughter of Dr. John Kreider, who was on staff at Smoketown Veterinary Hospital for 21 years, so she is quite familiar with the hospital and staff. She worked here in 2006 as an animal care attendant and again in 2009 while preparing for veterinary school. After receiving her bachelor�s degree in biochemistry from Messiah College, she earned her doctorate in veterinary medicine from the University of Pennsylvania. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, playing tennis, spending time with her husband Ryan, and visiting with her family and their two Boxers, Zeke and Jodie. Dr. Murphy is excited to be back in her hometown joining the team at such a high quality hospital.

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Dr. Megan Fowler
Dr. Megan Fowler

Dr. Megan Fowler-Pollitt joined the VCA Smoketown team at the beginning of 2015. She was born and raised in New Jersey. She attended vet school at the University of Pennsylvania after studying Ancient Greek and Latin at Colgate University in upstate New York. She stuck around Pennsylvania after her Veterinary externship because she really loved the area.

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