Unlike humans, most pets seem to be in perpetually good moods. They're ecstatic when you arrive home from work, are always ready to play and enjoy keeping you company whether you're cooking dinner ...View Article
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As a young girl, Kristan Gutowski and her closest friends were fascinated with breeding hamsters—so much so that Kristan’s mother had to put a stop to it when she realized there were nearly 50 hamsters living in her basement! Kristan’s fascination with pets and wildlife set the stage early on for her dream of becoming a veterinarian when she grew up.
At first, Janna Giaimuccio thought she would study human medicine, but that changed during high school when she volunteered at her local veterinary hospital. Having grown up with dogs in the family and seeing the remarkable changes good veterinary care could bring to an animal in need, Janna realized veterinary medicine would be the perfect fit for her life and career!
Dr. Baxter is a graduate of North Carolina State University. Originally from Oklahoma; she started her animal career at the University of Rhode Island where she received undergraduate degrees in marine biology and animal science. Following veterinary school she completed a small animal medicine rotating internship at The Hope Center, where she then stayed for an additional specialty internship in Internal Medicine before entering general practice.
Matt grew up in Long Island and first realized he wanted to be a veterinarian after working at several local practices in high school. He moved to Ithaca, NY after high school to attend Cornell University for his undergraduate and veterinary degrees. He was able to work with numerous species during his time there, ranging from mice to jaguars; he also completed an honors thesis in equine research. During that time he owned a variety of pets including dogs, a one-eyed cat, chinchillas, gerbils and rabbits.