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Meredith Lawler learned about herself and veterinary medicine as a vet tech working at Valley Vet. The University of Pittsburgh graduate is now in grad school at Temple University.

Meredith Lawler’s first role at Valley Veterinary Hospital was as a kennel worker. At the time, she was an ambitious 17-year-old high school student who was interested in learning all she could about medicine.

“It’s been so memorable,” says Meredith, an Owen J. Roberts High School graduate, who worked her way up to scheduling appointments and working directly with the patients. “I have enjoyed my experiences at Valley Veterinary Hospital and learned an immense amount about myself, the medical field, administration, all while giving back to patients and clients. It was so nice to dive in to all this medicine and the staff has been so helpful in the whole educational experience.” (more…)

Hoodie made himself comfortable very quickly.

Hoodie, seen here asleep next to Sasha, made himself comfortable very quickly.

When Joe Nattle started up his Toyota Highlander all seemed perfect. He left the driveway of his Phoenixville home to meet his wife, Debbie, at his mother-in-law’s house in Royersford.

That’s when a typical drive last September turned very unusual.

“He started to hear what he thought was a cat meowing,” says Debbie. Joe pulled over to the side of the road to call his wife. “But every time he stopped the car, the sound of the cat stopped. He looked inside the hood, under the car, and couldn’t find anything.”

Bewildered, and yet confident that he was not imagining the sound, Joe had no choice but to continue to the house. He would switch on the radio and the mewing would stop. Turn off the radio, and the crying would start again. By the time Joe arrived, Debbie, Debbie’s mother and brother and a group of neighbors had gathered on the sidewalk to meet him.

“When he got there, everybody was looking and we opened the hood and sure enough this little kitten popped its head up, he was right underneath the window washer fluid,” says Debbie. The buff and white tuxedo cat with four white paws had just a smudge of grease on his nose.

“There wasn’t a scratch on him,” says Debbie. “We couldn’t believe it. I scooped him up and we got him some food.”

Debbie and Joe have a young son, Trey, and they already had a 17-year-old Himalayan named Sasha.

The couple had been talking about getting another cat, but this wasn’t the way they thought it would happen.

“You could tell he belonged to someone,” says Debbie. “We called the SPCA, all the vets and we put posters up to see if we could find his owner. We had him scanned for a microchip, anything we could think of, but nobody claimed him.”

By this point the little intruder had made himself at home, following Joe around the house and launching play attacks. “He’s very social and he’s a terror, too,” says Debbie. They brought the kitten to Valley Veterinary to have him examined. “We have been going to Valley Vet for 17 years,” says Debbie. “I just love Dr. Shreiber. He’s taken care of my cats. I trust him with Sasha. He’s always been there. He gets you in when you need an appointment.”

It wasn’t too hard to come up with a name for the wayward kitten, she says. “We named him Hoodie,” says Debbie. “It just seemed to fit.”

“The best part of having a veterinarian who knows your family … they take it as their personal responsibility to care for my dog and making sure she gets the best life possible.”

– Kristin DePolo, Chester County, PA

Amber is a nine-year-old hunting Golden Retriever. Different from the American Show Goldens, the hunting Golden is somewhat heartier and savors its time in the outdoors. Dr. Shreiber has cared for Amber since Kristin DePolo first brought her in as a patient at 6 weeks old. “As she has grown, her requirements have changed,” says Kristin. Although she was a fussy eater as a puppy, she has evolved into the well trained (and well fed) family darling. Her favorite snacks include pizza and peanut butter.

“Dr. Shreiber caught on very quickly that this dog was like my child,” says Kristin. “He remembers every detail, not just of my dog’s life, but my family’s life, too.”

The bond between Amber and Kristin is strong. When Kristin was pregnant, Amber would rest her head on Kristin’s stomach and follow her around the house. The family lives on top of Valley Forge Mountain and they often walk the 20 acres of woods that surround their home. More than once, Amber has protected Kristin and her two young sons from coyotes on the property, says Kristin. Exercise and excellent care have kept Amber very healthy up until this August when she had to undergo surgery to repair a torn ACL. Playful and adventurous, Amber romps with the kids and likely tore it while chasing a ball. Although Dr. Shreiber is trained in multiple techniques for knee surgery, he referred Amber to the capable staff of Metropolitan Veterinary Hospital for the best available surgeon and procedure. “It was never a question that Amber, with her lifestyle, needed to return to an extremely high level of activity,” says Dr. Shreiber. “We discussed all options and different types of procedures and decided that Metropolitan could provide the best services for Amber’s surgery.”

Kristin counted on Valley Veterinary for the best advice. “Dr. Shreiber knew even though she was nine, she was still very active and that having surgery would help her maintain her active life,” she says. “That is the best part of having a veterinarian who knows your family.” In the days that followed Amber’s surgery, Kristin and her husband, Jeff, received regular phones calls from the staff at Valley Veterinary Hospital. “They take it as their personal responsibility to care for my dog and making sure she gets the best life possible,” says Kristin. “We love Dr. Shreiber. He jumps through a lot of hoops and has a lot of patience with me. Most importantly, I know he loves my dog, so I will always trust him to do what is best for her and my family.”

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