Dr. Hugh Matthews - Veterinarian and practice owner Dr. Hugh Matthews became employed by Emmitsburg Veterinary Hospital in 1985, working with EVH founder, Dr. William Carr and Dr. Patrick Favret. He and his wife were able to purchase the practice in 1989. Having grown up in San Antonio, Texas, he graduated from Texas A&M in 1979 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science.
With professional interests in surgery, dermatology and ophthalmology, Dr. Matthews attended Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and graduated with his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 1985.
Enjoying anything that has to do with being outdoors, Dr. Matthews particularly likes fishing, hiking, and sailing. He donates medical and surgical services to the SPCA and sponsors low-cost cat spay and neuter clinics.
His family includes his wife and co-owner, Nell Matthews, along with three children, Kate, Will, and Ann. His extended “family” also consists of a mutt named Phineas, a Labrador named Duncan and a domestic shorthaired cat.
Dr. Jan Wimer - With professional interests in feline medicine, Dr. Jan Wimer brought her veterinary talents to Emmitsburg Veterinary Hospital in 1998. Having grown up in McLean VA, she attended Virginia Tech and received her B.S. Degree in Animal Science. She graduated in 1992 having achieved deans list and membership in the Alpha Zeta Agriculture Honor Society.
Following her undergraduate studies, she attended Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine and graduated in 1998 with her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine.
Dr. Wimer is married to Mark, a cable technician, and they have a daughter, Kate, and a son, Cole. Their pets include, two Australian Shepherds named Tess and Dixie, a Pomeranian named Little Dog, four cats named Captain Hook, Borris, Bella, and Leroy, a horse named Bodee and a pony named Peanut.
Dr. Jennifer McDonald - Veterinarian at Emmitsburg Veterinary Hospital since the spring of 2004, Dr. Jennifer McDonald attended Ross University where she was awarded her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 2003.
Prior to her acceptance into veterinary school, Dr. McDonald received a Masters Degree in Zoology from Clemson and a B.S. Degree in Marine Biology from the College of Charleston, located in Charleston SC.
A general veterinary practitioner at Emmitsburg, Dr. McDonald has professional interests in veterinary dentistry and farm animal medicine and surgery.
Heavily involved with 4-H, Dr. McDonald’s outside interests and hobbies include horseback riding, gardening, fishing, playing volleyball, skiing, scuba diving and just about anything that involves being outdoors.
Dr. McDonald is married to Jason, a sales manager, and they have two daughters, Caroline and Ella. Their family also includes 3 dogs, Sammy, Pip, and Attila, 2 cats; Sugar Bee and Yoyo, and several farm animals.
Dr. James Heilbron - Dr. Heilbron has worked as a relief vet for our hospital for the past several years. Dr. Heilbron received his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech. He is Penn Hip Certified and enjoys herbal medicine and acupuncture.
At home Dr. Heilbron enjoys traveling and supporting his two daughters during their dance competitions. His family also includes 2 dogs, a Golden Retriever named Daisy and a Yorkie Poo named Rhino. Dr. Heilbron has 4 cats as well.
Nell - Vice president and co-owner of Emmitsburg Veterinary Hospital, Nell has lived in towns and cities all over the United States as well as The Netherlands, Mexico, and Dominica. She attended Texas A & M University, where she met her husband Dr. Hugh Matthews, and graduated with her BS in Biomedical Science in 1980.
Highly involved in the Gettysburg local community, Nell has organized a group of citizens to work toward building a community pool. She runs a tennis program for children under the USTA and has also served on the Adams County Career Aid Project for the past six years.
Nell enjoys playing tennis, sailing, traveling, and being with friends and family.
Nell and Hugh have three wonderful children: Kate, Will, and Ann
Michelle - A native of Washington D.C., Office Manager Michelle spent most of her childhood in Waynesboro, PA. A graduate of the American Animal Hospital Association Veterinary Management School, she has worked in the animal field since 1998.
Michelle enjoys spending time with her family: husband Mel, son David, and daughters Samantha and Paige. Complimenting this crew are two cats; Speedbump and Mercedes, and three very spoiled dogs, Iris, Trooper and Allie; as well as chickens. Michelle also enjoys volunteering with Purrfect Feline Friends as a foster mom.
Michelle’s hobbies are walking, reading, and spending time with family.
Beth Haynes - Beth graduated in 2006 from Wilson College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Veterinary Medical Technology, and a minor in Business. Her work interests include dentistry and she enjoys her contact with so many pets and people.
Her other interests include hiking, gardening and spending time with her family. She shares her home with husband Chuck, son Charlie, and grandson Gabriel, as well as a Doberman named Vyper, and an Australian Shepard named Addee Mouse.
Jason - Originally from the Gettysburg area, Jason has worked as a veterinary technician at Emmitsburg Veterinary Hospital since 2002. A graduate of both Pennsylvania State University (with his B.S. Degree in Dairy and Animal Science) and Wilson College (with his A.S. in Veterinary Technology) he is a licensed veterinary technician in the state of PA, and a member of the Pennsylvania State Animal Response Team.
Jason finds time to volunteer his services as an assistant in Quick Fix (low cost neutering) and microchip clinics. Jason also enjoys spending time with his daughter Bri and showing his Great Dane Liberty.
Theresa - Theresa has been a licensed technician at EVH since 1996. Being a long time Emmitsburg resident, she is familiar with many of the locals and their pets who busy themselves around the town.
Theresa and her husband Roy have 3 children; Lindsay, Kyle, and Tye. She also shares her home with 2 cats, Singebob and Spongebob Square Pants, 2 dogs Huckleberry Finn and Wyatt Earp, a micro pig named Dori and two horses; Farrah and Bristle.
Lindsay - Lindsay joined the staff at EVH in 2008 after moving back from Albuquerque, NM. Lindsay attended the Cedar Valley College in Lancaster, Texas studying Veterinary Technician Medicine. While living in Albuquerque where her husband was stationed in the military, Lindsay worked in a mobile spay and neuter clinic. Her interests within the hospital include surgery and emergency medicine. Outside the hospital Lindsay enjoys hiking, shopping, and Zumba! Lindsay and her family share their home with a English Mastiff named Tator, a Lab named Tyke, and a cat named Cleo.
Jamie - Jamie started at EVH in 2002 as a kennel technician and has since moved up to technician. In the hospital Jamie’s interests include behavior medicine and marketing. At home she enjoys reading, camping, hiking and spending time with her family. Jamie, her husband and two children share their home with two dogs, Trinity a Border collie mix, and Timber a Beagle mix. They also have 4 cats, Frank, Peanut, Rosie, and Alley, a turtle named Donatello and a guinea pig named Oreo.
Kayla - Kayla joined our family in 2012 as a kennel and tech assistant. At home Kayla enjoys playing basketball and walking with her dogs. She has a Pekingese/Pomeranian mix named KoKo, a black Lab named Duke, and a Golden Retriever named Hunter. Kayla also has started an annual 5K Run/ 1 mile Walk called “No Hair, Don’t Care Tortoise & Hair run/walk” The annual event will help raise money to fund research for Alopecia Areata, an autoimmune disease that causes hair loss.
Amanda - Amanda recently finished up her degree in Veterinary Technology and is now a permanent staff member! Amanda attended the International Business College in Indianapolis, Indiana. Along with her family she has raised 3 Seeing Eyes puppies. Amanda enjoys baking and crafts. Amanda’s family includes a Shih zu named Archie, Daisy a Labrador, Smokey the cat, a Bearded Dragon, two guinea pigs and a Gecko.
Melody - Receptionist at Emmitsburg Veterinary Hospital since 2001, Melody has a large family including 7 children named Jeremy, Cheryl, Kris, Natalie, Jesse, Brandon, and Clinton, and nine grandchildren. Her family also includes two Shih-Poos, Snoops and Chelsea. Along with family activities, Melody enjoys gardening and interior decorating
Dawn - Starting in March of 2006, Dawn is a full time receptionist at Emmitsburg Veterinary Hospital.
Residing in Adams County, Dawn loves Harley rides in the mountains and fills quiet time making beaded jewelry. She has a Pit Bull named Junior and two cats, Sky and Fuzz.
Michele - Michele has been the groomer at EVH since 1993! Michele is a true dog and cat whisperer. Pets seem to calm right down when in her hands. Michele studied grooming in Silver Spring Maryland. When she isn’t glamming up our pets she enjoys crocheting and collecting Santa’s.
Tubbs - Tubbs showed up on our doorstep one crisp October morning in a box. We brought her into the hospital, fed her, and checked her over to make sure she was ok. The staff instantly fell in love with her and we talked our owner, Dr. Matthews into keeping her. She hangs out on our front desk greeting our clients everyday.