Veterinarians in Philadelphia

Claudia Casavecchia, DVM

Claudia Casavecchia, DVM philadelphia veterinarianDr. Claudia L. Casavecchia is a General Practitioner who joined the medical staff of Society Hill Veterinary Hospital in 1996 and became its owner in 2002.

A native of Bay Shore, New York, Dr. Casavecchia says that she has always held a deep love for animals. However, it was while growing up on Long Island and seeing a number of dogs hit and injured by cars that she decided she wanted to be a veterinarian to help heal animals that may be suffering. Since then, she says that a couple of her most memorable moments as a veterinarian are performing a C-section on a ewe under flashlight and bringing her dog Millennia back from a Parvovirus-induced hypoglycemia cardiac arrest.

For her undergraduate studies Dr. Casavecchia attended the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at Cornell University where she received a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science in 1985. During her college studies she was a member of the Cornell varsity field hockey and lacrosse teams, and a member of the club softball tea. In her senior year, Dr. Casavecchia received the field hockey Coaches Award. She was also a teaching assistant for the Beef Cattle Production class.

For veterinary school, Dr. Casavecchia attended the New York State College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University and received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1989. Her areas of special professional interest include soft tissue surgery, oncology and preventive medicine. She is a member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners, American Veterinary Medical Association, Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association, American Animal Hospital Association, and the Well Managed Practice Group. Additionally, she has continuing education certification in ultrasound and physical rehabilitation.

In 2005, the PVMA recognized her dedication to the animal welfare community by awarding her the Public Service Award of Merit.

Dr. Casavecchia has also used her veterinary medical training to help improve the plight of area animals in need. In particular, she was a volunteer at Philadelphia Animal Care and Control and currently sits on the board of the PSPCA. She also enjoys teaching the veterinary and summer high school interns from the Julian Krinsky program at Penn.

Her pets include a domestic longhaired cat named Wendell, Maine coon cat named Chester, and a Russian blue cat named Jupiter. Dr. Casavecchia's interests include playing softball, gardening, and European travel.

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philly veterinarian Melinda Spicer, DVMMelinda Spicer, DVM

Having worked at Society Hill Veterinary Hospital for a decade as a patient care assistant and technician, Dr. Melinda Spicer recently completed her education and transitioned to working as one of our highly skilled veterinarians in January of 2016. She attended Bucknell University for her undergraduate degree before transferring to St. George's University School of Veterinary Medicine. Her final year of clinical study was spent at the University of Pennsylvania.

"I have seen the superior standard of care offered to each and every patient," she says of her history with Society Hill Veterinary Hospital. "I am proud to work in an office with staff that is so dedicated to the health, welfare and happiness of every patient."

Dr. Spicer has a special interest in dermatology and enjoys interacting with the varied personalities of our many patients and their pet parents. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Dr. Spicer shares her home with a Silky Terrier named Truman and a cat named Jackson. She enjoys spending her free time with family, as well as baking and cooking vegetarian dishes.

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philly veterinarian Karoline Roderer, DVMKaroline Roderer, DVM

Dr. Karoline Roderer has been a practicing veterinarian since 2014. She began practicing veterinary medicine at Society Hill Veterinary Hospital in June 2016. Dr. Roderer brings positive energy and critical thinking as she collaborates with pets and their families to improve their quality of life.

After completing her Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering from Northwestern University, Dr. Roderer attended the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. She earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2014.

She says, "My favorite part about being a veterinarian is helping improve the human-animal bond. Everyone is very positive and upbeat at Society Hill. In addition, they care about patients as if they were their own pets."

At home, Dr. Roderer has a 3-year-old domestic shorthair cat named George. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, cooking and traveling to new places.

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philly veterinarian Karoline Roderer, DVMNicholle Hommel, VDM

Biography coming soon!

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