Claudia Casavecchia, DVM
Dr. 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.
Karoline Regan, DVM
Dr. Karoline Regan has been a practicing veterinarian since 2014. She began practicing veterinary medicine at Society Hill Veterinary Hospital in June 2016. Dr. Regan 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. Regan 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. Regan has a 3-year-old domestic shorthair cat named George. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, cooking and traveling to new places.
Nicholle Hommel, VMD
Dr. Nicholle Hommel is our associate veterinarian who’s been with us since May 2007. She has over 14 years of experience in the animal-related field with 10 of those years as a veterinarian. She works alongside our other vets to diagnose and treat illness and disease, perform surgery, and provide preventative care for our patients. She received her doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Pennsylvania.
Some of her favorite things about Society Hill Veterinary Hospital include the high standard of medical care we provide, thorough follow-ups and patient care, and the available diagnostics for patients, including digital x-rays and ultrasounds.
Dr. Hommel has a domestic short-hair cat at home named Smoke. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her children, going to the beach, hiking, biking, and camping.