We’re dedicated to your pet’s health.
Jay Rowan, VMD
Chief Veterinarian and Practice Owner
Dr. Rowan treats all pets as if they are his own. Stop in to check out Dr. R’s collection of veterinary antiques and vintage advertising featuring dogs and cats. Clients appreciate his exceptional “petside” manner. For example, he is happy to get down on the floor to examine the big dogs, so they remain as comfortable as possible. Make an appointment to meet Dr. Rowan now; new client first pet exam is always free!
Dr. Rowan attended Penn State, graduating with a BS in Biology, with distinction, in 1985. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 1990 as a member of The Society of Phi Zeta, the honor society of veterinary medicine. He became the owner of Paoli Vetcare (previously Tredyffrin Animal Hospital) in 1996. He is the parent of two college-aged boys and lives on a historic farm (circa 1764) with a myriad of pets, literally too many to name. Doc enjoys reading and spending time outdoors, especially working around the farm, backpacking, and canoeing.
“We’re here to cure!”
Dawn Urioste, BS, DVM
Prior to enrolling at Colorado State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1994, Dr. Urioste served in the US Army during Operation Desert Shield/Storm in Saudi Arabia and Iraq. After graduation from vet school, Dawn continued to serve our country in the US Army Reserve as a veterinarian responsible for food safety and the care of military working dogs. For over 20 years, she has specialized in small animal medicine; caring for dogs, cats, rabbits, ferrets, guinea pigs, rats, hamsters, gerbils, and mice. She enjoys practicing preventative medicine in addition to diagnosing and treating sick pets. Meeting our clients’ new puppies and kittens is one of the best things about working at Paoli Vetcare!
Dr. Dawn shares her home with four cats (Vinnie, Roomba, Willow, and Hunter) and two dogs (Lexi and Zoe.) Her family roots for all the Philly sports teams. When she is not caring for our clients and their pets, she enjoys horseback riding, reading, and watching Starship Enterprise. If she could be any animal, she would be a sloth because they are adorable vegetarians who spend most of their lives in the tree canopy of the endangered tropical forests in Central and South America.
“What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger.”
Veterinary Office Manager, Veterinary Assistant, and Receptionist
Emily is our awesome jack-of-all-trades! She juggles managing the office, assisting the veterinarians with anesthesia, dentals, & medical treatments, as well as helping out in with reception & client services. Emily has a degree in Wildlife Conservation and Management from Penn Foster and is currently working toward a Veterinary Technician Associates Degree.
Emily loves to root for the E-A-G-L-E-S, hike, sketch, and shoot black and white photography. She took all the photos on this page! Emily is inspired by her kids, Brighton & Molly. She would be an otter if she could be any animal because they are playful, silly, and her family loves watching them at the Philadelphia Zoo. Emily’s family shares their home with some amazing pets – Chunk (German Shorthaired Pointer), Kira & Felice (two gray & white Tuxedo cats,) and Joad (a beautiful Eclectus parrot who loves to come to work with her.)
“Hook, Line, & Sinker”
Janine is our Licensed Veterinary Technician with training in both Animal Science and Horsemanship. She grew up in Nyack, NY and attended Blue Ridge Community College & Southern Virginia University. Janine is vital to ensuring that our patients receive the best possible care and attention. As the veterinary equivalent of a nurse, she manages diagnostics & treatments, the operating room, and performs dental prophylaxis on anesthetized patients. Janine plays a huge role in keeping the treatment room and surgery running smoothly.
Janine cheers for the Yankees and Eagles. Her hobbies include power-walking, horseback riding, and biking. Janine loves Pepper, her American Quarter Horse and her cats: Cheddar, Spice, Crisco, and Jack. If she could be any animal, she would be a Siamese cat. That’s because the sophisticated Siamese looks to be dressed for an elegant ball in evening wear, chic black accessories, and gemstone-colored eyes.
“Together we stand, divided we fall”
Veterinary and Kennel Assistant
Nancy is an integral member of our team who is always ready to assist our technicians & doctors, prepare animals for surgery, and closely monitor a pet’s recovery from anesthesia. Her favorite work-related memories are made during Paoli Vetcare’s annual holiday parties. Nancy’s favorite sport is soccer and her favorite team to root for is the Arsenal Football Club, a highly-successful, professional soccer team based in London, England.
In her spare time, Nancy loves to workout at her gym, go running with friends, and participate in organized road & obstacle races. She shares her home with her children and her pets; Peanut, a Chihuahua, and Missy, a Shih Tzu.
“It is what it is”
Kennel Manger, Groomer
Charles is responsible for ensuring our boarding pets are comfortable and enjoying their stay with us. He is also a talented groomer, who loves making pets look and feel their best. Charles has worked in our hospital, since he was in High School, for over 55 years!!!
We feel so blessed that he has chosen to spend his entire career here, doing whatever needs doing, from animal care to building maintenance, and always with a joyful spirit and a contagious smile. Charles is one-of-a-kind; his work is always efficient, meticulous, and exceptional! On the weekends, he delights in spiffing up around the home he shares with his wife, Bev, & Gracie, his Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, by gardening and growing flowers.
“Here I Am”
Professional Groomer, Dog Behavioral Trainer, & Veterinary Assistant
Megan has studied at the Kinnder School of Grooming, Cesar Millan’s Dog Behavior & Training Fundamentals Center, and Karen Pryor’s Academy for Animal Training & Behavior. Her favorite memory from work is helping to save her dog Louie’s life with an emergency surgery for a bowel obstruction. Hence, the hashtag she would use to describe her job is #anythingcanhappen!
Megan is inspired by nature so her favorite pastimes are biking, camping, and hiking. If she could be any animal, it is no surprise that she would choose the endangered Alaskan Gray Wolf. Megan loves animal training and has plenty of her own pets to work with: Tucker (Rottweiler/German Shepherd,) Austin (German Shepherd Dog,) Sunny (Boxer/Labrador Retriever,) Louie (Cane Corso,) Niko (Shih Tzu,) and Cody (Domestic Shorthaired Cat.)
“Live, Love, Laugh”
April graduated from Conestoga High School in 2005 and Delaware Valley University in 2009 with a degree in equine studies. She has extensive experience in horsemanship and stable management. April is a big fan of the Phillies and all the USA Olympic equestrian teams, but her favorite equine discipline is eventing. When asked what hashtag she would use to describe her job she said, “#whatisahashtag.”
In her free time, April likes to horseback ride and to work out at Orangetheory. She also enjoys hiking, biking, and spending time with friends & family. Since April loves the adrenaline rush she gets from running and speed, she chose a horse as her animal avatar. April’s favorite memories at Paoli Vetcare are made laughing with friends in the employee break-room. Her favorite personal pet is a super-talkative, especially friendly, and an extremely active dilute-tabby cat named Maeve; who is also a great source of free entertainment!
“Never stop doing your best just because someone doesn’t give you credit”
Susan was the first of three Nihart sisters to join the Paoli Vetcare family. She cares for boarding and daycare pets and is always sure to lavish them with lots of pets and cuddles. The high point of her job is the opportunity to meet so many new animals. #CaringForCatsandDogs is her passion.
If Susan could be any animal, it would be the rare Savannah cat because of their inquisitive nature, wild spirit, and adventurous attitude. Savannahs are a cross breed of the wild serval cat of Africa and the domestic cat. It was not until 2001 that The International Cat Association accepted them as a new registered breed. Savannah cats are larger and look like a wild cat with long legs, huge paws, and an athletic build. The Savannahs claim to fame is the ability to leap 8 feet high from a standing position!
“Live life young”
Kimberly became the second sister to join our team. She also works in our kennel feeding, walking, and cleaning for our clients’ fur-babies. Kimberly loves everything to be organized and clean at all times. The best part of her workday is when she plays fetch outside with the daycare dogs and boarders. The hashtag she would use to describe her job is #DoggyCentral. Kimberly has a four-year-old yellow lab mix named Roxie. Their ideal day includes a long walk through the woods at Valley Forge National Historical Park.
In her free time, Kimberly is fond of hanging out with close friends, playing video games, watching Friends, and cheering for the Eagles and Flyers! If she could be any animal she would be a lioness because, “I am the queen of the jungle.”
“Be a pineapple: stand tall, wear a crown, and be sweet on the inside”
The last, but not least, of the Nihart sisters to start working at Paoli Vetcare is Amy, an aspiring pet photographer. You can see some of her photographs on our various social platforms. There is actually one more sister (no brothers) in the Nihart family, but at this time she is too young for a job. Hopefully, she will join us in a few years! Like her sisters, Amy cares for the animals and does general cleaning. Her favorite part of working at Paoli Vetcare is meeting and photographing new dogs and cats.
When Amy isn’t working, she enjoys shopping, playing Call of Duty, and watching Fuller House. At home, she has Munchies, the guinea pig and Garfield, the cat. But her most interesting ‘pet’ is Dr. Rowan’s dog, Greta, one of three of his black German Shepherd Dogs. Amy often borrows Greta for extended sleepovers where she is lavished with individualized attention and even gets to sleep in the bed with Amy and Garfield!
“Write your sad times in sand, write your good times in stone” – George Bernard Shaw
William’s professional training is in healthcare administration. He is not new to the veterinary field, having worked in both small animal and equine practices in Virginia. He loves acquiring new skills by reading and continuing education webinars. William’s interest in #vetlife is based on his desire to make a positive difference in the lives of the animals and people he meets. He is motivated by his love for his family.
William was born in the Chinese Zodiak’s Year of the Horse 午 and that is the animal with which he most closely identifies. The horse symbolizes enthusiasm and energy. Basically, horse’s are healthy and have a positive attitude towards life. They have a great sense of humor, make efforts to improve themselves, and thrive in jobs involving communicating with others.
“Your network is your net worth”
Chris is Nancy’s son and has worked with us part-time for many years. He feeds, cleans, and takes the dogs out to play. His favorite memories from Paoli Vetcare are when Dr. Rowan’s dog, Greta, had her five male German Shepherd puppies and they all lived at the hospital until they were old enough to go home. Two of those tiny pups, Norman and Hans, are both now over 100 pounds! At least one of them is always at work with Doc.
#happylife is how Chris would describe his job. Morgan Freeman is his hero and his hobbies include collecting Yu-Gi-Oh! cards, playing Xbox, drawing, and doing impressions. If he could be any animal, he chose a lizard. When asked what is his favorite quote; Chris said, to quote Hamlet, Act III, Scene iii, Line 87, “No”