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A Team Committed to You & Your Pet

The entire staff here at Duck Creek Animal Hospital is dedicated to providing you and your pet with the greatest experience possible. Going to the vet shouldn’t be something you dread. We go the extra mile to ensure your pet’s comfort and do everything we can to help your furry friend lead a happy and healthy life. We are pet people committed to quality service, so stop by our office in Smyrna, DE, today and see why we so many pet owners entrust us to care for their pet!

Come see why Duck Creek Animal Hospital has become a trusted source for your pet care

Meet Our Staff

Dr. Jennifer Shonts

Dr. Jennifer Shonts

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

Education: Virginia Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
Interests: Surgery, Radiology, Internal Medicine

Dr. Jennifer Shonts is originally from West Virginia and moved to the Eastern Shore of Maryland in 2014. After switching careers from nursing, she obtained her degree from Virginia Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine. Her veterinary interests include soft tissue surgery, emergency medicine, and ultrasound. She prefers to spend her free time with her son and daughter, enjoying the many adventures life has to offer.

Dr. Patricia Lazik

Dr. Patricia Lazik

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist (CCRT)

Education: Virginia Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
Interests: Rehabilitation, Dermatology, Geriatric Medicine

Dr. Lazik has been a long-time resident of Maryland, living on the Eastern shore since 2001. She graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in Animal Science. Prior to going to Virginia Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine in Blacksburg, Virginia, she worked for the Department of Agriculture in the reproductive physiology department. Her special interests include Dermatology, Geriatrics, and Pocket Pets, including ferrets, guinea pigs, rabbits, and rodents. In 2008, she obtained her certification as a Canine Rehabilitation Therapist and advanced training in laser therapies. Her personal interests include yoga, kayaking, and traveling to new and exotic places. However, most of her free time is spent with her three dogs, three horses, two cats, and her two beautiful daughters.

Dr. Elizabeth Crook

Dr. Elizabeth Crook

Veterinarian

Dr. Crook earned her doctorate from the Virginia Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, as well as a Masters in Parasitology from Delaware State University. She is currently a Captain in the United States Army Veterinary Corps. In her “spare” time, she enjoys horseback riding and being out on the Chesapeake Bay.

Melissa Hill

Melissa Hill

Practice Manager

Melissa resides in Felton Delaware with her husband 3 dogs, 1 cat and a turtle. She has 2 children a daughter a son and two grandsons. She enjoys spending time with my family, camping, swimming, and just hanging out.

Ever since she was a little girl, she always knew that she wanted to work with animals. She started at a young age nursing abandoned puppies, kittens, bunnies, and birds. At the age of 16 she started working at the Kent County Spca.  She worked in the puppy room then advanced her way up to assistant office manager. In 1996 she was hired by All Pets Medical Center as the office manager. During her employment there she attended Delaware Technical Community College working toward her degree in business management. In September of 2017 the practice was purchased by Duck Creek Animal Hospital and they kept her on staff as the front office manager. In March of 2018 she was advanced to Hospital Manager. She is currently working towards becoming a Certified Practice Manager.

Caitlin Ramsburg

Caitlin Ramsburg

Lead Surgical Nurse

Caitlin is our Lead Surgical Technician here at Duck Creek Animal Hospital and has been with the hospital since its acquisition. Caitlin’s love for animals started from a young age on her family’s farm on the Eastern Shore of Maryland where she was surrounded by an assortment of animals. This love of animals fueled Caitlin’s desire for an upper education at McDaniel College where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biology with an environmental focus. Currently, Caitlin is finishing her first year towards her Veterinary Technician degree through the Penn Foster program. In her free time, Caitlin enjoys spending her time outside, traveling, and reading as much as she can!

Bailey Stafford

Bailey Stafford

Assistant Manager

Bailey graduated from Kent County High School in 2015. She enjoys spending time outside with her family and pets. She has 3 dogs, 1 cat, and 6 chickens. She’s always loved animals and knew she was meant to work in the veterinary field. Bailey has been a veterinarian technician for just over 3 years. She enjoys being able to come to work and help animals every day!

Taylor Pleasant

Taylor Pleasant

Kennel Manager/Assistant

I’ve always had a connection with animals, large and small, since a young age; scales, feathers, or fur. Prior to being a technician I did volunteer work with animals as well as cared for our many animals at home; including an occasional orphaned baby rabbit or bird – I could never turn an animal in need away. I’ve been a veterinary technician for 5 of the 6 years ive been in this field and when I’m not working hard to help care for our patients I’m outdoors enjoying nature and spending time with my animals.
Amber Rainer

Amber Rainer

Veterinary Assistant

Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture- Pre-Veterinary Science (Delaware State University)
Hobbies/Interests: Creative Writing, Bowling, Playing a Musical Instrument (Percussion)
Bio: Amber has been in the veterinary field as a veterinary assistant/technician for 5 years. She plans to move forward in furthering her education to become a licensed veterinary technician. She has three dogs- Bumper (Pomeranian Mix), Lucky (Beagle Mix), and Diamond (Maltese Mix).
Norisa Jones

Norisa Jones

Client Service Representative

Bio Coming Soon!
Madelyne Finnerty

Madelyne Finnerty

Client Service Representative

Madelynne has had a love of animals her whole life. Her family rescued many animals throughout her childhood, having as many as 40 pets in her home at one time. She joined the veterinary field as a kennel technician in July of 2013, before becoming a veterinary technician and receptionist. She joined our family here at Duck Creek Animal Hospital in July of 2018. She can usually be found at the front desk, but has occasionally been found assisting the doctors or technicians with patients.
Samantha Schimer

Samantha Schimer

Kennel Assistant

Bio Coming Soon!

My name is Hannah and I’ve been in the industry as a veterinary technician for 6 years. It was always my dream to work with animals. I have two cats of my own, and when I’m not at home spoiling them, I’m spending my off time playing video games,  or dungeons and dragons. 

RUTH AGNEW

RUTH AGNEW

Ruth Agnew started here career with animals when she was 12 years old.  She worked for a local horse farm that transported horses and ponies to birthday parties and carnivals.  In 2003 she landed a career with the Delaware Humane Association and that is where her story really began.  She loved the shelter side but wanted more.  She branched out to be a Vet Tech.  She owes her training to Dr.Hardy and Dr.Stover at BHVH.  She moved and continued her career working closely with Dr.Weiher at AVC and Dr.Spencer and Dr.Winwood at WCC.  All have been wonderful mentoirs.  She fel back into the shelter world for 6 years as Director of Operations for the FSAC and SPCA.  She has received a certificate in training for the following; DEMA for Introduction to National Incident Management System and Introduction to the Incident Command System, Equine Cruelity Investigator Training offered through Days End Farm Horse Rescue, and Certified Euthanasia Technician.  When Ruth is not at work she is a Wife and Mother.  She has little boy named Blake who is 8.  She enjoys family time, nights out with the girls, shopping, karaoke, etc.  She has dogs, cats, and guinea pigs of her own.  Her favorite dog breeds are German Shepherds and Huskies and she loves Sphynx and Abyssinian cats.  However a mutt or a Tabby will do just fine!

Makayla Hargett

Makayla Hargett

Veterinary Technician Student

Education: Currently a Vet Tech Student at Delaware Technical College
Hobbies: I like photography, drawing, reading, and traveling.

I have been working in the Vet field for 2 years now, with the majority of that time working for Duck Creek. I have been with Duck Creek since the day they have been open. I started as part of the kennel staff but now I’m part of the technician, reception, and kennel teams. I am looking forward to continuing my education and working with Duck Creek Animal Hospital.

Faith Morris

Faith Morris

Veterinary Technician Student

Bio Coming Soon!
Claudia Marchione

Claudia Marchione

Veterinary Assistant

Education:

  • Graduated High School in 2016
  • Currently a Junior working on getting my Bachelor’s degree as a Pre-Veterinary Sciences Major at the University of Delaware
  • Planning on continuing my education through a DVM program within the next year to eventually receive a Doctorate’s degree

Interests:

  • I enjoy spending time with my family, friends and most of all my fur-babies.
  • Taking the time to help a local rescue, “It Takes a Village Animal Rescue” with fundraisers, adoption events or medical treatments.
  • Exploring nature through kayaking or site seeing
  • Turtles

My name is Claudia Marchione. Since the age of two years old when I got my first dog, I have always held a strong passion for animals and their well-being. I started my first job working in a veterinary hospital by the age of 17 and have been here ever since. Coming to work is not a chore nor a burden but instead, something I look forward to everyday. Being able to be with, care for and maybe even safe the lives of the one thing you love the most, is priceless. Through all the new knowledge and exciting experiences, my job reassures me every day, that this is exactly what I want to do with my life. I cherish my ability to be able to help the lives of not only animals, but the people who love them and will continue to follow my dream of becoming a Veterinarian someday.

Bio Coming Soon!
Israel Colon

Israel Colon

Veterinary Assistant

Bio Coming Soon!

Now that you have met our team, come stop in and say hi! We would love to meet you and your pet and are ready to answer any questions and address any concerns you may have. Give us a call today at 302-653-2300.

Address

10 Artisan Dr
Smyrna, DE 19977

Hours

Monday - Friday
7:30 AM - 12:00 PM,
1:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Saturday
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Sunday
Closed