Kathryn Elizabeth Kropp, VMD,
Dr. Kropp is a native of Tamaqua. She graduated in 1988 from Tamaqua Area High School and went on to complete a BS in Animal Bioscience from Penn State University. She earned her veterinary degree in 1995 from the University of Pennsylvania. After working in two other small animal practices for several years, she returned to the Tamaqua area and founded Companion Animal Hospital of Tamaqua in 2002.
She enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine but has a special interest in surgery and diagnostic ultrasound. Continuing education is a priority to Dr. Kropp, and she attends more than 30 credits of advanced learning annually. Her practice philosophy is that if she can't help your pet, she will help direct you to a specialist who can.
Outside of the hospital, Dr. Kropp resides with her husband Michael, son Peter, Jack Russell terrier Chip, Lab mixes Teddy and Joey, Bichon Mango and horses Impy, Duncan, Pancake and Caeser. She enjoys riding her horses, biking, reading, music, gardening and all outdoor activities.
Jenn became a hospital team member in 2010 working as a veterinary assistant. She came to the hospital with no previous medical training but gained experience and knowledge very quickly. Jen is a big part of our behind the scenes work in surgery and nursing. She is also likely the person you will see if you schedule a tech appointment for certain vaccination boosters, laser therapy and bloodwork. When she is not working at the hospital, Jenn enjoys spending time with her husband Jimi, daughter Hannah, adorable poodle FiFi, pug mix Eloise, four cats and a variety of lizards.
Justin has been working at the hospital as a General Assistant and Kennel Worker since 2008. He is always willing to lend a hand wherever he is needed and has been a great help to the hospital. Justin is a huge Pittsburgh Steelers fan and loves to watch movies. Justin has an adorable terrier mix named Chloe.
Charlene is our team leader in the reception area. You can always expect to be greeted with a friendly smile when she is working. She was a previous elementary school teacher, but she wasn't ready to retire so she came on board with us. Currently she has no pets and has to be satisfied with baby-sitting her granddogs, but we are trying to sweet talk her into having another dog of her own.
Mike has been a part of the hospital since it's first inception (as Dr. Kropp's husband, he had no choice.) He works primarily behind the scenes, helping wherever we need him. He also owns Town and Country Real Estate, LLC just a few doors down from the hospital. When not working he enjoys spending time with his family, vacationing at the shore, fishing, biking and outdoor activities
Brittany has been with our team for several years, starting first as a receptionist and currently working as a technician. She is trained to perform therapy laser, administer booster vaccinations and often is the person you will see if you schedule a nail trim appointment for your pet .She is the brains behind our Facebook page and initiates most of our online contests. She is a graduate of Tamaqua Area High School and also completed a certification in marketing at North Schuylkill Technology Center where she was awarded with the honor of being the top VoTech student in both North and South Campus. Brittany is the proud owner of a Papillion pup named Nena a little dog named Murphy, a Lab named Albus, two rescue cats named Phaeris and Odin and multiple small reptiles..
Stacey is one of our friendly receptionists who is always willing to help you and loves to listen to all your pet stories. Previously to working with us, she was a receptionist at a local grooming facility. She is a softie for hard luck dogs and is the guardian of two - a pug mix named Snowball and a poodle. She also shares her home with a pot-belly pig named Nova.
Shellie is another of our animal loving receptionists. She loves little dogs and has had numerous chihuahuas. She currently also shares her life with Noah the Shih Tzu, Henry the coonhound, a few cats and many chickens. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her adorable grandkids, canning and gardening.
Lena is the newest addition to our staff. She is an assistant and helps our front office staff, the technicians and the doctor. In other words, she is run ragged on a daily basis. She is currently working on her Master's degree at East Stroudsbug University.