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Alumni Class Notes

Published: Mar 12, 2019


David Moyer, V’68, celebrated the 50th anniversary of the founding of his practice, Moyer Animal Hospital, located in Exeter Township, Pennsylvania. In a Reading Eagle profile, he shared the key to his success: “If you love what you do, it isn’t a job.” Moyer was among the first to work with fractional separation of RNA and DNA while at Penn Vet and did research on hyperthyroidism in A/D interaction with the thyroid gland.

Christopher S. Donnor, V’69, is the Founder and Past President of The Sampson Fund for Veterinary Care, a community supported fund to help financially in-need companion animals and strays receive critical care. Founded in 1986, the fund assists approximately 100 animals each year. To learn more, visit


Marc A. Rosenberg, V’71, presented a lecture at the 2018 Penn Annual Conference entitled Ethical Dilemmas: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. Rosenberg is the director of the Voorhees Veterinary Center and a recipient of Penn Vet’s alumni award of merit for outstanding contributions to veterinary medicine. He is a member of the American Society of Veterinary Journalists and the author of the popular DVM360 magazine column The Dilemma. In 1982, he hosted the first nationally televised pet information show in the US, People, Pets, and Dr. Marc. Rosenberg was a member of the New Jersey State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners for 12 years.


Hilton J. Klein, V’80, MS, Diplomate ACLAM, ECLAM, received the Charles A. Griffin Award at the 2018 National Meeting of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) in Baltimore. The award recognizes an individual or group who has demonstrated ethical scientific and/or technological advancements in humane experimentation or improved animal care practices. The award further recognizes contributions to the body of knowledge that advances the 3R’s: replacement, refinement, and reduction of animals used in biomedical research. First presented in 1956, the Griffin Award is the oldest honor presented by the AALAS.

Robert J. Weiner, V’80, DABVP (Canine/Feline) will be president of the New York State Veterinary Medical Society (NYSVMS) in 2019. The mission of the NYSVMS is to lead New York State veterinarians in education, advancement, and protection of animal well-being, public health, and the practice of veterinary medicine. Weiner is the hospital director at County Animal Hospital in New City, New York, where he has worked since 1981.

Jeffery T. Berk, V’81, a central Kentucky-based thoroughbred practitioner exclusively focused on domestic and international sales work, was installed as president of the American Association of Equine Practitioners in December at the President’s Luncheon at the AAEP’s 64th Annual Convention in San Francisco, California.

John Dascanio, V’88, received the 2018 Theriogenologist of the Year Award in August at the annual meeting of the American College of Theriogenologists. Dascanio worked his way up through the ranks as Assistant Professor and Associate Professor of Production Management Medicine at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, and then as director of the Large Animal Research Park and Professor of Theriogenology at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. He joined Lincoln Memorial University’s College of Veterinary Medicine (LMU-CVM) as a Professor of Theriogenology and director of large animal clinical skills in August 2014. In July 2016, he was appointed executive associate dean of LMU-CVM.


David Chico, V’93, of Albany, New York, was named the 2018 American Hero Veterinarian by American Humane. Chico created a free quarterly pet wellness clinic in partnership with Albany Damien Center’s PAWS (Pets Are Wonderful Support), offering veterinary care to low-income, HIV-positive pet owners. He also volunteers with Animals Lebanon in Beirut, providing lifesaving care to severely abused and neglected animals.

Marian Boden, V’96, has agreed to become the new supervising veterinarian at the Hamilton Township (New Jersey) Animal Shelter. In this role, she will provide guidance on shelter policies, procedures, animal care, and treatment, and will conduct monthly site inspections. In addition to practicing at Columbus Central Veterinary Hospital, Boden has worked at area low-cost spay and neuter clinics at the Burlington County Animal Shelter, and overseas as part of the World Vets organization.


Craig McLahan, V’02, launched Bridgeport Veterinary Hospital and Bridgeport Pet Resort & Spa in an iconic, 90-year-old bank building at Fourth Street and DeKalb Pike in Bridgeport, Pennsylvania, in July. (Read the story here.)


Edward Aller, V’12, opened Art City Vets in Philadelphia. Aller previously worked at Mount Laurel Animal Hospital in New Jersey. In addition to serving regular patrons, Art City Vets plans to support local rescues and nonprofit organizations, and looks forward to helping the community in other ways.

Drs. Joseph mastroianni and Grace Nebzydoski on their wedding day.

In October, Grace Nebzydoski, V’17, married Joseph Mastroianni, V’18, with several Penn Vet alumni and friends in attendance, including: Henry Nebzydoski, V’72, Thomas Nebzydoski, V’10, Sarah Vassallo, V’15, Beth Spinelli, V’02, Patrick Kelly, V’10, Joseph Nebzydoski, V’82, Martha Franklin, V’98, John Lee, DVM, Patricia Morgan, V’85, Jane Fassinger, V’90, Eric Wallis (VMRCVM’20), Lenna Alvarez (VMRCVM’20), Megan McClosky, DVM, DACVIM, Kat VanBeschoten, V’18, Heather Dein, DVM, Megan Ruller, V’18, Mark Peterson DVM, DACVIM, Nicole Bacarella, V’18, Will Smallridge, V’18, Sindu Manoharan, V’18, and Andrew Nebzydoski, V’84.

Penn Vet alumni and friends in attendance, included: Henry Nebzydoski, V’72, Thomas Nebzydoski, V’10, Sarah Vassallo, V’15, Beth Spinelli, V’02, Patrick Kelly, V’10, Joseph Nebzydoski, V’82, Martha Franklin, V’98, John Lee, DVM, Patricia Morgan, V’85, Jane Fassinger, V’90, Eric Wallis (VMRCVM’20), Lenna Alvarez (VMRCVM’20), Megan McClosky, DVM, DACVIM, Kat VanBeschoten, V’18, Heather Dein, DVM, Megan Ruller, V’18, Mark Peterson DVM, DACVIM, Nicole Bacarella, V’18, Will Smallridge, V’18, Sindu Manoharan, V’18, and Andrew Nebzydoski, V’84.

In Remembrance


Maurice J. Smith, V’48, passed away peacefully in October 2018. He practiced veterinary medicine in Mercer County for more than 60 years and owned Quaker Bridge Animal Hospital in Hamilton, New Jersey. He received the Hamilton Township Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011. Smith attended Saint Joseph’s College (now University) and then Penn Vet. What he enjoyed most in his profession was not only attending to all the animals over the years, but also engaging with the pets’ owners.


Leroy Manlove, V’52, of Newark, Delaware, and formerly of Elkton, Maryland, passed away in September. After his graduation from high school in 1944, Manlove enlisted in the US Navy and later graduated from the University of Delaware. After graduating from Penn Vet, he set up his veterinary practice in Elkton. Upon retirement from veterinary medicine, he spent two years as a flight attendant on a private jet, which allowed him to visit many cities in Europe and Asia.

Dr. John Wilkins (second from right) attended his 60th class reunion.

John Langley Wilkins, V’52, passed away in November. Wilkins served in the Marine Corps in World War II. After graduating from Penn Vet, he practiced primarily in Wilmington, Delaware. There he established Circle Veterinary Clinic, which is today owned by his son David Wilkins, V’86.


Jack William Zimmerly, V’60, died in April. After graduating from Philadelphia’s Northeast High School in 1948, he enlisted in the US Navy and served on the USS Midway as an electrician’s mate. His first dream was to own a dairy, which he realized he could not afford. Instead he earned his degree in veterinary medicine from Penn Vet and practiced until 2002. He practiced small animal medicine at the Glenwood Pet Hospital in Erie, Pennsylvania, and served as exotics vet to the Erie Zoo. For many years, he provided services to the Humane Society of Erie. Zimmerly was passionate about preserving quality of life for animals and often repeated his oath to prevent suffering.

John W. Kenline, V’61, of Canon City, Colorado, passed away in June. He owned Kenline Veterinary Clinic from 1967 to 1998 and practiced mixed animal veterinary medicine. He was dedicated, compassionate, and much loved by his clients, so much so that 20 years after he sold his practice, the clinic still bears his name.

Alan Bachrach, V’68, passed away in September. After finishing an internship at Henry Berg Memorial Hospital in Manhattan, he completed a fellowship at Angell Memorial Hospital (now Medical Center) in Boston and did his residency in ophthalmology at the Ohio State University. Bachrach founded his specialty practice in ophthalmology just outside Boston. In addition, he was involved with many research projects, instituted clinical ophthalmology rounds at MSPCA-Angell, and established the ophthalmology department at the Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine.

John Sainsbury, V’68, passed away in August.


Deborah Lochner, V’71, of Spencer, Tennessee, passed away in September, at age 72. She worked for several years as a practicing small animal veterinarian before starting a family. She was involved with the Unites States Pony Clubs and was the founder of both the Sundance Pony Club in Stillwater, Oklahoma, and the Mossy Creek Pony Club in Fort Valley, Georgia. She worked toward a master’s degree in technical writing at Oklahoma State University and later taught biology at Georgia Military College in Warner Robins, Georgia.


Ronald Landy, V’82, passed away in October 2018. In keeping with his lifetime interest in supporting the health of wildlife and ecosystems, Landy had a rewarding career in public health and environmental protection, including 34 years with the US Public Health Service, the Environmental Protection Agency, and other government entities. He and his wife, Paula, his partner in these adventures, established the Ronald B. Landy V’82 Family Travel Scholarship to encourage future veterinarians to seek out innovative and cutting-edge career paths by exploring novel areas of veterinary medicine. For more information, visit

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