Meet Our Veterinarians

Gettysburg Animal Hospital is committed to providing the best in veterinary care for your pets. The depth of expertise with our five doctor practice and our compassionate staff, allows us to provide a complete range of medical and surgical services.

John Dodson, DVM


John Dodson, DVM, graduated from Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 1986. He started with Gettysburg Animal Hospital in 1987 under Dr. Ralph Jackson, and assumed full ownership of the practice in July, 1988. He loves being a veterinarian and is grateful to all his clients for choosing Gettysburg Animal Hospital to provide medical care for their pets. He enjoys all areas of veterinary medicine and has a special interest in soft tissue surgery and orthopedic surgery. He resides in Gettysburg with his wife. When he is not practicing veterinary medicine, he is usually biking or watching his favorite sports teams, the Washington Nationals and Capitals. Dr. Dodson also enjoys taking long walks with his four legged friend "Angie".

Debra Kuklinski, DVM


Dr. Kuklinski graduated with a B.S. from The Ohio State University in 1986 and has worked with the Gettysburg Animal Hospital since receiving her DVM from The Ohio State University in 1990.

She and her son, Harrison, born in 2003, share their home with three cats, Sophie, Lady and Ketso. In her spare time, Dr. Kuklinski enjoys reading, camping, riding trains and spending time with her family.

Jeffrey R. Kovacs, DVM


Dr. Kovacs graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in 1987. He owned his own veterinary practice from 1990 to 2001 and has worked with the Gettysburg Animal Hospital since 2008.

He and his wife Loretta are raising twins born in 2006, Michael and Mackenzie. On the rare occasion when he has free time, Dr. Kovacs enjoys camping, hiking, motorcycling and bicycling

Myra Jones, DVM


Dr. Jones graduated from Purdue University in 1998. Since then, she has had a variety of experiences, including teaching in a veterinary technology programs and working in a feline-only clinic in Indianapolis for over 5 years. Don’t let that fool you, however, she still loves dogs, too!

She and her husband, Lewis, met through a medieval reenactment organization. They have two sons, Alex and Liam, who keep them very busy on the baseball fields. In her free time she loves to read and sew.

Kristen Kolibas, DVM


Dr. Kolibas attended St. George’s University. She joined the staff of Gettysburg Animal Hospital in December of 2016. Kristen shares her home with her husband, daughter, and two cats (Eris and Klaus).

Kara Nelson, DVM


Dr. Nelson originally worked at Gettysburg Animal Hospital from 2011 to 2015, and then returned in 2018. She has three cats and three dogs. In her free time she enjoys gardening and reading.

Meet Our Care Team

We are so pleased that you are viewing our staff page. All of us at Gettysburg Animal Hospital feel we are a close knit family, bonded together by longevity, affection and compassion for animals. We are proud that many of us have been working at Gettysburg Animal Hospital for close to 20 years. This makes us unique in the most wonderful way possible.

Caroline Foster, Practice Manager/Veterinary Technician

Caroline has worked at Gettysburg Animal Hospital since 1998. She enjoys spending time with family and friends. She has many farm animals and 3 wonderful Shih tzu’s and a Shepherd/Mastiff mix. She enjoys traveling as much as she can.

Heather Archer, Certified Veterinary Technician

Heather graduated from Northampton Community College in 2005 with an Associates Degree in Veterinary Technology. She enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter.  She has been working at Gettysburg Animal Hospital since 2005.

Kylee Myers, Veterinary Technician

Kylee grew up around animals, which inspired her love of animals and to pursue a degree in Veterinary Technology. In her free time she enjoys snowboarding, hiking, skating, horseback riding, judging horse shows, and competing in barrel racing. She has two horses, one cat, and one dog.

Julie Watkins, Technician

Julie has been an animal lover her whole life and always wanted to work in Veterinary medicine. For her, working at Gettysburg Animal Hospital is like coming home, because the office is located on the land where she grew up. She is married to her wonderful husband Doug, has five fantastic children, two dogs, three cats, and ten crazy chickens.

Mykenzie Smith, Technician

Bio coming soon

Susan Smarsh, Veterinary Assistant

Susan has worked for GAH since 1988 taking a short sabbatical to raise her children, she returned in 2004. Susan has 2 children and 4 dogs, Bohdi, Rudy, Oakley, and Lizzy. She recently added a young German Shepherd to her family.

Haley Cluck, Veterinary Assistant

Haley Cluck has been working at the Gettysburg Animal Hospital since 2019. She graduated from Gettysburg High School in 2019 and is currently taking classes at HACC to become a teacher. She has a love for animals, her favorites being her German Shepard Loki and Ricky Poe, a mix.

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