Dedicated to the health and well-being of your pets.
Dedicated to the health and well-being of your pets.

Our Staff

Our small, capable staff ensures personal attention and compassionate care to clients and patients alike.

Dr. Vena with one of her exotic patients.

Johanna L. Vena, VMD

Dr. Vena, a graduate of Penn State University and the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, began her career working for two mixed veterinary practices in upstate New York before relocating with her family to the Johnstown area where she has practiced for the past 15 years.  Dr. Vena is recognized locally for her expertise in treating exotic animals.  She has spent two decades gaining the knowledge needed to heal reptiles, amphibians, birds and other rare pets. Her interest in exotics was piqued during the four years she spent working at the Philadelphia Zoo, where she provided medical care to Galápagos tortoises, giraffes and other animals that require specialized handling.


Dr. Watchey with her dog Nemo.

Dr. Erin Watchey

Dr. Watchey grew up in Johnstown.  She graduated from Richland High School, and earned her bachelor’s degree from Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, PA.  She went to veterinary school at the University of Minnesota in St. Paul, MN.  She graduated from vet school in 2009.  She enjoys surgery and dermatology.  One of her favorite parts of being a vet is taking care of puppies and kittens and forming a bond with them and their owners as they grow up.  Outside of the vet clinic, Dr. Watchey enjoys spending time with her husband, Adam, their dog, Nemo, their two cats, Tim Tam and Oz, and Newtie, their newt.  She also loves to spend time with family and friends, scrapbook, travel, read, and go to Zumba classes.


Dr. Duman with one of her feline patients.

Dr. Marcilyn Duman

Dr. Duman is a graduate of Penn State University and the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine and has been practicing veterinary medicine for 16 years. Canine and feline medicine is Dr. Duman’s focus. She especially enjoys soft tissue surgery, internal medicine and dermatology. Dr. Duman and her family share their home with their three cats (Percy, Pumpkin Patch, and Dewey) and their senior Lhasa Apso, Rosie. When they are not at home, Dr. Duman and her family are usually enjoying the outdoors or at a sporting event.



Skye and one of our Maine Coon patients.


Skye is one of our Veterinary Technicians. She graduated the Vet Tech Institute of Pittsburgh in 2017.

Kendra with Sherman the Sulcata Tortoise.

Leah also graduated the Vet Tech Institute in 2017. She also completed her externship here, and has been with us for 2 years.

Kendra graduated in 2009 from Bel-Rea Institute for Veterinary Technology located in Denver, CO. She has a special interest in exotics and previously worked a pet store where she bred ball pythons.

Jocelyn is our newest Veterinary Technician. After her externship with Cambria Vet, she graduated the Vet Tech Institute in Spring 2019.

Haley is attending Medaille College for Veterinary Technology, and will graduate in January of 2022. She has had a huge passion for animals all of her life, but large breed dogs hold a special place in her heart!

Bonnie is one of our Veterinary Assistants and has been with us for 5 years.

Chelsea has been working with us since 2018 as a Veterinary Assistant. She graduated from Pennsylvania State University in 2016, and is planning on applying to St. George’s University to earn her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. In March 2019 she volunteered in Roatan, Honduras to provide veterinary care to rescued exotic animals.

Wendy has been working with us for 1 year as a Veterinary Assistant. She is happily married with one daughter, 3 Golden Retrievers, 2 rabbits, 2 guinea pigs, and 1 cat. Two of her Golden Retrievers are Registered Therapy Dogs. She enjoys family time around the camp fire and spending time with extended family and friends, as well as kayaking.

Cheryl our Office Manager

Chelsea C. attended Pennsylvania Highlands of Community College’s Veterinary Assistant and Phlebotomy courses. Pitbulls are her favorite breed of dog.

Ariel is a Veterinary Assistant who is currently enrolled at Wilson College to become licensed as a Veterinary Technician. She hopes to one day go on to be a Veterinarian, and her favorite animal to work with is snakes.

Cheryl (pictured right) is our Office Manager as well as a receptionist. She has been with us since we opened in 2013.

Karen D. is one of our evening receptionists, and has been with us since we opened in 2013.

Michelle is a receptionist and started working for us in September of 2017.

Tina is a receptionist that started in August 2019 after a 25 year retail career. However, animals have always been her passion. Over the years she’s owned horses, goats, cows, chickens, fish, rabbits, cats, and dogs.

Robert is a receptionist who started in August 2019. He enjoys volunteering for various organizations such as Canine Partners for Life and the Society for the Care and Feeding of Domestic Animals (SCFDA).








516 Broad Street Johnstown, PA 15906   Phone: (814) 288 – 8821 Fax: (814) 254 – 4805