Meet the friendly staff at Groton City Animal Hospital!

  • Dr.
    Kathy Baxendell

    Dr. Baxendell is the owner and one of the large animal veterinarians at the Groton City Animal Hospital. She is a 1991 graduate of Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. She also has an Associates in Applied Science (A.A.S.) from SUNY Cobleskill and a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University (B.S.). Dr. Baxendell opened her own large animal veterinary practice in 1998. As this practice expanded and grew, she enlarged the practice to include small animals and opened the Groton City Animal Hospital in January of 2001.

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  • Dr.
    Katherine Dart

    You may see Dr. Dart on the road as a large animal veterinarian or in the hospital working with the smaller animals. She is a graduate of Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine as well as Swarthmore College. Katherine joined Groton City Animal Hospital in 2005 and has enjoyed being part of the practice ever since then.

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  • Michelle Cheff
    Practice Manager / Veterinary Technician

    Michelle came to the Groton City Animal Hospital in 2002. She has been in the veterinary technician/office manager field since 1985. Starting out in Florida at a 4 doctor/small animal practice, moving to Pennsylvania to a 13 doctor/mixed animal practice, then Tully, New York to a 2 doctor/small animal practice and finally making it to good ole' Groton at the current GCAH.

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  • Jackie Santerre

    Jackie's smiling face, up beat attitude came to the Groton City Animal Hospital in November of 2004. Jackie's job at the Groton City Animal Hospital is to provide the cheery voice that greets you when you call. She directs your calls, takes your information, makes appointments for hospital/surgery visits, takes payments, sends out reminders and statements, keeps your records up-to-date and is in charge of holiday decorations for GCAH.

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  • Kaitlin Houck, LVT
    Licensed Veterinary Technician

    Kaitlin graduated from Alfred State College in 2010 with an Associates degree in Veterinary Technology. She joined GCAH shortly after graduating.

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  • Ashley Riehlman
    Veterinary Technician

    Ashley worked in purchasing for years before she decided to take a chance and follow a dream, Ashley started at GCAH in May 2012 and hasn't looked back.

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  • Alison Murphy
    Veterinary Technician

    Alison had been a dedicated Marine wife and stay at home mother following her husband and his military career for years, until his retirement. They made their way back home to NY in 2013 and finally feeling settled and ready to chase her dreams, she started studying towards a certification within the veterinary field. Finishing her studies at and joining the Groton City Animal Hospital team in July 2015.

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