Dr. Debbie Ellinger
As I was growing up, I developed a love and respect for both animals and
science, and decided that veterinary medicine appealed to both of these
loves. Being a veterinarian has allowed me to share the lives of many pets
and their families, in times of both happiness and sadness. I recognize
that our pets are a huge part of our lives, and like us, they deserve a good
quality of life. One of the most important and difficult choices that we
face for these precious members of our families is knowing when and how
to say good-bye. During my time as a veterinarian, I have helped many
families with these difficult and important decisions. Our pets are all
individuals, and I believe that we should do whatever we can to make their
final time as comfortable and peaceful as possible in their own homes. Helping
pets and their families at every stage of life, including their deaths, is why I
am a house call veterinarian.
I am a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary
Medicine, and I also attended undergraduate and graduate school in my
home state. After practicing small animal medicine, surgery and shelter
medicine for over thirty years, primarily in upstate New York, I have
returned to Pennsylvania to be near family.
My husband Philip and I currently
share our lives with Kazoo, a chihuahua mix and Phoebe, our three legged cat who rules the roost. We also recently became foster failures by adopting Polly, an 8 year old Pembroke Welsh Corgi who suffered a horrific injury at a puppy mill and had to have her muzzle amputated. I try to go birding when and wherever I can. I am also passionate about traveling to new places to explore nature and wildlife.