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Dr. Andrew Silverstone graduated from Atlantic Veterinary College, University of Prince Edward Island Canada, in 2000. While there he undertook intensive training in aquarium medicine, wildlife, and ecosystem health. As a veterinary student, Dr. Silverstone completed courses of exotic animal medicine at The San Francisco Zoo and oncology research at the University Of Wisconsin Madison School Of Veterinary Medicine and North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

Prior to entering veterinary school Dr. Silverstone earned a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Psychology from the University of Rochester in 1993. He studied marine biology at the University of Hawaii, Hilo. As a Post-Doctoral Researcher Fellow at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, Dr. Silverstone oversaw the veterinary care of dolphins, sharks, manatees, stingrays, sloths, and toucans at several swim with the dolphin parks located in Mexico. As a Research Fellow at the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Silverstone investigated an inherited form of cancer in dogs which also occurs in humans. His research team improved the treatment protocols for bone marrow transplants currently used to cure humans of this fatal disease. Dr. Silverstone has been an invited speaker and has helped to train other veterinarians at international conferences on exotic animal medicine and surgery.

A native Ohioan, Dr. Silverstone's love for animals began at a young age. His mother founded the Tuscarawas County Humane Society where she served as Humane Officer in the 1970s and 1980s. When not writing and reviewing research articles for various veterinary journals, he serves as a consultant for the popular video game, Zoo Vet, Endangered Animals. Dr. Silverstone is a Veteran of the United States Army Reserve serving in the Veterinary Corps.


Dr Smith is a 1989 graduate from the veterinary school at Virginia Tech. While a full-time student, he worked as a research assistant, maintaining a collection of approximately 100 aquaria, and later, performing surgery and behavioral testing on rats used in Alzheimer’s disease research. Dr Smith concentrated his studies primarily on pet animal medicine and surgery, but also pursued elective training in exotic and avian medicine. He was elected to membership in the Phi Zeta Honor Society and graduated with honors.

During his career as a small animal veterinarian, he has worked as an emergency room clinician, studied pet dentistry, and broadened his knowledge of exotic pet practice to include fish, primates and other unusual species Dr Smith is currently the Treasurer and acting President of the South Hampton Roads Veterinary Medical Association, and is a long-standing member of the American Veterinary and Virginia Veterinary Medical Associations, and the Tidewater Veterinary Academy.

Dr Smith and his wife Betsy are active members of the local Spring Branch Community Church. He still finds time for outside interests as an amateur musician, artist, and calligrapher. Dr Smith has an especial fondness for cats and has just rescued a second kitten.




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