The friendly, professional staff at VCA Smoketown Animal Hospital is made up of dedicated individuals who have made it their mission to help pets live long, healthy lives. To be true to this mission the hospital team relies on several individuals which each team member being equally important in helping us deliver the best patient and client experience for both you and your pet.
Additionally, we are fortunate to have access to the nation's largest network of VCA veterinarians and board certified specialists. In a word: TEAMWORK!
Teamwork is a constant in our daily practice. From the very first person you speak with, to the person who checks you and your pet out, our team of pet lovers works cohesively to create a warm and welcoming experience for both you and your pet.
Want to join our team? Visit our Careers section.
Get to know us. Explore our staff biographies and learn about the people who make our facility an excellent choice for your pet care needs.
Dr. Bates originally hailed from Long Island, New York. A graduate of Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, class of 2005, she obtained her clinical training at University of Missouri and Animal Medical Center in New York City. Dr. Bates practiced in New York prior to moving to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and settling in Christiana, PA. She loves caring for dogs and cats in addition to birds, reptiles and pocket pets.
She shares her home with her two rescue kitties: Avery, a beautiful long-haired Maine Coon cross, and JoeJoe, a gorgeous grey tabby who has special needs. Dr. Bates enjoys gardening, camping and traveling.