Hospital ManagerJennifer Hufnagle
School: Colorado State University
With an insatiable need to be where the wild things are, Jennifer left her urban Philadelphia roots behind to pursue her passion " wildlife biology. Armed with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Colorado, she began her professional pursuits as a research associate at the department of Environmental and Radiological Health. After dedicating her time and energy toward understanding the impact of space on cancer cells, Jennifer decided to focus her efforts on impacting the ecosystem on earth. As a field technician and rehabilitator at the Rocky Mountain Raptor Center, Jennifer worked tirelessly to rehabilitate and reintroduce raptors into the wild. Just like her winged counterparts, within a few years, Jennifer was ready to spread her wings and return to her native habitat. Upon returning to Philadelphia, Jennifer managed a local emergency animal hospital prior to joining VCA as a communications manager at one of our sister hospitals and then had the opportunity to join VCA West Shore as the Hospital Manager and has now moved to VCA Smoketown. When she’s not developing customer and pet centric solutions for VCA West Shore Animal Hospital, Jennifer can be found kicking a soccer ball around the local fields of center-city Philadelphia or hiking the trails of Pennsylvania with her five dogs.
Why I do what I do:
I find great personal and professional fulfillment in working in the veterinary hospital industry.I am passionate about creating business processes and practices that provide better experiences for the clients and their pets.
Assistant ManagerBarb Rodruan
Veterinary Tech School: Harcum College
Barb has been with VCA Smoketown Animal Hospital since 2007. She graduated as a certified Veterinary Technician in 2008 from Harcum College. She became the Technician Supervisor in 2013 and really enjoys assisting the technicians in reaching their full potential. Barb stays active in yoga, boxing, running and keeping up with her daughter! In her down time she enjoys eating out and watching movies. Barb has a boxer and cavalier kings charles spaniel and a cat.
" I attended college orginally for human nursing. Close to my graduation date I realized that just was not the perfect fit for me. When I did some career research I discovered Veterinary Medicine. I do what I do because Veterinary Medicine fills my need for a career that involves the science of medicine while giving me the opportunity to provide animals the best care available to them".