VCA South Hadley Animal Hospital

William Benner, DVM, Medical Director

DVM, Cornell University
M.S., Ecology/Evolutionary Biology


Dr. Benner is a 1995 graduate of the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, where he was valedictorian. He enjoys and is very proficient at small animal medicine and surgery.  In addition to his dog and cat patients, he has a special interest in avian and exotic animal medicine, and has extensive training and experience treating birds, reptiles, ferrets, rabbits, and rodents.  He serves on the Advisory Board of the Veterinary Technician degree program at Holyoke Community College, and many technician students have been mentored through our practice as part of their educational rotations.  He spends most of his time with animals outside of work as well. He is a long-time birdwatcher and a member of the Hampshire Bird Club. He is the editor of Massachusetts Butterflies, the journal for the MA chapter of the North American Butterfly Association. He is involved in several on-going research projects, ranging from monitoring breeding birds in western MA, to radio-tagging endangered Hognosed and Black Rat Snakes. He is also a watercolor botanical illustrator, an avid gardener, and finds time to cater to his cats and herps and fish at home.  Here he is with our kitty Simon, who loves to have his chin scratched!


Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

As part of the VCA family, we have over 83 specialty hospitals across the US and Canada which provide referral specialty care, so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: behavior, cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, integrative medicine, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology, rehabilitation, reproduction, and surgery.

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Emergency Care

In case of emergency, please call us immediately. If it is after hours, please call VCA Boston Road Animal Hospital at (413) 783-1203.