Easton, MD Veterinarians

easton veterinariansJoe Nizolek, DVM - Co-Owner

After graduating from Cornell University, Dr. Joe Nizolek traveled north to spend his first year in a seven doctor dairy practice located 50 miles from the Canadian border. To this day, he attributes some of his skills as a diagnostician to what he learned to do in a rural practice that didn't even have an X-ray machine. There, the veterinarians had to rely solely on history, observation, and a thorough examination when treating patients. After moving to Easton in 1981, he spent many years in large animal practice, traveling nearly a million miles taking care of the Shore's horses, cattle, goats, sheep, and pigs, as well as practicing small animal medicine and surgery.

Dr. Nizolek co-owns the Community Animal Hospital with his wife, Dr. Donna Nizolek. A general practitioner and hospital director, Dr. Nizolek opened the practice in 1984. When he and his wife bought the little brick ranch house on Route 50 and converted it into a veterinary hospital, virtually all the construction was done by Joe and his family, and when the building was remodeled in 2000, he oversaw every aspect of the renovation. The new hospital was designed to be efficient in all aspects of operation, yet still be a comfortable and cozy environment for patients and their owners. Dr. Nizolek can literally say: "I built that!"

A native of Lawrence, New Jersey, Dr. Nizolek attended the College of Agriculture and Environmental Science at Rutgers University and received his Bachelor's Degree in Animal Science Summa Cum Laude in 1976. Following his undergraduate work, he went on to the New York College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University, where he was admitted to Phi Zeta, the Veterinary Honor Society. He was awarded his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1980. He is a level 2 USDA-accredited veterinarian and is certified to complete health certificates for all species for international travel. His professional interests include trauma and reconstructive surgery, preventative medicine, and orthopedics. He is a member of the American Animal Hospital Association and the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Dr. Nizolek spends his free time helping his brother Tom maintain the family's 78-year-old wooden boat, interspersed with occasional fishing excursions. An avid student of history, he has acquired an extensive library with particular focus on the 20th century, and especially Winston Churchill. "In life, as in the practice of medicine, understanding the history of a problem helps you to see the solution and to avoid mistakes." Joe and his wife reside in Easton and have two children, Tom and Amy. Tom earned his Ph.D. at the University of California at Santa Barbara and will be continuing his research at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. Their daughter Amy has completed an M. Phil. at Oxford University and an M. Litt. at the University of St. Andrews in the U.K.



easton, md vetsDonna Nizolek, DVM - Co-Owner

Dr. Donna Nizolek was raised in a farmhouse in northern New Jersey across from a breeder of Old English Sheepdogs, and just down the road from a Brown Swiss dairy and a quarter horse farm. She grew up with two cats (Pinky Dinky and Puff), an Irish Setter and a Norwegian Elkhound, a Java Rice Bird, three banty chickens (Araminta, Samantha, and Cornelia), a mouse named Yankee Doodle, two rabbits, and as many orphaned wild animals as her mother would tolerate. Although she spent years studying astronomy and cell biology, it didn't surprise anyone when she grew up to be become a veterinarian!

"Animals have always ranked among my best friends, and I realized early in life that each has a unique personality and place in our hearts," she says. "I feel I can provide the best service to my patients when I know the whole family. That way, I can develop a treatment plan that is realistic and effective, create a personalized wellness plan, and give meaningful advice on such things as training and nutrition."

Dr. Nizolek attended Wellesley College and received a Bachelor's Degree in Molecular Biology. Her graduate work at Yale University led to a Master's Degree in Cell Biology. She continued her education at the New York State College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University and earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1981. Dr. Nizolek is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Animal Hospital Association, Bayside Dressage, the Potomac Valley Dressage Association, the United States Dressage Association, and the United States Equestrian Federation.

Dr. Nizolek and her husband Dr. Joe Nizolek opened Community Animal Hospital in 1984 and have been caring for pets and their people in the mid-shore area ever since. "I tell young people that there's no better profession than veterinary medicine. It is deeply rewarding, intellectually challenging, and never boring. Best of all, you get to spend your days with animals and the people who love them."

Dr. Nizolek and her husband live in Easton and enjoy the company of their two dogs, Tiger Lily and Brexie. Donna spends many hours at Horses in Harmony, where she and Travellier are in training for dressage competitions. Donna and Joe's son Tom earned his Ph.D. at the University of California at Santa Barbara and will be continuing his research at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. Their daughter Amy has completed an M. Phil. at Oxford University and an M. Litt. at the University of St. Andrews in the U.K.



vets in easton, mdChad Hutchison, DVM

Talbot County native Dr. Chad Hutchison grew up close to nature on his family's farm in Cordova. "My earliest memories involve animals. Whether caring for our domesticated farm animals or observing creatures in the wild, I quickly became fascinated with the various ways we interact with animals and how much they enrich our daily lives."

Dr. Hutchison has a long history with Community Animal Hospital, beginning when he worked as a veterinary technician while an undergraduate. He attended Virginia Tech and received his Bachelor's Degree in Wildlife Sciences, a subset of Natural Resource Management. Dr. Hutchison was awarded his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2003 from the Virginia Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech. His professional interests include reptile medicine and husbandry and small animal surgery.

"Growing up, we didn't have pets inside the house," he recalls. "The only exception was fish, as they were in an aquarium. I convinced my parents other pets would be acceptable, provided that they lived in an aquarium. That's when my love of reptiles really progressed; I got around the rules on a technicality! The aquariums were quickly left behind for larger, more appropriate, home-made enclosures."

Dr. Hutchison's four-legged companions include Eliza (a humane society rescue), four cats (also rescues, one of whom is a rear leg amputee), and various snake species. Outside the hospital he spends time observing native species through bird watching and nature walks.

"I love animals, especially how each one is truly unique!" Dr. Hutchison says. "However, the human-animal bond is what is most amazing, and our pets have such a tremendous ability to enrich and improve our lives. Unconditional love and devotion, which are among the best characteristics of the human species, are always given freely from our animal friends."

Chad is an active member of the Fairview Church of the Brethren. He spends many hours as a volunteer coach for youth sports teams in Talbot County, including basketball, baseball and soccer. Chad and his wife Susie, a teacher at Talbot's Chapel Elementary, have three wonderful children: Julian, Samuel and Violet Grace.



easton veterinariansTeri White, DVM

There were many chores for a little girl growing up on a small farm in New Jersey, but caring for the 20 or so barn cats was perhaps Teri's favorite. During this time she developed her sense of responsibility toward animals and her fondness for cats in particular, which set the groundwork for her career in veterinary medicine. "I feel like the cats spoke to me. I've never forgotten the bonds I established with those wonderful creatures."

Dr. White attended Kansas State University and received her Bachelor's Degree in Microbiology in 1981. She went on to attend the New York State College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University and was awarded her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1985. She is a member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners, the Cornell Feline Health Center, and the American Animal Hospital Association. Dr. White's professional interests include feline medicine, behavior and shelter medicine.

Dr. White is co-founder and President of TomCat Solutions, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to reducing the number of free-roaming and abandoned cats in the mid-shore area. "We want to help the people feeding stray or feral cats in their backyards, barns, or communities and assist them in getting their cats sterilized. Our efforts have helped reduce the number of kittens born into a short, hard life and have kept them from being surrendered to local shelters."

She and her husband Tom live in Easton and share their home with many rescued cats. Both are active participants in TomCat Solution's trap-neuter-return and adoption programs.