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We have a team approach to your pet’s care. From our client service team to the nursing team and the veterinarians that serve your pet, we are committed to providing you with top notch care. At Macungie Animal Hospital, our veterinarians have over 36 years of experience and attend continuing education to stay up to date with new medical advancements. The majority of our nursing team are certified veterinary technicians. Our CSR’s will make your visit to our practice a pleasant one. We want you to feel at home when you are here with us for your pet’s care.

Dr. Nancy Soares

Dr. Nancy Soares, founder and owner of Macungie Animal Hospital, takes very seriously the significant roles that pets play in our lives.

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She traces her own passion for animals and aspiration to be a veterinarian back to the age of eight, when she met Harvey, a black lab owned by family friends.

Nancy Soares graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in veterinary medicine. While still a student, Soares helped found and direct the Pet Visitation Program at the University. Modeled after the human patient program at the University of Pennsylvania hospital, this program allowed for the first time owners to visit their hospitalized pets. The program honors the bond between pets and their owners and the integral role this connection plays in the healing process.

Soares has modeled the care strategy at Macungie Animal Hospital after this program. During her time at the University of Pennsylvania, Nancy Soares received the Student Award for Best Care of Animals and the Leonard Pearson Prize. In addition to her medical degree, Soares earned a simultaneous certificate in business from the prestigious Wharton School of Business.

With a mission to provide pets with quality, affordable medical and surgical care, Nancy Soares has designed and outfitted Macungie Animal Hospital with the most advanced technology to meet the needs of patients and ensure owners that their pets are receiving the best possible care.

In 2013, Macungie Animal Hospital was honored to receive the American Animal Hospital Association Practice of the Year Award. This award recognizes Macungie Animal Hospital’s contribution to the field of companion animal medicine and the outstanding achievements of the accredited practice team.

Nancy Soares is the President of the American Animal Hospital Association Board of Directors.  Soares is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association (PVMA) & American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP). Soares’ research on the use of chemotherapy treatment on dogs has been published in the Journal of American Veterinary Medical Association.

A native of New Cumberland, Pennsylvania, Soares now resides in Emmaus, Pennsylvania with her husband, teenage son & daughter, four dogs, 2 cats and a hamster named Lily.

Dr. Elizabeth Keehner

From the time she was a little girl, Dr. Keehner loved animals, medicine and science; the perfect mix of characteristics for choosing a career in veterinary medicine.

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She began her studies at Vassar College, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Biochemistry and went on to attend the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Veterinary Medicine, where she graduated with cum laude honors.Following her formal schooling, she participated in an extensive internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at the prestigious Oradell Animal Hospital in Paramus, New Jersey.

Dr. Keehner has a special interest in veterinary dentistry and has attended continuing education at the Animal Dental Center in Maryland. She was instrumental in the hospital purchasing a digital dental radiology unit which increased our oral surgery capabilities. Currently, she is helping to develop our comprehensive veterinary dentistry program.

Dr. Keehner has been a member of the Macungie Animal Hospital team since 2009 and is a vital part of our associate doctor team. She is well liked by clients and comments, such as this one from a recent client survey “We love Dr. Keehner and value her professionalism and personal attention to our dog” attest to her client centered practice. Dr. Keehner lives in Macungie with her family and pets that include her boxer mix, Emmy and two cats, Humo and Duke.

Dr. Tere Hernandez

Dr. Tere Hernandez began her education in her native Puerto Rico where her passion for animal care was born at age 14 as a volunteer assistant in a clinic in San Juan.

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Following formal university training in Puerto Rico, she enrolled at Iowa State University in 1998 to complete her undergraduate studies. In 2004, Tere Hernandez earned her doctorate in veterinary medicine from Kansas State University.

After graduation, Tere practiced in Saylorsburg, PA before taking an opportunity in Dublin, Virginia, where she continued to hone her skills in veterinary medicine and surgery for the next few years. In May 2009 Tere accepted her current position at Macungie Animal Hospital. Tere’s interests include dermatology, pain management and client focused service.

From Tere’s perspective, veterinary medicine is as much a people profession as it is an animal profession. The ability to understand, bond and empathize with owners, she believes, is what separates good veterinarians from great ones and average veterinary hospitals from outstanding facilities like Macungie Animal Hospital.

Honesty and integrity are essential traits to Tere. She knew the first time she walked into Macungie Animal Hospital that it was the ideal opportunity for her. She loved how they blended a state-of-the-art facility with the welcoming, compassionate environment she sought.

Tere and her partner Nancy live in the Lehigh Valley with their daughters, Natalie and Nadia; their pets: Dana (as in Dana Scully, a lab-heeler mix with an identity crisis!) and the newer generation, Hermione Granger (tortoiseshell, long haired and brilliant kitty!), Ron Weasley (ginger kitty of course!) and Lily Potter (the newest, drywall-eating “half blood” puppy!). Tere enjoys scrapbooking and camping with her family.

Dr. Jennifer Boyer

Dr. Jennifer Boyer grew up in North Carolina. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia and her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from North Carolina State University (NCSU).

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While in veterinary school, her main focus areas were cats, dogs and exotic pet medicine. While at NCSU, she helped manage the Turtle Rescue Team to provide medical care to injured wild turtles and other reptiles.

After graduation, Dr. Boyer moved to Bethlehem, PA where she worked at a small animal clinic for several years and saw a wide variety of species of animals, including cats, dogs, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and small mammal exotic pets.

Dr. Boyer and her husband now live in Macungie with their two cats, Sophie and Sheba.

Dr. Jerica Lugo

Dr. Lugo grew up in Connecticut in a household with many pets and her love for animals developed at an early age. In pursuit of her career, she moved to Philadelphia to attend Drexel University where she completed her bachelor degree studying organismal biology and physiology. She completed a six month cooperative education program as an animal education intern at the Philadelphia Zoo where she developed a strong interest in educating the public about animal related concerns. 

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During and after undergraduate school, Dr. Lugo volunteered at a local animal shelter where she helped educate pet owners about the importance of vaccination, spay and neuter, key aspects of shelter medicine.

Dr. Lugo graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. She has a strong interest in soft tissue surgery and shelter medicine. During her schooling she continued to be very involved in the local shelters and mentored other veterinary students in the shelter’s surgical opportunities program, which offers surgical experience to current veterinary students.

Dr. Lugo is the most recent addition to the MAH team. She and her husband reside in Lansdale and share their home with their adorably mischievous dog Annabelle and their two friendly cats, Storm and Panda.