Girard Veterinary Clinic has been open for over 20 years and our veterinary staff has been diagnosing, treating and caring for dogs and cats for even longer!

The Veterinary staff at Girard Veterinary Clinic upholds the highest standards of veterinary care and our technicians are trained and certified in medical, surgical and emergency services for dogs and cats.

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Our Veterinarians, members of the AVMA , AAHA, and PVMA, both graduated from the University of Pennsylvania. They are devoted to implementing cutting edge techniques and raising the bar for standard of patient care.
Philadelphia Veterinarian dog cat
Philadelphia Veterinarian dog cat

Dr Jonathan Wilkerson, VMD


Dr. Jonathan Wilkerson received his BS in chemistry, and went on to receive his Veterinary degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 2001. He is currently a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, and Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association. Dr Wilkerson worked as an associate Veterinarian for over 11 years at Mt. Airy Animal Hospital and as an emergency Vet at Barton Heights Veterinary Hospital prior to coming to Girard Veterinary Clinic.


Dr. Wilkerson enjoys competing in triathlons along with hiking, sailing, and biking with his family. He is also a USA Swim Official, and the Allstar Triathalon coach for Cadence Youth Cycle!


Dr. Wilkerson also serves as the staff Veterinarian for the Pennsylvania Task Force 1 Urban Search and Rescue Team overseeing deployment of all service animals. 

Dr. Stephanie Haugen, VMD


Dr. Stephanie Haugen graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, after receiving her bachelor’s degree from Cornell University. She has spent 12 years working for several of Philly’s non-profit animal organizations, including serving as a Shelter Veterinarian for the City of Philadelphia. She is excited to now be working in private practice at Girard Veterinary Clinic. Although her primary passion is still saving unwanted and uncared for animals, she could not resist the opportunity to come work with her practice owner/colleague Dr. Wilkerson, who also happens to be her best friend whom she met in vet school. 

When not at GVC, Dr. Haugen is at home in Center City with her husband, 3 children and 2 Snowshoe cats, Mocha and Truffle.


In her limited spare time Dr. Haugen enjoys cooking and especially baking (and she is ever so grateful that her GVC family likes to eat). She and her family also enjoy traveling together. 

Dr. Laura Tancredi


Dr. Laura Tancredi was born and raised just outside Philadelphia.  She attended North Carolina State University and graduated with a Bachelor's of Science in Animal Science and Nutrition.  She attended veterinary school at the Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, on the Caribbean island of St. Kitts, and completed her clinical year at Purdue University.  Her professional interests include diagnostic imaging, zoonotic disease and public health, and low stress and feline friendly handling. 

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Our veterinary technicians have decades of experience in the veterinary field and are all certified in first aid and CPR for companion animals.


Lead Veterinary Technician

Albert has been with the Clinic since 1997 and has more than 30 years experience in the veterinary field. In addition to his responsibilities as a veterinary technician, he provides technician training to new staff members and specializes in handling challenging animals. He enjoys counseling clients in behavior management and educating them on improvements in the veterinary field.


Veterinary Technician

Dawn attended W.B. Saul HS of Agriculture, where her love for animals grew. Each day she is as excited to care for patients as she was on her first day working in the veterinary field over 25 years ago. She has quite the full house with a one-eyed cat named Leela and 2 dogs named Teddy and Gus. She also enjoys being a Grandmom!


Veterinary Technician

Becca is from Philly, she went to school at Harcum College and graduated in 2013, she did her Practicum at University of Penn and at New Bolton Center; She has 6 cats and 1 large dog. She loves to go to Disney world with her boyfriend and has been with us since 2017.

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Learn about our NEW Tech Jessika:

 Jessika joined our staff in the Spring of 2021. She grew up in South Jersey and initially trained and worked as a Pharmacy Technician. 

She soon switched to the veterinary field and has worked as a Veterinary Technician for the last 16 years. She has 3 children, 3 dogs, 1 cat and a bearded dragon. 



Our support staff has training in veterinary medicine, customer service, client relations and pet care. Ready to take your call, they are knowledgable and helpful allies for all owners and patient advocates.



Quiana has been working at Girard Veterinary Clinic under many titles including receptionist and kennel worker. She adores being able to meet and care for the patients of Girard. She's never owned a pet of her own, but working here has certainly opened her up to the possibility of taking on her own special friend!



Leigha started at Girard Veterinary Clinic in 2017.  She loves being able to work with animals and is looking forward to training and continuing her education in veterinary medicine to hopefully one day work as a veterinary technician.

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