Get to know Brandywine Valley Veterinary Hospital!
Our team of animal lovers are all pet owners themselves and we treat every patient as if it were our own.
Marc Daniel, DVM
My name is Dr. Marc Daniel, I am the owner of Brandywine Valley Veterinary Hospital. I earned my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from The Ohio State University in 1998. After graduation, my wife Suzanne and I moved to West Chester, Pennsylvania where we began to set deep roots in the area.
We are grateful to be parents of four amazing children. Our oldest son is married and actively working in Chester County. Our other son is attending Ithaca College, as well as our older daughter is attending Butler University. Our youngest daughter is in middle school at Delaware County Christian School. We also share our home with three cats, a rescued dog from Haiti, a joyful chocolate lab, chickens and many honeybees. I enjoy gardening, bee keeping, raising chickens and outdoor activities. We all love to travel for both service work and pleasure.
I have been serving the Chester County community as a veterinarian since 2006. I knew from a young age that I had a passion for God’s creatures. I started to work for a local veterinarian in high school and realized that becoming a veterinarian myself would allow me to fulfill this passion I had for animals and medicine.
In addition to practicing veterinary medicine locally, I have found a calling in missionary work and have partnered with Christian Veterinary Missions. They are a non-profit organization dedicated to equipping local people to provide veterinary care in underserved communities all over the world. Using my skills to educate others in animal husbandry and medicine has been a great joy in my life.
I am honored to work in Southern Chester County and enjoy serving the community through the ownership of Brandywine Valley Veterinary Hospital. BVVH has been providing high quality and compassionate veterinary care to the community for many years and I hope we continue to do so for many years to come.
Robert Cafaro, VMD
Dr. Robert Cafaro grew up in Downingtown where he knew from an early age that he wanted to be a veterinarian. He started out by working in the kennels of various local vet hospitals and through his dedication and love of animals, he learned to be a veterinary nurse. It was during these years leading up to veterinary school that he learned that not only did he want to help as many animals as he could, but also as many families and people as he could. He wanted to be the voice for each animal and bridge any communication gap between them and their families.
For that reason, his favorite part of his career is building relationships with each animal and their families. His special interests in the field include dermatology and internal medicine.
Dr. Cafaro studied biology at Penn State University and ultimately graduated with his VMD from University of Pennsylvania in 2014. He worked in Aston and West Chester for the following 5 years, until joining the BVVH team in 2019. He currently lives in Romansville, PA with his wife and two dogs. One a rescue terrier mix named Lacey, and the other, a big goofy Newfoundland named Stanley.
Karen Clark-Rubin, DVM
Dr. Karen Clark Rubin has had a strong interest in the veterinary field since childhood and worked in the field since she was 16 years old. She graduated from the University of Georgia, College of Veterinary Medicine. She moved to this area with her husband that was doing his Equine Medicine Residency at New Bolton Center. Her interests include emergency medicine, arthritis control and treatment, as well as doing house calls. When Karen is not working, she enjoys dressage, eventing, and trail riding. She has one daughter, 3 horses, 3 dogs, & 4 cats.
Gail Rockwood, DVM
Dr. Gail Rockwood is thrilled to join the excellent team at Brandywine Valley Veterinary Hospital. She grew up in the suburbs of Wilmington, Delaware. Dr. Rockwood studied Animal Science at the University of Delaware. After graduation, she worked in the veterinary vaccine industry and engaged in poultry disease research. Furthering her education, Dr. Rockwood moved to Georgia and earned a master’s degree in Medical Microbiology and her DVM at the University of Georgia.
As a veterinarian, Dr. Rockwood focuses on small animal medicine/surgery. Her special interest lies in promoting the health and wellness of cats and dogs as important family members.
Nancy Hensel, CVT
Nancy started working at Brandywine Valley Veterinary Hospital in high school as a veterinary assistant in 1975. Upon graduating from Coatesville high school, she attended Harcum College in Rosemont, PA, in their Veterinary Technology program. She has excellent veterinary education and years of experience; she has a wealth of small animal knowledge and is an excellent resource for clients and fellow team members.
In January 2016, co-workers, family, and friends were delighted to help her celebrate her 40th anniversary of working at BVVH! Nancy has been married since 1980 and is the proud mother of three children, Steven, Amanda, and Matthew, and “Grams” to Dylan, Rachel and Hayley. Dylan says about his grandma,” She knows everything and loves everyone.” Nancy shares her home with a pair of Chihuahuas, Nacho & Margarita, an Amazon parrot Nikki, a trio of cats, and two dwarf bunnies, Rummy & Randall Bing. Her mini barnyard corrals a miniature horse and donkey. The” Queen of Cruises,” Nancy’s vacations always include family and a big boat.
Jamie Gray, CVT
Jamie is a 2017 graduate of YTI Career Institute. She grew up in West Chester, PA and currently lives there, with her two rabbits(Spud and Bun Bun), and her cat Louise. She is Fear Free Certified, and especially interested in anesthesia. On her downtime, she enjoys horseback riding and hiking.
Bethany Kiger, CVT
Bethany is a 2014 graduate of Harcum College’s veterinary technology program. She grew up in, and still currently lives in Malvern. She enjoys providing compassionate high quality care to all the pets she has the pleasure of working with. She is Fear Free certified, and loves making your pets experience at the vet as stress free as possible. She loves all aspects of being a veterinary technician, with a special interest in anesthesia.
In her down time she enjoys time outdoors with her husband, Patrick and two dogs, Luda (lab mix) and Duffy (hound/pit mix).
Tara Pugh, CVT
Bri Brooks, CVT
Outside of the hospital, Bri enjoys fashion, styling, and all things beauty! As former bartenders, Bri and her husband Tony, love entertaining and spending time with friends and family (fur babies included!).
Valerie Battista, CVT
She currently resides in Oxford, Pa with her husband, daughter, two sons, and three fur kids: Darth Donuts (dog), Kylo, and Malachite (2 cats). In her free time, she enjoys running, kayaking, reading, and relaxing.
Sandra is a native of Chester County and has been working in veterinary medicine for over 10 years. She is very excited to continue growing her knowledge and skills as a veterinary technician at BVVH! She is passionate about preventive care and loves interacting with clients while caring for their pets.
Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family, going running, exploring the outdoors, and trips to the beach with her husband and two daughters. She loves to get to know you and your animals and enjoys working alongside the amazing team at Brandywine Valley Veterinary Hospital!
Amanda has been in the field for over 13 years, working in a variety of departments, including surgery, emergency and general practice.
She’s married and has a 2 1/2 year old son. They live on a small farm in Lincoln University, with 2 horses, two dogs, cats and chickens. When Amanda is not working, she enjoys horseback riding and archery.
Kim grew up in West Chester, PA. She‘s currently living in Downingtown, with her fiancé, son, dog and cat.
Growing up she always knew she had a great passion for animals and so she set a path for herself to obtain an education in veterinary medicine after high school.
She graduated from Harcum college in 2016 with her vet tech degree. She has been working as a veterinary nurse for 6+ years. She enjoys being a mom to her three year old son, and when she’s not working she enjoys walks with her dog Nala, playing superheroes, and spending time with friends and family.
Cayla is currently studying Biology and Anthropology at the University of Pittsburgh, and is interested in pursuing veterinary medicine in the future. Her hobbies include eventing, mentoring, and upcycling clothes. She is a member of Kappa Delta and Strong Women Strong girls in Pittsburgh. She grew up in Kennett Square Pennsylvania where she currently resides with 3 horses, three dogs, and four cats.
Marissa resides in Downingtown with her husband, and high school sweetheart, Steven. They have 2 boys, Remington and Macintyre, and the best ever Pitbull rescue, Stanley. She has worked in the Veterinary field for 15 years. Her heart belongs to Pitbulls due to their giant heads, big hearts, and “underdog” status.
Natalie is currently studying Animal Science with an Equine Science minor at Penn State University and plans to attend Vet School after she graduates. At Penn State, she lives and works at the quarter horse breeding farm, where she loves to help with the foals and train the young horses every Spring. She is also a puppy raiser for Susquehanna Service Dogs and loves to spend time with the puppies in training whenever she can.
She grew up in West Chester, Pennsylvania where she currently resides with her dog Hombre and her cat Hazel.
Melissa (Missie) Mayo
Client Service Coordinator
Missie joined the Brandywine Valley Veterinary Hospital team in 2007. A vital part of our talented staff of assistants and technicians. Prior to her experiences at BVVH, Missie developed an extensive medical background working with handicapped adults and serving as a pharmacy technician. She also has a strong entrepreneurial spirit and ran an in-home day care service for 10 years!
Missie and her husband Eric have two sons. Missie and her family share their home with her two cats, Sterling Buttons and Princess Kit Kat.
Client Service Coordinator
She grew up with a whippet that passed away 8 years ago. She currently lives in Coatesville, PA with her Toy Yorkie-Poo named Peanut. When she is not working, she loves practicing yoga, going on walks/hikes with Peanut, and hanging out with friends/family.
Client Service Coordinator
Lynne has been a Veterinary Client Service Representative for 10 years and is super excited to be a part of the BVVH team! She is passionate about people and the special bond between them and their pets. She shares her life with her husband Jeff, four kids, her Springer Spaniel, Ellie, and two senior Kitties Jinx & Codie. In her free time, you can find her hanging out with her backyard barnyard friends, including Jessie (horse), Petey (Black Angus), Jackson (Donkey), several goats, sheep, alpaca, & pet turkeys, Willy & Nilly.
College Veterinarian Intern
Melissa Stedman, CVPM
Melissa is our Practice Manager and has been working in the veterinary field since she was 15 years old. She is very excited for the opportunity to help manage and develop our hospital alongside Dr. Daniel. Melissa is dedicated to promoting the hospital mission of providing the best care and service to our patients, clients and employees. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, two children and her menagerie of pets including two dogs, two cats, two parrots, a tortoise, hedgehog and Haflinger horse.
Honored to service pets of Southern Chester County and beyond
Our entire team endeavors to care for clients and their pets as well as staff, in a respectful and holistic way so that all benefit by being a client or employee of our veterinary hospital.
Mon, Wed, Fri: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tues, Thurs: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Sat: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
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We want to make paying for your pet's medical care as simple as possible, which is why we offer a variety of payment options. We take all major credit cards (including Amex & Discover) even ApplePay & Samsung Pay. We also have Clover for our payment processing. CareCredit & Scratchpay are additional options for payment plans.
The only Pet Insurance that we recommend is Trupanion.
We believe medical insurance for pets is an important part of responsible pet ownership. It can help pet owners budget for any unexpected illnesses or injuries that their pets may face over their lifetime. We are happy to work with any provider you may currently be insured with. If you are not insured, we recommend that you look into it and see if it’s right for you. We have materials available in our hospital for you to learn more about coverage options.
Be sure to ask us about medical insurance for your pet during your next visit!
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