SOURCE: Hunt Valley Animal Hospital

November 20, 2011 10:15 ET

Hunt Valley Veterinarians Give Back to Community

HUNT VALLEY, MD--(Marketwire - Nov 20, 2011) - Hunt Valley veterinarians are giving back in a big way to the local Maryland community. Dr. Meghan Johnston and Dr. Courtney Jones, veterinarians at Hunt Valley Animal Hospital, are both actively involved with community programs. Dr. Johnston's dog Murphy is a certified Pets on Wheels therapy dog, and frequently accompanies Dr. Johnston on visits to hospitals and nursing homes. Dr. Jones previously worked with Eastern Veterinary Blood Bank, traveling through Maryland and Virginia conducting blood drives for dogs. At the animal vet clinic, Dr. Jones and Dr. Johnston are both part of the surgical team providing ultrasound and endoscopic procedures.

Dr. Meghan Johnston and Dr. Courtney Jones, veterinarians at Hunt Valley Animal Hospital, are both actively involved in the local Maryland community.

A volunteer at nursing homes and hospitals, Dr. Johnston frequently takes her dog Murphy to provide comfort and ease pain for chronically ill patients. Murphy is a certified Pets on Wheels therapy dog, and enjoys cuddling and sharing love with individuals who are in pain or ill.

"Murphy is a true natural with older patients, especially seniors," said Dr. Johnston. "It's as if Murphy can sense their pain, and a simple lick on the hand or a gentle nuzzle with his nose can help momentarily take away some of the hurt."

Dr. Jones is a long-time advocate for the Eastern Veterinary Blood Bank. During her time with the Blood Bank, she traveled throughout Maryland and Virginia to conduct blood drives on behalf of dogs.

"Many pet owners don't realize that dogs need blood donors, too," said Dr. Jones. "A single donation can save the lives of up to four dogs following a traumatic accident, during a prolonged illness, or for dogs suffering from anemia. At Eastern Veterinary Blood Bank, all the canine donors are volunteers, and many we met directly in local communities during our blood drives."

Both Dr. Johnston and Dr. Jones emphasized the importance of using their skills and veterinary knowledge to give back to the community.

"As veterinarians, we are uniquely positioned to make a difference in the lives of both animals and humans," said Dr. Jones.

"From bringing joy to those in the hospital to saving the lives of countless dogs through blood donations, these are both amazing community organizations, and we feel incredibly privileged to have worked with them," said Dr. Johnston.

In addition to their community work, both Dr. Johnston and Dr. Jones have completed extensive continuing education training courses.

For Dr. Johnston, these training courses focused on surgical procedures including laparoscopy, ultrasound, rhinoscopy and cystoscopy, along with advanced techniques for repairing elongated soft palates in brachycephalic breeds. Dr. Jones has completed advanced coursework in abdominal ultrasound, along with endoscopic and laparoscopic surgery, and has a special interest in dermatology.

The Hunt Valley Animal Hospital offers comprehensive surgical care, including minimally invasive surgery and spay and neuter operations. The animal vet clinic also provides kitten care and puppy care, as well as senior pet care.

Pet owners can learn more about the veterinarians' community work, as well as services at the animal vet clinic, by visiting the practice's website,

Contact Information

  • Hunt Valley Animal Hospital
    Hunt Valley, MD