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Meet the Veterinarians of Ludwigs Corner Veterinary Hospital

Ludwigs Corner Veterinary Hospital is located in Chester Springs, PA, minutes away from Exton, Downingtown, and Elverson. Our veterinarians are AAHA-Accredited and serve all of Chester County. We are pleased to provide your pet with preventative medical care, dental care and grooming. We hold ourselves to a very high standard, because pets are our passion and keeping them healthy is our #1 priority. Your pet deserves nothing less.

Please take a moment to tour of our hospital and read the reviews from our customers. We look forward to you joining our family!

Ludwigs Veterinary Hospital Team
Darrell M. Hoffman, VMD

Darrell M. Hoffman , VMD

Darrell Hoffman, VMD is originally from Dauphin County, PA. He graduated from Penn State University where he was a member of the Alpha Zeta Agricultural fraternity. In 1967 he received his Veterinary Medical Degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Soon after, Doc Hoffman spent two years in the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps where he was stationed at Fort Jackson, South Carolina and then in Saigon and Phu Loi, Vietnam. Doc Hoffman opened Ludwigs Corner Veterinary Hospital in the basement of his first home here in Chester Springs in 1972. Doc Hoffman is an extraordinary surgeon. Now grandparents of three boys, Doc and his wife Anne live in Chester Springs with their two cats, Babs and Maddie, two turtles, and their African gray parrot named Poco. Though he is semi-retired at this time, after a long career of helping animals, Doc still sees appointments one day a week at each of our two hospitals, and does surgery one day a week at Ludwigs Corner.

Peter S. Levin, VMD

Peter S. Levin , VMD

"I graduated From Brandeis University in Massachusetts in 1988. In 1994, I graduated from the University on Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. During my senior year at Penn I won the Hills Award for Dietary Management of Diseases in Companion Animals.

My professional interests include wellness care, general and orthopedic surgery, dietary and internal medicine. I am a member of the American Veterinary Medical association, and the American Animal Hospital Association.

I take pride in the excellent care and service Ludwigs and Coventry provides to our Chester County friends and their pets. It is my hope that our clients feel this pride and compassion every time they walk through our doors.

When not busy at Ludwigs Corner Veterinary Hospital or Coventry Animal Hospital I enjoy spending time with wife and two sons. We enjoy going to the theater, traveling and eating out at fun and different restaurants.

I am also a huge Phillies, Eagles, Sixers and Flyers fan"

Heather H. Clauser, VMD

Heather H. Clauser , VMD

Heather H. Clauser, VMD has practiced veterinary medicine for over 15 years, graduating from the University of Pennsylvania in 1993. Dr. Clauser practiced veterinary medicine in West Chester, PA, since graduation. She then joined our staff in 2003 to practice alongside her husband, Dr. Peter Levin, and spend more time with their two sons, Ben and Zach. Dr. Clauser enjoys internal medicine and emergency cases. Dr. Clauser sees appointments and does surgery at our Ludwigs location.

Donna J. Hennessy, VMD

Donna J. Hennessy , VMD

"I graduated from Penn State University in 1979. In 1983 I graduated from the University on PA Veterinary School.

"I grew up in Malvern with a menagerie of pets including dogs, cats, birds and two pet mice.  I worked in a pet shop in the King of Prussia Mall during my four years at Great Valley high school. Prior to college I worked at Bryn Mawr Veterinary Hospital.

I am very fortunate to work in a profession I truly enjoy. My areas of interest include preventative health care, internal medicine and keeping our pets pain free as they age.

When I am not working, I enjoy long walks with my two rescue dogs Toby and Stanley. I am also an avid ballroom dancer. I have even entered a few dance competitions.

I have worked in several hospitals but sincerely believe that Ludwigs Corner is one of the best in quality, care and good medicine."

Gillian R. Harclerode, VMD

Gillian R. Harclerode , VMD

Gillian Harclerode, VMD completed her undergraduate degree at St. Vincent College, Latrobe, PA in 1990 with a B.S. in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. After college she pursued a career in genetic research at Penn State University and the University of Pennsylvania. She then attended the University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine. After working at Lums Pond Animal Hospital in DE, Dr. Harclerode joined our staff in August, 2009 and practices at both our Ludwigs Corner and Coventry locations. She resides in Exton with her husband Aaron, son Dominic, and daughter Isabella. Currently they share their home with a Bernese Mountain Dog named Meeka. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, snowboarding, listening to music, and attending concerts.

Hannah Smith, VMD

Hannah Smith , VMD

Dr. Smith, graduated from University of Pennsylvania in 2016 as a VMD, with a major in food animal medicine. She also has a Bachelor in Science degree from Trinity College CT, with a major in neuroscience and a minor in film studies.

Dr. Smith has over 11 years of experience in the field, ranging from various types of surgery, wellness and dental procedures.

R. Russell Muir, VMD

R. Russell Muir , VMD

Robert Muir, VMD is originally from Bucks County Pennsylvania. He completed his undergraduate degree in Animal Sciences at the University of Maryland before graduating from the University of Pennsylvania  School of Veterinary Medicine in 2020.  He spent 2 years working in Philadelphia prior to moving out of the city. In his free time, he enjoys riding his bike, hiking, watching the Philadelphia Flyers, and going on road trips.

Brian Novak, DVM

Brian Novak , DVM

"I am originally from the Midwest, growing up in Chicago and attending undergrad and veterinary school at Michigan State University, graduating in 1993. Once I graduated I was offered a job in Florida, and after 20+ years in the cold and snow who wouldn't jump at the opportunity?

I practiced small animal medicine in Tampa for 10 years before deciding that Florida just wasn't my style, and so I moved to the Philadelphia area. Once here I practiced at a small animal hospital in Montgomery County for 14 years before joining Ludwigs Corner Veterinary Hospital. Living in Chester Springs, I am pleased and eager to serve my neighbors and community with high-quality medicine, surgery, and client care that Ludwigs Corner is known to provide.

When I am not at work, my wife Karen and I enjoy hiking the many parks and preserves in the area, kayaking at Marsh Creek, and watching our dog Elliot try to remove every rock in the lake without getting his face wet!"

Megan Zalek, DVM

Megan Zalek , DVM

Megan Zalek, DVM grew up in the Lancaster area. She attended Penn State University, earning her undergraduate degree in Animal Science, minor in Dance, and graduate degree in Pathobiology. She continued her studies at Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, where she earned her veterinary degree in 2019 and was awarded both the Bob Duncan Memorial Diagnostic Scholarship and C.L. Davis Foundation Student Scholarship. Before joining the Coventry and Ludwigs Corner team, she spent a year as an anatomic pathology resident at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine.

When not working, Dr. Zalek enjoys dancing, movies, cheering on the Sixers, and spending time at home with her husband and their small zoo of dogs and cats.


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