About Dr. D

Heather DiGiacomo VMD

Dr. D is a lifelong resident of the Philadelphia area. She is a graduate of the Academy of Notre Dame in Villanova, Colgate University in beautiful Hamilton, NY and the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. D specializes in canine and feline medicine and surgery, with special interests in dentistry, pain management and feline medicine.

Dr. DiGiacomo has fifteen years of experience in small animal medicine and surgery. Having worked at several of the most prestigious practices on the Main Line, Dr. D has extensive experience in veterinary dentistry, gastroenterology, dermatology, radiology, internal medicine, pediatric medicine, soft tissue surgery and palliative care (among many other subspecialities). Dr. DiGiacomo is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) and was recently elected to the board of the Independent Veterinary Practitioners Association (IVPA).  She is also an Elite Fear Free Certified Practitioner.

Practice ownership is something that Dr. D has aspired to since her first days in veterinary school. Newtown Square Veterinary Hospital is the culmination of fifteen years of ideas and inspirations collected by Dr. DiGiacomo from her varied experiences in the world of veterinary medicine. Dr. D has long hoped to create a hospital that combines a family-friendly feel and exceptional customer service with cutting edge medicine. NSVH is based on these core principles.

Outside of work, Dr. DiGiacomo is a fan of hiking, backyard chickens, headbutts from friendly cats, true crime podcasts, and The New Yorker Magazine. Dr. D lives on Fox Valley Farm, a 180 year old farm that formerly served as a retirement home for horses, along with her husband, son, fuzzy cat Goose, even fuzzier cat Pudge, Maeby the Wonder Mutt and a bevy of chickens.

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Bernese Mountain dog in deep snow

December 20, 2016

Baby, It’s Cold Outside

Our good friends at PetPlan have created a guide with some tips to keep our pups and kitties safe and healthy when the weather turns cold. Animal hospitals throughout the Philadelphia area see some specific cold-weather injuries and illnesses when the temperature drops. What are the most common cold-weather issues we see at Newtown Square […]

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Puppy eating Thanksgiving dinner

November 3, 2014

Just Say No to Food Fights!

This week, I had similar conversations with several clients about their “picky” dogs. Most dog owners have the opposite experience: their Fido will eat anything, anywhere, anytime (including trash, inanimate objects like socks and grossly unappealing items like deer feces.) This is true for most dogs; we have domesticated dogs in virtually every way, but […]

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Puppy eating money

March 4, 2016

But the Humane Society is Cheaper

A client said to me today: “My brother had his dog spayed at the Humane Society and it was only $100. Why is your clinic so much more expensive? Cost is an issue for us and if all things are equal, we would rather have our dog spayed there, too.” Sigh. All things aren’t equal […]

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