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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Rescue dog

June 25, 2014

Don’t Call Me Olivia!

*Update* Oliver has officially been adopted! See the comments at the bottom of this blog for more on his happy ending.   This story has a happy ending, but a not-so-pleasant beginning. Most of you know that Malvern Veterinary Hospital is fortunate to work with an amazing rescue group called Senior Dog Haven and Hospice […]

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Cat listening to music

August 8, 2016

They Hear Us. They Just Don’t Care.

If you’ve owned a cat, you won’t be surprised by this study. Scientists at the University of Tokyo have confirmed what us cat owners have known for years: cats can recognize our voices, yet they often choose to ignore us! To me, this is what makes cats so intriguing. We really have to work to […]

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May 13, 2014

How to Bring Your Cat to the Vet in 3 Easy Steps

In the average week, we see easily three to four times more dogs than cats for appointments, despite the fact that pet cats outnumber dogs in the United States. Why is this the case? A recent study determined that the number of feline visits to veterinarians decreased 14% from 2001 to 2011 despite an increase in […]

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