MEET THE STAFF: Dr. Joanna Manz

Dr. Manz has worked at Valley Animal Hospital since 1995. She grew up near Philadelphia, PA and obtained a BS from the Pennsylvania State University in 1979. Dr. Manz also earned a PhD from the University of Washington in 1990. She is a 1992 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania school of Veterinary Medicine where she also completed an internship in Medicine and Surgery in 1993. Dr. Manz has two dogs, Genevieve (Genny) a black lab, and Bingo a dachshund as well as a leopard gecko named Yoda. She enjoys Pilates, hiking, gardening and hummingbirds. She is also busy volunteering for Akron Children’s hospital and for various activities at her children’s schools.

Today is Take Your Cat to the Vet Day

Did you know that your cat should be in to see us once a year all their life, and sometimes twice a year when they’re over seven years of age? Today is National “Take Your Cat to the Vet” Day—if your cat is due for a visit, call and schedule one today. Regular visits can help your cat live longer, because we can identify and treat problems sooner.

Pets & Pools

Does your pet like to swim? Many pets enjoy the water and love to jump in the pool on hot summer days. Don’t forget that it’s just as important to supervise your pet while swimming as it is to supervise your children. Pets especially may accidentally swallow pool water while swimming, causing them to consume harmful and sometimes toxic chemicals. Instead of letting your pet swim in your family pool, consider getting them a kiddie pool filled with water for them!

July 15th is National Pet Fire Safety Day

July 15th is National Fire Safety Day! When a disaster strikes, it’s important to be prepared! We’ve all been told that it’s important to prepare an evacuation plan in advance. In the event of a house fire, make sure your family prepared for escape. It’s also important to make sure that your pet is included in your family’s plan!




April is National Pet First Aid Awareness Month.

As a pet owner, you need to make sure to have basic first aid supplies for your pets in your household. Carefully putting together a well-provisioned first aid kit will make you more ready to deal with a medical emergency if one confronts you for your dog, cat or other pet. Click the link below for a pet first aid supplies checklist.