MEET THE VETERINARIANS OF ARK VETERINARY HOSPITAL
Bill Kellner, DVM
Dr. Kellner is a graduate of the University of Vermont. After college he moved to Colorado where he took up dog sled racing with his five beloved Siberian Huskies. Bonding with his “team” helped to crystallize his passion for animals and his desire to become a veterinarian, so Dr. Bill moved his lead dog, Mokee to Michigan where they attended Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine.
After graduating with honors from MSU, Mokee gave Dr. Bill the OK to get married and the two of them and Dr. Bill's new wife moved to New Mexico. There, he practiced in a mixed animal hospital on the northern New Mexico Highlands, and after getting kicked by wild range cows one too many times, Dr. Bill decided it was time to focus exclusively on companion animals.
In time, Dr. Bill, his not so new wife, and Mokee moved to Vermont and opened Ark Veterinary Hospital. Dr. Bill and his wife have two kids, and share their home with two dogs and a cat. Bill’s lead dog, the wonderful Mokee, lived to be nearly 18.
Dr. Bill’s hobbies include family time, running (though his wife doesn’t actually call it a hobby, instead using the term “addiction”), and skiing. Dr. Bill has participated in many road marathons, but prefers to run ultra-distance trail races. He has completed several 50 milers and three 100 mile trail races with more on the way!
Dr. Bill is a member of many professional organizations, including the Vermont Veterinary Medical Association, The American Veterinary Medical Association, The American Animal Hospital Association, The American Veterinary Dental Society, and The American Association for Human-Animal Bond Veterinarians.
Dr. Bill is also an Alternate Path Resident in the American Veterinary Dental College (AVDC), an advanced, mentored training program, with the goal of qualifying to take the AVDC's specialist board exam. Dr. Bill provides advanced dental care and oral surgery, including root canal therapy to save broken and dead teeth
Gary Solow, DVM
Dr. Gary Solow was born in New Hampshire and moved to West Virginia as a young child. It is family legend that any small reptile or amphibian that could not out run Dr. Gary usually ended up in a cardboard box or an aquarium. Young Dr. Gary's mother was often reluctant to enter his bedroom for fear of what might be loose! Veterinary medicine was the only career he ever considered. Dr Gary graduated magna cum laude from West Virginia University and then enrolled in the College of Veterinary Medicine at The Ohio State University (OSU).
After graduation from veterinary school, Dr. Gary started his career in the farmland north of Plattsburgh, NY. He lived the “James Harriot” life, taking care of dairy cows (and old time dairy farm families), along with the occasional horse, pig, goat, and llama during his morning appointments, while his afternoons were focused on caring for cats and dogs. After two years of staring across the lake at the lights of Burlington, it was time for a change.
Dr. Gary practiced in Burlington for several years before opening his own veterinary practice in Hinesburg, where he still lives. For many years, his home life involved raising and eventing two horses that were foaled at his farm, as well as enjoying his six cats and three dogs. In 2000, with a young family, and his ever-present “Lynn”, a wonderful Jack Russell Terrier, Dr. Gary was ready for another change and moved with several staff and many wonderful clients to start a partnership with Dr. Bill at Ark Veterinary Hospital.
Dr. Gary enjoys each day with clients, new and old, and he derives great pleasure in having provided excellent care for many families (and now the grown children of those families) over the years in greater Chittenden County area. When not at work, he enjoys a wide range of athletic pursuits including mountain biking, downhill, nordic and backcountry skiing, and hiking, as well as lap swimming each morning in his pond from mid May to early October (seasonal wetsuit required!). He is passionate about the perennial beds that he tends with his wife, Sharon, and can often be found coming to work with an armload of fresh flowers for the office.
Dr. Gary is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Vermont Veterinary Medical Association and the American Animal Hospital Association. He provides a wide array of healing care with particular emphasis on dermatology, behaviorally challenged pets, soft tissue and orthopedic surgery, cancer care and end of life palliative care.
Katie Manges, DVM
Dr. Katie Manges grew up in Massachusetts in the suburbs of Boston. She had a variety of pets growing up and knew from a very early age that she wanted to be a veterinarian. She attended Union College in Schenectady, NY where she graduated with a degree in biology. She then went on to attend Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in her home state of Massachusetts.
While studying at Tufts, Dr. Katie worked part time at the Tufts Wildlife Clinic where she helped to rehabilitate sick and injured wildlife. She also spent time at Kruger National Park in South Africa working with a wildlife veterinarian. While in Africa, Dr. Katie had the opportunity to work with a variety of species including elephants, lions, wild dogs, and rhino.
After veterinary school, Dr. Katie moved to Tucson, Arizona where she completed a veterinary internship in small animal and exotic medicine. She stayed in Tucson for the next few years, working at the same hospital in both emergency and general practice medicine. In Tucson, Katie met the love of her life, a small rescue dog named Peaches. A year later she also met her husband, Brian. Brian introduced her to his two little black cats, Gweny and Zakk. For Peaches, it was love at first sight. The cats, however, were not quite so thrilled about Peaches.
Katie and Brian then went on to adopt another cat, Buttons, who was a special needs kitten from a local cat shelter. Buttons has a condition called Manx syndrome where he was born missing part of his spine. He was struggling with this condition as well as pneumonia as a young kitten. Brian and Katie adopted Buttons and nursed him back to health. He now leads a happy life with them on a special diet and medication. Despite his condition, he has no problem counter surfing and getting into plenty of trouble!
Dr. Katie and her husband recently relocated to Vermont to be closer to her family in Massachusetts. She is so happy to be back in New England and is excited for all the outdoor activities Vermont has to offer. When she is not busy working, she enjoys skiing in the winter and spending time on the lake in the summer.