Dr. Schutzengel began her veterinary career as a student in Italy and then continued her studies at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. from which she graduated in 1984. From 1984 until 1996 she worked in multiple small animal and emergency clinics throughout Virginia and Maryland as a “relief vet.” In that capacity she provided both long term and temporary services for hospitals needing someone to fill in for their veterinarians. In doing so Duni, as she prefers to be called, was able to glean skills from many practitioners and experts in the field covering a broad range of procedures in veterinary surgery and medicine.
In 1999, Dr. Schutzengel purchased Dunn Loring Animal Hospital in Northern Virginia. When her lease expired in January, 2010, she made her service “mobile” by moving her entire clinic–digital x-ray and all–into a full-service 26-foot mobile veterinary unit.
Duni is a Massachusetts native who grew up in Worcester. On a beautiful June day in 2007 while driving along Route 6A in Sandwich, she made the comment that would change her life: “You know, I could live here”. Not long later, she had found and purchased a charming 200+ year old Cape in Wellfleet for her future clinic. The “Yellow House,” as she came to call it, was to become the clinic she’d always dreamed of having; a house where staff, clients and patients would feel as if they were stepping into a home rather than a medical facility.
Chris McLaughlin’s life’s purpose became clear when the floods of Katrina receded. The toll the disaster took on the lives of the animals of the Gulf Coast ignited a passion and purpose that continues today. “ARF’s work will live on because of the lives we met, the lives we saved, and the lives we lost.” …Read More
Nick Wright lives in New Hampshire, with his wife, Kristine, and their two children, Henry and Olivia as well as four dogs, Bam-Bam, Little Bear, Boo and recent addition, a blind pup named Rosie. Bam-Bam, a Great Pyrenees, is the canine equivalent of Eeyore, and will happily keep any bare feet warm in the winter. …Read More
Jan Mitchell resides in Boulder, CO and has been fostering animals for her local humane societies and rescues since 1991. She met Chris in New Orleans while doing post-Katrina animal rescue work and she has worked with rural farmers in a small village in Ghana since 2001 teaching gentle handling of their working animals. Eventually, …Read More
Dr. Schutzengel began her veterinary career as a student in Italy and then continued her studies at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. from which she graduated in 1984. From 1984 until 1996 she worked in multiple small animal and emergency clinics throughout Virginia and Maryland as a “relief vet.” In that capacity she provided both …Read More