Meet Our Veterinary Staff


Dr. Paavola graduated from Ross University in 1985. He has been at Erie Animal Hospital ever since, working in the building he grew up in and growing the practice his father started in 1952. He spearheads the renovation and maintenance projects which have brightened and modernized the building over the past few years. Dr Jeff enjoys travelling, reading, volleyball, and golf.


Dr. Ventrello graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1995. After practicing in Cincinnati OH for 4 years, she rejoined Erie Animal Hospital, having worked here during high school and college years. She takes special interest in feline medicine, behavior, and client education. Dr. Ventrello’s personal interests include pickleball, volleyball, racquetball, reading, beach glass collection and jewelry design, and free time with her 6 cats.


Dr. Ulrich graduated from The Ohio State University in 2004. Erie Animal Hospital welcomed him back after graduation, appreciating his dedication and work ethic when he worked here prior to vet school. Dr. Ulrich’s professional interests lie in surgery and internal medicine. On a personal level, he enjoys reading, spending time with his wife Stefanie, friends, and his 2 dogs and 2 cats.


Dr. Hinely-Schroeck graduated from The Ohio State University in 1994. She rejoined Erie Animal Hospital in August of 2010. Her interests in veterinary medicine include internal medicine, dermatology, and ultrasound. In June 2011, she expanded her ultrasound skills in a week-long intensive course. Dr. Hinely’s outside interests include scrapbooking, creating and painting ceramics, time with her dog and cat, and camping.


Dr. Van Scoy graduated from The Ohio State University in 2013. After working in Youngstown, Ohio for 2 years she joined Erie Animal Hospital in the fall of 2016. Her interests in veterinary medicine include wellness care, client education and surgery. Dr. Van Scoy's personal interests include reading, hiking, video games and spending time with her cat.


Patti is a Certified Veterinary Technician and Erie Animal Hospital’s head technician. She graduated from Harcum College in 1992 and has shared her skills here since November of that year. She especially enjoys endocrine cases, dentistry, recovery nutrition, emergency medicine, surgery, and anesthesia. Patti’s personal interests include crafts, exercise, personal training, and her young family and cat.

Inventory and Finance Manager

Jackie graduated from Gannon University with an Accounting degree in 1988. She serves as the Finance & Inventory Manager since January of 2017. Prior to this, she held various positions with Lord Corporation, United Way, Luden’s Financial Services and Millcreek Community Church. Jackie has attained Certified Internal Auditor and Certified Management Accountant designations. Her personal interests are spending time with family, watching her sons’ sporting events and visiting Presque Isle.


Personnel Manager

Kate has been an employee at Erie Animal Hospital since 1998. Over the years she has worked as a receptionist and veterinary assistant at our hospital. More recently she has taken on the role of Personnel Manager. Kate is particularly interested in animal behavior. Her hobbies include traveling and spending time with her dogs, cats and horses.



Holli has been a part of the hospital for many years and in different capacities. She has cats and a Sheltie. Her grandchildren are the objects of much of her attention and care giving.


For after hour emergency care, please contact the Northwest Pennsylvania Pet Emergency Center at 814-866-5920

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  • "I have taken all of my pets here. The vets are very caring and knowledgeable. They take the time to address every question and pursue every avenue for your fur babies to get well! Especially Dr. Ulrich. He is so thourough and patient. He is an excellent vet!"
    Jessica Erdely - Erie, PA

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