Meet Our Veterinary Staff

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    Dr. Diane Ventrello

    Dr. Diane Ventrello has wanted to be a Vet since she was a young girl, especially once her parents gave her the James Herriot books.  Helping animals that are injured or sick to feel better, and providing education on pet care both bring her joy.  Diane has had cats since she was little, so she gravitates to feline medicine.  Diane is from Erie, attended Vet School at the University of Pennsylvania, worked in Cincinnati for 4 years, then joined Erie Animal Hospital in 1999.  Diane enjoys playing pickleball and racquetball, exploring the lake shoreline and local creeks, and loves reading, walking and being outdoors in nature.

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    Dr. Brian Ulrich

    Dr. Brian Ulrich, an Erie native, is an avid sports fan.  He was a member of the 1991 State Championship Football team at Strong Vincent High School and went on to play undergraduate football at Baldwin Wallace University.  Brian started working as a technician at Erie Animal Hospital in 1999, always knowing he would return after graduation from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2004.  You may see him out walking his rescue dog, Hallie, or find him at home relaxing with his 3 rescue kitties, Vendetta, Thomas and London.  Dr. Ulrich plans on working at Erie Animal Hospital until his retirement.

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    Dr. Raylene Hinely-Schroeck

    Dr. Raylene Hinely-Schroeck has wanted to be a Veterinarian since the time a mentor was able to save her own dog when she was 12 years old.  Raylene has wanted to give that same feeling to her clients.  Raylene prides herself on being honest and compassionate, doing what is best for her patients and their owners.  Raylene joined Erie Animal Hospital in 2010 and has worked hard to build her skills in ultrasound and internal medicine.  In her spare time, she enjoys being outside, camping and being creative (ceramics and painting).  Raylene also enjoys spending time with her husband Paul and their Golden Retriever Amber.

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    Jackie Ballay
    Finance Manager

    Jackie has served as the Finance Manager for the hospital since January of 2017. She graduated from Gannon University and has worked locally at Lord Corporation, Luden's Financial Services and Millcreek Community Church. Jackie has attained Certified Internal Auditor and Certified Management Accountant designations. On a personal note, Jackie enjoys spending time with family, reading, playing pickelball and visiting Presque Isle.

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    Kate Loop
    Office 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 Office Manager. Kate is particularly interested in animal behavior. On a personal note, Kate enjoys traveling and spending time with her dogs, cats and horses.

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