Monthly Archives: September 2012


Our hospital was founded in 1990 by Dr. Steve Stephan in the fall of 1989 when Dr. Stephan acquired the Northkill practice from Dr. A. Godfried on Shartlesville Road. At the time it was a part time practice run out of a several room small building. Pretty soon the Bernville Veterinary Clinic outgrew the small building and it was expanded on that site. In 1994 we decided that this area needed more veterinary and pet related services than even the expanded building could handle so the present hospital and spa were constructed.

Cute Patient of the Week: Smokey!

Smokey was in last week for a routine procedure and just after waking up she began talking to us. Her quiet mewing gradually became louder until we realized she was hungry. Smokey devoured three small bowls of canned food before napping peacefully until her pickup time. I guess she was putting our five star service to the test. She reminded us of the saying, “As every cat owner knows, nobody owns a cat.” – Ellen Perry Berkeley

This Week is Deaf Dog Awareness Week

In 1996, members of the Deaf Dogs E-Mail List, founded by Canadian and future board member, Lindsay Patten, rallied twice to raise the funds needed to fly deaf dogs to loving homes and away from certain death. This inspired the list members to propose that a not-for-profit organization be founded “to speak on behalf of and assist in the betterment of life for deaf dogs everywhere.” The Deaf Dog Education Action Fund (DDEAF) is the result of an idea that was long past due. To learn more about the The Deaf Dog Education Action Fund (DDEAF), go to:

Next Week is Deaf Dog Awareness Week

This year, Deaf Dog Awareness Week is from September 16th-20th. We will be featuring stories about some of our clients, patients and friends as well as other information about deaf dog education. If you know of any interesting stories, please email them to us so that we can share them. Outside of an obvious physical difference, deaf dogs are just your normal, everyday dogs. They do have a better excuse for not listening than most dogs, but they live in our houses, sleep on our beds, play with our children and ride in our cars. They go for walks, chase balls, bark at squirrels (yes, they do bark), and at the end of the day, they collapse in front of the TV with the rest of the family. They share our lives, and are our companions and friends.

FREE Veterinary Medicine for Pet Owners Series

Please join us! The first seminar is on Monday night, 9/10/12 at Bernville Veterinary Clinic:
Emergency Medicine, with Dr. Lee Pickett • How to decide whether it’s an emergency, and what to do to help your pet
  • Toxic emergencies: antifreeze, rodenticides, chocolate, onions
  • Heart, lung & circulatory emergencies: feline saddle thromboembolism, electrical cord injuries
  • Stomach & intestinal emergencies: bloat/GDV, foreign bodies
  • Urinary emergencies: urethral obstruction
  • Nervous system & related problems: seizures, intervertebral disc disease, vestibular syndrome
All sessions take place Monday evenings from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Bernville Veterinary Clinic, 7135 Bernville Road, Bernville, PA 19506 The workshops are FREE, but space is limited, so please RSVP to or 610-488-0166 UPCOMING SEMINARS THIS SEASON INCLUDE: 10/8/12 Pet Loss & Bereavement, with Marianne Sharon 11/5/12 Canine & Feline Behavior, with Dr. Lee Pickett
  • Normal canine & feline social development and communication
  • Canine behavior problems, including aggression and separation anxiety
  • Feline behavior problems, including inappropriate elimination, aggression and clawing furniture
12/3/12 How to Read a Pet Food Label, with Betsy Gallagher
  • Please bring labels from the dry and canned foods you feed your pets


BernvilleVet Pinterest
So many of you have been asking us to create a Pinterest page (so we did!). We’ve listed a collection of pet services and information in the community but it is not complete. We’ve organized our content into 6 different pinboards. 1. Pet Supplies 2. Pet Sitters/Walkers 3. Dog Trainers 4. Veterinary / Pet Organizations 5. Pet Shelters & Rescue Groups 6. Pet Events Please send us the names of groups or companies in these categories so we can pin them to our page! We’re also open to any suggestions or ideas! Thanks