Christopher Stancel, DVM is a veterinarian for the Dog, Cat & Bird Clinic of Nutley located in New Jersey. He is also a fellow reptile hobbyist and breeder of leopard geckos among others. While attending high school and college he worked for a local pet store, a farm, and a small zoo in the Newark Museum where he loved caring for the animals. He graduated from Rutgers University- Cook College with a B.S. in Animal Science. Approximately 3 years prior to attending veterinary school, Dr. Stancel worked for the Dog, Cat & Bird Clinic of Nutley as a veterinary technician. There he gained not only a wealth of knowledge of veterinary medicine but also close relation with Dr. Crupi and his wife. Dr. Stancel graduated from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in January 2004. While there he received multiple community service awards as Vice President/President, Website manager and treasurer of People for the Animal Welfare on St. Kitts (P.A.W.S) before completing his last clinical year at Louisiana State University. During his clinic year he received a large amount of training in the field of Avian, Exotic, Wildlife and Zoo medicine. Dr. Stancel tends to dogs and cats but has a focus on Avian and Exotic Medicine and would like to complete board certification in Avian, Reptile and Exotic Mammal Medicine. He also has a special interest in surgery, endoscopy and ultrasound. Dr. Stancel's professional memberships include the Association of Avian Veterinarians, Association of Reptile and Amphibian Veterinarians, Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians, Association of Sugar Glider Veterinarians, New Jersey Veterinary Medical Association, and American Veterinary Medical Association.
Veterinary Medicine During The COVID-19 Pandemic
Working in the veterinary field, whether you are a veterinarian, veterinary technician, receptionist etc, is a hard and stressful job. There is a great deal that goes on behind the scenes that clients never know about or see. Adding a worldwide viral pandemic that is killing many people only makes that job even harder and more stressful. We are expected to be at work every day due to being considered essential employees and we, as veterinarians, took an oath to be there for our patients, so we are. More
Two Passions Merged: Veterinarian and Reptile Hobbyist
Growing up I always had a love of all animals. I especially had a big interest in exotics, mostly reptiles. I was fascinated by the variety of species out there and learned more and more about them as I grew older. I kept many species including various geckos, lizards, turtles, tortoises and amphibians. It was always a goal of mine to learn as much as I could about these amazing animals and provide the best care I could for them. Along the way many of these animals bred for me, most without me even trying. That generated a further interest and advancements in my hobby. Also, ever since I was a child it was a lifelong dream of mine to become a veterinarian. More