Back Mountain Veterinary Hospital was founded by Dr. Brock Philips, who has been practicing small animal veterinary medicine in the community for over 30 years. Besides Dr. Brock, there are four other veterinarians who work at the hospital---Dr. Kelly Brooks, Dr. Devinne Bennett, Dr. Jennifer Bottaro, and Dr. Anjilla Cooley (who is also a veterinary surgeon). The hospital has a full support team of certified veterinary technicians, veterinary assistants, and office staff.
Dr. Brock Phillips is the Chief Veterinarian and owner of the Back Mountain Veterinary Hospital. Dr. Phillips has been a practicing small animal veterinarian and a part of this community for almost 30 years. After completing his undergrad studies at Ithaca College, he went on to Araneta University, College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Phillips completed his externship at the University of Tennessee, College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Phillips loves to learn and grow as Veterinary Medicine evolves. Through the years he has taken extensive Continuing Education in Laser Surgery, Ultrasound, Echocardiograms, Endoscopy and Cold Laser Therapy. He has been a leader in Luzerne County for bringing quality advanced diagnostic and surgical capabilities into the day practice setting.
Jennifer Bottaro, DVM
Dr. Jennifer Bottaro grew up training and breeding Newfoundland dogs that were bigger than she was. Later in life, she switched to training and showing horses in hunter/jumper. In the years in between she rescued, rehabilitated, and released back into the wild countless baby birds, injured squirrels, opossums and water fowl. Veterinary medicine was just in her blood! As such, she did her undergraduate studies at Randolph-Macon Woman's College, with a focus on animal behavior and environmental studies before moving on to veterinary school at the Atlantic Veterinary College in Prince Edward Island. Prior to joining the Back Mountain Veterinary Hospital in June of 2014, Dr. Bottaro completed an externship in both small and large animal medicine at the Lancaster Humane Society in PA and The Animal Eye Center in NJ. She also had multiple equine and farm animal externships, as well as small and large animal acupuncture, poultry and fish medicine. She comes to us with experience doing farm calls and exotic pet medicine, in addition to small animal medicine.