Dr. Opielski grew up in Hunterdon County, New Jersey in a family of six children, with every type of pet imaginable. “We had two dogs, four fish, a guinea pig, you name it. I grew up in farm country, surrounded by animals,” she says. “My parents loved animals and so did I.”

A 2002 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Opielski joined Rothman Animal Hospital that same year. She especially enjoys building relationships with owners and their pets, and taking care of the wide range of animals and exotics she sees in the practice, including less common varieties. “I’ve cared for hedgehogs, even flying squirrels,” she says.

Dr. Opielski volunteered for many years with the Rural Area Veterinary Services (RAVS), a program of The Humane Society of the United States and The Fund for Animals, which brings free veterinary services to underserved rural communities where poverty and geographic isolation make regular veterinary care inaccessible. She also traveled to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and provided emergency relief care for rescued pets.

Dr. Opielski lives with her husband , 2 boys and pet Boxer Harvey. Her hobbies include skiing, in-line skating, and creating pottery.

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