Dr. Dan earned his bachelor’s degree in biotechnology at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, known for its work in veterinary biomechanics. Prior to veterinary school, he performed research in AIDS-related diseases at Harvard Medical School. This included several months in Costa Rica studying dental infections in squirrel monkeys. He then received his doctorate from Tufts University’s Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, where he is still active as president of the Alumni Board. While general practice remained his goal, he still elected to complete a one-year internship in advanced small animal medicine and surgery at Veterinary Specialists of Connecticut in 2002. During that time, he received additional training in a large number of advanced surgeries and diagnostics, which he put to use at a large emergency and referral clinic outside of Providence, Rhode Island, before taking over as Chief of Staff at a private hospital in 2005. He purchased Duxbury Animal Hospital in 2013 and has taken it through several upgrades and expansions during that time.
During the past several years, Dr. Dan has continued to expand his skills in advanced veterinary medicine. This includes ultrasound, digital imaging, dental surgery, laser surgery, endoscopy, critical care, and echocardiography. He continues to bring in specialized equipment, doctors, and staff to help provide more advanced care to local pets without the need to leave Duxbury.
His parents are still on the Cape and his sister has lived with her family in Plymouth for almost 20 years. A self-proclaimed history nerd, he loves the idea of walking the same ground as the Pilgrims and revisiting the many historic sites from his youth. He is heavily involved in alumni organizations that help guide young, aspiring veterinarians. Locally, he volunteers his services with the Standish Humane Society and NEADS, an organization that trains service dogs for people with physical disabilities. He is a regular supporter of many local organizations such as the Duxbury Rural and Historical Society and many student groups.
For fun, his activities reflect that of a true New Englander: skiing, hiking, golfing, tennis, kayaking, boating, swimming, scuba diving, fishing, and cycling. He also has a severe travel bug and has visited places around the globe. His favorites include Alaska, the Azores, and Ecuador, including the Amazon and the Galapagos.
For furry friends, he has a black Lab, Joe. Joe was retired early from the NEADS Prison Pups program due to a short attention span. He enjoys swimming, walking in the town forest, and sleeping.