Dr. Dana Lehr

Dr. Dana LehrDr. Lehr grew up in the farm country of southeastern Pennsylvania (York County). Both sets of his grandparents owned farms, and his parents at one time had horses and even tried their hand at raising sheep for wool production. This afforded Dr. Lehr the opportunity to see veterinarians at work on various farm animals. Eventually this led him to the desire to make a difference in the lives of creatures that sometimes couldn’t help themselves.

In high school, Dr. Lehr realized that he wasn’t going to make it as a professional baseball pitcher, so he thought it might be wise to plan on a different career. This led to focusing on an education fit for a career in the Veterinary profession. He attended Indiana University in Pennsylvania for pre-vet undergraduate studies, and then attended the the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary School, from which he graduated in 1974.

After obtaining his VMD degree, Dr. Lehr worked at two other practices over the next four years. Then he opened his own practice focusing on small animal medicine in the Tallywood Shopping Center in 1978. In 1994, his practice became known as Academy Pet Hospital, the name it still retains.

In 2000, Dr. Lehr completed his own building and moved his hospital around the corner to 200 Owen Dr. Fayetteville, its current location. Some of Dr. Lehr’s special interests in veterinary medicine are pediatric medicine and geriatric medicine. He feels it’s rewarding to help older pets have a more comfortable and dignified last few years. He’s also passionate about dentistry, and has taken many hours of advanced dental training over the years.

Dr. Lehr has been married to his wife, Frieda, for over 40 years. They have two sons: Samuel, who is married and lives in Fayetteville, and Jesse, who is also married and lives in China where he operates his own business. Dr. Lehr and his wife have six cats : Jazzy, Girl, Boy, Taki, Minnie, and Moochie. Dr. Lehr is very serious about Bible reading and study, as it is the basis of his families’ faith. In his spare time Dr. Lehr enjoys fly fishing in the mountains of North Carolina, Virginia, and Tennessee. He loves the challenge, and the relaxing nature of the sport. When in the office, ask him about a close call he had on one of his many fly fishing trips.

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