Who We Are
The Spruce Pets offers practical, real-life tips and training advice to help you care for your pet. We help over 44 million users each month find the information they need to provide the best possible life for their pets. Our 20-year-strong library of over 3,000 in-depth articles covers a variety of topics and pet animals, from cats and dogs, to betta fish and pot bellied pigs. Our team of writers, including trainers, Registered Vet Technicians (RVTs) and Doctors of Veterinary Medicine (DVMs), produce and update informative articles full of valuable insights honed from years of hands-on experience. We are also wholly committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
The Spruce Pets is part of The Spruce family of sites, including The Spruce, The Spruce Eats and The Spruce Crafts, covering home decor, home repair, recipes, cooking techniques, pets and crafts. The Spruce brand is one of the top 10 largest lifestyle properties online according to comScore, a leading Internet measurement company. Our 45+ expert writers have extensive backgrounds and expertise in their topics, including professional contractors, landscapers, chefs, cookbook authors, registered vet technicians, and well known crafting bloggers.
- 2018 Communicator Award, Winner, General Lifestyle
- 2018 W3 Award, Silver Winner, Website Features, Visual Appeal - Experience
- 2018 Davey Award, Silver Winner, Websites-Lifestyle
- 2019 Communicator Award, Winner, User Experience
- 2019 Telly Award, The Spruce x Lowe’s Clever Kitchen Hacks Campaign (Campaign: B2C – Bronze, Single: How-to/DIY – Silver, Single: B2C – Silver)
- 2019 Folio: Eddie and Ozzie Awards, Finalist, Instructional/How-to
- 2020 Folio: Eddie and Ozzie Awards, Honorable Mention, Video
Veterinary Review Board
We know that finding trustworthy veterinary advice online can be difficult—the internet is full of misinformation or personal opinion masquerading as fact. To make caring for your pet easier, we launched The Spruce Pets Veterinary Review Board, comprised of top board-certified vet professionals. Our goal is to provide you with well-researched, fact-checked information so you can keep your pet happy and healthy.
Our Veterinary Review Process
You may notice a badge appearing in some of our content. The badge signifies that a board member has reviewed and edited the article, taking special care to confirm that the information presented is both accurate and up-to-date. Click the link below to learn more about our process.
Our Veterinary Review Board
Meet some of our Veterinary Review Board members below.
Nick Saint-Erne is a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) with 35 years of experience treating dogs, cats, ferrets, rabbits, rodents, reptiles, fish, exotic pets and zoo animals. Nick currently practices at the Arizona Exotic Animal Hospital and is a consulting veterinarian for several zoos and aquariums in Arizona.
In addition to his veterinary work, Nick has owned pet stores and has been involved in the pet industry as a technical writer for the training materials and customer pet care handouts for a major pet store chain. He has worked with the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in drafting programs to improve the care of pets in pet stores and to reduce the risk of spreading zoonotic diseases.
Anna O’Brien is a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) with over 10 years of professional veterinary experience treating horses, dogs, cats, cows, camels, monkeys, honeybees and more. Prior to joining The Spruce Pets Veterinary Review Board, Anna was an associate vet at Link Veterinary Associates, volunteer vet for Adams County Humane Society, and contributing editor for Horse Illustrated.
Anna has worked at various small animal clinics and spent a considerable amount of time as a large animal ambulatory veterinarian in central Maryland and southern Pennsylvania, performing on-farm surgeries such as horn removal, abdominal surgeries, and C-sections, and working with farmers to ensure their herds are following appropriate preventative health programs.
Dr. Nelva Bryant is a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and a retired LCDR in the U.S. Public Health service with 27+ years professional experience. Currently working in the airline industry, her mission is to improve pet travel via promoting animal welfare, education, and veterinary oversight.
Her knowledge of veterinary pathology, infectious and zoonotic diseases, veterinary public health, CDC’s dog importation regulations, international and national animal transportation regulations, and airline live animal transportation policies has made her an expert in the field of animal transportation.
Jennifer Coates is a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) with over 25 years of experience in veterinary care and animal welfare. Before joining The Spruce Pets, she was an associate veterinarian at Home to Heaven In-Home Pet Hospice and Euthanasia (CO), Spring Creek Animal Hospital (WY), and Petersburg Animal Hospital (VA), as well as former chief of staff at Healthy Pet Animal Hospital (VA).
Throughout her years of experience, Jennifer has learned that communication is one of the most important parts of being a veterinarian. Only with accurate information, she says, can pet parents be effective advocates for their animals. Jennifer has published several books, short stories, and thousands of web articles that all relate to veterinary medicine, pet care, and the human-animal bond. She has also appeared on radio and television in her role as a veterinary consultant.
Lauren Smith is a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) with over 10 years of experience, and five years of experience writing veterinary content. Before joining The Spruce Pets, Lauren was a veterinarian at Bay Shore Animal Hospital and at VCA Commack Animal Hospital.
After receiving her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, she worked for two animal hospitals as a full-time general practitioner before starting her own business as a relief veterinarian, where she travels from hospital to hospital providing basic veterinary care to patients when their regular veterinarian cannot be there. She also has experience working in emergency hospitals providing urgent care to animal patients on nights and weekends.
Joanne Intile is a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) with 14 years of experience as a veterinary oncologist. She currently practices as Assistant Clinical Professor of Medical Oncology at North Carolina State University. Before joining The Spruce Pets, Joanne was a private practice oncologist.
While working full time at her last clinic, Dr. Intile also worked as an adjunct instructor in the veterinary science technology program at Suffolk County Community College teaching veterinary practice management, clinical laboratory procedures, and pharmacology. At North Carolina State University, she trains veterinary students, interns, and residents primarily in the discipline of medical oncology, but also plays a significant role in teaching medical communication skills.
Monica Tarantino is a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) with five years of experience as a general practitioner of small animal medicine. She currently works full time as a Level-2 Fear Free certified doctor at an AAHA accredited small animal hospital. Before The Spruce, Monica was a mentor for first-year Animal Medical Hospital veterinary graduates.
Monica has recently begun contributing veterinary content to a number of digital publications, and is eager to share her knowledge with a broader audience. Her interests include emergency medicine, internal medicine, geriatric pet health, and business leadership. She frequently rescues in-need pets, and owns four rescue dogs and two rescue cats with the occasional foster animal for good measure.
All of our writers were carefully chosen for their extensive experience in their subject areas.
Meet Some of Our Writers
Jenna Stregowski is a Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) with more than 20 years of experience working in veterinary medicine and has been writing for The Spruce since it launched in 2017. Prior to The Spruce, Jenna wrote about veterinary medicine for About.com for nine years.
Jenna began her veterinary career working in various animal clinics and hospitals around Atlanta until she earned her RVT certification in 2007. Jenna is currently the Hospital Manager at Inman Park Animal Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. She continues to regularly attend veterinary conferences, seminars, and continuing education courses in order to keep up to date on the latest in veterinary science.
Adrienne Kruzer is a Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) and Level 2 Fear Free Certified professional and has been writing for The Spruce since its inception in 2017.
Prior to The Spruce, Adrienne wrote about veterinary science and pet care for About.com for 8 years. Over her more than 10 years as a RVT, Adrienne has worked with a wide range of animals—from cats and dogs to exotics like sugar gliders and degus. In addition to her writing for The Spruce, Adrienne works as a veterinary technical specialist for Nutramax Laboratories and gives education presentations to veterinary professionals on a wide variety of topics including ferret nutrition and exocrine pancreatic tissue atrophy in striped skunks. Adrienne received her Associate of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology from Cuyahoga Community College.
Liz Waynick is a Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) who currently works full time at a practice located just outside of Cleveland, OH.
Previously, Liz spent the last 10 years working in several multi-doctor veterinary hospitals utilizing her expertise and skills in anesthesia and dentistry as a surgical assistant as well as a dental technician. She passed the Veterinary Technician National Examination in January 2010 and was awarded her license as an RVT, and she completes several hours of continuing education each year in order to better care for her patients.
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Diversity & Inclusion
At The Spruce, our mission is to help everyone make their best home. We cannot stay silent about the injustices, discrimination, hate, and fear that many in our community are facing. We need to do our part to fight systemic racism and oppression; things need to change.
We can do more. We are responsible for using our platform to spread the message of inclusivity, equality, and human rights. We are listening, and we are learning. We will do better. Black lives matter. Read more about our pledge to make our site more inclusive and promote diversity.
Our editorial team has extensive category experience and have worked at leading publications and websites in their field.
Prior to joining Dotdash in 2018, Mélanie was the Chief Editorial Director of Thought Catalog, where she led all content initiatives and managed strategic partnerships.
Mélanie has 15 years of experience creating, managing, and publishing lifestyle content across platforms. She has worked as a producer and writer for brands including MTV, Vanity Fair, Elle, New York Magazine, The Atlantic, Cosmopolitan, Salon, Esquire, and iHeartRadio.
She earned a B.A. in Political Economy from Georgetown University.
Emily Manchester has been with Dotdash since 2016. Before becoming the Editorial and Strategy Director for The Spruce, The Spruce Pets, The Spruce Crafts, and MyDomaine, she was a part of the team that launched the original Spruce site in 2017. She began at Dotdash as an Editor before transitioning to the Growth and Strategy team where she operated as an SEO Manager for the The Spruce and MyDomaine brands and several others.
Ginger is the Senior Editor for The Spruce, focusing on News. She joined the company in July 2020.
Previously she was the Senior Digital Editor at Family Circle, a now-defunct family magazine, focusing on helping mothers of teenagers navigate life's ups and downs a little more easily and with a lot more self-care.
Before that, Ginger worked at Microsoft as a homepage editor for MSN.com, one of the world's largest news portals. At Apple, Ginger worked on the communications team.
Ginger began her career in journalism as an editorial assistant at the Austin American-Statesman in Austin, Texas.
Jamie is the Editorial Project Coordinator for The Spruce, Spruce Pets, and Spruce Crafts. Jamie is an organization pro, having worked in higher education for seven years before joining The Spruce.
Before joining The Spruce team, Jamie worked as a consultant with individuals and nonprofit organizations. Her work consisted of helping immigrants and first-generation high school students pursue higher education. As a multilingual writer and translator, she continues to aid underserved communities.
Emma is the Social Editor at The Spruce curating home and lifestyle content across Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and more. Prior to The Spruce she managed social media at Apartment Therapy, where she led their organic social initiatives and ran their social advertising campaigns. In addition to her work for Apartment Therapy, she has also written for PureWow, Spoon University, The Kitchn, and PUNCH.
She has 3+ years of experience in audience development and social media. She studied at Lafayette College and has a degree in International Affairs.
Kate is the email editor for The Spruce, The Spruce Crafts, and The Spruce Pets and has been at Dotdash since July 2019.
She previously worked as a contributing writer for POPSUGAR and as a digital content marketer for small businesses. Her writing has also appeared on The Spruce, MyDomaine, and Stacker.
Kate studied art history at the University of Guelph and got her Master of Arts in Journalism at the University of Western Ontario.
Margot is the photo producer for The Spruce, The Spruce Pets, and The Spruce Crafts. She spearheads photo shoots and the crafting of new original photography on all of The Spruce’s verticals.
Before joining DotDash, Margot worked as a freelance still life photographer for 12 years. She’s worked on campaigns with numerous brands such as Ralph Lauren, Club Monaco, Zoya, Garanimals, HelloFresh, to name a few. While working as a freelance photographer, Margot received experience in art directing, producing, and styling on top of her role as photographer.
Candace is a visual editor for The Spruce Home, Pets, and Crafts who joined the team in June 2019. As a visual editor, Candace manages a community of freelance photographers who contribute beautiful, original, and on-brand imagery to aid in The Spruce's aesthetic vision and storytelling. Candace is a photographer and photo art director with over six years of experience in the visual world.
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