Joanna McCoy, DVM
Kenneth Burgwin, DVM
Dr. Burgwin was born and raised in Wilmington, NC. Growing up, he was a beach boy, outdoorsman, and avid waterfowler. His love of the outdoors led him to a biology degree at UNCW, followed by a MS degree at East Carolina University where his research centered on reproductive physiology. Dr. B, as fondly called by the staff, graduated in 1980 with a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Auburn University in Alabama.
Dr. McCoy’s roots are in rural eastern Kentucky in the heart of Appalachia. As a child, she spent most of her free time roaming the hills of the family dairy farm with her brothers. At the age of 7, she declared that she was either going to be a veterinarian or an artist. Many years later, she is both. Dr. Mac graduated from the University of Kentucky with the very first BGS, Bachelor of General Studies, the college offered. Her career path detoured for two years at Virginia PolyTechnic and State University where she worked on a MS Degree in chemical engineering before heading to Auburn for a DVM degree.
Dr. B and Dr. Mac met at Auburn while in veterinary school and were married on their graduation day. After graduation, both doctors worked in Baltimore as associate veterinarians before they were lured to the peace and beauty of Maryland’s Eastern Shore in 1981. In 1984, they opened Choptank Animal Hospital and have never looked back. The doctors have two dogs and two married sons, one residing in Montana the other closer to home in Virginia. Consequently, they spend as much time as possible visiting family and grand-dogs.
As a landscape and sporting artist, Dr. Mac paints at every opportunity. Dr. B is a dedicated fly fisherman and enjoys tying his own flies and woodworking. As he plies his flies in streams in the east and in the west, Dr. Mac paints while keeping an eye on the fishing. Fortunately, trout only live in beautiful places.
Patrick Allen, DVM, Medical Director
Dr. Patrick Allen was born and raised here in Cambridge, MD and developed his interest for veterinary medicine early in life. His first experience working in a veterinary hospital was actually spent here at Choptank Animal Hospital. Drs. Burgwin and McCoy were both instrumental in leading him into a veterinary career. After completing an undergraduate degree at Virginia Tech he attended the Atlantic Veterinary College at University of Prince Edward Island, Canada. Following graduation in 2005 he performed a 1 year small animal internal medicine and surgery internship at the Chesapeake Veterinary Referral Center. In 2006 he entered private practice and spent the 10 years prior to his arrival at Choptank Animal Hospital working in the Washington, DC and Baltimore regions. One of his primary interests in veterinary medicine has been orthopedic surgery which led him to establishing an orthopedic presence at all of the hospitals he has had an affiliation with during his career. He has extensive training and experience with advanced repairs for cruciate ligament injuries (TTA and TPLO) as well as with the most current techniques in fracture repair. In addition to the joy of helping your pets live happy and healthy lives, Dr. Allen truly enjoys the personal relationships he has developed with clients and their pets through the years. Outside of work, Dr. Allen enjoys life on the shore with his wife (the other Dr. Allen) and two children, Kaylee and Kellan. Dr. Allen has been extensively involved with the triathlon community over the last few years and recently completed Ironman Maryland here in Cambridge.
Michelle Allen, DVM
Dr. Michelle Allen is a native of Nova Scotia, Canada. She grew up with a love of all animals which led her to take any opportunity possible to volunteer with local animal hospitals and on surrounding farms. After initially attending Nova Scotia Agricultural College, Dr. Allen obtained early entry to veterinary school after her junior year and completed her degree at Atlantic Veterinary College in 2005. She moved to Maryland with her husband (the other Dr. Allen) after graduating from veterinary school and undertook a one year small animal surgery and internal medicine internship at Chesapeake Veterinary Referral Center in Annapolis. Following her internship she entered small animal practice in the Washington D.C. area for three years. As family life and children then began to take priority in her life, Dr. Allen transitioned into relief veterinary work through the Baltimore and Washington, D.C. regions serving numerous hospitals throughout. While frequenting the Eastern Shore with her husband on weekends Dr. Allen began to establish a relationship with Drs. Burgwin and McCoy and became a fixture at Choptank Animal Hospital after she moved to Cambridge in 2012. Dr. Allen has enjoyed building relationships over the Last 3 years with the community of Cambridge and their loving pets. Outside of work, Dr. Allen is busy being a mom to her three kids Kaylee, Kellan, and Dr. Patrick Allen.
Bethany, Veterinary Assistant