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The Veterinarians

  • Lynne D. Cabaniss, V.M.D.

    "Since I can remember, I always wanted to be an animal doctor. At the age of six I designed my first animal hospital and named it Lynne's Animal Hospital. I never wavered from that dream." I have been practicing veterinary medicine and surgery in the D.C. area for thirty years. I am the current and fourth owner of Collins Hospital for Animals, having bought the practice in 1987. With over 30 years of experience of treating dogs, cats and exotics, I continue to be excited about delivering exemplary pet health care to my clients. My strength is in communication and education for my clients. My areas of expertise include exotic pet medicine, feline medicine and surgery, and cardiology.

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  • Jay H. Merker, D.V.M.

    After 19 years with Collins, Dr. Merker has retired to Hawaii. He was a big part of our daily lives for many years. We miss him and wish him the best!

  • Katie LaPorta, D.V.M.

    I received my BS in Biology and Minor in Animal Science from the University of Maryland College Park and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree from Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. I currently live with my husband, two children, one dog (Tinkerbell is pictured) and three cats (Polly, Rover and Eddie New Cat). In my spare time I enjoy cooking, travelling and attending my children's sporting events; in particular Ice Hockey Games, Basketball and Horse Shows.

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