Our Veterinarians

Dr. Kevin Hammerschmidt

Owner, Veterinarian

Ever since he can remember, Dr. Kevin Hammerschmidt wanted to work in a challenging profession that allowed him to help others. Veterinary medicine was the perfect way to combine his interest in science with his passion for pet care! Now he’s a full-time veterinarian and the owner of South Shore Veterinary Hospital.

Dr. Hammerschmidt grew up north of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and would often spend weekends on his grandparents’ dairy farm. There, his love of animal care was born. Dr. Hammerschmidt attended Pennsylvania State University to receive his Bachelor’s degree in animal bioscience, working full-time in the University’s research facilities at the same time. After attending veterinary school at Ross University for three years, he finished up his DVM degree at Oklahoma State University before moving to New York in 2000 and accepting his first position as a veterinarian.

After five years at his previous employer, Dr. Hammerschmidt decided to start his own veterinary hospital to better serve his clients and patients. He first opened South Shore Veterinary Hospital in the summer of 2005, then built a brand-new facility in the summer of 2014.

As a veterinarian, Dr. Hammerschmidt particularly enjoys the variety of cases he gets to treat. Every day, he goes from being a puppy trainer to a nutritionist to a surgeon! He also feels that there is nothing better than getting to know a new client and earning their trust and respect.

Dr. Hammerschmidt’s wife, Jamie, is also a veterinarian. They have two sons, Cody and Ryder, and share their lives with a rescued Lab mix named Ruger. When he isn’t at work, Dr. Hammerschmidt can be found with his family and friends in the great outdoors—he loves hiking, camping, hunting, fishing, and anything else related to nature!

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Dr. Kerith Ferguson

Associate Veterinarian

Like most kids, Dr. Kerith Ferguson always loved animals when she was young. It wasn’t long, though, before she began wondering how she could continue caring for pets as she grew older! Veterinary medicine was the answer, and now Dr. Ferguson is a full-time veterinarian.

Dr. Ferguson grew up in Massachusetts and began shadowing her family dog’s veterinarian at a very early age. As soon as she was old enough, she secured a job as a Veterinary Technician. After working for several different clinics, Dr. Ferguson attended Alfred University for her pre-veterinary studies, then chose Atlantic Veterinary College in Prince Edward Island, Canada for veterinary school. After graduation, Dr. Ferguson moved to Syracuse to work in emergency medicine. Shortly after meeting her husband, she decided to make the move into general practice and interviewed here at the hospital.

Thanks to her emergency-medicine background, Dr. Ferguson especially enjoys taking emergency cases at the clinic. No two situations are ever the same! She also likes integrating new technologies into everyday veterinary care.

Dr. Ferguson’s husband, Scott, works as a correctional officer and likes staying active by playing sports. Dr. Ferguson has a daughter in kindergarten and a stepdaughter soon entering high school. The family shares their home with three pets: Booker, a black-and-white adopted kitten; Lena, a Golden retriever; and Maddie, an elderly Shih Tzu/Lab mix.

In her time away from the clinic, Dr. Ferguson enjoys playing outdoor and indoor volleyball with her husband. They even play on a four-person team, and won the championship for their level a few years ago!

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Dr. Paul Kretow

Associate Veterinarian

During his childhood growing up in Fairport, New York, Dr. Paul Kretow always felt a sense of nagging frustration when one of his family pets fell ill—he’s always wanted the knowledge and skillset to help others’ beloved companions. As a licensed veterinarian, Dr. Kretow gets to maintain and enrich the bonds between pets and their owners on a daily basis!

Dr. Kretow first began working as a Veterinary Assistant and Kennel Attendant while earning his undergraduate degree in animal sciences at Ohio State University. He remained at the school to earn his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine, meeting his wife while finishing his degree, before moving to Phoenix, Arizona after graduation to begin his professional career.

Next, Dr. Kretow moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota during his wife’s residency training before relocating to Syracuse upon completion of her program. Shortly afterward, he joined the South Shore Veterinary Hospital family as an Associate Veterinarian. Dr. Kretow has special interests in dental care and challenging medical cases; most of all, though, he enjoys routine office visits that allow him to connect personally with the area’s pet owners.

Outside of work, Dr. Kretow enjoys skiing, mountain biking, playing hockey, and spending time with his family and pets at home. He and his wife, Elise, have two daughters named Ryann and Elliott as well as a son named Anders. The family shares their lives with William, a Jack Russell terrier with boundless energy; a French bulldog named Fiona who makes noises more like a dinosaur than a dog; and Frederick, a cat who hopes for a future as a catalogue model.

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Dr. Rachele Anderson

Associate Veterinarian

When her kindergarten teacher asked what she would like to be when she grew up, Dr. Rachele Anderson’s answer came instantly: caring for animals as a veterinarian is all she’s wanted to do ever since she was a little girl. Now, Dr. Anderson’s lifelong fascination with pet care has turned into a rewarding and passionate career—she’s thrilled to continue her journey as a member of the South Shore Veterinary Hospital family!

Dr. Anderson is originally from Canandaigua, New York and attended Hartwick College to earn her undergraduate degree. Next, she took a year off from school to gain hands-on experience at a small mixed-animal practice near her hometown before heading to the Caribbean island of St. Kitts to study veterinary medicine at Ross University. Dr. Anderson then returned to her home state and joined the team here at South Shore Veterinary Hospital as an Associate Veterinarian. She has particular passions for educating new pet owners and helping our senior companions to age gracefully, and she would like to further develop her rehabilitation and acupuncture skills to help the area’s pets manage chronic pain.

Aside from her interests in the world of animal care, Dr. Anderson enjoys dance and still takes classes when time permits. She’s also an avid traveler and has visited Australia, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Thailand, and South Africa—Dr. Anderson hopes to add more locations to the list in the near future!

At home, Dr. Anderson shares her life with three loveable dogs: Fagan is a Golden retriever whose favorite pastimes include cuddling and sunbathing; Odin and Ridley are both mixed-breed dogs adopted from the Caribbean during Dr. Anderson’s time in veterinary school.

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