Our Veterinarians

Dr. Connie Kirk

Veterinarian, Owner

Even as a child, Dr. Connie Kirk was fascinated by how things worked—everything from electricity to engines to living things inspired her to learn more. Animal anatomy and physiology held her interest the longest, and she read everything she could get her hands on regarding those subjects. As she got older, one thing became quite obvious: for Dr. Kirk, a career in veterinary medicine was the only choice that made sense!

Dr. Kirk was born in Pennsylvania as the youngest of four girls, then moved with her family to an upstate New York farmhouse at the age of five. After high school, she joined the United States Army, where she received her first formal veterinary training and became a Veterinary Technician. Dr. Kirk worked with many wonderful veterinarians along the way, all of whom encouraged her to attend veterinary school herself. She took the plunge and began her training, graduating from Ross University with her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2002.

After working in various private and corporate practices as an Associate Veterinarian and later as a Medical Director, Dr. Kirk decided to pursue her long-time dream of owning her own clinic. Almost from the moment she walked in the doors of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, she knew it was the perfect fit! Dr. Kirk took ownership of the hospital in March of 2015, and loves working with her wonderful team to provide compassionate, client-centered care for the area’s pets. Dr. Kirk particularly enjoys the hands-on work of surgery, wound care, and dentistry. She also has a passion for exotic pet medicine and surgery.

Dr. Kirk and her husband, Ken—who is largely responsible for Dr. Kirk’s decision to go to veterinary school and is now a tremendous help behind the scenes here at the clinic—live here in Salisbury with several pets of their own. They have two goofy rescued Akitas, Zumi and Sasha; a pair of beautiful Amazon parrots named Abby and Bernie; and Kena, a python that Dr. Kirk rescued many years ago. At work, Dr. Kirk also has a rescued green iguana named Vern, and Sophie, a sassy young Amazon parrot that you might hear singing, crying, whistling or conversing with herself during your visit to SAMS!

When she isn’t spending time with her own pets or caring for animals here at the clinic, Dr. Kirk enjoys spending time with her son Alan, her daughter Traci, and her grandchildren. She and Ken are also motorcycle enthusiasts, and enjoy taking advantage of the many great motorcycle roads around the Salisbury area.

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Dr. ManWarren

Associate Veterinarian

When she was a teenager, Dr. ManWarren worked at a veterinary hospital after school. This was her first exposure to the animal-care world, and she fell in love almost immediately. It didn’t take Dr. ManWarren long to decide that she wanted to develop her skills and devote her life to helping people and their pets!

Dr. ManWarren grew up in a small town in New York State, where she spent much of her free time exploring the great outdoors. Her veterinary journey began in a local animal hospital, where her love of surgery was first sparked. Dr. ManWarren then attended Cornell University to receive her undergraduate degree in animal science, and remained at Cornell to earn her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. ManWarren joined the Small Animal Medicine and Surgery family in 2008, and particularly enjoys managing the healthcare of older patients, solving medical mysteries via diagnostics, and performing dental work. It’s especially gratifying for her when she can make an animal feel noticeably better after alleviating discomfort in the mouth!

At home, Dr. ManWarren and her husband live with their three children: their boys are both involved in scouting, and their daughter is a budding artist and equestrian. Together, the ManWarrens enjoy hiking, skiing, horseback riding, dirt biking, cooking, and spending time with the family pets. They share their home with Possum, a long-haired black cat; Mandy, a Golden Retriever who tends to eat sticks and rocks; and a ball python named Katie.

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