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Meet Our Veterinarians

Get to know our team of veterinarians here at Shippensburg Animal Hospital by reading their staff bios, so that you, and your pet, can be assured that you will have the best care possible for any of your pet’s health needs!

Dr. Benner

Debra Benner, VMD

I joined our group in February as our Medical Director.  I have more than thirty years of experience in small animal medicine.  I am a graduate of Gettysburg College and the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine.  My background includes practice ownership and emergency medicine.

When I am not working, I have many varied interests including writing, chaplaincy work, and exercising.  I am currently the parent of a Standard Poodle, several indoor cats, and several guinea pigs.  My “happy place” is anywhere on or near a beach.

Cumberland Valley Veterinarian

Chris Pinney, VMD

I grew up in central Virginia, attending the University of Virginia as an undergraduate. I graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School Of Veterinary Medicine in 1996. As a mixed animal practitioner, I treat both small and large animals. My wife is Noelle Weeks, a fellow veterinarian in this practice. Together we have four dogs, three cats, and six fish.

Professionally, I am particularly interested in small animal surgery (soft tissue and orthopedic). In my spare time, I design, build, and fly model airplanes, play and build banjos, and am interested in 19th and early 20th century European history.

Dr Pandya

Scott Pandya, VMD

I grew up in central western Pennsylvania, attending Penn State for my undergraduate education and the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. After graduation, I practiced near State College for a year before moving to the Shippensburg area. While I enjoy all aspects of mixed animal practice, I have a special interest in small animal dermatology and bovine herd health work. My wife and I live in Carlisle with two cats and a dog. During my free time, I enjoy hiking, playing my guitar, skiing, and spending time with my family and friends.

Dr Grimmer

Elsbeth Grimmer, DVM

I grew up in Sparks, Nevada on our family’s hobby farm with horses, sheep, and chickens. I graduated cum laude with my Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2009 and with my Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Washington State University in 2013. I completed a food animal internship in 2014 with the University of Illinois Rural Animal Health Management Service. I am currently finishing my American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and American Board of Veterinary Practitioners large animal internal medicine residencies at the University of Illinois and earning my Master’s Degree in Veterinary Clinical Medicine with my master’s research project focusing on Bovine Respiratory Disease. In my spare time, I enjoy knitting, reading, and baking. I am owned by two adopted cats, Beatrix and Thaddeus. I am excited to join Shippensburg Animal Hospital and look forward to meeting and working with you.

Shannon Shuttle

Dr. Shannon Shuttle, DVM

I am a 2016 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. I love all living creatures with particular interest in small and large animal preventative medicine and surgery, dairy production medicine, and small mammal/exotic husbandry and medicine. When I am not tending to the needs of Shippensburg’s variety of patients, I am busy taking care of my small herd at home, which includes two dogs, two rabbits, chinchilla, two tree frogs and firebelly toads, and turtle. I also enjoy playing ice hockey and volleyball, spending time in the water, walking through fields, hiking mountains, and quality time with family.