Kansas born and raised, Dr. Dorton’s passion for the health, care and wellbeing of animals is deep-seeded. His dream was well on its way when in 1982 he graduated from Kansas State University near the top of his veterinary medicine class. Shortly after graduation, he joined the practice of fellow K-State graduate, Stephen B. Hodes, in Mine Hill, NJ before acquiring the [then] Scranton Dog and Cat Hospital in 1984. Now known as Scranton Animal Hospital, the clinic is one of the oldest continuously operating small animal practices in the United States.
Clients of SAH come from far and wide, often traveling great distances in search of services that include work with exotic animals, and special radiology and dentistry services. Most notably, Dr. Dorton specializes in canine reproduction; continually honing his skills for more than 30 years.
With a long history of community involvement, Dr. Dorton’s past credits include writing and producing “Petline”, a daily pet-topic radio show; numerous appearances on “Call the Doctor”, a local live television show; 27 years serving as Attending Veterinarian on the University of Scranton’s IACUC, ensuring the humane treatment of animals in research; 15 years of service on the board of the [then] Lackawanna County Humane Society, and; serving as president of Northeastern Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. Dorton has also taught at Johnson College and is a guest presenter to veterinary students. He frequently mentors aspiring veterinarians, many who go on to build successful careers of their own.
Dr. Dorton is an avid outdoorsman and feels blessed by the rich beauty of Northeastern Pennsylvania. An expert canoer, kayaker, hiker and camper he is often found enjoying wilderness trips in all sorts of weather with family and friends – whoever is willing to partake in the adventure at hand.
Ellen, Former Practice Manager
It is with a heavy heart we must say goodbye to Ellen as she moves into retirement. We would like to thank her for her many years of service and dedication. She joined Scranton Animal Hospital as the Manager in January 2004 and officially stepped down in December of 2019. She loved nothing more than caring for your pets. Ellen, we would like to thank you for 16 amazing years with us. You will be missed!
Tracy, Senior Veterinary Technician
Tracy grew up near Lake Wallenpaupack before moving to Scranton. She shares her home with one cat and a pack of Rat Terriers.
Tracy has had jobs in the animal care field since she was 13 years old. She graduated from Johnson College in 1998 and joined the team of Scranton Animal Hospital shortly thereafter.
She spends her free time participating in agility events with her dog, Tiny.
Diane is a lifelong resident of Scranton Pennsylvania. She and her husband Anthony reside in her family home which they share with their furry family.
Diane began her career in the human healthcare industry after graduating from Allied Technical Career but soon switched to her real passion, working with animals. She has been working as a veterinary technician and/or receptionist since 1985.
Diane spends her free time at dog shows where she has great success showing her shelties and collies.
April grew up at the Jersey Shore until moving to NEPA.
She has had animals all her life and that’s what prompted her passion in joining a field where she would be able to work helping them. She went to Animal Behavior College and became a Certified Veterinary Assistant. She has held positions at various veterinary hospitals as a kennel assistant, receptionist and technician in both NJ and PA. She is currently attending school in pursuit of her Bachelor’s degree.
Her free time is spent enjoying time with her family and friends.