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Eric Andersen, DVM
Dr. Andersen received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1985 at Colorado State University. He received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Washington State University in 1996. Thereafter he worked as a small animal practitioner in Eugene, Oregon, until he and his wife, Dr. Danica Salamun, moved back east to be closer to family. They bought the Ballston Spa Veterinary Clinic in 2004.
In addition to general small animal medicine, Dr. Andersen's special interest is in Orthopedic Surgery. He has advanced training in fracture repair by external skeletal fixation (as shown in the above photo). He performs cruciate ligament repair by the TPLO technique as well as the extracapsular (lateral suture) method. He routinely repairs luxating patellas (trick knee caps) by the wedge trochleoplasty and tibial crest transposition technique. He is a member of the Veterinary Orthopedic Society and he frequently attends advanced training courses on the subject. Dr. Andersen also oversees the clinic's physical rehabilitation program.
Dr. Andersen enjoys exploring the outdoors of the Northeast with his family.
Danica Salamun, DVM
Dr. Salamun received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Vermont in 1992. She then went on to Oregon State University, where she graduated in 1998, becoming a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. Subsequently she worked in Eugene, Oregon as a Small Animal Practitioner until she moved back east with her husband, Dr. Eric Andersen, to be closer to family. They bought the Ballston Spa Veterinary Clinic in 2004.
In addition to Small Animal Medicine, Dr. Salamun's special interests include Dermatology, Dentistry and Behavior Consultations. She has also received specialized training in Diagnostic Ultrasound through one year of course work with Sound Technologies in 2006.
Dr. Salamun's personal interests include hiking with her husband and two children. Along with her children, her animal family includes Shelby the West Highland White Terrier, Lola the Pitbull Terrier, three cats, two rats and a fish!
Melanie Brennan, DVM
Dr. Brennan is originally from Stratford, Connecticut, and graduated from the University of Connecticut with a double major in Animal Science and Pathobiology in 2002. She immediately went on to veterinary school, earning her DVM from Tufts University in North Grafton, Massachusetts in May 2006.
After graduating from Tufts, Dr. Brennan moved to the Capital Region with her husband and three cats; Boomer, Timmy and Dewey. She worked as a small-animal veterinarian at Colonie Animal Hospital in Albany from June 2006 through July 2009. She then joined the Ballston Spa Veterinary Clinic in October 2009 after taking some time off to have her first daughter, born in July 2009.
Dr. Brennan enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine, especially soft-tissue surgery and internal medicine. In her free time she spends as much time as possible with her family and friends, and especially looks forward to summertime at her family's camp on Schroon Lake.
Stephanie Smith, DVM
Dr. Smith is originally from Potsdam, NY and received her Bachelor of Science degree from Boston University in 1997. After graduation, Dr. Smith worked as a Veterinary Technician at Commonwealth Veterinary Hospital in Newton, MA.
She then went on to Tufts University in North Grafton, MA where she graduated in 2009, becoming a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. At the time she also received the Academic Excellence Award.
After graduating from Tufts, Dr. Smith went to practice at Pittsfield Veterinary Hospital for a year until she moved to the Capital Region in 2010 to be with her husband. She then worked as a small-animal veterinarian at Animal Health Center in Clifton Park from August 2010 through February 2013. She then joined the Ballston Spa Veterinary Clinic in March 2013.
Dr. Smith enjoys all aspects of Veterinary Medicine, but has a special interest in preventative medicine and geriatric patients. Having one of her own at home (Rio, who is 12 years old) has opened her eyes to the special needs of those patients. Her remaining animal family consists of two cats, Wally and Mabel, along with another dog, Hunter. In her free time she enjoys spending quality time her husband and two children, catching up with friends, and exploring the outdoors hiking and camping.
The Ballston Spa Veterinary Clinic is located at 365 Saratoga Avenue. It is on the corner of Route 50 and Saratoga Avenue, just south of Northline Road and about one mile north of the village of Ballston Spa.
From Schenectady, Niskayuna, Scotia-Glenville areas: take Route 50 north, go through the village of Ballston Spa, past the Carousel Village strip mall and look for the building on the right, just past Pampered Pooch and Serenity Housing Sales. There is a large sign on the corner that says Ballston Spa Veterinary Clinic. Turn right onto Saratoga Avenue, then take the first right into our parking lot.
From Saratoga area: take Route 50 south towards Ballston Spa. Go past SPAC and Saratoga Spa State Park and continue about 2 miles. You will stay straight on Route 50 through the next traffic light at Northline Road (Stewart’s Gas Station on the far right corner), then take the next left onto Saratoga Avenue, and the first right into our parking lot.
From Glens Falls going south and Albany going north: take the Northway to exit 13 South (13 S). This will take you directly onto Route 9; go straight until the first stoplight at Malta Avenue. Take a right and continue for a little over a mile where you will take a right onto Northline Road. Stay on this road (Northline Rd) until you get to the stoplight at Route 50. You will need to get into the left hand turning lane. Take a left onto Route 50, then take the next left onto Saratoga Avenue, and take the first right into our parking lot.
In January, 2004, Dr. Eric M. Andersen and his wife, Dr. Danica Salamun became the new owners of the Ballston Spa Veterinary Clinic in Ballston Spa, New York. Together they have a combined 18 years of small animal practice experience.
Dr. Eric Andersen graduated from Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1996. His special interests include Orthopedic Surgery, Soft-Tissue Surgery, Physical Therapy and Practice Management. Dr. Danica Salamun graduated from Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1998. Her interests include Canine and Feline Behavior, Internal Medicine, Diagnostic Ultrasound and Dentistry.
The Clinic has been a venerable fixture of the Ballston Spa community for over 75 years. In 1932, one year after Harry E. Hansen graduated from the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, he opened the Ballston Spa Veterinary Clinic. As the present location for the hospital was being built (1932-33), the Clinic operated from the enclosed porch of his house at 26 Hyde Blvd. in Ballston Spa.
In 1966, Harry’s son J.Peter Hansen, graduated from Cornell and joined his father in practice. At that time the practice’s patients consisted of 70% large animals and 30% small animals. Two years later they added a second story to the clinic for office space, a Laboratory, a Radiology Darkroom, and drug storage.
In 1976, an addition was added to the East side of the hospital, creating a second Exam Room, Waiting Room, Surgery and Prep room.
In 1995, the large animal portion of the practice was discontinued due to the dwindling number of area farms and increased driving times, and the small animal portion was expanded.
Drs. Andersen and Salamun purchased the practice from Dr. Hansen in January of 2004.
Now another chapter has opened as the practice has moved to its new location on the corner of Saratoga Avenue and Route 50 in Ballston Spa. The new 8850 sq. ft. facility opened March 12, 2007.