Animal General Logo, Vet in Cranberry, PA
20411 Route 19
LaSalle Plaza, Unit 10
Cranberry Twp., PA 16066


M-F: 8 AM - 8 PM
Sat: 8 AM - 1 PM
Sun: Closed

About Animal General Clinic

Animal General of Cranberry Township opened its doors in 2001. What started as a one-doctor practice has grown into a diverse four-doctor team dedicated to providing the exceptional care for your beloved family pets. We pride ourselves on staying educated and current with the highest standard of care and compassion offered in today’s veterinary practices.

We are as devoted to your pets as much as we are to ours. To us, that means we stay abreast of the cutting edge therapies and technologies as they develop. We attend several continuing education seminars each year as well as attend online webinars to achieve this goal. This allows us to translate safe and effective therapies to the needs of your pet(s) as soon as they are available.

We also take an approach that prevention and education are always the best protocols for the health and well being of your pet. As such, we are passionate in our recommendations that we believe will allow your pets to maximize their quality and span of life.

“Don’t just live and let live, but live and help live,” is a motto that has deep meaning to each and every one of us, here at Animal General of Cranberry Twp. It’s been that way since the inception and will continue to be a driving idea behind our recommendations.

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Animal General Staff and Vets

Dr. Mike - Animal General vet
Dr. Mike
Dr. Mike Hutchinson knew at 7 years old that when he grew up, he would be a veterinarian.
His passion for helping animals led him to pursue an undergraduate degree in Animal Bioscience at Penn State University and his D.V.M. degree from Iowa State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1986. His experience includes practicing as an equine, small animal, wildlife and exotic veterinarian.
In 2001, Animal General of Cranberry Township was opened upon Dr. Mike returning home to his Pennsylvania roots. He feels truly blessed to be a helping hand between the human and animal bond.
Outside of Animal General, Dr. Mike has been happily married for over 27 years to his wife Beth. Together they have five children: Michaela, Nico, Dane, Cole and Slade. Their furry children include three dogs, Timber, Beacon and Jeter, and four cats, Tallica (who believes she is a dog!), Pretty Kitty, Jericho and Tiger. In his free time, Dr. Mike enjoys spending time with his family and is an avid outdoorsman.
Dr. Teresa Meyer - Animal General vet
Dr. Teresa
Dr. Teresa Meyer, aka “Dr. T,” hales from western New York. She received her undergraduate degree in biology from Ithaca College and her veterinary degree from Michigan State University in 1986. Her first position was at Castle Shannon Veterinary Clinic in the South Hills of Pittsburgh. This position spanned 17 years, including 5 years of serving as the Medical Director.
Dr. T joined Animal General of Cranberry in 2003 where she continues to enjoy general practice with special interests in dermatology and internal medicine. She and her husband are currently “owned” by a dog, a guinea pig, a vague number of fish and the BEST CAT in the world, while their non-furry children are off pursuing their college educations. She considers it an honor to be a member of her profession and hopes to help many more animals in her future!
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Dr. Marc

Dr. Marc McDanel had no idea what a veterinarian was when he was a tiny boy, so since he could speak he told his family he would be a "farmer" to follow in his grandparents’ footsteps. His mother (the nurse) kindly said, "How about you be a doctor?" Little Marc answered very quickly, "NO then! I'll be an animal doctor..."

Dr. McDanel is a Beaver County native who received a Bachelors Degree in Animal Bioscience from Penn State University, and his D.V.M. from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine with a clinical year rotation at the Purdue College of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. McDanel was voted President of the Pre-Vet Club for several years at PSU and acquired special training from the International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council while also working as head technician and office manager of a busy Penn State veterinary clinic. In addition he was an avid member of the American Rabbit Breeders Association. Before leaving for veterinary school, Dr. McDanel embarked on a six-month journey into the deep coastal jungle regions of Central America. Dr. McDanel worked for the national Costa Rican government in conservation and anti-poaching projects to support the critically endangered Leatherback sea turtles.

After leaving his bamboo hut and grass roof behind, he was accepted to Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. While living on the island of St Kitts, Dr. McDanel was Co-founder of the St. Kitts Sea Turtle Monitoring Network. When not meeting with the local government, tagging turtles at night, releasing hatchings, or attending classes, he would enjoy free-water diving to catch and tag juvenile green turtles and put extra time in at the schools exclusive large aviary. While at Purdue University, Dr. McDanel embraced elective rotations in exotic and avian medicine and surgery along with extra rotations in Dermatology and Oncology. He also volunteered time with the state of Indiana surgically implanting tracking devices in the elusive southern rattlesnake population.

Dr. McDanel was lucky enough to find Dr. Michael Hutchinson, in 2007 near his hometown, who shared his passion with not only dogs and cats but with avian, exotic and reptile patients. Dr. McDanel owns his original "island rescued" surgery dog and at least 8 cats at any given time. He enjoys hiking, boating, and fishing while spending as many weekends as he can at either his family’s remote mountain cabin or lake cottage.

Dr. Justin - Animal General vet
Dr. Justin
Dr. Justin Stewart grew up in the Pittsburgh area for most of his life, and now lives in Cranberry Township with his crazy black Labrador named Zero, and his cat Nyxxie. He first became interested in veterinary medicine early on in his life growing up with his family pets, eventually spending time shadowing at veterinary clinics and even the national aviary before finally applying to veterinary school.
Dr. Justin Stewart graduated from Penn State University and then attended Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine on the Caribbean island of St. Kitts, graduating in late 2009. His interests include radiology, surgery and medicine cases.
In his free time he enjoys playing hockey, working out, the outdoors and enjoying time with friends and family!
Sharon Technician
Sharon (Technician)
Sharon was born and raised on Long Island, NY. While on Long Island, she owned a saddle shop and in her spare time, she rode and showed horses. Sharon started with barrel racing and pole bending. As the years went on, she eventually expanded into jumpers and eventing.
In 1991, Sharon started working with Dr. Mike at Animal General of East Norwich as his groomer and eventually trained to become a veterinary technician.
In 2001, Sharon moved to western PA to continue working for Dr. Mike. In the meantime, she build a home in the woods which she now shares with two dogs, D.O.G. and Panzer, five cats, Magnum, Taz, Smoke, C.A.T. and Madison, and one horse named Lark!
In her spare time, Sharon enjoys antiquing with her friends, trail riding, biking and gardening.
Tara - Animal General Technician
Tara (Technician)
Tara grew up in Castle Shannon with her three brothers. She graduated from Keystone Oaks. Tara’s love for animals landed her at Median School of Allied Health Careers in the Vet Assistant program, upon which she graduated from in 1999. Her first job was at Castle Shannon Animal Hospital, where Tara first met Dr. Mike Hutchinson and Dr. Teresa Meyer. Having learned much from them, she eventually joined Animal General in 2003.
Being a Vet Tech can be challenging and at Animal General, Tara continues to learn new practices which she loves to be a part of, including most recently, stem cell therapy!
Tara currently lives in Connellsville with her long time boyfriend, Mike, and her 4-year-old son, Noah. She also has two pit bulls Deacon and Mason, two cats, Otto and Henrycat, and Noah's lizard, Boom.
Shannon - Animal General Technician
Shannon (Technician)
Shannon has been an avid animal lover her entire life! She has been working at Animal General since 2003. When not working at the clinic, she spends her free time working on her family’s farm where she raises and shows Shorthorn Beef Cattle!
Shannon lives in Butler, PA with her husband, Mike. In her free time, she enjoys archery hunting.
Her favorite part about Animal General is working as a team to take care of the clients and their beloved animals!
Mikayla - Animal General Technician
Mikayla (Technician)
From a young age Mikayla knew she had a special love for animals. Her first job as a kennel tech confirmed she wanted to work with animals as a career. After graduating high school Mikayla attended the Vet Tech Institute of Pittsburgh whereupon she graduated in 2011. After moving back home in 2015, she joined the staff at Animal General of Cranberry Twp. She enjoys the challenges each new day brings. In Mikayla’s free time she enjoys being outdoors, hiking with her dogs or kayaking. She also enjoys going to the beach and playing softball in the summer. Mikayla has two dogs: Mario and Daisy, and three cats: Jordie, Oliver and Remmy.
Kayla - Animal General Technician
Kayla (Technician)
Kayla grew up locally in Zelienople and knew she wanted to work with animals since she was a kid. After graduating from the Vet Tech Institute in 2015 she adopted her Shar Pei mix, Henry from the vet tech school. She then completed her externship at the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society and adopted her cat, Cricket, from there. Additionally, Kayla has four other cats named Ash, Jasper, Zira and Moxie. She also has two other dogs, a Chihuahua mix named Chalupa and a Miniature Schnauzer named Jack. Kayla has two bearded dragons named Charizard and Laverne, three leopard geckos named Mango, Pineapple and Banana, four guinea pigs named Piglet, Winnie, Velma and Nigel and 2 ferrets named Buddha and Jinx. In Kayla’s free time, she enjoys hiking, outdoor activities, wildlife and rescuing animals.
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Dane Hutchinson (Technician)
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A.J. Hippert (Technician)
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Peggy - Animal General Receptionist
Peggy, originally from the Midwest, has been with Animal General for 5+ years. She has a love of animals and loves to talk, so being the receptionist is a perfect fit!
When not at work, Peggy is a director at Narrow Path Productions, a non-profit Christian theatre group! She also spends her free time doing Zumba, kayaking and cooking enough for an army!
Peggy is married to her husband, Bob and is the mother to Kristen, Samantha, Grace and Jackson. She is the Oma to Hugo and Stella. Peggy also has two furry kids, Kato her Australian Sheperd and Pigby the Guinea Pig!
Linda - Animal General Receptionist
2015 brought many changes for our receptionist, Linda. She moved to Pittsburgh and began working at Animal General of Cranberry Twp.! She loves meeting and talking to all sorts of people which makes her perfect for the front of our clinic. Linda lives with her husband and 2 cats, Jeter and Jellybean. She is the mom of two sons who are currently pursuing college educations. In Linda’s free time she loves nature walks, sports and music. She loves being part of a team that helps take care of people’s animals and enjoys that every day brings something new.