To us, veterinary medicine isn’t a profession. It is our calling in life. Because we understand how intertwined your life is with your pet’s health, well-being, and safety. Here, we find answers. And we’ll make a difference.
Dr. Kip Butler joined our practice in July 2014, and in November 2016 became the new owner of Homestead Animal Hospital! Born and raised in Cobleskill, New York, Dr. Butler graduated from The State University of New York at Cobleskill with an Associates in Science Biology and Animal Science. He then completed his Bachelor of Science at the University of Vermont. In 2008, he earned his Doctorate from Kansas State University and has been practicing in New York since. Dr. Butler has been involved in all facets of veterinary medicine from large animal ambulatory practice to overnight emergency critical care and small animal general practice.
Dr. Darren MacNaughton grew up in Queensbury, NY and attended Princeton University, graduating with a degree in Neuropsychology. After graduating from Princeton, he worked in a research lab in the department of Cardiovascular Sciences at Albany Medical College. After a few years he entered the Master’s Degree program in the same department focusing on research in atherosclerosis and treatment complications from angioplasty. He left Albany Medical College to attend Veterinary School at Ross University College of Veterinary Medicine where he received the Best Surgery Team award for his small and large animal surgery work during his studies there. He then went on to study at Cornell University Collage of Veterinary Medicine doing a year long externship for clinical medicine.
After graduating with High Honors, he accepted a position in his hometown of Queensbury and has worked in several different Veterinary Hospitals in the greater Capital District since. He maintains his relationship with Albany Medical College, returning several times throughout the year to help teach medical students electrocardiogram labs. He is a member of the New York State Veterinary Medical Society, and the American Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. MacNaughton is certified in Veterinary Stem Cell injections through Vet Stem, and is also a Certified Fear Free Practitioner. He has a special interest in neurology, cytology, and surgery. He currently resides in Clifton Park NY with his wife, daughter, and chocolate Labrador Retrievers.
“An animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great language.”
Veterinary Technicians & Assistants
- Julie WhiteVeterinary Technician
- Kayla GoodspeedLicensed Veterinary Technician
- Alyssa DiFlorioLicensed Veterinary Technician
- Emma SlezakLicensed Veterinary Technician
- Liz WallaceVeterinary Assistant
- Shelbi MerrifieldVeterinary Assistant
Julie started working at Homestead in 1997! She is one of the employees that so many of our clients have known and loved since the start. Julie is a graduate of Tonawanda High School. She is best known in the office for her friendly, calm demeanor, and her incredible laboratory skills. Her favorite part of the job is helping our clients that truly feel their pets are part of their family – sometimes their only family – especially during difficult situations. That is when her kind spirit truly shines.
Julie is also a board member at the Hudson Crossing Park in Schuylerville, where she is currently in charge of the park’s annual Cardboard Boat Race! She can be found digging around in both her garden at home and at the park, as gardening is one of her favorite hobbies. Julie shares her home with her husband, two children, and her pack of rescue animals: Maisy a Mutt mix, Sprout the Chihuahua, Bubs the cat, Sardenia the mama cat!
Kayla started her career with us as a veterinary technician intern in 2015, and we just loved her so much, we couldn’t let her go! Kayla joined our staff as one of our full time LVT’s in May 2016. As soon as you meet Kayla you will see how she was truly destined to work with animals. Her friendly personality and willingness to help are some of her best qualities! When not at work, Kayla enjoys spending time riding her horse competing in cattle sorting, ranch work and barrel racing. Kayla currently owns an American Quarter Horse named “It’s About Docalady”, two adorable miniature horses, chickens, a red heeler named Louie, and three fabulous cats.
Alyssa joined our professional team in May 2017 as a Licensed Veterinary Technician. She studied Equine Science at SUNY Cobleskill and veterinary medicine at SUNY Delhi. Alyssa has always had a love for animals and this career allows her to work closely with them. She enjoys being able to help sick pets and get them back home with their families. Alyssa is typically found in our surgery suite, assisting our doctors with surgical procedures and ensuring a safe and comfortable visit for your pet! When not at work, Alyssa enjoys spending time with her dog, traveling, hiking, and going to the beach! She currently has a sweet Husky named Kyra, a purrfect cat named Digiorno, and a handsome Thoroughbred named Ben!
Emma is a licensed veterinary technician that is originally from the Capital District area. She obtained her license in 2012 from SUNY Canton and spent her first few years as a technician working at the Fort Drum military base. She joined our team in the summer of 2018. She soon after started a Master’s program in public health, but wanted to remain within the veterinary field part time because of her passion for animal care. In her free time Emma spends her time at home with her fur babies or taking her dog on hikes or paddle boarding.
Liz is a graduate from Penn Foster Career School for Vet Assistant. She has been part of our staff since January 2014. Liz is our jack of all trades, and is truly an asset to everyone! She can be found all over the hospital, assisting the doctors and technicians with appointments, helping clients at the front desk and by keeping our facility clean and stocked! Liz is an avid reader (she tends to read 4 books at a time!), and enjoys spending time with her friends and family. She currently shares her home with a beautiful black long-haired cat named Ivy and an adorable black New Zealand Giant Rabbit named Pippin!
Shelbi joined the team in October of 2019. Shelbi graduated from Le Moyne College back in May 2018 with a Bachelor’s in Biology. Shelbi has dreamed of being a veterinarian since she was 5 years old so is getting all the experience, she can here with us, before applying to veterinary schools. In her free time Shelbi enjoys reading, drawing and spending time with her dogs and family. Shelbi has many pets, she has 3 dogs River, Wrangler and Coco, 2 Siamese cats Loki and Bob and 3 rabbits.
“When I look into the eyes of an animal, I do not see an animal. I see a living being. I see a friend. I feel a soul.”
- Miranda DuelPractice Manager
- Debbie MartinReceptionist
- Judy KergelReceptionist
- Claire GabrielReceptionist
Miranda joined our team in the fall of 2019. Miranda comes from the horse world but has a passion for small animals that is evident when you meet her. Miranda graduated from SUNY Delhi and is a licensed veterinary technician. Miranda has a love for all animals but is partial to horses and Border Collies! Miranda and her daughter, Hope, live on their family’s small farm with an assortment of animals-including horses, Shorthorn beef cattle, Dorset cross sheep, pigs, turkeys and chickens.
Debbie joined the Homestead team in April 2018! Debbie brings several years of experience working in an animal hospital and has a true love for all animals. She enjoys working in a hospital where the doctors and staff are devoted to upholding high standards of medicine for their patients and deeply cares for our patients. Debbie loves meeting new clients and their pets, and being able to grow a relationship with them over the years! Debbie is known for her kind demeanor and willingness to help out – and for not knowing what Star Wars is! She loves hiking with her dogs, snowmobiling with her family, and going to the ocean to listen to the waves and relax. She is also a garage-sale expert! We know you will enjoy working with Debbie as much as we do!
Judy joined our team in late 2019 as a receptionist. As soon as you meet Judy you will recognize how much she loves animals, especially little dogs. Judy’s first job working with animals was when she was 12 years old, and she’s been in the field since! Judy graduated with a degree in Biology and has done everything from Vet assisting to receptionist! Judy has two little dogs, Percy and Penny, who are two of the coolest dogs on the block! Judy also recently added a cat to the family! Her name is Wendy and she’s her honorary little dog. Judy has a special love for little dogs and will most likely try to snuggle with your little dog when you visit.
Claire joined the Homestead team this fall. You can find her in the office greeting you with a smile on Mondays and Saturdays. Claire is trained in canine animal behavior and actively participates in canine rescue groups. Claire fosters dogs in her home and assists in facilitating canine adoptions throughout the year. In addition to the fosters Claire has 5 dogs, a bearded dragon, a crested gecko, and snakes.
Inky became part of our family in December 2017! His previous owners sadly could not keep him, and instead of euthanasia, Dr. Butler let us adopt him as our official Homestead pet! He has a staff of servants that cater to his every demand. He is known for his giant extra toes and his grouchy old-cat meow! He enjoys knocking the phone off the hook, walking across the keyboards, and sleeping on the doctor’s charts. He can be found hanging out at the reception desk, sleeping in the office, and hiding under the basement stairs waiting to scare the staff! Be sure to say hello to him the next time you are in!
Bosco is Dr. Butlers beautiful Australian Shepherd. Bosco loves belly rubs and playing with tennis balls. Be sure to say hello to Bosco when you see him in the office.