At the age of five, while playing in woods close to my home, I discovered a Box Turtle. I brought the turtle to my kindergarten class Show and Tell. It was then that I learned that a person, known as a veterinarian, was responsible for the care and well being of animals. From that moment on, I decided that I would become a veterinarian.
Years of dedicated study followed. I began working for a local veterinary hospital at age 16, graduated with honors from Tufts University, and was accepted to seven veterinary colleges. I chose Cornell Veterinary College, and received my Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from that institution in 1986. To this day I am very proud of the training and education I received from the Cornell faculty, which included many giants of the profession among its staff.
I spent the next twenty-three years working in the Slate Belt, seeing farm animals, pets, and the occasional exotic animal (tigers, wolves, ostriches, and llamas, have been among my patients). After a brief period in Nazareth, I returned to the Slate Belt in 2012 to open Leck Veterinary Hospital.
My avocational interests are many. I am a prodigious historical researcher and have authored one history book and am working on another. I enjoy carpentry and wood carving, and love antique cars. Domestic and foreign travel is another of my passions; wherever I go in the world, I seek out veterinarians to talk to, and, if possible, tour their hospitals. I once spent a week working with a veterinarian in Chile, and in 2006 I gave a talk to Chinese veterinarians of the Shanghai Veterinary Association about veterinary practice in the United States.
I have never regretted the career decision I made at the age of five. I find veterinary medicine and surgery to be a continuously challenging, interesting, and satisfying field. I particularly enjoy surgery, internal medicine, dermatology, and feline medicine, but I find all aspects of my profession engaging. For almost twenty years, I have also testified as an expert witness in legal cases involving animals. Although every day in practice is different, every day also allows me to help people by helping their pets, which is the best part of what I get to do.
Dr. Jacqueline Burke grew up in the Poconos and completed her public education in the Stroudsburg Area School District. She was interested in animals from a young age and had a succession of mice, rabbits, dogs and horses during her youth. At the age of twelve, she decided to become a veterinarian and worked hard to achieve her dream.
Dr. Burke attended Muhlenberg College in Allentown where she triple majored in biology, natural sciences and French and graduated summa cum laude in 1983. She was readily accepted into veterinary school at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine where she graduated cum laude in 1987.
For most of her career since graduating from veterinary school, Dr. Burke has worked as a relief veterinarian which has enabled her to work in many different hospitals and to learn something from each one. Her major interests in veterinary medicine include surgery, ultrasound imaging, and internal medicine.
Dr. Burke is a proud "pet parent" of Jack Russel Terrier Terra, cats Rosie and Cosette, and horses Joani and Dude. When she is not working, she enjoys horseback riding, hiking, gardening, photography and traveling. Dr. Burke has travelled to all seven continents and nearly fifty countries, mostly on trips to view wildlife. She is currently hoping to have her first photograph published professionally in a book about jaguars in the Pantanal region of Brazil.
Dr. Burke is pleased to be working at Leck Veterinary Hospital and is eager to meet and help the hospital's patients and their pet parents.
Dr Derr is a native of the Lehigh Valley abd has been in practice since 1996. Graduating from Bethlehem Catholic High School, Dr Derr earned her bachelor is science from Moravian College. She then achieved her lifetime goal and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. She returned to the Lehigh Valley to practice small animal medicine. Heeding the advice of an early mentor, Dr Derr “treats both ends of the leash” and addresses each patient and client’s individual needs. Dr Derr is a mentor herself and enjoys teaching students about the many opportunities veterinary medicine has to offer.
An avid fisherman, Dr Derr enjoys conventional and fly fishing in both salt and freshwater. She established Paint the Delaware Pink to provide breast cancer survivors with a weekend of fun and support while learning about fly fishing.
Dr Derr lives along the Lehigh River with her husband, two sons, a Labrador, a Brittany, and two hypoallergenic Siberian cats.
Dr. Phil Zeltzman is a traveling or mobile board-certified veterinary surgeon around Allentown (Lehigh Valley), Easton (Northampton County), Reading (Berks County), Jim Thorpe (Carbon County), Stroudsburg (Monroe County), Quakertown (Bucks County) and Pottsville (Schuylkill County) in Pennsylvania, as well as Western New Jersey. He performs specialized orthopedic, neurologic, cancer and soft tissue surgery on dogs and cats at your family vet's hospital. This means that you do not have to drive your sick or injured pet to a distant, unfamiliar specialty hospital.
Jonathan is a traveling board certified cardiologist who works with Leck Vet. He received his veterinary degree from Tuskegee University. He completed his internship in 2000 at the Coral Springs Animal Hospital, and then went on to complete a cardiology residency at Purdue University from 2005 to 2008. Dr. Goodwin is a Diplomate of The American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Cardiology).
Lucky dog…that’s me. My name is Stevie and my human mom Tina and her family adopted me when I was small. Since then, I have to know she rescues the underdogs. My furry brother and sisters were adopted too. I also have two human sisters, Laney and Elizabeth who help take care of all of us. My human family is awesome! We are always playing and going for walks. My family loves me and all my siblings and I make sure to repay them with LOTS of kisses! When my mom is not with us, she is help other “furry kids” and their families. She must really love it, she’s been helping since 1995. She is happy being the care taker and leader of the whole pack.
Karen has been a veterinary technician with Dr. Leck for 12 years. She is the mom to an adorable golden retriever Georgia and two kitties Jimmy and Big Kitty. When she isn't taking care of your pets she is gardening, hiking, biking and playing with Georgia.
Beth has been in the veterinary field for 8 years as both an assistant and a technician. Beth has a 13 year old beagle named Daisy. When she isn't working she is busy being a mother of two, bowling, reading or watching movies.
Kerry has been a veterinary technician for 13 years after graduating from Moravian College in 2005. She is currently going back to school at ESU for her Masters in Biology and hopes to work with wildlife one day. She has two beautiful fur babies Sydney and Bird, who are Tonkinese cats. She is also a sister to a Siamese cat named Mai Tai and three Shih Tzu's named Zoe, Sadie Mae and Sophie. When she isn't busy studying she enjoys watching movies, reading and wildlife photography.