Dean Snyder, DVM, PE
Dr. Dean Snyder has been a practicing veterinarian since receiving his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Wisconsin in 1994 and subsequently completing a 13 month internship. He is a licensed Professional Engineer, graduating from Clarkson University in 1984 and working at Harris Corp., R.F Communications as a Lead Mechanical Engineer and Program Manager responsible for Department of Defense programs dealing with USAF.
In 1976, he began working for Dr. James D. Nundy as a kennel assistant and continued that job until high school graduation. Dr. Nundy and his wife Dorothy were mentors and role models contributing greatly to Dr. Snyder's personal and professional success. In 1996 he completed renovations on Dr. Nundy's hospital and opened Apple Country Veterinary Hospital and Boarding.
In 2014 he finished construction on the building that is home to Erie Canal Animal Hospital that was opened with his partner Dr. Heidi Wendel in Spencerport, N.Y.
He was active as a member of the Genesee Valley Veterinary Medical Association Executive Board for 15 years, serving as a two term President and Ethics Committee Chairman representing veterinarians in the counties of Monroe and Orleans. This same organization recognized him as Veterinarian of the Year in 2012. He recently completed his term as President of the New York State Veterinary Medical Society, representing all the veterinarians in New York State. He was recognized with a NYSVMS Merit Award by his peers for his volunteer work as Chairman of the NYSVMS Grassroots Legislative Network and Chairman of the NYSVMS Continuing Education Committee. He continues to volunteer as a member of the NYSVMS Board of Directors, Management Relations, Finance/ Audit and Government Relations Committees.
Dr. Snyder is a New York State Certified Logger and enjoys spending time in the woods of Cattaraugus County. He has designed a timber frame hybrid camp and with the help of his father, is felling and sawing hemlock trees into timbers to be used in its construction. In his spare time he enjoys reading, woodworking, and has interests in Veterinary Dentistry, beekeeping, and yoga.
Heidi Wendel, DVM, MPH
Dr. Heidi Wendel graduated from Hilton High School. She attended The Ohio State University and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Sciences and a Master’s Degree in Public Health. She continued her veterinary education at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine and was awarded her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2010.
In 1998 she began working at Apple Country Veterinary Hospital as a kennel assistant and maintained employment throughout high-school and during college breaks. In 2010 she returned to Apple Country as a veterinarian. In December of 2014 she and Dr. Snyder opened Erie Canal Animal Hospital in Spencerport. Her professional interests include surgery, preventive medicine and ultrasound. She is certified in Fear Free Veterinary Practices. Dr. Wendel is a member of the New York State Veterinary Medical Society, the Genesee Valley Veterinary Medical Association and the American Veterinary Medical Association.
Outside of work she enjoys cooking, gardening and home renovation projects. She lives in Hilton with her husband, daughter and son. They have a Bernese Mountain Dog named Polly, a Boxer named Ivan and two cats, Prince Phillip and Frank.
Heidi Aguiar Licata, DVM
Dr. Heidi Aguiar Licata grew up in Fall River, Massachusetts. From a very early age she knew she wanted to be a veterinarian. She received her Bachelor's of Science degree in Biology from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in 1999 and then went on to graduate from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2003.
After veterinary school, Dr. Licata moved to New York and has been practicing in the area since. Dr. Licata joined us in July, 2016 after working in Henrietta for many years.
Dr. Licata is a certified veterinary acupuncturist. She completed this certification course with the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society in 2006. Dr. Licata has a strong professional interest in exotic pets and is experienced in avian, reptile, rabbit, and small mammal medicine and surgery. She is a member of the American Association of Avian Veterinarians, American Association of Reptile and Amphibian Veterinarians, The AVMA, GVVMA and the NYSVMA.
In her free time, Dr. Licata enjoys traveling, exercising and spending time with her family and pets. Dr. Licata shares her home with her husband, two children, two dogs, four cats, chickens, a horse and a goat.
Ashley Appleton, DVM
Dr. Ashley Appleton grew up in Hilton and at the age of 16 began working at Apple Country Veterinary Hospital as a veterinary assistant where she continued to remain employed throughout her undergrad studies. She received her Bachelor's of Science degree in Biology from SUNY Geneseo in 2009 and then obtained her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2017.
Dr. Appleton has a special interest in dentistry, surgery and medicine on small companion animals. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medicine Association.
Dr. Appleton enjoys cooking, traveling and hiking during her free time. She has a dog and two cats that she adopted while living in St. Kitts.