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Darcie J. Stolz, VMD, has been a food animal practitioner in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania for 34 years. She has owned and managed a 3-person food animal practice in Lancaster for the last 27 years. The majority of her practice is involved with dairy medicine, health and production, but includes some beef and small ruminant medicine as well.
Dr. Stolz received a degree from the Pennsylvania State University in 1974, and did her master’s work in animal nutrition at Penn State from 1974 to 1978. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine in 1982, and immediately began working in a 2-person large animal practice in Lancaster County. In 1989, she purchased the dairy, beef, and small ruminant portion of that practice, and has owned and managed the practice since then. Her efforts have expanded the business into a predominately dairy practice, with an emphasis on herd health and production medicine programs.
Dr. Stolz completed the Dairy Production Medicine Certificate Program offered jointly by Penn State and the University of Pennsylvania in 1994. She is a member of the AVMA, AABP and PVMA. She has served as a member of the Ag Liaison Committee for the PVMA beginning in 1989 and served as representative for PVMA to the PA State Council of Farm Organizations. Dr. Stolz currently serves on the PVMA Board of Trustees as the Production Animal Medicine At-Large Trustee. Dr. Stolz was elected to the AABP’s Board of Directors in 2000, representing District 2, serving for six years. While on the board of AABP, she chaired the Research Assistantship Program, overseeing the disbursement of funding to AABP members for research. She was also appointed Vice-Chair of the Animal Welfare Committee for AABP, and organized and coordinated the first Animal Welfare pre-conference seminar for their annual conference. She was also elected to the Board of Directors for the Professional Animal Auditor Certification Organization (PAACO), serving in this position from 2004 to 2008. Dr. Stolz has been an invited speaker for several organizations, including the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges conference on “The Changing Face of Food Supply Veterinary Medicine”. She was also honored to be invited as the 2009 commencement speaker for The University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine.
Over the years, Dr. Stolz has been committed to trying to improve the well-being of her client’s animals and farm enterprise as well as keep abreast of the topics and pressures that food animal practitioners face in our changing society. She has welcomed the opportunity to work on the issues at hand for the benefit animal agriculture in general. Dr. Stolz is married and has two daughters. She enjoys Penn State Football, canoeing, birding, swimming and genealogy.