Dr. Lloyd V. Reitz, Jr. grew up on his family’s fourth-generation dairy farm in Shamokin, PA. In addition to caring for cows, he grew up with a wide variety animals, including horses, pigs, chickens, rabbits, cats, dogs, and even a couple of emus. Dr. Reitz pursued a degree in Biology from Messiah College, graduating in 2001. He then continued his education at Bucknell University, obtaining a Master’s of Science in Cellular Biology in 2004. After receiving his M.S., he moved to Richmond, VA, and completed an Emerging Infectious Disease Fellowship with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Association of Public Health Laboratories, working in the Chemical Terrorism and Response Laboratory at the Department of General Services for the Commonwealth of Virginia.
He received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at Mississippi State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2009, after which he returned to the central PA area and began practicing animal medicine. He and his wife began renovations on their century-old farm house, and welcomed daughter Collette in November of 2009. They welcomed sons Trey and Elliott into their family in December 2011 and June 2014, respectively. Also residing at the household are two Newfoundland dogs, Bingo and Byron; a Cairn Terrier mix, Mollie; two pot-bellied pigs, Peppa and Charlotte; and two cats, Tripp and Elizabeth.