Dr. Luis G. Iturriaga (a.k.a. Dr. I) got his D.V.M. degree in 1979 from Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos in Lima, Peru. He became experienced working with poultry, exotic birds, large animals and companion animals. He did an externship at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine and got his license for the state of Ohio in 1996. He bought Market North Veterinary Hospital in 2001 and has been the owner ever since. He has a special interest in avian medicine and dermatology cases. He also has an Alpaca farm in which he likes to spend his free time in and has recently acquired chickens for it.
Dr. Luis G. Iturriaga II (a.k.a. Dr. Luis) got his bachelor’s degree in Zoology and Spanish from Miami University in 2004, and his D.V.M. from Kansas State University in 2010. After graduating, he worked at Peruvian Soul Alpaca farm and continues working there to this day. He has worked at Market North Veterinary Hospital since 2001 during his summer vacations. He started working part-time as a veterinarian at Market North Veterinary Hospital in 2012. He also works and treats Alpacas at both his farm and other farms. He has a special interest in small animal soft tissue surgery. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his dog, family and friends.
Marti has been at Market North Veterinary Hospital since 2008. She shares her home with two Chinese Crested dogs, two cats, a rabbit, several fish tanks of both fresh and salt-water fish and some hermit crabs. During her time off Marti loves to travel, read, and spend time with her daughter.
Shawna started working with Market North Veterinary Hospital in 2005. She previously worked in the Stark County emergency clinic for 8 years before coming to a daytime practice. She attended the University of Akron where she studied Biology and Zoology. She has one cat named Pepe la Pue who she adopted when someone dropped off Jelly and six other kittens at the hospital. Pepe is now four years old. He loves to play with all the kids in the house, and he especially loves springtime when he can sit by his favorite window. Her hobbies consist of playing with her children, swimming, reading, scrap booking, photography, and going to the zoo.
Crystal started working at Market North Veterinary Hospital in January 2012. She graduated from Northcoast Medical Training Academy. She has a Maine Coon mix cat named Magoo, and Doxie-Pom mix dog named Lola. In her free time, her hobbies include arts and crafts and equestrian activities.
Peanut Butter is the head and only member of the public relations teams (he is his own boss!). He is 11 years old and is our oldest resident cat. He loves to meet and greet all of our clients. He especially likes it when they let him in and out of the closet where he likes to spend his nights.
Annie is a beautiful long haired tortoise shell cat who loves to sit by the windows and watch the birds land and fly by. She is the most lovable of the bunch. Dr. Iturriaga rescued her when she was a kitten. She was found outside the Hospital in the middle of winter, full of parasites and next to a heater pipe. Many clients have not met Annie because she is quite shy with new people but she quickly becomes a favorite once you meet her. She is also the leader of the “Shark Pack” an endearing term we use with them when dinnertime arrives and the smell of a freshly opened can of cat food gets all of their attention.
Jelly is the most recent addition to the hospital. She was abandoned at our hospital a couple of years ago with her six kittens, and since then has made the hospital her new home. She loves to secretly watch our clients by peaking around the corners with interest, but quickly runs to hide when approached. She likes to roll around and play with Annie on the ground. She also loves to play with her toys and scratch her nails on her post. She is the second member of the “Shark Pack”.
Sunshine is the elder cockatiel at the Hospital and the father of Dexter and Moonshine. If you come in to the hospital and hear bird singing it is likely Sunshine! A client who found him in a parking lot, and was unable to keep him brought Sunshine to the hospital.
Dexter is our other male cockatiel who also loves to sing as much as his father. Around closing time you can hear Sunshine, Dexter and Dr. I whistling in unison. It is quite a concerto!
Moonshine is the female of the cockatiel group. She does not make as much noise as her father and brother, but makes up for it by spreading her pellets all over the floor when she eats.
Mr. Fish is the big orange South American Chiclid that swims freely in his 75 gallon tank. He is probably the favorite among our “younger” clients as they like to watch him in amazement as he follows their fingers moving on the tank. He is now 6 years old and used to be 1 of 6 fish in the tank, but has outlived all but Bob. He loves his clean tank and special Chiclid pellets.
Bob is our other fish in the tank. He is an Algae Eater and has grown to quite an impressive size. He makes it his job to keep the tank looking shiny and clean.