About Us

Dr. Lawrence (Larry) Gallagher opened Villanova Veterinary Hospital in the fall of 2016. He is a graduate of Lycoming College (class of 1987) with a degree in Biology. He also has a Master of Science degree in Biology from Bucknell University. In 1995 Dr. Gallagher graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine.

Since high school, Larry knew he wanted to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. He worked at a pet store from ninth grade until he graduated college and in his sophomore year of college, he took a second job as a keeper in the reptile house of an AZA accredited zoo where he worked through graduate school. He also worked for a year as a research assistant in the Department of Entomology at Penn State University, and spent several years as a research technician at the Weis Center for Research at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, PA.

After graduating from UPenn, he practiced small animal veterinary medicine and surgery in Blue Bell, PA for about 2 years before practicing in Bryn Mawr for 19 years. In late 2016, he opened Villanova Veterinary Hospital.

Dr. Gallagher lives in Villanova with his wife, Elaine. They have two adult children, Adrienne and Dane, one dog, McGraw, a “West Virginia Black-tailed Snipe Hound”, and Ellis, the world’s most mischievous cat. Ellis is a pronunciation of the acronym L.S.; you’ll have to ask him in person what that stands for.

In his free time, Dr. Gallagher enjoys fly fishing, SCUBA diving, hiking, and working on his classic cars. Ask him about his photographs of rattlesnakes!


Adrienne Gallagher graduated from Rosemont College with a degree in History and Political Science. With that background, it’s only natural she now writes book reviews and manages her father’s veterinary hospital.

She enjoys reading, camping, cooking, gardening, and watching the Flyers and F1. She recently moved from Center City to the ‘burbs with her partner, Jes, and their two very active (and somewhat troublesome) cats, Kuma and Tuukka.

Adrienne and her parents’ dog, McGraw, have recently set aside a decade-long rivalry in favor of teaming up against Ellis, who seemingly delights in pestering them both.


Kimberly Madden grew up on the Main Line and was raised in Wayne. She attended Agnes Irwin, Radnor High School, then Villanova University.

She has loved animals her entire life and has worked in the veterinary field for nearly 20 years; 6 of those (and counting!) with Dr Gallagher.

She has two of the best dogs ever (but we all know McGraw is number one around here), and one cat who thinks he is a dog.

She lives in Devon with her husband, and in her spare time loves cooking, sailing, gardening, and of course, spending time with her animals.


Dane Gallagher graduated from St. Joseph’s University with a degree in English literature, and is a current graduate student at Drexel hoping to continue his education in veterinary school.

He enjoys photography, hiking, and generally spending time outside.

He currently lives in Narberth with his girlfriend, their tarantula, and a chocolate lab, Blake.

He remains McGraw’s favorite sibling.


Katie Reilly is from Plymouth Meeting, PA and is currently a student at Villanova University. She is majoring in Biology and minoring in Spanish and Economics. She hopes to attend veterinary school in the future.

Katie has always loved animals, especially her yellow lab, Blake.

In her spare time, she enjoys horseback riding, trips to the beach, and cheering on Villanova’s basketball team.


McGraw is originally from West Virginia but moved to Villanova as a young pup in 2005.

Because of his easy-going personality and ability to get along with all dogs, McG spent 10 years as the test pup in doggy daycare, but has since retired. He now spends his days napping in the office at VVH, dreaming of chasing the groundhog around the neighborhood, greeting everybody with a happy woof, and reminding us he really enjoys treats.


Spot Ennis (Ennis = N.S. for Not Spot) was found in 2018 making rounds at an apartment building in Paoli and one of the residents brought him to us to find a home. He immediately decided VVH is his preferred home and made himself a integral part of the team.

Spot Ennis enjoys chewing holes in food bags to eat the kibble within, pilfering and eating Milk-Bones just out of reach of McG, playing with his many toys, watching exams, and making friends with every person, cat, and dog that comes in.