From left to right: Brooklyn, Taylor, Austin, Cathy, Eric, and Morgan

Our Veterinarians

Eric D. Pugh, DVM – Dr. Pugh was born and raised in Stark County. He attended Louisville High School and then The The Ohio State University. He graduated with a B.S in Agriculture in 1993 and then enrolled in Ohio State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and graduated with a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1997. He met his wife, Cathy, at OSU and they founded Hometown Veterinary Services, Inc. in the fall of 1997. He has greatly enjoyed practicing in his home town the past twenty-three years. He and his wife have three daughters and a son ranging from high school to college. He enjoys his three dogs and two cats as well as caring for their horses and livestock. In his spare time Dr. Pugh enjoys attending his children’s activities/events and managing his farming operation.

James S. Dittoe, DVM – Dr. Dittoe is a 1980 graduate of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. James was a partner in a mixed animal practice in Wooster, Ohio for a number of years. Dr. Pugh served an internship under Dr. Dittoe prior to graduation from OSU while he was in Wooster. He has been serving the area as a companion animal relief veterinarian for the past number of years. Dr. Dittoe enjoys boating, water skiing, church, family and the Buckeyes! 

Michael J. Estock, DVM

BROOKLYN, Employee Supervisor – Brooklyn has been with Hometown since April 2020. She is currently a student at Kent State studying Business Management. Brooklyn works with all of our employees to enhance productivity and ensure a happy work environment. In her free time, she enjoys working on the farm, hiking, and spending time with her family and golden retriever, Waylon.

Veterinary Technicians

 Our technicians assist our veterinarians on a daily basis in exam rooms, technician appointments, and during surgery. When they are not assisting the doctors, they are taking care of patients and answering phone calls and clients questions.

ERICA, Head Technician – Erica has been with Hometown Veterinary Services since 2001. She is the head technician with duties that include assisting with surgery’s, performing dental procedures, helping the Dr.’s in appointments, running various tests like bloodwork, xrays, and cytologies, as well as patient education. She’s also the one that the other technical staff come to for guidance. She has 2 dogs, Cami– a cane corso, and Wiggles- a Boston Terrier, and 3 cats- Persia, Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman, and Chuck Norris, and a uromastyx named Debo. She lives in Louisville with her husband and son. She enjoys running, reading, & spending time with her family.

JENNIFER, Registered Veterinary Technician/Medical Team Leader– Jennifer has been with Hometown Veterinary Services since February 2010. She attended Stautzenberger College for Veterinary Technology and acquired an associates degree in applied sciences. Jennifer is excellent at offering guidance and engaging in client education. She understands that our pets are fuzzy family and strives to keep that bond strong and healthy. Jennifer’s love for animals started at a young age and paved her career path. She has a large fur family herself which is comprised of three dogs, Mowgil, a Boston Terrier, two Papillions, Zander and Callee, and two kitties, Alponse and Bennie. Jennifer is a big art and yoga enthusiast. She enjoys painting and drawing with different mediums in her free time, and she is a certified 200 hour yoga instructor.

ABIGAIL, Veterinary Technician – Abigail has been with Hometown since April of 2016 as a veterinarian assistant. She graduated in 2018 from Kent State. In her spare time, she enjoys doing pyrography art, going to the lake, and spending time with her corgi, Dennis.

DEBBI, Registered Veterinary Technician – Debbi has been at Hometown since March 2017 and has been in the veterinary field for 20 years. She attended Cuyahoga Community College for her Veterinary Technician License and has been a Registered Technician since May 2005. Debbi grew up on a dairy farm and has always had a love for animals as well as working with harness racing horses in the past. She currently lives in Massillon with her husband, daughter, and pitbull, Skyler. She loves spending time outside exercising, boating, baking, and spending time with friends and family.

TRACI, Veterinary Technician – Traci has worked in the veterinary field for over 20 years. She joined Hometown in July of 2017. Traci enjoys camping and vacationing on the beach. She grew up in East Sparta on a farm working with horses and doing 4-H projects. She has always had a special connections with animals and working with the public.

TIFFANY, Veterinary Technician – Tiffany has been with Hometown since September of 2018. She graduated from The Ohio State University in 2003. Tiffany has a love for animals, especially horses. She has two horses of her own, Rodeo, and Toni, as well as a donkey named Petunia. She enjoys horseback riding and spending time with her husband and two children.

KATIE, Veterinary Technician – Katie has been with Hometown since May 2019. She started working in the veterinary field in 2013. Katie enjoys spending her time with family and friends, going to concerts, and enjoying the outdoors. She is happily married. Katie has 2 crazy, happy dogs named Yukan and Nala.

NICOLE, Veterinary Technician – Nicole came to Hometown in July of 2021 with 3 years experience. She lives in Louisville with her husband and 3 kids. She is currently enrolled at Purdue to be a registered technician. She runs a small hobby farm with goats, chickens and ducks. She also breeds goats. She has 3 dogs of her own- Sturm, Isabella and Scarlett.

SARAH, Curbside Team Leader – Sarah has been with Hometown since April 2020. She spends a lot of her time assisting our veterinary technicians in the back as well as running our curbside service. Sarah enjoys shopping, catching up on the latest episodes of her favorite TV shows, and spending time at home with her boyfriend and cat, Louise.

Support Staff

Our support staff is made up of several dedicated employees who not only greet clients and answer the phone but they are also busy scheduling appointments, tending to emails, answering questions, and keeping the office nice and clean each day.

ANNETTE, Receptionist – Annette is a full time receptionist for Hometown Veterinary Services and has been at our front desk for almost 15 years. Along with checking in pets for their appointments, she answers phones and performs many daily office duties. She enjoys walking, cooking, and baking as well as spending time with her husband, children, and 8 grandchildren. She is also an avid reader.

GARI, Receptionist – Gari is one of our receptionists who joined the Hometown team in July, 2017. She came to Hometown with over 17 years of veterinary experience. Gari enjoys interacting with clients and their furry patients. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time on her Harley-Davidson motorcycle and with her family – especially her 3 grandchildren.

MORGAN, Communication Specialist – Morgan joined the Hometown Team in May 2019. She is currently a communications studies major at Kent State University. You’ll find Morgan checking in surgeries in the morning and assisting with various tasks around the clinic. Assists our marketing team leader in planning events, creating content for social media to conform to clientele.

AMBER, Receptionist – Amber has worked in the veterinary field since 2015 and joined our team after moving to Hartville in September 2021. She loves to travel, go on adventures and cook delicious meals. Spending time with her friends, family, fiance and yorkie, Gizmo, means the world to her.