Ark Angel Animal Hospital Staff

Dr. Daniella J. Schutzengel

Wellfleet veterinarian Dr. Daniella SchutzengelDr. Schutzengel began her veterinary career as a student in Italy and then continued her studies at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. from which she graduated in 1984. From 1984 until 1996 she worked in multiple small animal and emergency clinics throughout Virginia and Maryland as a “relief vet.” In that capacity she provided both long term and temporary services for hospitals needing someone to fill in for their veterinarians. In doing so Duni, as she prefers to be called, was able to glean skills from many practitioners and experts in the field covering a broad range of procedures in veterinary surgery and medicine.

In 1999, Dr. Schutzengel purchased Dunn Loring Animal Hospital in Northern Virginia. When her lease expired in January, 2010, she made her service “mobile” by moving her entire clinic–digital x-ray and all–into a full-service 26-foot mobile veterinary unit.

Duni is a Massachusetts native who grew up in Worcester. On a beautiful June day in 2007 while driving along Route 6A in Sandwich, she made the comment that would change her life: “You know, I could live here”. Not long later, she had found and purchased a charming 200+ year old Cape in Wellfleet for her future clinic. The “Yellow House,” as she came to call it, was to become the clinic she’d always dreamed of having; a house where staff, clients and patients would feel as if they were stepping into a home rather than a medical facility.

Cape Code veterinary surgeryOccasionally Duni "hits the road" with the Mobile Unit for a house call, emergency visit or surgery. The Mobile Unit primarily remains tucked against the building as the clinic's surgery suite, lab and pharmacy. 
Duni is the proud mother of four children—Joey, Sydney, Mila and Ari—and a special dog, Ipod. In her spare time, Duni enjoys wild-life rehabilitation especially with orphan birds and small mammals, reading, horseback and bicycle riding, quiet time with family and friends and most of all, spending time with her pets. Additionally, at any point in time, she can be heard attempting to convince unsuspecting clients into adopting one of her “foster projects” to become permanent members of their own homes.

The State of Massachusetts requires 15 hours of continuing education per year to maintain a veterinary license.  Dr. Schutzengel gets somewhere between 50 and 70 hours per year.

You might have called the clinic for an appointment and been told: “Sorry, Duni is in continuing education today and so won’t have office hours until later in the afternoon”.  Most of the time, this will mean that she is Webex-ing into a nationally renowned C.E. Program sponsored by the D.C. Academy of Veterinary Medicine on the first Thursday of every month from September through June.  The speakers are nationally and internationally acclaimed veterinarians.  The topics are always clinically relevant and each month a single subject is covered in great depth.  To see what she’s studying, follow this link and get this year’s schedule.

She also attends other seminars both locally and off Cape in addition to completing the study modules necessary for the renewal of her National Accreditation License.  (This is a separate license that enables her to write National and International Health Certificates for your traveling pets).

So, if you get told that you’ll have to schedule your pet’s appointment for another day, ask them what she’s studying and please understand that you want her to be doing this – to keep herself up to date with the most current knowledge in the field in order to  take the best possible care of her patients! 


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                              Courtney Blake

Vet clinic staffCourtney Blake was born in Ware, MA.  She grew up in the central Massachusetts town of Monson where she attended high school.  After graduating in 2002 she attended Becker College in Leicester, MA and earned an associate’s degree in Animal Care.  After spending 8 years in the animal care business (working with groomers and kennels in central Massachusetts), Courtney moved to the Cape in 2012 to pursue a career with the National Park Service.  After three seasons with the Cape Cod National Seashore law enforcement division Courtney was eager to get back to her first love: animals. Courtney joined the Ark Angel Animal Hospital staff in December 2014.

Courtney is an avid animal lover and has been a loving parent to many dogs.  She now lives in North Eastham with her boyfriend and young dog, Echo.  Courtney spends her free time enjoying the outdoors. She loves kayaking, camping, hiking and photography.


Jeremiah Kidd

Jeremiah Kidd was born and raised in Vienna, Virginia.  The youngest of four children,  Jeremiah knew from an early age that he wanted to work with animals.  In 2005, he entered the veterinary field as a receptionist and veterinary assistant, working with Dr. Schutzengel, at her previous practice in Dunn Loring, Virginia.

Jeremiah spent the next two and a half years at Dunn Loring Animal Hospital, learning the basics of veterinary medicine. It was during this time that he found his true calling and realized the impact that veterinary medicine had made on his life. 

Jeremiah moved to Front Royal Virginia in December of 2007 after the sale of his family property in Vienna.  He began employment at Warren County Veterinary Clinic in December of 2008, where he spent the next five years further developing his medical and professional skills in the expanding, multiple doctor facility.  He developed his skills into a role in the treatment and surgery area, where he was exposed to such diagnostic techniques as ultrasonography, endoscopy, in-house lab equipment and a variety of treatment procedures including laser therapy.  

In April of 2014, Jeremiah began working at Veterinary Surgical Centers, a referral practice, specializing in advanced orthopedic and soft tissue surgical procedures.  He initially began working as an appointment and treatment technician before getting promoted to Administrative and Veterinary Assistant for a board certified surgeon.  As a surgeon’s assistant, he effectively corresponded with clients and referring doctors, organized the surgical day plan and anesthesia protocols and coordinated necessary paper work and testing prior to anesthetic procedures. He also scrubbed-in, draped and assisted on a variety of soft tissue and orthopedic procedures. 

Jeremiah, his wife Jessica and their three dogs ~ Eva, Iko and Imp, relocated to Wellfleet Massachusetts in December of 2016 to work with Duni, Katelyn and Courtney at Ark Angel as the hospital continues to grow. 


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