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Growing up, Dr. Nicholas Warendorf would meticulously (and borderline obsessively) clean his dogs’ ears. This activity prompted his parents to encourage him to work towards becoming a veterinarian. Over time, Dr. Warendorf discovered a love for problem solving, and developed the social and communication skills needed for the veterinary profession.
Today, in addition to being a veterinarian, Dr. Warendorf is also a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and has served as Director of the Executive Board of the Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association (MVMA). Overall, he has served in an advisory and/or guest speaker capacity with a variety of animal health and pharmaceutical companies. He was also Medical Director for Quincy Animal Shelter and a guest faculty member at The Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, where he facilitated and led group discussions in a Problem-Based Learning class for first-year veterinary students.
Dr. Warendorf’s primary professional interests include gastrointestinal disease, general internal medicine, soft tissue surgery, dermatology, and allergy management. He views routine exams as the perfect opportunity for educating pet parents on the best ways to maintain and/or improve their pet’s health, and be an advocate for their needs. Dr. Warendorf feels a compelling obligation to thoroughly examine and review the health of every patient he sees, and communicate in a way that is clear and relatable for pet parents.
On a freezing cold February day over 10 years ago, Dr. Warendorf had a memorable experience when he had the chance to save an extremely hypothermic Labrador who had fallen through the ice at World’s End. The Hingham Fire Department rescued the dog and brought it into Old Derby Animal Hospital for treatment. The story and video footage found their way to all 4 major TV stations in Boston for the 5 pm news, and highlighted the amazing work of their entire staff. Over 6 months later, the story and footage were incorporated into an Animal Planet show called “Untamed and Uncut.”
The best advice that Dr. Warendorf can give for pet parents: “Spend time being patient and fair, yet affectionately consistent with your behaviors towards your pet, and they will send a consistent stream of unconditional love and joy back to you.”
Dr. Warendorf’s four-legged family includes Kensington, a frisky Labradoodle, and Sweetie, a senior mixed breed kept young by her sister.