Boy cat.jpg


It's been said that Dr. Johns, know to his clients as "Dr. J", had been in training to become a veterinary doctor since he was a young boy.

Dr. J's dad was a veterinarian. Early in his youth, before he was helping his father on farm calls and by cleaning kennels, the future Dr. J was busy saving and helping tadpoles, frogs, salamanders, fireflies, injured birds, cats and dogs in his neighborhood. He avidly watched "Wild Kingdom" every Sunday night and built a small library of field guides about animals that he studied, read, and re-read at every opportunity. One of his earliest memories was making the goal to learn the name of every animal species on Earth. Meanwhile, he was busy learning art from his mother, playing the trumpet, singing in chorus, studying karate, and attaining the highest level amateur radio license.

The future Dr. J excelled in his studies and extracurricular activities at Allegheny College in Meadville, PA. He graduated with a BS in Biology, and most importantly, with a solid liberal arts education that further nurtured and developed the keen sense of curiosity that he has for the world around him.

After being accepted at both Tufts University and University of Pennsylvania (Penn), the future Dr. J choose to pursue his veterinary doctorate at Penn in Philadelphia, PA. He graduated in 1992, earning his VMD degree through intense study and hard work.

The newly minted Dr. J chose to immediately join his dad's practice, Fairview Veterinary Hospital, in Erie PA, where as son-father they became a highly admired veterinary team in the tri-state region. Dr. Dan Johns was one of the earliest adopters of veterinary dentistry in the USA. As word spread of Dr. Dan's dental skills, he started receiving referrals from a great distance away. With a pre-established dental operatory available, Dr. J became very interested in veterinary dentistry and ultimately he completed five years of post-doctoral studies under the mentorship of world leading veterinary dental specialists including Colin Harvey, Peter Emily, James Auvil, Robert Wiggs, plus several others.

During his post-doctoral studies Dr. J founded the Regional Veterinary Dental Center in 1994 where he excelled in the practice of veterinary dentistry. Meanwhile, he continued to nurture his intense interest in optimizing the quality of life of his primary care patients at all stages of their life.

In 2021 Dr. J founded the Regional Veterinary Center, the combination of the re-named and re-purposed Fairview Veterinary Hospital campus in Fairview plus a totally new, second campus located in Millcreek to best serve the 50% of our clientelle that is from Erie.  

Dr J continues to see referral dental patients from the greater tri-state and beyond with a office located at each Regional Veterinary Center campus.

Dr. J has served the veterinary profession as Vice President (once) and President (twice) of the Northwestern Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association, and has provided many radio and television interviews over the years to educate the public regarding pet care. As a regional leader in his profession, Dr. J has "payed it forward" by mentoring many individuals including pre-vet students from Allegheny College, Mercyhurst University, Gannon University, Edinboro University, Penn State University, and North Carolina State University plus veterinary students from University of Pennsylvania, Purdue University, and University Of Glasgow Veterinary School.  Our team has also mentored many veterinary technician students from IMBC, Bryn Mawr, and VTI.

In his spare time, Dr. J is an avid amateur radio operator, and is know in that community as a world expert on HF international communication station and antenna system design.

Today Dr. J leads our team of veterinary technicians, assistants, and pre-veterinary student preceptors, to be the very best that they can be. Most of all, Dr. J is dedicated to helping pets, one quiet and thoughtful appointment at a time, to be the healthiest and happiest that they can be.