She then earned her doctorate of veterinary medicine from the University of Florida, where she focused on small and exotic animal medicine. While at school, Dr. Gilmer traveled to Honduras, Thailand and Vietnam to work with the conversation of endangered animals such as asiatic black bears, pangolins, clouded leopards, turtles, and elephants.
Dr. Gilmer joined Calvert Veterinary Center to be at the forefront of gold standard veterinary care, and to be part of a clinic that treats each other, and their clients and pets, as if they are family. Enjoying all aspects of veterinary medicine from dermatology to behavior, Dr. Gilmer has a special interest in reptile, avian and small mammal medicine, and has been integral in starting and expanding the exotic animal practice at Calvert. She was also selected to present two of her research papers at the national exotic animal veterinary conference, ExoticsCon, in 2018, and is a member of the Associations of Avian Veterinarians, Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians, and her local and national Veterinary Medical Associations.
Dr. Gilmer lives in Annapolis with her husband Peter and their small menagerie of pets, including dogs Luke and Solo, cats Chewbacca and Duchess, and her ball python Aayla. She is clearly an avid Star Wars fan, and also enjoys being active, participating in yoga, sailing, camping and hiking, and is a devoted sports fan, following all of Maryland’s teams. She loves to travel the world to scuba dive and discover new food and wine, and relaxes by gardening, painting, or curling up with a good book.
After graduation, she worked closely with animals in an internship at the National Institutes of Health Hematology Department. There she assisted in research with biological response modifying drugs used to help prevent and alleviate the side effects chemotherapy has on certain blood cells. After finishing her internship, Dr. DeJesus pursued her goal of becoming a veterinarian and attended the University of Pennsylvania College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. DeJesus joined Calvert Veterinary Center because of its gold standard veterinary care and focus on clients and continuing education. Dr. DeJesus currently resides in Annapolis, Maryland with her husband, Nick, and Australian Shepherd, Luke. In their free time they enjoy traveling to see family and friends, binge watching NETFLIX, cooking, and doing work around the house. She also enjoys dancing, listening to music, and reading.
There, she enjoyed all aspects of Pacific Northwest culture and working as a general practitioner focused on providing the highest standard of care for pets. As with most great adventures, the road lead her home. Today she has returned to the great state of Maryland to be closer to friends and family. She is excited to be a part of the Calvert Veterinary Center team, to get to know you, to give back to the community and to rediscover all our area has to offer.
She lives in Halethorpe with her two cats Sinatra and Sugar Paws, and her Labrador, Nox. When not caring for the pets at work she enjoys cooking, gardening, and enjoying the outdoors with Nox.
Through her journey, she has received two Certificates of Completion from the Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training & Behavior, which she has put to good use as the instructor of the Puppy Socialization Class we now offer here. She is also a graduate of the University of Baltimore, where she received a B.S. in Corporate Communications.
Jen always had an interest in grooming would work as a grooming assistant at times. After becoming a grooming assistant for several years, she found the passion to become a dog groomer and attended the Maryland School of Dog Grooming in Baltimore. She ultimately obtained her grooming diploma throughout the Penn Foster program and has thousands of hours as an apprentice to a master groomer and has been grooming on her own for the last nine years. When not working she enjoys spending family time with her son, and her boyfriend, Duke. They enjoy traveling on the weekends to dog shows and competitions with their Dutch Shepherd, Phantom, a retired dock diving dog, with his longest jump being 24 feet 11 inches. She also has a sweet laborador retriever named Magic who can normally be found hanging out in our reception area while Jennifer is grooming. She also has 2 cats, Spook and Gypsy.
She enjoys educating our clients on the benefits of therapeutic diets and finding the correct fit for each animal. Amanda also scuba dives at the National Aquarium in Baltimore where she has been a volunteer since 2002. She lives in Glen Burnie with her husband, Seth, daughter Mackenzie and son Colton. She has three rescue orange and white tabby cats, Eddie, Stinker, and Jack.
She obtained an associate degree in General Studies and is currently working on her bachelor's degree in Psychology. Jennifer loves working with animals in any capacity and is especially fond of our feline patients. She's also an avid runner and participates in many area races throughout the year.
She is particularly fond of our feline friends, and is enjoying learning more about the exotics we see at Calvert Vet. She has two cats of her own, Homegirl and Hamburger. In her spare time Whitney spends her days repurposing furniture with her boyfriend Zach, participating in outdoor activities, and practicing photography/mixed arts.
She started working at Calvert Veterinary Center as a receptionist shortly after moving to the USA in 2007 but left in 2009 to have her babies. She rejoined the practice in March of 2016 when her children both started school. She has 2 dogs, Tootsie Woof and Minnie Floof and a big fat cat called Dennis. Lexy dreams of owning her own herd of goats, not necessarily for milking, just for playing with.