Doctor Wm. Southard Jones is a Delaware native who grew up in Newark surrounded by his father’s collection of exotic animals including buffalo, a monkey, a bear and a coatimundi among others. He attended the University of Delaware, Virginia Tech for animal reproduction masters program, and the University of Pennyslvania for his veterinary degree. He founded Red Lion Veterinary Hospital in 1978 intending to split his time between pets and the cows and horses in the area; as the farms disapeared, the large animal work took a back-seat to the increasing numbers of dogs and cats. At the same time, he assisted his wife in raising five children, two of whom work with him currently, Dr. Courtney Manetti and Dr. Luke Jones. The others are: Southard, Adam, and Katie. His wife Pat does the purchasing for the hospital. Family animals are two cats, 30 beef cattle, and one horse. Dr. Jones and Pat now have six grandchildren and hope they will be the next generation of veterinary care for New Castle County.
Dr. Courtney Manetti knew from a young age she would follow in her father’s footsteps and become a veterinarian. Raised primarily in Delaware, she attended William Penn High School and The University of Delaware. She graduated from The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 1999. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Delaware Veterinary Medical Association, and serves on the Delaware Veterinary Board. She and her husband, Vinnie, have two school aged children. The family is rounded out by several dogs, cats, and a horse. She enjoys traveling and attending her children’s sporting events.
Unlike his older sister, Courtney, Luke did not always know he wanted to be a veterinarian. After graduating from Archmere Academy, he completed 4 years of mechanical engineering at Virginia Tech. However, as he completed a co-op position in engineering, he realized his heart was in veterinary medicine, not engineering. He changed his major to Biology and was on his way to becoming a veterinarian. He graduated from the Univeristy of Pennsylvania veterinary school in 2005. He completed an internship in San Diego in 2006 and continued his career in San Diego until 2008 when he returned home to Red Lion. Luke and his wife, Lauren, are native Delawareans who enjoy all manner of outdoor activities from hiking to surfing and everything in between. Whenever possible, they bring along Pedro (pictured). Their home also includes two beloved cats, Harley and Cheddar.
Dr. Elizabeth Bales is from the Philadelphia area. She attended Middlebury College in Vermont, where she graduated Cum Laude in 1995. After a year off, she returned to Pennsylvania to attend the Veterinary School at the University of Pennsylvania and graduated in 2000. Dr. Bales first job out of school was as an equine veterinarian in Pennsylvania. In 2001, Dr. Bales joined the staff at Red Lion Veterinary hospital as a small animal clinician. A family move took Dr. Bales too far from Red Lion and she left the hospital in 2002. She never forgot the wonderful clients, pets and staff at Red Lion. When the opportunity arose, Dr. Bales re-joined the staff in 2008 and is very happy to be home!
Dr. Amanda Hummel is originally from Carroll County, Maryland. She attended Delaware Valley College in Doylestown, Pennsylvania where she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology in 2005. In 2009 she graduated from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine and moved to California for a year long internship at the Veterinary Medical and Surgical Group in Ventura. After which time, she returned to the east coast to be closer to her family and joined the team at Red Lion. Dr. Hummel enjoys the outdoors and spending time with Addie, her black Labrador and her two cats, Annabelle and Marleigh.
Dr Andrea Halko was born and raised in Delaware and graduated from Archmere Academy and the University of Delaware. She always dreamed of becoming a veterinarian and began working at Red Lion Veterinary Hospital in May of 1998 while attending college. After graduating she was briefly pulled away from pursuing her career in veterinary medicine to help with the family business. After fulfilling her obligation, she completed a Masters Degree at Drexel University and continued to attain her veterinary degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr Halko found employment at another local hospital for the first year after graduation and has finally returned “home” to work with the talented doctors and caring nursing staff at Red Lion. She enjoys spending time with her furry family, including dogs Evie, George, and Shamus, cat Stewart, and horse Ataa.