Melissa Witherell, DVM

Melissa Witherell, DVM

VETERINARIAN

Educations & Trainings

Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Class of 2018

Activity & Honors

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Dr. Melissa Witherell

Dr. Melissa Witherell is originally from Connecticut. She attended undergrad at Fordham University to study Biological Sciences. After that she went to veterinary school at Iowa State University. Following graduation she did a small animal medicine and surgical internship at Red Bank Hospital in New Jersey. The following year a specialty avian and exotic internship at the Animal Medical Center in New York City. Dr. Melissa currently works as a veterinary consultant at Chewy.

Dr. Melissa enjoys reading, traveling, rock climbing, and dancing. She currently lives in Florida with her boyfriend and cat with plans to add a new kitten to the family.

Recent Articles

What Do Different Bunny Positions Mean?
Rabbit body language can be very subtle compared to a dog or cat. It is important to pay attention to your bunny and watch for these small changes in their posture and behavior.   Rabbit Body Language and BehaviorKnowing when your rabbit is happy and what makes them happy is crucial for strengthening your relationship as a pet parent. It’s also important to monitor for abnormal behaviors that...
How Long Do Leopard Geckos Live?
How Long Do Leopard Geckos Live?
The following content may contain Chewy links. PetMD is operated by Chewy. Leopard geckos get their name from the leopard spots on their backs, appearing once they reach adulthood. Although they are fairly small creatures­­–an average of 6-9 inches long, don’t let that fool you. Geckos are a big-time commitment and can live into their late 20s or early 30s, and some even 40!   Lifespan of...
Rabbit Cage Guide
Rabbit Cage Guide
The following content may contain Chewy links. PetMD is operated by Chewy. Rabbits are active, intelligent, and social animals. They require a suitable living environment, a healthy diet, fresh water, social interactions, and the ability to behave like a rabbit. Rabbits need appropriate space to perform their normal behaviors—rabbits should be able to run, hop, stand on their hind legs, dig,...
How Long Do Rabbits Live?
How Long Do Rabbits Live?
The following content may contain Chewy links. PetMD is operated by Chewy. Rabbits are active, intelligent, and social animals that can make excellent companions. All rabbits require a suitable environment, a healthy diet, fresh water, daily exercise, and social interactions with pet parents or other rabbits. While rabbits can make excellent pets, it is crucial to educate yourself about their...
Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Virus
Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Virus
What is Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Virus?Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Virus (RHDV) is a virus similar to norovirus in humans and the feline virus that causes upper respiratory issues in cats. RHDV only infects wild and domestic rabbits and hares but is transmissible through dogs and cats. It damages the liver and causes internal bleeding. The first strain (RHDV1) was discovered in Asia in 1984...
Rabbit Vaccines: Everything You Need to Know
Many pet parents are surprised to learn that pet rabbits weren’t evaluated for vaccinations until 2021. If you are a new pet parent or existing pet parent to a rabbit, it’s important to know your rabbit’s vaccination status, vaccines available, and preventing diseases in your rabbit. Do Rabbits Need to be Vaccinated?With the rise of new diseases, vaccination of pet rabbits is becoming...