Melissa Goodman

Dr. Melissa Goodman is a 1979 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, and a 1983 graduate of the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. After 5 years in small animal practice she joined International Canine Genetics, Inc., where she received specialized training in small animal reproduction and became Vice President of Veterinary Services before leaving for private practice.

Dr. Goodman maintains a specialty practice in the reproduction of dogs and cats in suburban Philadelphia PA. The one and only time Philadelphia Magazine chose to honor Top Vets in the Philadelphia area, Dr. Goodman was chosen to be part of that group. She has authored numerous publications in the field of canine reproduction for both veterinarians and dog breeders, and is a regular speaker to both groups. Dr. Goodman has been the Veterinary Advisor to the American Kennel Club, an adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, and a consultant to The Seeing Eye in Morristown NJ as well as the United States Military Working Dog Program in San Antonio TX.

She also completed a term on the Board of Directors of the Society for Theriogenology, the national organization of veterinarians dedicated to veterinary reproduction. Dr. Goodman organized a symposium for this organization entitled “Ethics and Professionalism in Small Animal Theriogenology” and gave a presentation ” A Comparison of Insemination Methods” at the national Theriogenology meeting in August of 2015. She is currently writing the chapter on diseases of the prostate for the new edition of Blackwell’s Five-Minute Veterinary Consult Clinical Companion: Small Animal Endocrinology & Reproduction published by Wiley-Blackwell.

Dr. Goodman exhibits and breeds Golden Retrievers, is active in conformation, field, agility and obedience events, and recently tried Barn Hunt competition with her Goldens as well!. She is a past Director of the Golden Retriever Club of America and a past Chairman of the GRCA Health & Genetics Committee.


Helping and healing for over 75 years.

Hickory Veterinary Hospital was founded in 1956 as a team of professionals committed to excellence in animal care. Our continued goal is to deliver the highest quality of veterinary medicine to our patients.