Dr. Weidinger was born and raised on a dairy farm in central Ohio. From a very early age she knew that caring for animals was her true calling in life. She graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in Veterinary Medicine in 1987 and completed an additional year of internship at Colorado State University in 1988. Dr. Weidinger has been practicing in Central and Tidewater Virginia for over 20 years with York Veterinary Hospital being her labor of love since 2000.
Dr. Weidinger is an active member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Virginia Veterinary Medical Association, the Peninsula Veterinary Association and serves as the current president of The Greater Peninsula Veterinary Medical Association.
An avid proponent of the "Fight Against Cancer", Dr. Weidinger actively participates in the Avon Walks for Breast Cancer and consistently supports Relay for Life and other local fundraisers that motivate, educate, and search for cures.
Dr. Weidinger lives in York County with her husband, son, and their ever-growing clan of four-legged kids.
Dr. Kijona DeFratis joined the team at York Veterinary Hospital (YVH) in the summer of 2009. Being raised in a military family she spent a good amount of her youth throughout the U. S. and Europe but finally settled in Yorktown. After beginning her veterinary career in Richmond, she was pleased to be able to return home to practice.
Dr. DeFratis attended veterinary school at Virginia Tech earning her DVM in 2005. She continued on to complete a Ph.D. in molecular virology in 2007 working on assay and vaccine development for an emerging viral disease. Her professional interests include infectious diseases and endocrine disorders.
When not caring for the lovely critters at YVH, Dr. DeFratis enjoys spending time with her own two dogs, Sebastian, a spaniel mix, and Syndey, a boxer, as well as her cockatiel Neo.
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