Meet our Doctors

Alexandra Hartzell, VMD

Rotating Veterinarian

I grew up in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, where I worked as a large animal veterinary assistant and spent the majority of my time riding horses and singing in musicals. I completed my bachelors degree in the Biological Basis of Behavior at the University of Pennsylvania followed by a year spent at the Penn Vet Working Dog Center where my love for small animal medicine grew. I attended the University of Pennsylvania for veterinary school where I became passionate about ophthalmology and emergency medicine.

In my free time, I love spending time with my boxer Tashi, reading historical fiction novels, and exploring local restaurants with my fiancé.

Clinical Areas of Interest

  • Emergency and Critical Care
  • Ophthalmology

Why Do You Work at Friendship?

I was drawn to Friendship by its excellent reputation, positive environment, and diverse caseload. The program’s robust support system creates a community of care for their staff while Friendship’s passionate specialists challenge interns to explore veterinary fields in depth and with rigor.  Most importantly, the quality of patient care at Friendship is unparalleled, and I am honored to be part of the Friendship family.


  • University of Pennsylvania College of Arts and Sciences, BA Biological Basis of Behavior
  • University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, VMD

Publications and Research

  • Goucher TK, Hartzell AM, Seales TS, Anmuth AS, Zanghi BM, Otto CM. Evaluation of skin turgor and capillary refill time as predictors of dehydration in exercising dogs. Am J Vet Research 2019,80:123-128.

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