Rhonda Smetana, DVM, MS
HSVMA MARYLAND STATE REPRESENTATIVE

Dr. Rhonda Smetana is a 1999 graduate of Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in Blacksburg, Virginia.  Prior to attending veterinary school she received her Bachelor's Degree (Magna Cum Laude) from Towson State University in 1995.  During her undergraduate career she became a member of the TriBeta National Biological Honor Society and received a research grant for her involvement in the field of endocrinology.  During her senior year she was the recipient of the Industrial and Academic Partnership Board Student Research Award as well as the Lois D. Odell Award for the Outstanding Biology Senior.

After achieving her veterinary doctorate, Dr. Smetana moved back to Maryland with her husband where she has practiced small animal clinical medicine ever since.  Feline internal medicine is one of her special interests and she enjoys educating cat owners about behavior and care.  Several years later she attended a lecture about animal cruelty and forensics during an continuing education conference which sparked her interest in this newly emerging specialized field.  Three years later, in the spring of 2017, she completed a Master's Degree in Veterinary Forensics from the University of Florida.

that same year, Dr. Smetana became a member of the HSVMA and testified before the Maryland State Senate Committee in support of a bill to require mandatory reporting of animal abuse and animal fighting by veterinarians.

Dr. Smetana's professional memberships include: AVMA, Maryland Veterinary Medical Association, Association of Feline Practitioners, International Veterinary Forensic Sciences Association and the HSVMA.

Dr. Smetana resides in Harford County, Maryland with her husband and six cats.