Fayez Assad, DVM, BVSCMedical Director, Veterinarian
Years in Practice: 28
Education: Cairo University School of Veterinary Medicine & Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine
Fayez Assad, DVM was born and raised in Cairo, Egypt. In 1994, he graduated from the Cairo University School of Veterinary Medicine. In 1999, Dr. Assad moved to Johnstown, Pennsylvania and attended Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine in North Grafton, Massachusetts where he obtained his degree. Dr. Assad joined JVA in June 2002. Upon joining JVA, he applied what he learned at Tufts to help reshape and update the practice in order to provide the best veterinary care possible for pets in Johnstown and surrounding communities. Dr. Assad, a proponent of preventative medicine, believes that baseline diagnostics can lead to early detection of diseases. His areas of interest are soft tissue surgeries and tackling challenging and difficult cases.
When he is not in the office, Dr. Assad enjoys his role as a deacon in church which involves singing and spending time with his family.
Dr. Assad is an active member of AVMA, PAVMA, AAFP, and AAHA. He is also a USDA-accredited veterinarian.
Victoria Hammer, DVMAssociate Veterinarian
Years in Practice: 3
Education: Colorado State University
Victoria Hammer, DVM is a Johnstown, Pa native and a graduate of the Greater Johnstown School District. Dr. Hammer first came to Johnstown Veterinary Associates in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Robert E. Cook Honors College. In her role as a veterinary technician, it was quite evident that she had a passion for all things great and small. Her dedication to and desire for veterinary medicine led her to post-graduate studies. As a member of the first class through the University of Alaska 2+2 Program with Colorado State, Dr. Hammer graduated from Colorado State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2019 and came back to her stomping ground as an associate veterinarian in June of 2019.
Enjoying all aspects of veterinary medicine, Dr. Hammer is especially interested in small animal and equine dentistry and has a fascination with ultrasonography. She is eager to treat all patients both small and large and is starting equine ambulatory service.
In her free time, Dr. Hammer enjoys riding her motorcycle and horses, improving her tennis game, and attending charitable community events.
Dr. Hammer is a member of AVMA, PVMA, and AAHA. She is a Category II USDA accredited veterinarian.
George Kudrick, DVMAssociate Veterinarian
Christy Claycomb, VMDAssociate Veterinarian
Christy Claycomb, VMD, professional puppy kisser & kitten squeezer, is a graduate of University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine. Since childhood, Dr. Claycomb has had a special connection with animals. She finds their unconditional love most comforting. While she loves being a veterinarian and the countless opportunities it provides to show empathy and alleviate suffering, it saddens her that the profession is often undervalued by many of the general public. Dr. Claycomb's interest include laser surgery, emergency medicine and keeping up-to-date as it relates to non-invasive techniques and therapy. Dr. Claycomb encourages all clients to ask questions regarding their pets' health and treatment options.
Dr. Claycomb is excited to be a part of JVA where employees are valued, heard and respected. She would absolutely choose being a veterinarian again and prays that the veterinary community as a whole can continue to gain the respect it deserves.
If she is not in the office trying to 'find the answer' for her clients, she keeps busy by managing her life with her 5 children and husband which includes enjoying time outdoors; championing a Bible2School program at her local elementary school; crafting; and designing custom t-shirts.
Dr. Claycomb is a member of the AVMA and PVMA.