Our caring and compassionate veterinary care team!

Meet the Veterinarians & Team of Lums Pond Animal Hospital in Bear, DE! We’re pleased to provide exceptional vet care for your pets!

Please call us at (302) 836-5585 to speak to one of our caring veterinary staff members!

Robert M. Thompson, JR., V.M.D.

A native of Delaware, “Dr. Bob” was raised on a farm in Hazlettville, Delaware. When most children were playing baseball, football or enjoying vacations, Dr. Thompson was helping his father raise beef cattle and train standardbred horses. He attended Caesar Rodney High School in Camden, Del. He received his B. S. degree in agriculture from the University of Delaware in 1981 and from there attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, graduating in 1985. After graduation, he practiced at several small animal hospitals, but in 1988, his love for horses inspired him to accept a position at Delaware Park as assistant track veterinarian. In 1990, Dr. Thompson left his position at Delaware Park to pursue his desire to open his own veterinary hospital. In 1991, Lums Pond Animal Hospital became a reality and has since become one of Delaware’s leading, progressive, state of the art, AAHA accredited veterinary practices. Dr. Thompson has dedicated servant leadership to Delaware Veterinary Medical Association. He has served on numerous committees and in leadership positions including DVMA Executive Board, DVMA President Elect, President, and Past President, and currently serves as Delegate to AVMA. In 2010, Dr. Thompson was named Veterinarian of the Year by the DVMA. Dr. Thompson resides in Bear with his wife, Barbara, their 5 Brittanys and 2 cats. In his spare time he enjoys gardening, fishing, harness racing, U of DE football games and spending time with family and friends.

Jenni Smagala, DVM

Dr. Smagala completed her undergraduate degree at Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pennsylvania in 2005 with a B.S. in Biology. She then attended Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine in Lafayette, Indiana. After graduation from veterinary school in 2009, Dr. Smagala completed a one year internship in small animal medicine and surgery at VCA Newark Animal Hospital. She joined the Lums Pond team in the summer of 2010. Dr. Smagala resides in Newark, DE with her cat, “Taft”. In her free time, she enjoys water skiing, reading and spending time with friends and family. Dr. Smagala has a twin sister who is also a veterinarian.

Malcolm Kram, DVM

Dr. Kram has a long history in veterinary medicine which began in 1974 when he graduated from Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. He began in New York City where he was the owner and director of the Animal Clinic of New York for over 18 years. During this time he was President of the Veterinary Medical Association of New York City and also was the anchor for the nationwide pet health radio program for ABC Cap Cities. In 1989, Dr. Kram was awarded the 2nd Congressional Science Fellowship for veterinarians and worked for the US House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture, and subsequently was intimately involved with the writing and passage of federal legislation that allowed veterinarians to prescribe human medicine when appropriate for use in sick animals. Dr. Kram joined Lums Pond Animal Hospital in 1994 while he also worked for Pfizer Animal Health in providing veterinarians critical information on how to improve outcomes with their medicines. In 2004, he was named “Veterinarian of the Year” in Pennsylvania. Most recently Dr. Kram has completed training at the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society and will be providing acupuncture and herbal therapies for our client’s animals and pets referred by other veterinary hospitals. Dr. Kram lives with his partner, a human doctor, their standard poodle “Babka” and senior citizen cat “Knaidel” in Betterton, Maryland.

Danielle Downs, DVM

Dr. Danielle Downs has been working as a small animal veterinarian at Lums Pond Animal Hospital since 2009. Dr. Downs, originally from New York, received her undergraduate degree in Animal Science from the University of Delaware in 2002. Prior to returning to school in 2005 for her DVM degree, Dr. Downs worked for U of D as a biotechnology research associate and as a volunteer environmental educator with the AmeriCorps Program. Dr. Downs graduated with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Georgia in 2009 and soon after joined the practice at Lums Pond Animal Hospital. Dr. Downs resides in Newark, Delaware, with her husband and two dogs. Dr. Downs enjoys spending her free time hiking, kayaking and traveling.

Paula Colletti, DVM

Dr. Colletti graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Biological Basis of Behavior. She received her veterinary degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 1989. Following graduation, Dr. Colletti completed a one-year internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Oradell Animal Hospital in Paramus, New Jersey. She then returned to Pennsylvania and has been practicing small animal veterinary medicine in the Delaware Valley since 1991. Dr. Colletti became a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, certified in canine and feline practice, in 2002. Dr. Colletti resides in Chester Springs, PA with her husband Tony. They share their home with a Rhodesian Ridgeback, and a pond of ornamental goldfish. In her spare time, Dr. Colletti enjoys reading, fitness training, sporting events (especially football!) and spending time with Tony and the dogs

Alyssa Sharkey, DVM

Dr. Sharkey completed her undergraduate degree from Franklin & Marshall College with a B. A. in Biology in 2010. She then attended The University of Edinburgh in Scotland and Oklahoma State University School of Veterinary Medicine where she earned her veterinary degree in 2014. After graduation, Dr. Sharkey completed a small animal medicine and surgery rotating internship at VCA Newark Animal Hospital. Prior to joining Lums Pond Animal Hospital in 2017, Dr. Sharkey gained experience is general practice as well as emergency and critical care of cats and dogs. Dr. Sharkey is a Delaware native and lives in the Newark area with her cat Gianna. She enjoys hiking, sailing, boating, traveling, reading, and going to the beach in her free time.