TOPSHAM — Dr. Susan Chadima has officially announced her retirement from veterinary practice at the Androscoggin Animal Hospital in Topsham.

After founding the hospital in 1985 and successfully practicing medicine and surgery in Topsham for 30 years, she is shifting her focus full time to her international work. Her business partner and associate, Dr. Jonathan Spelke, is now the sole owner of the practice.

Spelke has been a veterinarian at Androscoggin Animal Hospital since 2002 and has been the associate hospital director and Chadima’s business partner since 2006. Spelke will continue his veterinary work in addition to becoming the hospital director and practice owner. He brought diagnostic ultrasound to Androscoggin Animal Hospital 10 years ago and will continue to provide scans.

Prior to arriving at Androscoggin Animal Hospital 13 years ago, Spelke completed a small animal internship in medicine and surgery at the Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston, Mass., and he worked in Brunswick for two years. He has a bachelor of arts degree from Amherst College and earned his doctor of veterinary medicine degree from Virginia Tech.

He and his wife, their two children, two dogs and three cats live in Topsham.

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