Dr. Gerry Fischbach, Founder of Pet Shield Veterinary Hospital, was born and raised on a poultry farm in North Branford. Ever since childhood, he was surrounded by a diverse group of animals. By the age of 10, he showed particular aptitude for the care of farm animals and, at that time, decided that he would pursue a career in veterinary medicine.
After completing a Bachelor's degree in Poultry Science at Ohio State University in 1976, he secured a position at the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of the Philippines. He has practiced ever since being awarded a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1981. He became a part owner and affiliate of the New Haven Central Hospital for Veterinary Medicine from 1983 to 1994, after which he decided to leave the group and transform a Fair Haven outpatient clinic into an independent full-facility hospital now known as Pet Shield Veterinary Hospital.
In creating an independent facility, Dr. Fischbach has become involved in various local charities and adoption groups in order to provide services to help slow the population growth of stray dogs and cats, as well as help with their placement into new homes. Additionally, he has always felt strongly about providing low cost spaying and neutering services to the financially impaired.
To this day, Dr. Fischbach continues to live on his family farm, residing in a chicken coop which he has converted into a full home. He lives with his dogs, cats, and horses near a pond full of fish and frogs.