Oronoque Animal Hospital's
Dr. Sheldon Yessenow
Dr. Yessenow is a 1977 graduate of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, in Columbus, Ohio. After graduation, he left his native Ohio and moved to Connecticut to begin practicing his profession. In 1982 he founded Oronoque Animal Hospital in Stratford, where he continues to practice today.
Dr. Yessenow developed a passion for helping homeless pets after working with a variety of animal rescue groups, and with the Bridgeport, CT and Stratford, CT animal shelters, where he previously served as shelter veterinarian. In 2006, Dr. Yessenow accepted the position of Team Leader for the Connecticut State Animal Response (CTSART) Team. In that capacity he was appointed Regional Emergency Support Function Committee Chairman for the Region 1 Emergency Planning Team.
Dr. Yessenow is also a member of the board for the Connecticut Veterinary Medical Association, (C.V.M.A) and currently project leader of a veterinary diversity initiative that was established in 2015.
Dr. Kari Kissel
Dr. Kissel was born in Northern Ireland and graduated from the University of Glasgow Veterinary school in Scotland in 2008. After traveling and working for various charitable organizations in South America, India, South Africa, Nambia, and Australia; Dr. Kissel came to Connecticut. After passing her NAVLE, (North American Veterinary Licensing Exam), she became an associate veterinarian at Oronoque Animal Hospital in 2010.
Dr. Kissel lives with her husband and young daughter plus a kitty named "Minxy". She is passionate about veterinary internal medicine and endocrinology. Her hobbies include water sports, snowboarding, and travel! She also enjoys spending time with loved ones and family.