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Our Team

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Andrea Sotela, DVM

Founder & Owner

Dr. Sotela is the proud owner and founder of Cavallo Veterinary Services. She is dedicated to providing advanced on farm veterinary care and understands that maintaining your horse’s health is a collaborative effort. Each horse will receive individualized care with the compassion you expect, and they deserve. 

Andrea is a native of Potomac, Maryland. She grew up riding and showing hunters and jumpers, as well as playing polo.  As a young woman, she also spent several years working as a Veterinary Assistant on the East Coast Show Circuit.  These experiences allowed her to gain a strong background in lameness diagnosis and sports medicine, furthering her enthusiasm to become an Equine Veterinarian. 

After earning her BS in Animal Sciences at the University of Maryland in College Park, Dr. Sotela attended Veterinary School at the Ohio State University, graduating in 2006.  After Veterinary School she spent a year in Colorado completing an Equine Internship at Littleton Equine Medical Center.

Her special interests include sports medicine, imaging, lameness, and dentistry.  Dr. Sotela has completed the Options for Animals College of Animal Chiropractic course.  She is certified by the International Veterinary Chiropractic Association (IVCA).

 

To further add to her lameness diagnosis and treatment skills, Dr. Sotela is pursuing her certification from The International Society of Equine Locomotor Pathology (ISELP). These advanced imaging and lameness courses focus on anatomical regions of the equine athlete, with intensive ultrasound training. She has completed the eight modules that qualify her to undergo competency examination for Society Certification. Upon completion of the examination, Dr. Sotela would join a select group of equine veterinarians worldwide with this certification.

Dr. Sotela is an active member of the AAEP and is currently serving on the Performance Horse Committee. In addition, she currently holds the position of Secretary for the Dutchess County Professional Horseman’s Association.

Dr. Sotela lives in Red Hook, New York.  She also speaks fluent Spanish.  In her spare time, she enjoys many outdoor activities, including skiing, hiking, kayaking, biking, and live music.

Kelly Shultes, BBA, LVT

Practice Manager

Kelly is the Practice Manager for Cavallo Veterinary Services. She is a native to Dutchess County, New York and grew up on a small farm enjoying her love for large animals. In particular, goats and horses are her passion, spending many years involved in the 4H program showing her animals.


In her first career path after graduating college, Kelly worked in the engineering field as an industrial space planner and layout designer prior to raising her five children. As they grew, she decided to switch careers and return to college to transition into the veterinary field. While in school, she was required to do an internship and that is where she met Dr. Andrea Sotela in 2012. She worked alongside her as an ambulatory assistant and upon passing her VTNE and becoming a licensed veterinary technician, she transitioned into other roles in veterinary hospitals.


As an LVT, Kelly has had the honor to teach students in an AVMA accredited LVT program, work in emergency medicine, small animal medicine, a clinical pathology lab, and an equine hospital. Continuing to pursue additional education to obtain her degree in Veterinary Business Management led to another internship. This required internship came at a perfect time as Dr. Sotela was launching Cavallo Veterinary Services, and so the partnership reunited.

 

Kelly was awarded the honor for the highest cumulative GPA in this program upon her graduation from SUNY Canton. She is honored to continue to manage Cavallo Veterinary Services for Dr. Sotela.


In her spare time, Kelly enjoys gardening, fiber arts, and camping. She lives with her husband and two dogs in Schoharie County, New York.

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