Dr. Jeff Northrup was born in Southern California, lived nine years in Ohio, and started his college career at The Ohio State University. He completed his Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry in 1991 at U.C. Davis, where he went on to also earn his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 1995. His first two years in practice were at a high volume, fourteen-doctor hospital in Elk Grove where he gained intensive exposure to a wide variety of both medical and surgical cases. In 1997, Dr. Northrup (and his wife at that time, Dr. Claudia Sonder) ended up moving to Napa to work with Jim and Patty Latham, and in 2001, purchased Napa Valley Veterinary Hospital.
Dr. Northrup enjoys working with dogs and cats (and the occasional ferret), but also understands that each owner’s relationship with their pet is unique and it’s the opportunity to help maintain that bond that makes his veterinary career so rewarding. He is on the board of Napa Wildlife Rescue, which has also led to the opportunity to work with different wildlife species that make their homes in the Napa Valley. In his spare time, he likes to kayak on the Napa River, spend time with his three children, and tinker on his computer (programming or occasionally gaming). He currently shares his home with a dog named Bobby as well as two other pets (species left intentionally vague) named Spock and Scrat.