Dr. Jennine Ropke is originally from a small town on Long Island, New York. Her love for animals began at a young age as her grandmother ran a boarding facility through her home and also bred water fowl and upland game hunting dogs. Dr. Ropke completed her bachelors of science at Cornell University's College of Agriculture and Life Science where she majored in Animal Science. After undergrad she continued on at Cornell University, graduating from the College of Veterinary Medicine in 2014. From 2014-2017 Dr. Ropke worked in rural mixed animal practice in Allegany County New York where her days were filled with a myriad of species of animals; including cats, dogs, dairy cows, beef cow, llamas, alpacas, sheep, goats, and any other farm animal you can think of. After visiting Buffalo often, Dr. Ropke fell in love with the city, prompting her to join City Creatures. Outside of work, Dr. Ropke is an avid outdoors-woman. She regularly hikes and paddle-boards with her black labrador Nellie. She is also an active member of the buffalo ultimate frisbee community and plays on the city's club team, Lake Effect. Dr. Ropke's younger sister, is also a veterinarian, recently graduating from Iowa State College of Veterinary Medicine in 2017 and is practicing emergency medicine in Los Angeles, California.