Meet our Doctors

Janine Calabro, DVM, DACVECC

Medical Director - Emergency Care Services, Criticalist

Emergency & Critical Care


I am originally from NJ (The Beautiful Garden State.) I’ve had a lifelong fascination with animals and the outdoors, which led me to study biology and environmental science as an undergraduate. Veterinary medicine was a second career for me; I worked in research (mammary carcinogenesis and reproductive toxicology) prior to going back to school to study veterinary medicine.

I live in Virginia with my husband, son, and cohort of adopted pets.  In my spare time, I enjoy gardening, cooking, running, and yoga.

Clinical Areas of Interest

  • Trauma
  • Respiratory disease and mechanical ventilation
  • Critical care nephrology

Why Do You Work at Friendship?

Several reasons!  First and foremost, I have great colleagues who make it a joy to come to work every day.  I enjoy working in a collaborative, friendly environment where doctors with different interests and areas of expertise can work together as a team to provide both excellent patient care and excellent client care.  I also enjoy working in a hospital that values teaching.  Each year we get an influx of new intern doctors who are bright and eager to learn.  One of the most rewarding parts of my job is to watch them learn and grow over the course of their year with us.  I’ve also come to really like living in the DC metro area!


  • BA, Drew University.  Major: biology.  Minors: chemistry, environmental studies
  • DVM and Certificate in International Veterinary Medicine (Conservation Medicine Focus): Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University
  • Internship: Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital of the ASPCA (now ASPCA Animal Hospital), New York, NY
  • Residency: The Animal Medical Center, New York, NY

Board Certifications

  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care

Publications and Research

  • Langfitt E, Buriko, Y, Prittie JE, Calabro JM.  Disorders of micturition in small animal patients: clinical significance, etiologies, and management strategies. Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care, in press.
  • Calabro J M, Prittie JE, Palma DA. Preliminary evaluation of the utility of comparing SpO2/FiO2 and PaO2/FiO2 ratios in dogs. Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care, 23: 280–285. 2013.
  • Maffini MV, Calabro JM, Soto AM, Sonnenschein C.  Stromal regulation of neoplastic development: age-dependent normalization of neoplasitc mammary cells by mammary stroma.  American Journal of Pathology 167:1405-1410. 2005.
  • Maffini MV, Soto AM, Calabro JM, Ucci AA, Sonnenschein C. Rat mammary gland carcinogenesis: the stroma as a crucial target. Journal of Cell Science 117:1495-1502.  2004.
  • Soto AM, Calabro JM, Prechtl NV, Yau AY, Orlando EF, Daxenberger A, Kolok AS, Guilette LJ Jr, LeBizec B, Lange I, Sonnenschein C.  Androgenic and estrogenic activity in cattle feedlot effluent-receiving water bodies of eastern Nebraska, USA.  Environmental Health Perspectives 112:346-352. 2004.
  • Soto AM, Maffini MV, Calabro JM, Wieloch C. Mammary gland stroma is responsible for epithelial cell neoplasia.  Differentiation 70:321. 2002.

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