Dr. Harpster received his BS degree in Biology from Bucknell University in 1973, a MS degree in Physiology from the Pennsylvania State University in 1975, and VMD degree in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 1981. Prior to veterinary school, Dr. Harpster was a Marine Biologist with the Florida Department of Natural Resources, Marine Research Laboratory, in St. Petersburg, Florida from 1975 to 1977. During his veterinary career, Dr. Harpster was also a co-owner of a veterinary/emergency hospital from 1985-2002, and served on the Pennsylvania State Board of Veterinary Medicine for eight years, five of these years serving as Chairman. Special interests in veterinary medicine include ophthalmology, soft tissue and orthopedic surgery, and endocrinology.