Updated Covid-19 Protocols

JANUARY 1, 2022

DUE TO THE INCREASE IN POSITIVITY RATES RELATED TO THE OMICRON VARIANT THE FOLLOWING UPDATES HAVE BEEN MADE TO OUR COVID PROTOCOLS:

  • We are now requiring ALL patrons to wear a mask, regardless of vaccine status when entering the hospital. Our hospital will now be allowing only ONE client into the building for their scheduled appointment. In addition, any patron that feels unwell, is exhibiting signs of COVID-19 or has tested positive, is kindly asked to reschedule their appointment once they are symptom free and have followed CDC guidelines.
  • Clients are asked to call (908)766-4211 when they arrive.  Once an exam room is available the client will enter the building and be escorted directly into an exam room where they will remain until the completion of the visit. Please no lingering at reception after all transactions have been completed. If there are no available exam rooms at the time of your arrival you will be asked to remain in your vehicle until we can sanitize the next available room.
  • New clients/patients must continue to email the new client form  (found under the “forms” link) and any pertinent paperwork no later than 24 hours prior to their scheduled appointment.  Please send to receptionbrah@gmail.com. This will help to minimize the time spent in the exam room.
  • Surgical & procedure drop-offs: All estimates and appropriate paperwork will be emailed the day before the procedure and must be signed and returned no later than 6 hours prior to drop off to receptionbrah@gmail.com. If you are unable to email the paperwork back, you may bring the completed paperwork back at the time of drop-off. This will also help to minimize the time spent in the waiting room.

While we understand that these requirements may not be ideal, we ask that clients be patient, compliant, and kind. These protocols are in place to keep everyone safe, including our staff, so that we may continue to provide care for your pets.

We thank you in advance for your cooperation!

Dr. Cathryn M. Calia, DVM, DACVIM

Dr. Cathryn M. Calia, DVM, DACVIM

Ultrasonography & Internal Medicine

Cathryn M. Calia, DVM, DACVIM (Internal Medicine), completed her residency at the Animal Medical Center in New York in 1995 and was board certified in internal medicine in 1996. She has been practicing as a veterinary internist in New Jersey since that time. She has years of experience in the diagnosis and care of patients with complicated medical conditions and in performing diagnostic ultrasound examinations, biopsy and fine needle aspirate procedures. Her experience, compassion, and training as an internist make her a valuable resource for guiding patient management and therapy as well as in performing diagnostic imaging, bone marrow biopsy, laboratory work, and cytological interpretation. Her clinical publications include a recent article on the diagnosis and care of cats with lymphoma published in the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine.

Dr. Anjilla Cooley DVM, MS

Dr. Anjilla Cooley DVM, MS

Orthopedic & Soft Tissue Surgeon

Anjilla Cooley DVM, MS is a 1992 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Cooley completed an internship at the University of Missouri of Columbia, and her surgical residency and Masters degree at Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. A native of the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania area, she is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Dr. Cooley has taught principles in asepsis, anesthesia, and abdominal surgery to junior and senior veterinary students at Cornell University for three years. She has done extensive research in canine urethral healing after trauma. Her areas of interest include urogenital surgery and head and neck surgery.

Dr. Wendy Ross DVM, DACVS

Dr. Wendy Ross DVM, DACVS

Orthopedic & Soft Tissue Surgeon

Wendy Ross DVM, DACVS  is a 1986 graduate of Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine. She is a native of New Jersey who graduated from Montclair High School in 1978. She is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and also a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Northwestern New Jersey Veterinary Medical Association, and Metropolitan New Jersey Veterinary Medical Association.

Dr. Ross has completed many continuing education courses to offer your pets the best care possible. She has been a guest speaker for the Biomedical Careers Summer Program at Montclair State University, participated in the Mentorship program and Career Day at the Sojourner Truth Middle School and was a guest speaker on Channel 12’s “Pet Stop” program. Her publications include “Evaluation of an Omental Pedicle Extension Technique.” Veterinary Surgery, 22(1);37-43, 1993.

Dr. Christopher Thacher

Dr. Christopher Thacher

Orthopedic & Soft Tissue Surgeon

Dr. Christopher Thacher received his veterinary degree from the University of California (Davis) in 1980.  He completed both an internship in small animal medicine and surgery residency at The Animal Medical Center.  Dr. Thacher first joined the staff of Red Bank Veterinary Hospital (Tinton Falls) in 2001 after serving as the Chairman of the Department of Surgery at The Animal Medical Center from 1986-1993. He is well-regarded among the referral community and has a reputation for surgical excellence and teaching as he has overseen the education of many rotating interns and surgery residents.

Dr. Ben Staiger, DVM

Dr. Ben Staiger, DVM

Surgeon

Dr. Ben Staiger is a highly versatile surgeon with more than 15 years of experience working in academia and at a variety of high-volume veterinary hospitals. He routinely performs a wide range of specialty surgeries. Besides his extensive orthopedic training, strong interest in traumatology, and love for soft tissue surgery, Dr. Staiger has a particular passion for minimally invasive surgery and interventional radiology. Inspired by the exceptional level of veterinary care and quality of specialty training in the United States, Dr. Staiger pursued surgical specialization at Michigan State University after graduating from the Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich, Germany in 2004. After moving to New Jersey in 2011, he pioneered the IR Service at NorthStar VETS and established the surgery service at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital in Hillsborough. In 2014 he founded Princeton Veterinary Specialists, a company that provides specialty surgery and care to select practices in New Jersey. Dr. Staiger enjoys a number of downtime activities including traveling, hiking, sailing, skiing, motorcycling, and gardening. He loves good food, great company, and above all, quality time with his friends and family, which of course includes a furry section.