Bloomfield, NJ Veterinarians

Dr. Charles Dolin

bloomfield nj veterinarianCo-owner Dr. Charles Dolin first knew he wanted to be a veterinarian when he visited a veterinary hospital that was owned by a customer at his father's business. The customer invited him to spend time at the clinic during school vacations. "I really liked what I saw and from that point on I knew I wanted to be a veterinarian. At that time I also learned I was highly allergic to cats," Dr. Dolin said. "But that didn't deter me from pursuing my dream of becoming a veterinarian."

Dr. Dolin pursued his undergraduate studies at The Ohio State University, earning his B.S. Degree in Zoology in 1980. "When I was an undergraduate, I realized I was fascinated by exotic animals and I decided to learn more about them. During a summer break, I worked at the Bronx Zoo in New York City and learned about a wide variety of exotic animals," Dr. Dolin said.

He went on to study at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, and received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1984. During his veterinary studies, Dr. Dolin participated in externships at the Cincinnati Zoo and the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago where his interest in exotic animals increased.

As a general practitioner, Dr. Dolin said he enjoys "all aspects of companion animal care. I like the fact that everyday I see a wide variety of cases. I think if I specialized and saw the same type of cases I would get in a rut. I know that every time I walk into an exam room I will be seeing something different than the case before."

Dr. Dolin said he finds particular satisfaction in helping out senior citizens and their pets. "I was very close to my grandparents and because of this I can identify and empathize with our elderly clients. For many of them their pets are all they have in life," he said. "It gives me great joy and satisfaction when I can help care for their pets because I know that these special clients depend on me to keep these important companions healthy."

Dr. Dolin and his wife, Dr. Ann, complement each other during the work day. Their different approaches to medicine is beneficial to the practice. "When we have a difficult case, we often consult each other. An approach from a different angle can often solve these challenges. I think this benefits the animals tremendously."

Dr. Dolin is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the New Jersey Veterinary Medical Association (NJVMA), and the Metropolitan New Jersey Veterinary Medical Association (MNJVMA). Dr. Dolin sees all medical and surgical cases, as well as his exotic patients.

The Dolins have three children and share their home with two pugs, Darla and Penny, who often win "Most Handsome" and "Prettiest Pug" in the annual Halloween Pug Festival near Lake George, NY. Dr. Dolin's hobbies include hiking, fishing, boating, kayaking, cooking and playing sports with his children.

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Dr. Ann Dolin

veterinarian in bloomfield njDr. Ann Dolin's parents encouraged her to become a veterinarian "when I demonstrated a desire to take care of animals, even at a young age." Known to her clients as Dr. Ann, she is the co-owner of Essex Animal Hospital. Dr. Ann grew up in Centerville, Ohio. In high school she worked at a small animal hospital as a receptionist and assistant. She has been with the hospital since 1995 and is married to Essex Animal Hospital co-owner, Dr. Charles Dolin.

Dr. Ann attended The Ohio State University for her undergraduate studies and earned her degree in Zoology in 1980. During that time, she was a work-study student at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in the companion animal medicine department, and was a teaching assistant in a bovine reproduction lab. She went on to receive her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1984. Dr. Ann is a member of the AVMA, NJVMA, and the MNJVMA. Dr. Ann also sees all medical and surgical cases, and has a special interest in surgery, dentistry and dermatology.

"The year after I graduated from veterinary school, I was accepted into an internship program at a large specialist referral hospital. It was a busy year packed with lots of learning experiences," Dr. Ann said about the early days of her career. After working at Essex Animal Hospital with her husband, she says that "we have met so many wonderful clients and their pets throughout the years. They are truly just like family!" Dr. Ann is especially gratified when a pet owner says, "I wish my own doctor was just like you, and explained everything as well as you do."

Dr. Ann is fluent in Spanish and is available to see pets of our Spanish-speaking clients.

La Dra. Ann es fluida en español y esta disponsible para tratar las mascotas de nuestros clientes hispano-parlantes.

Dr. Ann and her husband have three children and they share their home with two female pugs named Darla and Penny, who often win “Prettiest Pug” in the annual Pug Festival near Lake George, NY. She loves to spend time at Lake George, NY, where she enjoys boating, hiking, snowshoeing, gardening and exploring the area. Dr. Dolin says, "In general, I love to be outdoors."

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Dr. Richard Gustafson

veterinarian serving Bloomfield, East and West Orange, and MontclairWhen asked why he loves being a veterinarian, general practioner Dr. Richard Gustafson has a simple answer: "The animals." He has loved animals ever since he had his first pet, a beagle named Cookie, when he was growing up in Eatontown, NJ. He also worked at the Monmouth County ASPCA in Eatontown during his school years. Dr. Gustafson has been with Essex Animal Hospital since 1989.

Dr. Gustafson earned his B.A. in Biology from Franklin & Marshall College in 1981 and earned his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Tuskegee University in 1986, where he was a member of the Phi Zeta Honor Society. He graduated Summa Cum Laude. Today Dr. Gustafson focuses on surgery, endocrinology and oncology. He is a member of the AVMA, NJVMA, and the MNJVMA.

Among his many memorable experiences as a veterinarian, Dr. Gustafson remembers one that stands out: fixing the leg of a dog that another vet said couldn't be done.

Dr. Gustafson is married to another veterinarian, Dr. Phyllis King, and they have a daughter, Jennifer. They share their home with their dog Pepper and their four cats named Sirius, Apple, Tabby and Dennis the Menace. His hobbies include bowling, swimming, woodworking and model-building.

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