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.

Dr. Dolin and Dr. Ann have become known as those “crazy Pug people”. Beginning with their first rescued Pug, Biscuit, they fell in love with the breed and are now owned by three others – Darla, Penny, and Cody. It is quite comical at times to see them taking their dogs for walks – three dogs, moving at different speeds in different directions, getting tangled in three leashes! The Dolin’s also have three other children (the two-legged kind), none of which will be following in their parent’s footsteps. In his spare time, Dr. Dolin enjoys hiking and snowshoeing, anything on the water – fishing, boating, kayaking – and is an avid amateur cook (emphasis on amateur).

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Dr. Ann Dolin

veterinarian in bloomfield njDr. Dolin is one of our wonderful veterinarians in Essex Animal Hospital. She's been here since September 1995. Her education includes her Bachelor's Degree in Zoology from the Ohio State University in Columbus before receiving her veterinary degree from the same school. She is a member of the Metropolitan of NJ Veterinary Medical Association.

"As a child, and then as I grew older, I was always interested in animals and brought a multitude home," Dr. Dolin shares. "My parents thought I would be a natural going into veterinary medicine."

While in high school, Dr. Dolin worked at a small animal veterinary practice. In college, she participated in the work/study program at Ohio State University's small animal medical department. During her summers, she worked at an equine racetrack and also volunteered at OSU's dairy barn.

Dr. Dolin is married to a fellow veterinarian, Dr. Charles L. Dolin, and they have three adult children, all of whom they're tremendously proud of. She's an avid gardener and love spending as much time as possible outdoors. They also love spending a lot of time on Lake George as a family. Dr. Dolin enjoys physical fitness, especially Zumba!

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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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