Dr. Gustafson and a Happy PatientRead what our clients have to say about Essex Animal Hospital! If you would like to add a testimonial to this page, please send an email or call us at (973) 748-8042

Dr. Ann Dolin is a brilliant, kind, and compassionate veterinarian, who took exceptional loving care of my late beagle, Princess. She is the finest of veterinarians, and the finest of human beings. She took a strong, personal interest in the well- being of my pet, and nursed her through her final bout with squamous cell throat cancer. Initially, Princess had a chronic cough that was misdiagnosed/ignored by another vet. When Dr. Ann took over the case she researched it thoroughly and realized Princess had a collapsing trachea and other problems. Dr. Ann didn't stop doing her homework until she found a solution. In fact, I am convinced that Dr. Ann prolonged my beagle's life by a good two and a half years. Two years later, Princess developed throat cancer. She was given 3 months to live, but under Dr. Ann's care she lived for 7 months. Dr. Ann was always there when Princess and I needed her; she knew how very much Princess meant to my family. Princess was a super smart beagle and very much loved; when the time came Dr. Ann let me know. My beagle was peacefully euthanized at the age of 13 surrounded by her loving family. Dr. Ann made the procedure not scary like I thought Dr. Ann Dolin and her staff are fantastic and compassionate; I highly recommend Dr. Ann and Essex Animal Hospital! —Mona A.

I found Essex Animal Hospital on the recommendation of a neighbor. One of my cats was leaving spots of blood on the floor, so we needed some expert advice. Right from the start my experience was a good one: the phone was answered right away and a person talked with me without putting me on hold; a convenient appointment was made; the waiting room held only one other person and her pet; and then Rocky (the cat) and I ended up seeing Dr.G and Garrett. It took them quite a while to determine the source of the blood, but in the end they were successful. I cannot express how impressed I was with their commitment and diligence in searching for the answer. They were - in spite of the mess created in the examining room - kind and considerate, talking to Rocky the way I do and being respectful of him and his situation. In the end Dr.G outlined the options for further treatment and we moved forward from there. Rocky is still here and doing well. Essex Animal Hospital is my "go-to" vet of choice. Thank you for being there. —Joanne K.

Lulu is always given the best care. Dr Ann and the staff really care about her. Dr Ann never makes us feel rushed, she takes as much time as needed to help her patients. She is truly in the right profession and she is a special person. I have nothing bad to say, only good things. Garrett is so good to Lulu it makes me cry. Patty always welcomes us with a big smile and never makes us seem like we are "a bother". Essex Animal Hospital has been a blessing in our lives. Can't say enough good things. —Romona Hinson

Heartfelt thanks to Dr. Dolin and his
wonderful staff for the absolutely professional,
yet genuinely compassionate, treatment of our 19
year-old cat, Bunny, who struggled for years with
chronic illnesses. Even up to his last days, our Bunny received excellent care in your capable hands. It is very comforting to know that you provided Bunny with the highest quality medical attention. Thank you so much!
—Mary Ellen, Jeanne, and Vince Panaggio

Dear Dr. Dolin,

I just wanted to take a moment to thank you, Dr. Ann, and your amazingly wonderful staff for the tremendous care you gave to Bella these past few months. I am positive that her life improved and lasted longer as a result of entering into your care. I was also comforted by the care you gave to me and my husband. You listened to our concerns, you provided all options and explained all possible outcomes. We felt well informed and were able to confidently make decisions knowing what to expect as a result. As non-medical people who at times were overcome with emotion and anxiety, the information and patience you gave us was an amazing gift that enabled us to move forward with less fear. When the time finally came for Bella to leave us, we were ready - sad, but prepared.

Moreover, the sensitivity and care Dr. Ann gave to Bella and me during our final visit was such a blessing. I imagine one of the hardest things to do as a Veterinarian is to tell a pet owner that it's time to put the pet down. Dr. Ann was so wonderfully supportive and caring in how she spoke to me about it that I was able to accept the reality of the situation and be at peace with the decision. By helping to transfer Bella to AERA it was possible for me and my husband to be together when she passed. This was such an important thing to us - for the 3 of us to be together.

Recently I was looking at your website for the office hours and decided to procrastinate a bit to read your blogs. I was so touched to see your story of "Bella". It made me feel that while our relationship may have been brief, our hearts connected quickly. I can assure you that there will be more dog(s) in our future and I look forward to many more years of working with you.

Dr. Dolin, thank you again for your kindness, compassion, and expertise. I wish you well...until we meet again.

Kindest regards,

Dr. Dolin and his staff are some of the most capable and most compassionate vets I have ever worked with. I have owned animals all my life, and with them comes the responsibility for their care. I could not have asked for more excellent treatment and expertise than we have received from Dr. Dolin and Dr. G, and the entire Essex Animal Hospital staff. They are unfailingly professional and courteous and have always bent over backwards to help us, whether for routine visits or those dreaded emergency calls. I've especially appreciated how gentle, caring, and accessible the vets and caretakers have been, handling our animals as if they were their own, and always happy to update us and respond to our questions. It is such a comfort to know that if our pets ever need help, the Essex Animal Hospital team is there for us. —Zoe K.

I have been going to Essex Animal Hospital in Bloomfield for several years. I usually see Dr. Ann, but sometimes her husband and Dr. G as well. The whole staff there is great. I really like that they all know our names when I walk in the door. I've seen many vets over the years, but I can honestly say they're the best. They take their time to talk to me about my animals, and they always give me options on how I can treat them. They have a lot of compassion, especially when my animals are sick. The assistants who hold them are really gentle, and my animals are much more relaxed. They've never had to muzzle my dog, which other vets have always done. I highly recommend them because they are very good doctors. —Suzanne H.

My wife and I want to thank Dr. Ann and Charles Dolin as well as the whole staff at Essex Animal Hospital for the care they gave our Golden Retriever Leia. Everyone showed us great care and compassion with her passing that helped in our time of need. Leia was always cared for and loved by everyone there. I would say "She seems to be the one dog who LIKED going to the vet, even though I think you have the one thing she would never eat - the treats on the counter!" You made her last moments with us comfortable and loving. We will always remember that from everyone there. Thank you from our whole family. She will be missed but never forgotten. Thank you. —Chris, Erika and Gracie S.

Dr. Charles Dolin has been our family veterinarian for over 20 years.

We first met him when he was on staff at a veterinary practice in our hometown. We were so impressed with Dr. Dolin that when he left to take over Essex Animal Hospital, we gladly followed him. The 35-minute travel time is well worth our "peace of mind" in knowing that our pets are receiving the very best care. All three vets are highly skilled, accessible, efficient and caring. Although we usually see Dr. Dolin, we are more than comfortable with Dr. Ann or Dr. G treating our pets. The entire staff is friendly, knowledgeable, and accommodating...

The quality of care is exceptional and their compassion and joy for their profession is evident in their interactions with patients and owners alike. Our Dusty loves going to see his friends at Essex Animal Hospital... We wouldn't think of taking him anywhere else!
—Dusty James and Family