Animal General

558 Columbus Ave
New York NY 10024
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  • Mon: 8am-8pm
  • Tue: 8am-8pm
  • Wed: 8am-8pm
  • Thu: 8am-8pm
  • Fri: 8am-8pm
  • Sat: 8am-7pm
  • Sun: 8am-4pm


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Animal General would like to recognize and thank the following staff who have been with us for ten great years! Thank You.Animal General is a unique veterinary wellness center in that our entire staff - from doctors, nurses, handlers to client service personnel - work together as a team. This joint effort and across-the-board communication result in the most comprehensive care for your pet. Veterinary TeamPaul Howell, DVM: Founded Animal General in 1984 as a one-doctor practice; now the largest veterinary provider on Manhattan's Upper West Side. In addition to excellent pet medical care, what sets Dr. Howell apart is his commitment to community service.Sally Yang, DVM: Dr. Yang comes to us from St. Mark's Veterinary Hospital. Her undergraduate work was completed at Cornell University and she earned her DVM at The College of Veterinary Medicine at the Ohio State University.Jennifer Berg, DVM: Dr. Berg has moved to Animal General after spending 12 years at Tribeca SoHo Animal Hospital. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin, where she is from, and then went on to attend the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine. We are excited to add her expertise and are confident that you will find her compassion for your pets' health exemplary.Meredith Wilson, DVM: Dr. Wilson may have cared for your pet before at Animal General before as she did per diem work for us during 2008. Prior to that she lived in Boston, but is originally from New Jersey where she did her internship at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital. Dr. Wilson earned her DVM degree at Oklahoma State University. She has a special interest in feline medicine.Shelby L. Freda, VMD: Dr. Freda earned her veterinary degree at the University of Pennsylvania after doing her undergraduate work at the University of Michigan. She lives in Manhattan with her kitty, Pinot. During her residency in New Jersey, she developed a strong interest in zoo animal medicine. Dr. Freda joined Animal General in September 2009.Jane Kosovsky, DVM, Surgeon: BA - Oberlin College; DVM - Ohio State University. Internship and Residency - Animal Medical Center.Karen Heidgerd, Practice Administrator: Karen manages the hospital and has initiated many of the innovative programs currently in place at Animal General. Starting her career in pet care as a receptionist, she became Senior Technician to a board-certified surgeon and was hired by Animal General in 1995 to be Head Technician. With over twenty years of experience in all areas of veterinary hospital work, as Practice Administrator, Karen not only coordinates all operations, she contributes to pets' wellness and medical care through her nursing expertise - including conducting euthanasia in your home - and client education. She is co-founder of the Wild Bird Fund, a licensed wild life rehabilitator, and has a special interest in treating ear problems.Karen Markham, Assistant to Karen Heidgerd: BA - Vanderbilt University. Karen, or K2 as everyone in the practice calls her to avoid confusing The Karens, has been with Animal General since March 2006 in what she calls "the perfect job." In between helping Karen Heidgerd with management business, bookkeeping, and maintaining the technical aspects of a veterinary practice, K2 can be found hugging and kissing every cat at Animal General. She is currently working toward her degree in Veterinary TechnologyBarbara Perez-Nevins, Technician: As Coordinator of "Tender Loving Care, " Barbara provides comfort for distressed patients, especially post-surgery. Barbara knows all your pets.Dulce Kobayasi, Licensed Veterinary Technician: BA in Veterinary Medicine - Brazil, Associate's Degree in Veterinary Technology - Cedar Valley College. Dulce worked for two years in a veterinary hospital in her native Brazil before coming to Animal General in 1999.Afua Johnson, Licensed Veterinary Technician: Associate's Degree in Veterinary Technology - Cedar Valley College. Afua previously worked for