The Team

Our Veterinarians

  • Alison Shea
    DVM
    Medical Director

    Dr. Shea has been practicing veterinary medicine in NYC for the past 10 years and has been a member of the Animal General Team since 2016. A native of suburban Philadelphia, she attended Penn State University for her undergraduate studies, received her veterinary degree from Ross University and completed her clinical studies at the University of Pennsylvania.  She then interned at Fifth Avenue Veterinary Specialist of New York City. When not at work, Dr. Shea loves spending time with her family at the Jersey Shore. She also enjoys flower arranging, reading, and cooking! Dr. Shea is full of knowledge, expertise, energy, and always has a smile on her face. 


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  • Margot Stuchin
    DVM, MPH

    Dr. Stuchin was born and raised in New York City. She went to Columbia University for her undergraduate degree followed by a one-year CDC fellowship focused on emerging infectious diseases of dogs, cats and wildlife. Dr. Stuchin did her veterinary studies at Colorado State University where she graduated magna cum laude with a concurrent Master of Public Health in epidemiology. She then did a prestigious small animal rotating medicine and surgery internship at University of Wisconsin - Madison. Dr. Stuchin is thrilled to be back in New York and practicing in her hometown. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking with her dog Rocketman, playing the ukulele, and cooking new recipes.

  • Abigail Pines
    DVM

    Dr. Pines grew up on the Upper West Side. She received a B.A. in Neuroscience and Behavior from Barnard College and earned her veterinary degree at Cornell University. Dr. Pines completed a small animal medicine and surgery rotating internship at BluePearl Veterinary Partners in New York. She then spent time working as an emergency vet, before becoming a general practitioner. 

    Dr. Pines is so excited to be a part of the amazing team at Animal General. Her professional interests include endocrine diseases, neurology, and dentistry. 

    She currently lives on the Upper West Side with her partner and their Poodle pup, Giorgia. When not working, Dr. Pines enjoys traveling, reading, and baking pies!

  • Ada To

    Hi, my name is Dr. Ada To and I was born and raised in NYC in the Queensarea. I originally started at Binghamton University in my undergraduatestudies but then realized my interests in pursuing veterinary medicine andtransferred to Cornell University at which I graduated with a B.S. inAnimal Science. Then I went on to earn my veterinary degree from The OhioState University and afterwards pursued a small animal rotating internshipat Bluepearl Veterinary Partners in NYC. 

    I am thrilled to be joining the team at Animal General. Myprofessional interests are dentistry, neurology, and oncology.

    I'm so excited to be able to practice in the city that I grew up in. Whilenot at work, I love spending time with my family in Queens, browsingthrough Netflix, traveling, and researching restaurants to try.

  • Rose Jacobson - LVT
    Nursing Manager

    Rose obtained her first job at the age of 15 at a local animal hospital in Staten Island, where she worked throughout high school as a veterinary assistant.  This led her to attend the University of Delaware, from which she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science.  Shortly after graduation, she continued her journey as a veterinary technician at a small animal clinic in Manhattan; it was here she realized she wasn’t dreaming of vet school, but loved the compassionate nursing aspect of veterinary medicine.  Rose attended CUNY Laguardia where she graduated in 2010 with her AAS in Veterinary Technology.  

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  • Tatiana Hernandez
    Licensed Veterinary Technician

     Tatiana has been with Animal General since 2019. She earned her bachelor's degree at Mercy College in 2019 where she was also awarded The Robert Horan Award in Veterinary Technology for excellence in leadership. She was licensed that same year in the state of NY. Tatiana started her career at Animal General through her college’s externship program. We quickly saw her dedication, compassion, and commitment to the animals and clients and quickly hired her. In her spare time, Tatiana spends time with her many animals. 2 rabbits, 2 cats, 1 dog, several leopard geckos, a tortoise, and her many fish.

  • Liz Ganci
    Licensed Veterinary Technician

    Hey, there I’m Liz! Originally from Upstate New York, I came to NYC to find my newest adventure! I attended SUNY Delhi and received my associate's in Veterinary Science technology in 2019. Since graduating college I love learning all I can, about animals big and small. I have a special love for exotic animals. In my free time, I love spending time with my pets and exploring nature. You can always find me with an iced coffee and a good book.

  • Bobby Johnson
    Veterinary Assistant
    Bobby started at Animal General in 2015. Born and raised in South Dakota, Bobby is now a real New Yorker. Working previously as a bank teller, it was his love for animals that brought him to Animal General! Since starting with us, Bobby has realized that veterinary medicine is his true calling and has recently enrolled in Cedar Valley College's online veterinary technician program. When not assisting in patient restraint, or studying and improving his practical skills, he helps keep our patients comfortable and clean, especially during the overnight hours. We are excited to support Bobby in becoming a licensed veterinary technician!
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  • Megan Thiffault
    Office Manager

    Megan has been with Animal General for almost 10 years! She quickly realized that taking care of animals was her niche, and couldn't be happier. She started at AG with answering the phones but soon got involved with all of the other departments. You can find her scheduling appointments, surgeries, answering emails, filling medications, ordering hospital supplies, or fixing any IT issue that arises. If you have a question, 99% of the time Megan will have an answer for you, but if not she won't stop until she does. An avid reader, writer, (and talker), her BA in English finally got put to good use running our social media department (Facebook and Instagram). 'It's not a job, when you love what you do!'Coming from Southern California, she really dislikes the rain and tolerates the snow; but nothing will get in her way when it comes to taking care of animals (inside and outside of the practice). Over the years, Megan has formed several special bonds with both clients and their pets, and to her, that is priceless.

  • Gary Ragland
    Veterinary Assistant
    Gary has been with Animal General since 2001 and has since proven himself indispensable in the prep room. Gary's calm, cool and collected nature helps ease pets, clients and staff. No matter the circumstance, we can rely on Gary's gentle way and kind spirit. Gary lives in Brooklyn with his daughter Raven and loves music, movies and sports.
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  • Jessica Melendez
    Veterinary Assistant

    Hi, I'm Jessica! Your friendly neighborhood veterinary technician in the making. I have loved and adored all animals ever since I was a child. Growing up with dogs, birds, and guinea pigs, It's no shock I wanted to become a nurse for our furry friends. I as well am a new cat mom and my baby is absolutely purrrfect. Currently, I am enrolled in a Veterinary Technician college program and will soon receive an associate's degree in applied science. I love being able to help the animal in need, as well as getting to know their families. When I come to work my goal is not only to take care of your pets with the utmost respect and diligence but as well show them the same type of love and patience they would receive at home.

  • Jeremy Lebron
    Porter
    Jeremy started at Animal General in 2009 and we were immediately impressed by his work ethic. Relentlessly cleaning and ensuring our lobby is comfortable for our clients, Jeremy is also known to go out of his way to run errands for the patients and staff. Jeremy lives in the Bronx, and during his free time loves to listen to punk music and read comics.
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Contact Us

Our Location

Weekend hours are subject to change – clients should contact the hospital for confirmation of hours on those days.

Main Office

Monday:

8:00 am-7:00 pm

Tuesday:

8:00 am-7:00 pm

Wednesday:

8:00 am-7:00 pm

Thursday:

8:00 am-5:00 pm

Friday:

8:00 am-5:00 pm

Saturday:

8:00 am-5:00 pm

Sunday:

8:00 am-5:00 pm