Animal Care of Oradell

We treat our patients with gentle compassion because we love them just as our own! At Animal Care of Oradell, we strive to make each vet visit a positive experience for everyone.

A Hospital with a Heart!

Pet owners commonly face the dilemma of where to go to receive the finest medical care for their companion animals coupled with doctors who truly understand and care about their patient's individual needs. Nestled in the heart of Bergen County, we are your neighborhood veterinary hospital. We pride ourselves in being a vital part of the community and in keeping your pets the healthiest and happiest they can be.

  • Mon-Fri 8:00am - 6:00pm
  • Sat: Closed
  • Sun: Closed
  • Dr. Christian Hurst

    Co-Owner, Veterinarian
    When he was a boy, Dr. Christian Hurst’s family dog, Barney, was injured by another dog in the neighborhood. Dr. Hurst never forgot the helpless feeling he experienced in that moment-he vowed to never feel that way again! He decided to pursue a career in veterinary medicine and improve the lives of as many pets as he could.

    Dr. Hurst grew up in Alexandria, VA and Cincinnati, OH, and attended The Ohio State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine to receive his veterinary degree. In the summer of 2000, he took his first job in Xenia, OH as a small and large animal veterinarian. A year later, he moved to Detroit, MI to work in emergency medicine before coming to NJ in 2002. Dr. Hurst has extensive experience in general, emergency, and referral medicine, having worked in 2 of NJ’s largest referral centers prior to opening Animal Care of Oradell.

    By June of 2012, Dr. Hurst decided to work for himself and launch his very own animal hospital. He took a year off to obtain financing and design Animal Care of Oradell, and successfully turned his long-time dream from a bare 1940′s garage into the modern full-service hospital that it is today! Around the clinic, Dr. Hurst is particularly fond of diagnostic work, as well as surgery for the creative hands-on skills it requires.

    You might have watched Dr. Hurst and his wife Dr. Suzanne May, co-owner of the hospital married on the popular reality show Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. With the help of the show’s hosts Dr. Hurst surprised Dr. May with a beautiful impromptu wedding complete with canine ring bearer-Stanley, the couple’s beloved late-greyhound. As a family they enjoy hiking, traveling, and spending time by just about any body of water. Dr. Hurst loves a good road trip and has driven from Ohio to California, traveled California’s scenic coastal highway, and visited many of the nation’s most beautiful national parks.

  • Dr. Suzanne May

    Co-owner, Veterinarian, Board Certified Internist
    Dr. Suzanne May simply cannot remember a time when she didn’t want to be a veterinarian. She’s always been struck by the unconditional love that flows between a pet and their owner and strives to do everything in her power to nurture that bond.

    Dr. May is a Jersey girl and grew up in neighboring Ridgewood, NJ. Her parents’ careers in scientific education inspired a love of nature and a weakness for animals early on. She attended the University of Massachusetts Amherst for her undergraduate studies, then moved to Columbus, OH to receive her veterinary degree at The Ohio State University’s School of Veterinary Medicine in 2001. After working in Michigan and New Jersey, Dr. May headed to New York City to complete an internal medicine residency at the Animal Medical Center- the large and challenging caseload there taught her more in two years than she could have learned in a lifetime elsewhere! Dr. May is a rare find in a general practice being one of only 4 board certified internists practicing outside of a referral center making her a perfect choice for pet parents looking for specialty care in a more intimate setting.

    Dr. May and her husband opened Animal Care of Oradell in 2013. Dr. May loves new pet appointments and having the opportunity to influence pet owners positively from the start. She also loves that every day is different, and each one offers endless opportunities for personal and professional growth.

    Dr. May, her husband, and their son Shane share their lives with three amazing furry characters, Snax AKA cute face, Kiki, a rescued Siamese, and Nama a rescue doodle.

    When she has time away from her veterinary duties, Dr. May enjoys spending time in nature with her family. Hiking, kayaking, paddle-boarding, swimming, and snowboarding are just come of the activities they enjoy. While quiet time is tough to come by these days, Dr. May also loves yoga, meditation, and reading.

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    Tracy (Veterinary Technician)

    Tracy has been with Animal Care of Oradell since the practice opened. She has been working with animals since a very young age and can’t imagine doing anything else. She enjoys educating clients about nutrition and pet care and recently earned her Fear Free certification. When she is not at work she enjoys cooking and spending time with her 2 children, husband, & their dog Winnie.

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    Nicole (Veterinary Technician)

    Nicole has lived in New Jersey all her life. She enjoys being outdoors and spending time with her husband and 3 cats.

  • Kaitlynn Rose (Veterinary Technician)

    Kaitlynn is a NJ native and grew up in her home town of Lyndhurst "Bear Country" where she attended Lyndhurst High School. She has been in the veterinary field for the last 11 years and 7 of those years have been as a veterinary technician. She has a senior rescue mutt named Mya which she enjoys doing various outdoor activities with such as hiking and swimming. When Kaitlynn is not working, she is studying to obtain her veterinary technician certification from Penn Foster online college. She has special interest in dentistry and hopes to one day have a specialized certificate to perform oral surgery. Kaitlynn also enjoys being outdoors, playing sports, going to church, and spending time with loved ones. 

  • Emily (Veterinary Technician)

    Emily grew up in Oakland, NJ where she graduated from Indian Hills High school. After graduating from the State College of Florida she moved back to NJ to start a career in the veterinary field. Growing up with three dogs made her passionate to help animals. She lives extremely actively by rock climbing and hiking, but still loves to relax with her 5yr golden doodle Jax. 

  • Jeanette (Receptionist)

    Jeanette is a New Jersey native who grew up in Paterson, and attended Bergen Community College. She has been working in the animal medical field for 16 years. She currently resides in Fair Lawn with her husband, two kids, and her 3 year-old French bulldog, Archie. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, dancing, watching UFC, and quad riding.

  • Lory (Receptionist)

    Lory is newer to the veterinary field joining us after working for 2 years at The Tail Trail walking dogs and pet sitting. She has always had a love for animals and dreamed of working with them while she worked her previous jobs and raised her children. She shares her home with 2 dogs: Shia, a Husky mix and Benny, a Pomeranian. In her free time Lory enjoys hiking, reading, and spending time with her family
  • Victoria (Veterinary Assistant)

    Victoria was born and raised in New Jersey. She did travel south however to attain her BS in Biology from North Carolina Central University. Victoria is currently continuing her education at Bergen Community College where she is in her second semester of their Veterinary Technician program. In her free time Victoria enjoys reading, learning new things about animals, and watching good movies with her family and friends.

  • Kiki (Veterinary Assistant)

    Kiki grew up in Washington Heights, NYC before moving to Englewood, NJ in 2004. Prior to pursuing a career in the veterinary field, Kiki studied music education at Hampton University for a short while. Kiki took a break from school to develop customer service and administrative skills, then finally found a calling for wildlife rehabilitation in 2017. Kiki earned an associates degree in veterinary technology in 2020, and hopes to continue learning and studying as much as possible before stepping out onto the reservations and safaris overseas.
  • Leo (Resident Hospital Cat)

    Leo is ACO's most recent furry addition. He is a 16 year-old orange tabby that loves to be loved. He came to us after his owner was unable to care for him after being moved to a senior living facility. Obviously, it took time for his adjustment as well as ours but as you can see he has really moved into the space. He is currently enjoying our staff apartment where he has five large windows and birch platforms overlooking Kinderkamack Road.

    Laying on laps and Stealing lunches