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.




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 veterinary 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 two amazing furry characters, Snax AKA cute face; and Kiki, a rescued Siamese.

    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. 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 NJ all her life. She enjoys being outdoors and spending time with her 3 cats.

  • Kaitlynn Rose (Veterinary Technician)

    Kaitlynn has worked in animal health for the past 10 years and seven of those years has been as a technician. She enjoys and has special interest in Dentistry and Rehabilitation as well as small exotic/ pocket pets. She also enjoys participating in outdoor sports/ activities and fitness and health. When she is not working, she spends her time with her very special mixed breed pup Mya outdoors doing various activities. She also enjoys and is very involved with her church community as she participates in a lot of youth events and activities as well as attends church weekly. Kaitlynn also has special interest in American Sign Language (ASL) and is currently taking classes to become fluent. She hopes to one day use her talents to make a big difference in some way. 

    Years in Practice:
    May 08, 2018
  • 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. 

    Years in Practice:
    Dec 23, 2019
  • 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 2 year-old french bulldog- Archie. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, dancing, watching UFC, quad riding, and doing doggy baths.


  • Stephanie (Receptionist)

    Stephanie is a born and raised New Jersian, who grew up in Verona. She attended Rowan University, where she studied Fine Art, Art History, and Psychology. She has a passion for exotic animals, particularly “pocket pets”.  Her current pets include, her chinchilla Barkley, three rabbits, Pepper, Peanut, and Pudding, and her two dogs, Wallie and Sebastian.


    Years in Practice:
    Dec 06, 2019
  • 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.

    Interests:
    Laying on laps and Stealing lunches