Animal Care of Oradell

Pet ownership means many different things. For some, it’s about having a loyal companion to come home to after a long, hard day.

For others, it’s about snuggles; wet, slobbery kisses; or throaty purrs.

For others still, it’s about a connection that transcends the spoken word yet somehow touches our very souls.

Whatever sharing your life with a companion animal means to you, the team at Animal Care of Oradell understands exactly where you’re coming from.

That’s because we’re more than just veterinary professionals. We’re pet parents, just like you!

In fact, it’s the bond we share with our own furry or feathered family members that makes the level of care we provide so unique.

We treat our patients with gentle compassion because we love them just as our own!

At Animal Care of Oradell, we strive to make vet visits a positive experience for everyone.

Whether it’s padded tables, warm blankets and treats for your pet, or WiFi and beverages for you and your family, we go the extra mile.

If you’re in the market for an Oradell or Paramus vet that’s different from all the rest, we invite you to give us a try.

Call or stop by today.
We can’t wait to meet you!

  • Mon, Tue: 8:00am - 7:00pm
  • Wed: 8:00am-4:00 pm
  • Thu: 8:00am - 8:00pm
  • Fri: 8:00am - 6:00pm
  • Sat: 8:30am - 1:00pm
  • 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 ringbearer-Stanley, the couple’s beloved greyhound. Together, the couple, son Shane, and family dog Roxy 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. She shares her time between Animal Care of Oradell and Animal General in Edgewater, NJ. 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 an amazing cast of furry characters. Roxy is a beautiful blond Border Collie mix from the tough streets of Newark who was rescued by Dr. Hurst; Smudge is their sweet old Maine Coon mix who gives the world’s best kitty kisses; tabby cat Ernie is a stubbornly affectionate foodie also saved by Dr. Hurst; and Kiki, a rescued Siamese, is the newest addition to the family and is already showing the older felines that she is more than just a pretty face.

    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 some of the activities this active family enjoys. While quiet time is tough to come by these days, Dr. May also loves yoga, meditation, and reading.
  • Dr. Alexandra Castellanos-Figueroa

    Originally from Bergen County, Dr. Alexandra Castellanos-Figueroa returned to New Jersey in 2012 after graduating from Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine in Tuskegee, Alabama. While in Alabama, Dr. Alex rescued and adopted three of her four dogs and has continued rescuing creatures big and small ever since. Besides being a big supporter of animal rescue and animal advocacy groups, her professional interests include surgery and behavioral medicine.

    When Dr. Alex is not working she enjoys traveling the world and scuba diving with her husband Danny. Otherwise she can be found spoiling her four dogs (Daisy, Blue, Memphis, and Marley), two cats (Dottie and Lilly), and two turtles (Zoey and Dexter).
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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, 2 dogs, and husband.

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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.

  • Anthony (Veterinary Technician)

    Anthony went to college at the University of New Haven, and majored in Criminal Justice, Music, and Psychology, but at the end of the day, taking care of animals is where his passion is and always has been. He's worked at 2 animal hospitals, 1 humane society, and helped coordinate and run a low-income household spay and neuter clinic, with his aunts, and local veterinarians which volunteered their time. 
    Ant also plays the piano, clarinet, saxophone, flute, and violin. In high school and in college he was on both the lacrosse teams and the tennis teams. He is very active and on a typical day off you can either find him hiking a mountain, fishing, out on the boat, or doing some type of hands on project. He loves building things, and doing household fixer-uppers. He currently has 3 cats as pets, and after his move he'll have 1 dog, which is the least amount of pets he has had his entire life.
    Years in Practice:
    Nov 14, 2017
  • Kaitlynn Rose (Veterinary Technician)

    Kaitlynn has been a technician for about 6 years. She's in school to get her CVT (Certified Veterinary Technician Degree) at Bergen Community College and specializes in dentistry. She's really interested in exotics, small animals, and reptiles and has owned just about every pocket pet/reptile you can think of. Currently she has a 5 year old female terrier mutt named Mya and two Guinea pigs (Opie & Penelope). Kaitlynn is extremely passionate when it comes to veganism and  sharing her knowledge with others on the importance of compassion towards all creatures. She also enjoys participating/watching athletic activities such as soccer, football, hiking, and MMA. She is not only a church-going Christian but she is also a positive role model for the youth of her church. 

    Years in Practice:
    May 08, 2018
  • Stephanie Acosta (Veterinary Technician)

    Stephanie has been working as a veterinary technician for the past three years. She is currently going to school, working towards becoming a veterinarian, specializing in marine biology. On her time away from work and school, Stephanie loves to spend time with her dog and practicing yoga. 
    Years in Practice:
    Sep 25, 2018
  • Courtney (Veterinary Technician/Reception)

    Courtney has been working with animals for over 20 years. Even after graduating with a degree in Criminal Justice/Social Work she followed her passion to work with animals. Most of her animal career was spent in rescue work. She now lives with her six cats and two kids. During her time away from ACO Courtney likes to spend quality time with her children, usually watching them play sports and win games. 
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2017
  • Daniel (Veterinary Assistant)

    Danny is attending Montclair State University, majoring in Biology. He is currently a student Animal Care Technician for MSU's Vivarium, in which mice, Zebrafish, amphibians, and lizards are all used in cancer research, salinity concentration research, and Ranavirus research. Danny hopes to pursue a career in veterinary medicine in the near future. When he is not in school he enjoys hiking and road trips with family and friends.
    Years in Practice:
    Nov 14, 2017
  • Jeanette (Receptionist)

    Jeanette is a New Jersey native who grew up in Paterson, and attended Bergen Community College. She now resides in Fair Lawn with her husband, two kids, and her beloved pets- Rizzo, a 13-year-old French Bulldog, and Lucky, a nine-year-old turtle. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, dancing, watching UFC, quad riding, and doing doggy baths.
  • Sofia (Receptionist)

    Sofia is a Colombian born, New Jersey raised animal lover. She has grown up with a wide variety of animals and currently has two of her own. Lucy is her chunky tabby cat and Matilda (pictured) is her fluffy rescue bunny. On her time off she loves to spend time with them, cooking vegan food, and being outdoors. 
    Years in Practice:
    Sep 12, 2017
    Education:
    Bergen Community College
    Interests:
    Hiking and Camping
  • Leo (Resident Hospital Cat)

    Leo is ACO's most recent furry addition. He is a 12-year-old, 17 pound 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. He gets to hang with all the staff members during lunch hours and even Roxy when she comes into work. They are couch buddies!

    Interests:
    Laying on laps and Stealing lunches