Central Hospital For Veterinary Medicine is an Emergency, Referral and Specialty Center
Open 24 Hours A Day 7 Days A Week

Our medical staff includes 20 doctors including seven emergency veterinarians and seven board certified specialists. They are supported by a diverse hospital team of technicians, client liaisons, technician assistants and administrators. We have been honored to receive the “Best of New Haven” award eight times. Although our greatest accomplishment has been, and always will be, serving our community.


Central Hospital For Veterinary Medicine’s emergency room is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and has been since 1975. The hospital has experienced veterinarians and technicians dedicated to emergencies and intensive care patients around the clock. There are no appointments necessary, but we encourage you to call before your arrival so we can prepare to best serve you and your pet. Some Of The Services We Can Provide:

  • On Site Diagnostic Laboratory/Blood Gas Analyzer
  • Digital X-Rays 24 hours a Day
  • Oxygen Therapy & EKG Monitoring
  •  Intravenous Fluid Therapy
  • Emergency Surgery
  •  Advanced Pain Management
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Immediate Services We Provide

EKG Monitoring Fluid & Medication Infusions Oxygen Therapy End-Tidal Capnography Pulse Oximetry Wound Vacuum Therapy Blood Pressure Monitoring Cardiovascular, Respiratory & Nutritional Support Trauma Care Oxygen Incubators for Neo-Natal Care
Laboratory Analysis, Radiography, Ultrasonography, Echocardiography, Endoscopy and Surgery


Our radiology department uses digital radiography, ultrasound and CT scans to help identify problems with parts of the body including lungs, heart, bones, abdominal cavity and more. Central regularly provides these services on an inpatient and outpatient basis. Outpatient appointments are on a referral basis only. The department is overseen by Dr. Lance Rozear, a board certified radiologist.

  • Digital Radiology
  • Ultrasound
  • CT Scan
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Our surgeons perform both orthopedic and soft tissue surgeries. Many of these procedures require the specialized training that was received by our board certified surgeons. We operate a total joint replacement center including procedures on the hip, elbow and knee in addition to repairs on cruciate tears and bone fractures. This is in addition to surgeries on the gallbladder, spine, liver, intestines amongst others. The department consists of Dr. Melvyn Pond and Dr. Donna-Lee Taylor. Here are just some of the Services We Provide:

  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Oncologic Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Comprehensive Patient Monitoring
  • Advanced Pain Management
  •  Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Joint Replacement Center
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Our Internal Medicine service offers specialized knowledge, advanced diagnostics, and a high level of experience with the treatment and management for a variety of internal medicine problems of dogs and cats.  Veterinarians that specialize in Internal Medicine have advanced knowledge of small animal endocrinology, gastroenterology, respiratory disease, infectious and immune-mediated disease, and diseases of the kidneys and lower urinary tract.

  • Endoscopy
  • Management of Complex Disease Processes
  • Colonoscopy & Bronchoscopy
  • Feeding Tube Placement
  • Stem Cell Therapy
  • Bone Marrow Aspiration
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As in humans, hyperthyroidism is seen regularly in cats. A common cure for the condition is the treatment with radioactive iodine. When injected into a cat, the radioactive iodine is taken up into the thyroid tissue so it specifically effects that one body part. Complications are rare and treatment is frequently a complete cure.

Cats first have an exam with our Internal Medicine department to make sure they are good candidates for treatment. The pet is admitted to the hospital on a separate Monday and receives the injection that day. Typically cats need to stay at Central for three to four days due to radiation and then they are able to go home.

Our staff will discuss special protocols for at home after discharge to keep you and your pet safe. A couple weeks after leaving the hospital, you can return fully to your normal routine.

Our program is overseen by a Radiation Safety Officer and our staff receives regular training. In addition we are registered and guided by both state and federal agencies.

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Our Ophthalmology Department focuses solely on diseases that can affect your pet’s eye and vision. In addition we work to diagnose and treat diseases that affect the structures surrounding the eye, such as the eyelids, conjunctiva, and some of the bones of the skull that comprise the eye socket. Medical and surgical treatments are combined in order to most effectively treat your pet’s eye problem. Some of the services we provide are:

  • Cataract Surgery & Glaucoma Surgery
  • Eyelid Reconstructive Surgery
  • ERG/Ocular Ultrasound
  • Corneal Ulcer Treatment
  • Dry Eye Treatment
  • Corneal Surgery
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Rehabilitation is the art of using physical manipulations and therapies rather than drugs to relieve pain, enhance healing, and improve function. Our veterinary rehabilitative plans are specially designed for the individual pet and his or her disease process or disability. The ultimate physical rehabilitation goals for your pet are comfort and his or her ability to accomplish daily tasks as normally as possible. The rewards include improved psychological state and quality of life for your pet and your family.

  • Underwater & Standard Treadmill
  • Laser Therapy & Heat Therapy
  • Range of Motion Exercises
  • Balance Exercises
  • Acupuncture
  • Therapy Packages
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Central Hospital For Veterinary Medicine Oncology Department diagnoses and treats many forms of cancer. We utilize many types of chemotherapy and can coordinate procedures with our Surgery Department to maximize outcomes while minimizing complications.

  • Advanced laboratory testing of various blood or tissue samples
  • Chemotherapy
  • Immunotherapy
  • Diagnostic Imaging, Ultrasound, Radiography(x-rays), CT Scans
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We understand the concern and frustration of living with a pet that suffers from allergies or skin disease. We will help you develop an understanding of your pet’s problems, the potential causes, the tests needed to define the primary cause, and the treatment and prognosis. We will present you with options, potential outcomes, and realistic expectations. You will decide what best fits your needs. Here are a just a few of the service available. The dermatologist is on-site on Wednesdays. For more information visit our dermatologist’s website: http://www.nevetdermatology.com/. Some of the Services We Provide Are:

  • Allergy Testing
  •  Ear Flushes
  •  Skin Biopsies & Fungal Cultures
  •   Cytology
  •  Skin Scraping
  •  CT Scans
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Our Behavior Department can help pet owners control dangerous and self-injurious activities. The Behaviorist is a board-certified veterinarian who focuses solely on helping pets live within their surrounding in harmony. For more information visit our behaviorist’s website at http://www.lindellvetbehavior.com/.

  • Dog Aggression & Stranger Aggression
  • Excessive licking
  • Separation Anxiety
  • Post-operative Consultations
  • Behavior Changes
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The Avian/Exotic Pet department at Central Hospital offers wellness examinations as well as treatment and hospitalization of sick birds and small companion animals such as sugar gliders, guinea pigs, rabbits and ferrets. Basic evaluation and supportive care is available through our emergency department.

  • Proper Diet and Husbandry
  • Reproductive Diseases
  • Dental Disease
  • GI Stasis in Rabbits and Other Herbivores
  • Self- Mutilation in Birds and Sugar Gliders
  • Head Tilt Disorders in Rabbits and Guinea Pigs
  • Adrenal Disease in Ferrets
  • Trauma Care and Wound Management
  • Geriatric Pet Management
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The Cardiology department provides treatment for animals with conditions that affect the heart, lungs and circulatory system.

  • Echocardiography
  • Holter Monitoring
  • Management of Routine and Emergent Cardiac Disease
  • Management of Systemic and Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Pacemaker Implementation
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Interventional Radiology

Interventional Radiology allows our doctors to treat some medical problems in a less invasive manner using  fluoroscopy to guide a wide variety of specially adapted instruments to treat conditions. The result is smaller incisions, less pain, decreased anesthetic time and shorter hospital stays.

  • Pacemaker Implantation
  • Balloon Valvuloplasty
  • Tracheal Stenting
  • Intrahepatic Portosystemic Shunt Repair
  • Urethral Stenting
  • Urinary Tract Stenting
  • Ductal Occlusion for Patent Duct Arteriosus
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Bug was up walking (with support) less than 24 hours after Dr. Pond did TPLO surgery on BOTH of her knees. Thanks to his use of a NEW pain medication called NOCITA®, an extended-release medication, it helps better manage post-operative pain in dogs who have had cranial cruciate ligament surgery. Nocita is a long-acting, local anesthetic that lasts up to 72 hours post-surgery by releasing the medication over time. LESS pain means FASTER recovery times!!
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Central Hospital continued its assistance with the CT DEEP Bobcat Project today when a bobcat was trapped in a nearby yard in North Haven. He was given a sedative and Vicki Landau, one of our senior technicians with advanced experience in dental work, went there to assist in the extraction of a small tooth. This is the best way to determine the cats age. They also collect fur samples and a whisker for other types of analysis. This big boy was very healthy and weighed in at 32 pounds. DEEP fitted him with a tracking collar so they can monitor and gain an understanding of his habitat usage and home range. We are honored to be part of this important initiative to learn more about these beautiful animals and how best to protect them as their populations continue to grow in our state. You can read more about the Bobcat project and report your own sightings at the DEEP website. www.inaturalist.org/projects/ct-bobcat-project ... See MoreSee Less

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We are truly THANKFUL for the trust you put in us to care for your pets year after year and for our DEDICATED staff who will be here all day tomorrow to make sure we fulfill our promise to be available to you whenever you may need us! Happy Thanksgiving!! Enjoy the day!! ... See MoreSee Less

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We were honored to be there when one of our patients crossed off one of his Bucket List items!! Arlo was born with a heart defect and was only expected to live a couple months. But thanks to his loving family, the Hamden Police Department and his bucket list ... he became an honorary K-9 officer today!! ... See MoreSee Less

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Emergency: (203) 865-0878

4 Devine Street 
North Haven, CT 06473
P: (203) 865-0878
Fax: (203) 867-5195
Email: info@centralpetvet.com

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