The Animal Hospital provides the highest quality, compassionate veterinary care to ensure your pets enjoy a long, happy, and healthy life.
Meet our caring and compassionate veterinary care team committed to providing exceptional veterinary care for your pets.
Ed Becker DVM is the founder and veterinarian emeritus of The Animal Hospital. He graduated from Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine with honors and then spent his first year of practice in Africa working in a free clinic in Marrakesh. After returning to the States, he joined a small animal practice in Elmira, New York for a year before designing and building The Animal Hospital. Ed has always had a deep respect for all animals and an especially strong commitment to wildlife. Therefore, since opening the practice, he has treated countless sick and injured wildlife free of charge. The expertise developed in wildlife rehabilitation and treatment allowed him the opportunity to be asked to become the consulting veterinarian for the New York State DEC Endangered Species Unit. He held this position for over 25 years. During this time, we have successfully treated and released many endangered species, including Bald Eagles, Golden Eagles, Peregrine Falcons, and literally thousands of other furry and feathered patients. His primary focus, though, has always been treating and healing those animals that have a special bond with you, our clients. Ed spends his leisure time rebuilding his 170-year-old lake home. He shares his life with a rescued terrier mixed breed, Daisy, who was abandoned. Ed was honored by being nominated and elected to the Cornell University Council and was recently elected to the board of directors of the Lake George Land Conservancy. He is also vice president of the Antique and Classic Boat Society Adirondack Chapter. Dr. Ed can be reached anytime at DrEd@TheAnimalHospital.com.
Lexi Becker DVM has literally grown up at The Animal Hospital. From the age of seven, she knew that she wanted to follow in her father’s footsteps, healing and nurturing companion animals. All those late-night emergency calls tagging along with her dad had a significant influence on her. When her father retired, Lexi was honored to take over the practice. She strives to uphold and build upon the values and traditions on which the practice was established. Lexi was awarded a Bachelor’s Degree from Cornell University and went on to earn her doctorate with honors from Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. She has a special interest in internal medicine and laparoscopic surgery. Her love for animals and the human-animal bond provided her with the framework to be the nurturing, caring clinician that she is. Lexi brings a fine balance of current medicine and clinical knowledge with genuine compassion to the practice.
She enjoys outdoor activities including running and hiking as well as spending time with her husband and son. Lexi shares her life with two rescued pets: a dog named Maci and a cat named Sooki.
Dr. Lexi can be reached anytime with non-urgent questions at DrLexi@TheAnimalHospital.com Please allow 48 hours for reply time.
Melinda Schwoegler DVM received her undergraduate degree in Neuroscience from Colgate University. During her junior year at Colgate, she spent one semester sailing abroad with the SEA semester oceanographic program based out of Woods Hole, Massachusetts. She went on to receive her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in 2008. She then completed a 13-month internship in internal medicine and critical care at Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital in Denver, Colorado. Dr. Schwoegler worked at Vail Valley Animal Hospital prior to moving back east to join us at The Animal Hospital in 2010. She works with all small animals and wildlife including birds of prey and turtles. She has special interests in gastrointestinal and dermatologic illnesses. Dr. Schwoegler took on the position of Chief of Staff at The Animal Hospital in September 2020.
Outside of work, Dr. Schwoegler spends time with her husband, two young children, two dogs, and one wonderfully angry cat. She likes to be outside in the mountains skiing, trail running and racing mountain bikes. She is on the board of directors for Bethlehem Children’s School and she and her husband are members of the honorary committee for the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy.
Dr. Melinda can be reached anytime with non-urgent questions at DrMelinda@TheAnimalHospital.com. Please allow 48 hours for reply time
Jeremy Mayrose DVM grew up on Long Island NY. He always had an interest in animals and growing up his family had dogs, cats, and lizards. He attended college on Long Island and received a BS in Biology before going to Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts to receive his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. He enjoys working with all species but has a special interest in exotics and wildlife species, as well as honeybee medicine.
He shares his life with his fiancé, two dogs (Joey and Pepper) and a cat (Nugget). Outside of work he enjoys spending as much time outside as possible, whether this be gardening, hiking, or running and biking with his fiancé. When not outside, he enjoys reading and writing fantasy novels.
You can reach him anytime with non-urgent questions at DrJeremy@theanimalhospital.com. Please allow 48 hours for reply time.
Karen is a licensed veterinary technician who joined the staff of The Animal Hospital as our head technician in February of 2006. Her favorite aspects of practice are phlebotomy (drawing blood with sensitivity), dentistry, and digital radiography. She has moved through the ranks to become our practice manager. When she’s not at work, When she’s not at work, whether at home or at their camper, Karen enjoys spending time with her family and their dog, a German Shepherd named Bear. In her spare time, Karen enjoys drawing and other arts and crafts. You can reach her anytime for non-urgent questions at Karen@TheAnimalHospital.com. Please allow 48 hours reply time.
Marissa graduated from SUNY Delhi in 2009 with a Licensed Veterinary Technician degree. Her favorite part of what she does is being able to perform a variety of tasks such as taking radiographs, drawing blood, working in the lab, and doing dental cleanings all in one day. Originally from the Adirondacks near Lake Placid, it is natural for her to love hiking, camping, kayaking…and watching the NHL’s Ottawa Senators. Marissa shares her world with one dog Atreju, a cat, Marva, and Luna, a chinchilla, her husband, and son.
Brenna graduated in May 2017 from SUNY Delhi with an Associate’s degree in Veterinary Science Technology, graduating top 12 in her class. Brenna joined our The Animal Hospital team in June 2017. She has an extensive background in emergency medicine and in the veterinary field. Brenna gladly accepted a position as Head Licensed Technician at The Animal Hospital in September 2020. She enjoys camping and fishing and is an accomplished flute player.
Jill graduated from SUNY Delhi in 2018 and joined our team as a Licensed Veterinary Technician in December 2019. She grew up in Guilderland and volunteered here at The Animal Hospital at the age of 2013. Jill has always had a passion for animals and raised a Guiding Eyes for the Blind puppy for 2 years. She shares her life with her rescue pets: Macey the dog, Chicken and Big Tuna her cats, and Cinnamon Roll and Cream Puff the ferrets.
Maureen joined the staff at The Animal Hospital in July 2004, shortly after moving to New York to be closer to her family. She assists the doctors in appointments and works at reception as well. Maureen accepted a position as our floor manager and ordering supervisor in 2019. In 2002, she graduated from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Fl with a BA in Environmental Studies. Her hobbies include reptile husbandry, canoeing, fishing, and drawing.
Jodi joined the team at The Animal Hospital in September of 2017 after working for a local emergency and specialty veterinary hospital for 7 years. She attended Hudson Valley Community College for Fine Arts where she found her passion for painting. Jodi has a studio in Troy, NY where she spends a lot of her free time doing commissioned pet portraits and memorials as well as creating handmade pet accessories. She lives in Albany, NY with her goofy Staffordshire Bull Terrier/Bulldog mix, Goomba, and quite possibly the "handsomest" feline ever, Cramer. Jodi recently adopted a rescue dog named Tootsie. In her free time, she enjoys outdoor adventures, traveling, live music, and creating art.
Krystal is a Certified Veterinary Assistant who joined our team in April 2019 after gaining a couple of years of experience as an assistant at another veterinary practice. From the young age of 13, Krystal knew she wanted to forever work with animals. She started working with animals at local pet stores in her hometown of Delmar and eventually became a groomer for 7 years. Krystal then decided to expand her knowledge and abilities to help and care for animals in 2016, when she received a career diploma from Penn Foster for veterinary assisting. In addition, she received a career diploma for wildlife and forestry conservation in 2017, expanding her knowledge for animal care beyond our furry and feathered family members. Outside of work, Krystal enjoys making memories with her family and soaking up the sun on outdoor adventures.
Sebrena joined our team in August of 2020, she was a former assistant at a local veterinary clinic previously before eventually making the transition to our facility. She has a big heart/love for animals. She grew up in a small town known as Westerlo, NY. She has a 4-year-old mixed canine named Hazel and a bearded dragon she spoils as if it was another dog of hers. She is currently attending college at Bryant & Stratton and plans on graduating with her associate degree in 2021 in Medical Reimbursement & Coding. She is a country girl who loves to get her hands dirty. When she is not working or doing schoolwork, she spends her time with family and friends racing around on either quads or dirt bikes. She is very family-oriented and spends most of her time creating new lifelong memories.
Debbie has been an integral part of The Animal Hospital since January 2015. Debbie accepted a position as Head Client Care Coordinator in 2020. She shares her home with her husband, three children, and four-legged family members. Debbie also has many chickens and ducks. In her spare time, she enjoys making jewelry and being outdoors, fishing, or hiking.
Gaby brings 7 years of experience to The Animal Hospital as both a Client Care Coordinator as well as a Veterinary Receptionist. Gaby also received her Associates Degree in Animal Industry as well as her Bachelor's Degree in Animal Science from the State University of New York at Cobleskill. When not enjoying her time at The Animal Hospital, Gaby enjoys spending time on her farm with her husband Cody, training her four dogs and riding her horses.
Barbara was born and raised on a small dairy farm in Guilderland Center and now comes to us from Sharon Springs, NY. Barbara joined the Animal Hospital team with 15+ years of experience in the veterinary field.
In Barbara’s free time she is an LMT and enjoys time with her family and friends.
Jason joined The Animal Hospital staff in 2001 as our full-time grounds and maintenance man. Jason, an accomplished “jack of all trades”, is completely responsible for keeping our grounds in picturesque condition, removing snow in the wee morning hours, and maintaining all aspects of our building and equipment. He loves his big 4 wheel drive John Deere tractor complete with climate-controlled cab and stereo CD. His latest boy-toy is a John Deere 310SE backhoe.