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.
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 sons. 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 wife, son, three dogs (Joey, Pepper and August) 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 wife. 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.
From a young age Dr. Becky knew she wanted to be a Veterinarian! She grew up volunteering and working at various animal shelters and Veterinary hospitals in the capital district. Dr. Becky graduated with a Bachelors in Animal Science from Cornell University and earned her doctorate from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. She has had many wonderful experiences over the past 10 years as a Veterinarian and values the close relationships she’s developed with her patients and their pet parents! Some of the highlights of her career include practicing in Burlington, Vermont and volunteering for a month in rural Uganda with her husband. They worked in healthcare with Imaging the World and she was able to study one of the last remaining mountain gorilla populations in the Bwindi Impenetrable forest! Her special interests include behavior, soft tissue surgery and treating geriatric patients.
Her hobbies include travel, running, hiking, skiing, ice skating parties at her parent’s pond and spending time on Lake George in the summer! She and her husband have three very young children ( Logan, Mirabel and Laney) , a 14 year old Pomeranian, Cheerio, and six chickens!
Dr. Becky can be reached anytime with non-urgent questions at
DrBecky@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, 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 in 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.
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.
Kal joined The Animal Hospital team in February of 2021. He began his work in veterinary medicine in 2014, gaining experience in general practice, shelter work, and emergency/specialty. He finished undergrad in the spring of 2020, aquiring degrees in psychology and fine art, as well as minors in sociology and English. He is now pursuing his MFA in English and creative writing. When not at The Animal Hospital or working towards his post-graduate degree, he can be found making art, reading, or caring for his 25+ animals. The latter consit of cats, birds, reptiles, amphibians, tarantulas and other invertebrates, as well as any other exotics that fall into his care. He is active in the reptile community and participates in educational programs, reptile rehabilitation, and rehoming exotic pets that are surrendered to him. He holds a great passion for wildlife and hopes to become a licenced wildlife rehabilitator.
Tori joined the Animal Hospital staff in 2016 as our kennel attendant during her senior year of High School. After graduating from HVCC with her associate's in Health & Wellness, Tori started full-time as a veterinary assistant in May of 2021!
Tori shares her life with her 4 cats- Nellie, Norman, Simba & Echo- along with her rescue pup, Alpha Mae, a Siberian Husky.
In her free time, Tori enjoys spending time with her family, friends & pets, traveling, and experiencing new things!
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.
Hail joined The Animal Hospital staff as a Receptionist in 2022 after graduating from SUNY Cobleskill with a BA in Graphic Design. Hail has grown up with animals always being a part of the house hold and rescue animals coming in and out. They have always had a special interest in birds and reptiles as they grew up with several Macaws, Amazons, Cockatiels, Love birds etc. Hail now lives in a home with two beloved parrots, Pearl, a Goffins cockatoo, and Sammy, a yellow naped amazon, along with many other furry and scaly friends. Hail also works part-time at Indian Ladder farms as a buyers assistant and helps care for some of the animals on the farm.
In their free time, Hail enjoys creating illustrations, drawing logos for brand development, and coding interactive websites.
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.
Kaylee graduated with an associates degree in exercise science and has her certification as a fitness specialist
After much thought, Kaylee decided to shift her career choice in a different direction and pursue a position in the veterinary field. She has always had a passion to help others, especially animals. She has loved them since she was young and always dreamed of having many pets of her own.
Kaylee believes that this career path is the one for her, starting as our kennel attendant and recently taking on being the technician’s assistant. In the future Kaylee hopes to advance in the field as a veterinary assistant and eventually become a veterinary technician.
She owns two happy kitties in her home, a Calico cat named Callie and Tortoiseshell cat named Nala.
In her free time, Kaylee enjoys spending time with friends and family, being outdoors (hiking), and learning more about the veterinary field whenever she can.