Our History

The Animal Hospital

Our family-run veterinary practice has served the capital district for over 46 years. Dr. Ed Becker conceived, designed and built The Animal Hospital in 1974. Dr. Ed’s daughter, Lexi, grew up at The Animal Hospital and was honored to take over the practice in 2014. We are proud of our tradition and pledge to remain true to our home town values while implementing cutting edge veterinary medicine and technology.

Our location was chosen as a pet-safe environment away from the hustle and bustle of traffic and noise. The secluded feel of our grounds makes it easy to forget that we are in the suburbs, just minutes away from Crossgates Mall. Clients often walk with their pets to the swan pond or sit and overlook the pasture.

Our building, though outfitted with the most current veterinary technology, remains one that is warm, inviting and even home-like. The waiting area, complete with a brick fireplace, is specially designed so that the traffic flow proceeds without crowding. The five exam rooms are adjacent to the reception desk, the laboratory and the pharmacy, to make flow efficient. Likewise, our treatment room is a central hub surrounded by triage, surgery, radiology/ultrasound imaging, patient wards, doctor’s office, and employee lounge. The current building footprint is the result of five different additions over the past 40 years. Of note is our full building automatic generator. This was a necessary addition to prevent hospitalized patients and surgeries from being interrupted by power outages. Outdoors, we have a 9,000 cubic foot flight cage for our wildlife and endangered species.

Most recently we gave our reception desk and cabinets a facelift, taking care to match the updates with the numerous antiques collected by Dr. Becker through the years. Our next task is to update the exam room decor. We appreciate any feedback you may have regarding color schemes! For pictures and more information, please take a virtual tour on our website.

Our Vision

A gentle voice with skilled hands guided by advanced veterinary technology.

​​​​​Our Mission

We at The Animal Hospital have dedicated our lives and this practice to our patients. Our serene veterinary office is a warm and inviting practice for you and your companion. By choice we remain a small hospital allowing all of our staff to know you and your pet, giving whatever time is necessary to meet your needs. Every patient benefits from our commitment to be at the forefront in veterinary medicine. We do our best to reassure them with a gentle voice and soft touch. Our philosophy is to treat each patient as if they were our own family member.

Meet the Founder

Dr. Ed Becker, DVM

Founder/Veterinarian

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.

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