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.


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