About Us

Our superior team of veterinarians, licensed veterinary technicians, veterinary assistants, and support staff are here to give your pets the personal attention and care they deserve.

Each facility is slightly different, reflecting the needs of the community in which it is located. However, one thing that they all have in common is a staff dedicated to providing accessible, comprehensive, and compassionate veterinary care to the families and pets of Long Island. We maintain our high standard of veterinary care by keeping up to date in the ever-changing field of internal medicine, diagnostic skills, dentistry and surgical techniques with abundant field experience.

Our growth from one hospital to a group of hospitals is a testimony to our work ethic, honesty and compassion.

Our growth from one hospital to a group of hospitals is a testimony to our work ethic, honesty and compassion.


Our Staff

Jaipal Rana, DVM

Veterinarian

Dr. Jaipal Rana completed his undergraduate degree in Sciences from Government College Rohtak in 1980 and graduated from College of Veterinary Sciences and Animal Husbandry (BVSc&AH), Haryana Agriculture University, Hissar, Haryana, India in 1984. He completed his Masters for Veterinary Sciences in Internal Medicine (MVSc) in 1987. His work during MVSc on hemolytic disease in large animals (Indian Buffalo) was awarded a gold medal and Young Scientist Award.

After working for a brief period of time as an assistant professor in the Department of Veterinary Medicine, Hissar, Haryana, India; Dr. Rana immigrated to the United States in 1989 and has been practicing Veterinary Medicine on Long Island, New York since 1992. With many decades of practice experience, Dr. Rana has keen interest in Internal Medicine, Surgery, Ultrasound and Dentistry. He understands the different communities of Hempstead, Elmont and Plainview and has designed them aptly to become community based practices. In his free time, Dr. Rana loves to write, and he is an ardent lover of gardening which is displayed by his beautiful backyard that he takes lot of pride for.

Shafi Ahmed Shaik, DVM

Veterinarian

Dr. Shaik graduated in 2000 from Acharya N.G Ranga University, Hyderabad, A.P, India. He has been in clinical practice since 2015. His primary interests are Internal Medicine, Surgery and Radiology. Dr. Shaik's hobbies are painting, writing poems, carpentry. He is passionate about practicing very sophisticated medicine.

Beth Silverman, CVT

Practice Manager (Woodbury Road Veterinary Hospital)

Beth Silverman is the senior staff member at the Animal Care Centers and is the Practice Manager at Woodbury Road Veterinary Hospital. Beth Started as a Kennel Assistant and learned every aspect of the veterinary practice. Beth possesses outstanding management skills and has an inherent love and affection for all animals. Beth’s lifetime ambition is to open up a small animal hospice. Woodbury Road Veterinary Hospital is honored to have Beth Silverman as its Practice Manager.

Stefanie Torrens

Veterinary Assistant

Stefanie Torrens joined our team as a veterinary assistant in 2008. She has a bachelor's degree from SUNY Plattsburgh and a Masters Degree in Nutrition from Long Island University. Stefanie volunteered her time to different cat adoption centers and has dedicated herself to the well being of all animals. One can feel her love and compassion for pets in Stefanie’s daily work. Woodbury Road Veterinary Hospital is thankful to Stefanie for all her hard work and dedication.

Eileen Bitter

Veterinary Assistant

Eileen joined our animal care team in November 2011. She has a degree in Education and Theatre from Temple University, PA, with experience in health care. Her compassion, love for animals, work ethic and caring attitude is a perfect fit in our team like the last piece in a puzzle. Woodbury Road Veterinary Hospital is grateful to have her, and look forward for continued love and care for our pets.

Shavanna Persaud

Shavanna Persaud

Veterinary Assistant and Kennel worker

Shavanna joined the Animal Care Centers at our Plainview location as Veterinary Assistant and Kennel worker. She is a graduate from Cathedral High School with an advanced diploma and was part of a prestigious program called The Medical Gateway Program. She volunteered at the Animal Medical Center of New York for 2 yrs. Shavaana aspires to be a Veterinarian.

Vanessa Pulgar

Veterinary Assistant and Groomer

Vanessa joined Animal Care Centers at Woodbury Rd Veterinary Hospital as Veterinary Assistant and Groomer. She has a Diploma from Boces for Grooming. She has 1-year experience in Grooming and is a very hard working employee. Woodbury Rd Vet Hospital welcomes her in the team.

Sandra Jaramillo

Veterinary Assistant

Sandra is our newest member to join Animal Care Centers team at Animal Hospital of Elmont, Elmont, NY. Sandra was born in United States but was raised and educated in Colombia. Sandra has a degree in Veterinary Medicine from Colombia. She is working and studying to get licensed to practice in United States as a Veterinarian. She is extremely focused and hard working and Animal Care Centers wish her good luck with her goals and help her attain goals. Animal Hospital of Long Island has full confidence in her concerning animal care.

Melora Rice

Veterinary Assistant

Melora has joined Animal Care Centers at Animal Hospital of Elmont, Elmont. She was born and raised in Long Island. She studied child psychology at MaryMount College in Manhattan. Her love towards animals made her do Veterinary Assistant Diploma from Boces, Westbury. She is a fast learner and Animal Care Centers welcomes its new member on their team.

Fabiolla Calle

Fabiolla Calle

Veterinary Assistant and Kennel person

Fabiolla has joined the Animal Care Centers at Elmont location as Veterinary Assistant and Kennel person. She has an Associate degree. She is animal lover and aspires to be an Environmental Attorney.


Our Groomers

Naaija Benjamin

Naaija Benjamin

Diane Greggo

Diane Greggo

Vanessa Pulgar