North Shore Veterinary Hospital

With over 75 years of experience, our goal at North Shore Veterinary Hospital is to continue our tradition of offering family values and quality medicine while we strive to provide each client with the most comprehensive, cutting-edge and compassionate veterinary care available. Our highly trained staff is here to listen to your concerns, offer outstanding service, and provide you with the necessary information to keep the four-legged members of your family healthy and happy.

North Shore Veterinary Hospital was founded in 1931 on Vernon Valley Road in Northport, NY by Dr. Arthur Fredericks upon graduation from the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. In the '30's, Dr. Fredericks spent his early years as a farm veterinarian for all types of animals. In the early 1930's, people traveled on dirt roads via horse & buggy, penicillin was not yet invented, old wooden crates were used to house pets, food scraps were collected from local restaurants to feed them, and boarding was only 25 cents a day.  Dr. Fredericks continued his veterinary career for the next 60 years and became a well-respected "character" in the local community.

In 1969, his son Richard W. Fredericks joined the practice after also completing his Veterinary degree from Cornell University. Dr. Fredericks built one of the largest Large Animal Veterinary practices on Long Island while maintaining a strong small animal practice, and was one of the first to become licensed in using acupuncture techniques to aid western medicine. In 1985, Dr. Richard Frederick moved the practice from the original Northport, NY and changed the concentration to smaller companion animals. In 1996, the third generation Cornell University graduate followed in the footsteps of his father and grandfather. Dr. Russell W. Fredericks began his veterinary career in Florida where he became medical director of two veterinary hospitals. However, in 1999, the family business was calling him back to Long Island and he returned to join his father and take over the reins at NSVH. The youngest Dr. Fredericks continue the tradition of providing a warm, friendly atmosphere while creating a cutting-edge veterinary hospital. The doctors of NSVH are respected and admired for the excellent veterinary care they provide as well as the charity work they do for local shelters and rescue groups. Today, North Shore Veterinary Hospital is a multi-vet practice bringing talented and dedicated DVM's into the community to insure that our clients continue to receive the best possible medical care for their animals.

  • Mon: 8:45am - 6:00pm
  • Tue-Thu: 8:45am - 8:00pm
  • Fri: 8:45am - 5:00pm
  • Sat: 8:45am - 3:00pm
  • Aftr Hrs: (631) 462-6044
  • Richard W. Fredericks, Veterinarian, Owner

    Richard W. Fredericks was born in 1942 to his Veterinarian father Arthur W. Fredericks and his mother Ruth in Northport, New York. He completed his undergraduate studies at Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry in 1965. From there he attended Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine. Immediately following graduation, he was in private practice at Belmont Racetrack in Floral Park, New York where he tended to the veterinary needs of the racing community. A few years later, he returned to Northport and continued the mixed practice tradition of his father's generation with a concentration on horses, dogs, and cats as Long Island moved away from farming. In 1982, Dr. Fredericks became certified by the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society, and began successfully utilizing these techniques in his practice. In 1985, he created the current practice at 835 Fort Salonga Road and turned the original facility into a boarding kennel and grooming center that exists today. Dr. Richard W. Fredericks, D.V. M. continues to practice part-time while maintaining over 30 hours of continuing education each year.
  • Russell W Fredericks, Veterinarian, Owner

    Russell W. Fredericks, age 41, was born and raised in Northport, New York. In 1990 he graduated from Hartwick college with a B.A. in biology from Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York. He then attended Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine where he graduated in 1996 in the top 20 of his class. Upon graduating he became licensed to practice Veterinary Medicine in both New York and Florida and spent the next three years as an associate Veterinarian in West Palm Beach, Florida. His achievements there enabled him to become medical director of two VCA owned hospitals. In 1999, Dr. Fredericks returned to Northport, New York to join both his Grandfather, Dr. Arthur W. Fredericks, Cornell '31 And his Father, Dr. Richard W. Fredericks, Cornell '69 in their three generation Cornell graduate Veterinary Practice. Over, the past six years the youngest Dr. Fredericks has subsequently expanded and taken over the existing practice as chief Veterinarian. He continues to work and live in Northport with his family.
  • Marybeth Polek DVM, associate Veterinarian

    Dr. Marybeth Polek is a native of Philadelphia, PA. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in large animal husbandry from Delaware Valley College of Science and Agriculture in 1990. During her years at Delaware Valley College she spent most of her free time as manager of the school’s Standard bred breeding farm or perfecting her English riding skills and competing on the intercollegiate equestrian team. She attended Ross University School of veterinary medicine from 1994-1997 in St. Kitts, West Indies and completed her final year and rotations at the University of Missouri, Columbia. Upon graduation, Dr. Polek worked with and was mentored by Dr. Richard W. Fredericks at North Shore Veterinary Hospital from 1998-2001. Subsequently, Dr. Polek went on to work at local emergency clinics and has also had the experience of practicing shelter medicine. Dr. Polek rejoined North Shore Veterinary Hospital in September 2007 with her primary focus to be offering our client’s house calls as well as traditional private practice. Dr. Polek enjoys yoga, going to the gym, travel and is currently learning to surf. She and her dog Izze (the best black lab) live in Huntington.
  • Lauren Donovan DVM, associate Veterinarian

    Growing up In Northport, Dr. Donovan is thrilled to be back working in her home town. She graduated from St. George's University in January of 2010. She is excited to have joined the NSVH team after getting her start at our boarding facility, North Shore Animal Center in 1999. She worked her way up to receptionist and then a Veterinary assistant over several years. Her special interests in small animal medicine include dermatology and preventative care. She currently lives in Northport with her retriever mix Dublin!

  • Ashley Caruana DVM, associate Veterinarian

    Dr. Ashley Caruana was raised on Long Island in Wading River. She completed her undergraduate degree in Kentucky, where she received a B.S. in Biology. She graduated from Ross University College of Veterinary medicine in 2012 and went on to complete her clinical education at North Carolina University College of Veterinary Medicine.
    In the years since graduation she has pursued her passions and refined her skills in Veterinary anesthesia, medicine, dentistry and soft tissue surgery. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her fiance and caring for their 3 cats, Mocha, Hazelnut, and K-cup and golden retrievers, Chase and Charlotte.
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2012
    Ross University College of Veterinary Medicine
    traveling, soccer, horseback riding, hiking
  • Robin Hills-Fredericks, Practice Manager

    Robin, an accomplished equestrian, joined North Shore Veterinary Hospital in 2000. She has received certification in Veterinary Practice Leadership from the AAHA and Veterinary Leadership Academy, as well as a BS in Psychology. Aside from overseeing and managing NSVH, Robin is also the Senior Care Advisor for the Hospital. She enjoys spending her free time with her husband and children, Harry and Wyatt!
  • Margaret Monahan

                         Manager, Bookkeeper, Licensed Veterinary Technician
    Margaret's managerial skills and love for animals have made her a key team member at North Shore Veterinary Hospital! An animal lover all of her life, Margaret likes to spend time with her horses, Sunny Sunshine, Henry and Gina, her yellow lab, Tara, and her newest addition, Missy, a rescue beagle!
  • Andrea Baldassare, Asst. Manager

    Andrea joined the North Shore Veterinary Hospital Reception Team in the fall of 2004. In the fall of 2008, she was promoted to Assistant Manager. Andrea also works with various local animal shelters, fostering several kitten litters each year in hopes of finding them happy and healthy homes! Andrea lives in Northport with her family, which includes seven cats and two St. Bernard's, Bear and Stella!
  • Danielle Brock, Receptionist/ Veterinary Assistant

    Danielle, a lifetime resident of Northport, joined NSVH in January of 2007. Danielle is training as a veterinary assistant and receptionist. She has a dog named Beckham, a cat named Posh, and - the most recent addition - a blind kitten named Greyson.
  • Donna Damo, Veterinary Assistant

    Donna, a native of Northport, has been with North Shore Veterinary Hospital since 2000. She completed her Veterinary Assistant Certification from BOCES-Wilson Tech in 1998. As the Veterinary Technician Team Leader, she oversees the tech staff in their day-to-day duties. When Donna isn’t at NSVH, she can be found spoiling her two Siberian Huskies, Kiara Bella and Skylar Rayne, rotten!
  • Tracey Raleigh

    Veterinary Assistant

    Tracey joined the NSVH team in May 2013 as a Veterinary Assistant/Receptionist. She is currently attending school and working toward her degree in becoming a Licensed Veterinary Technician. Tracey's free time is spent with her husband and three children as well as her pets Rascal and Noah.

  • Emily Ciacco

    Veterinary Assistant/Receptionist

    Emily began working with the team at NSVH in August of 2013 as a receptionist, and later became a veterinary assistant. She lives in Northport and graduated from Northport High School in 2012. In her free time, Emily enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Emily also has 2 cats named Telle and Olive.

  • Kelly Burgio

    Licensed Veterinary technician

    Kelly attended school at Suffolk Community College and graduated with a degree in Animal Science and Veterinary Technology. She worked in emergency medicine for 12 years and for the past 8 years has been working in general practice. On the side enjoys doing cat and kitten rescue.
    Years in Practice:
    Jul 20, 2016
  • Stephanie Bonavita

    Veterinary Assistant
    Years in Practice:
    Jul 20, 2016
  • Ali Gilday

    Veterinary Assistant
    Years in Practice:
    Jul 20, 2016
  • Gina Wallace

    Years in Practice:
    Jul 20, 2016
  • Caitlin Johnson, receptionist/veterinary assistant

    She has lived in East Northport her whole life. She is currently in school to become a licensed veterinary technician. She spends her free time with her family and friends. She has 2 dogs at home Pearl and Junior.
    Years in Practice:
    Dec 07, 2016
  • Ashley Buhagiar, Veterinary Assistant

    Years in Practice:
    Dec 07, 2016
  • Andrew Maragos, Veterinary Assistant

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 18, 2018
  • Lauren Leddy

    Lauren, a native of Northport, has been with North Shore Veterinary Hospital since the fall of 2017. She is an avid horseback rider who enjoys spending her free time with her husband and two children, as well as her boxer Gisele and cat Lilly.

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2017
  • Kat DeMarco

    Receptionist/Veterinary Assistant
    Years in Practice:
    Jul 20, 2016