Goosepond Animal Hospital

Established in 1966 at its present location, Goosepond Animal Hospital is one of the original veterinary practices in Orange County. We are dedicated to providing excellent and compassionate medical care to all of our patients, and have recently remodeled and enlarged our facility to accommodate the growing needs of our community.

Our highly trained staff is composed of five veterinarians, five New York State licensed veterinary technicians, veterinary assistants, kennel assistants, client service representatives and a caring management team. Our state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment and facilities and our caring staff enables us to provide the best possible care and service for you and your pet.

Goosepond Animal Hospital is a full service small animal hospital. Patients are limited to dogs, cats, and certain exotic species. We offer annual health examinations, vaccinations, parasite control, medical treatment for illness, and surgical treatment. We do not do boarding in order to enable us to devote all of our time to treat medical patients.

Throughout the years we have been very grateful and proud to have been embraced by all who have put their trust in us to help their pets live healthy and happy lives. We will continue to do our very best now and in the future to provide the highest quality care for our patients and their owners.
  • Mon: 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Tue: 9:00am - 7:00pm
  • Wed: 9:00am - 7:00pm
  • Thurs: 9:00am - 7:00pm
  • Fri: 9:00am- 5:00pm
  • Sat: 9:00am- 5:00pm
  • Sun: CLOSED
  • Dr. Howard Rothenberg

    Veterinarian
    Dr. Howard Rothenberg knew he wanted to become a veterinarian when he was eight years old. He earned a Bachelors degree in Biology at SUNY Stonybrook, and then went on to Veterinary School in the Philippines. Veterinary school was academically rigorous and living in the Philippine Islands provided him with a culturally rich experience as well. After returning to the United States, and passing licensing exams in several states, he practiced in Spring Valley, New York, and later in Greenwich, Connecticut. In March of 1988, Dr. Rothenberg moved to the Hudson Valley and became an associate veterinarian at Goosepond Animal Hospital. When Dr. Gilman retired in 1998, Dr. Rothenberg became the Sole Proprietor/Director of Goosepond. He has a special interest in orthopedic and soft tissue surgery and has attended extensive continuing education classes in both areas. Dr. Rothenberg is committed to medical excellence in himself and his staff. He takes an active role in making sure that the hospital is one that provides a high level of medical care, as well as compassion for clients and their animal companions.

    Dr. Rothenberg is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, New York State Veterinary Medical Society, and American Animal Hospital Association.

    Dr Rothenberg currently resides in the town of Blooming Grove with his family and pets. He enjoys golf, playing guitar and weight training. 
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 1988
  • Dr. Christopher Alwang

    Veterinarian
    Dr. Alwang is a 1995 graduate of Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine in Alabama. He received his bachelors of science in biology from Cornell University. Dr. Alwang has been a member of the Goosepond family since 1995. His interests include general small animal medicine and surgery.

    In his spare time he enjoys skiing, biking, birding, involvement in environmental and conservation issues and spending time with his two children.

    His extended family includes two cats, Bella and Chase and a dog, Finley.
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 1995
  • Dr. Marci Scarano

    Veterinarian
    Dr. Marci Scarano graduated from Mercy College with a Bachelor of Science Dergee in Pre Veterinary Medicine and Veterinary Technology. She worked as a licensed veterinary technician for two years prior to attending Ross University College of Veterinary Medicine. She performed her clinical year at Oklahoma State University and graduated in 2003.

    Dr. Scarano worked as an associate veterinarian at the North Shore Animal League Veterinary Hospital in Port Washington, New York. She relocated to the Hudson Valley and began working at Goosepond Animal Hospital in 2005.

    Dr. Scarano is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, and the New York State Veterinary Medical Society. During her spare time, she loves to have fun with her two sons. Her hobbies include crocheting and baking/cooking. She has two dogs, two cats and a husband.
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2005
  • Dr. Michelle Sonnema

    Veterinarian

    Dr. Michelle Sonnema graduated from Rutgers University with a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science and teaching certification in Biology. While at Rutgers she raised a Seeing Eye puppy for The Seeing Eye in Morristown, NJ. She is a 2011 graduate of Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine where she graduated in the top ten percent of her class. During veterinary school she enjoyed volunteering at the local animal shelter and fostering dogs and cats with various medical needs. Following graduation, Dr. Sonnema completed a small animal general practice internship at Flannery Animal Hospital in New Windsor, NY. before joining The Goosepond Animal Hospital Team in 2012.

    She is currently a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, American Animal Hospital Association and is accredited by the United States Department of Agriculture. She has a special interest in ophthalmology and dermatology. In her spare time she enjoys snowboarding, skiing and hiking with her dogs. She currently owns three dogs named Owen and Lilah and Reno.
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2012
  • Dr. Kari Hayeck

    Veterinarian

    Dr. Kari Hayeck completed her undergraduate studies at Cornell University where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management and Marketing.  She worked for five years as an analyst in the financial and pharmaceutical industries before returning to Cornell’s College of Veterinary Medicine to earn her DVM degree in 2009.  Dr. Hayeck practiced as an associate veterinarian in San Francisco, California for several years prior to relocating to the Hudson Valley and joining Goosepond Animal Hospital in April 2014.

    Dr. Hayeck is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and is currently licensed in both New York and California.  She has a special interest in feline and shelter medicine.  In her spare time she enjoys volleyball, camping and crafting with her children.  She currently lives in Florida, NY with her husband and four daughters.  Her critter family includes two cats and a Greater Swiss Mountain Dog.    
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2014
  • Nicole

    Practice Manager
    Nicole graduated from The State University of New York, College at Oneonta with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Fine Arts with a minor in Anthropology. After college Nicole began her career as a business professional. Shortly thereafter, she joined the Middletown/Wallkill East Rotaract Club, a community service organization for young business men and women. Nicole quickly became a dedicated member and held office as Vice President and President of the organization. Nicole had always felt a love for animals but it was through her community service projects that she developed an interest in working with them. A position became available which would allow her to combine her leadership skills, knowledge obtained as a business professional and her love of animals. She began her career in the field of Veterinary Medicine working for a well-known veterinary hospital in Bergen County New Jersey. After years of dedication and service to the hospital in New Jersey she decided it was time to further her career and return to working in Orange County. Nicole joined the Goosepond Animal Hospital Team as Practice Manager in March of 2013.

    As Practice Manager, Nicole is responsible for the Goosepond staff, client relations, most financial aspects, and the overall well being of the practice.
    In her free time Nicole enjoys spending time with her husband, friends, family and two adorable cats, Groo & Grux. She also enjoys going to the gym, hiking, reading, painting, drawing, crocheting and cooking.
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2013
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  • Cathy

    Office Manager
    Cathy graduated from Queens College in 1977 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. After being a stay at home mom for many years, she began working at Goosepond Animal Hospital in 1996 as a customer service representative. Then in 2005, she became part of the management team, first as an assistant, and now as our Office Manager.

    Cathy is married with two grown sons. Her fur family consists of a wonderful rescue Golden Retriever named D.J. and a sweet calico named Callie.

    When not at work, Cathy enjoys family times, country music, reading and long walks with her dog.
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 1996
  • Catherine

    Licensed Veterinary Technician
    Catherine is a Licensed Veterinary Technician and a Licensed Laboratory Animal Technician who received a BS degree in Veterinary Technology from Mount Ida College located in Newton, MA. She graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1994 and has been working as a Veterinary Technician in a small animal hospital setting ever since. She joined the Goosepond Animal Hospital team in 2000.

    Catherine is married and has 2 children. Her extended family includes 3 cats and a variety of tropical fish. When not at work, she enjoys: cooking, baking, playing volleyball, watching the Mets, and spending time with her family and friends.
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2000
  • Sarah

    Licensed Veterinary Technician
    Sarah graduated from Concordia College in 2002 with a Bachelors degree.  Two years later she went back to school to pursue a degree in Veterinary Technology at SUNY Ulster.  She graduated in 2006 shortly after joining the Goosepond staff.  Her family includes her husband, two kids and two cats.  In her spare time she enjoys running and spending time with her family.
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2006
  • Linda

    Licensed Veterinary Technician
    Linda has been working in the veterinary field since she was eighteen years old. She worked as a Veterinary Assistant in New Jersey until she took time off to raise her three sons. She then returned to school to pursue her career in veterinary medicine. Linda has her Associate in Science from Orange County Community College and an Associate of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology from Bergen County Community College. She joined the Goosepond Animal Hospital Team in 2012.
    When Linda is not working she enjoys spending time with her sons, husband, two dogs, Nathan (a Corgi) Chance (a Brussels Griffon) and two cats, Crash & Cosmo. She also enjoys hiking, cooking, boating and gardening.
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2012
  • Jennifer

    Licensed Veterinary Technician
    Jennifer is a Licensed Veterinary Technician who graduated from SUNY Delhi and was NYS licensed in 1998. She has had 15 years of experience working in veterinary medicine. Jennifer has worked in a regular practice for 9 years and in an emergency practice for 6 years prior to joining the Goosepond Team in November of 2013. She enjoys the personal aspect of a veterinary practice such as getting to know the clients and patients. She also enjoys surgical nursing, anesthesia and interesting cases. Jennifer has a small but sturdy chihuahua named Johnny Rotten and three cats: Ben, Paula and Babykins. In her free time she likes Aikido, hiking, cooking, snowboarding and relaxing with friends and family. 
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2013
  • Desiree

    Licensed Veterinary Technician
    Desiree graduated from SUNY Delhi in May of 2009. She started working as a Veterinary Assistant after graduating until obtaining her license in July 2009.  Desiree joined the Goosepond Animal Hospital Team in December 2013, bringing with her a love of veterinary dentistry and client education. Desiree is a proud pet momma of three dogs and two cats. She has a Pit Bull named Moet, a German Shepard mix named Max and a Chihuahua named Siwa. Her two cats are named Mr. Lovin' and China Doll. In her spare time Desiree enjoys knitting, watching movies and spending time at the dog park with all her dog babies.
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2013
  • Helen

    Training Assistant
    Veterinary Assistant
    Client Service Representative

    Helen likes working hands on with all the animals to help make them better. She also enjoys assisting the technicians and doctors in surgery. At home Helen has three cats, "Tippy" a black domestic short hair, "Nyx" a brown tiger tabby and "Perseus" a white and orange flame point. When she is not working Helen enjoys spending time with her husband playing tennis, watching movies from the 1930s and visiting New York City. When asked what she was proud of Helen answered, that she was proud of her ability to hold cats  do not do well at the vet for treatments and that she has earned the nickname: "The cat whisperer".
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2007
  • Marie

    Veterinary Assistant
    Client Service Representative

    Marie likes working for a Veterinary Hospital because she enjoys helping our clients and their pets and seeing a patient come back happy and healthy after recovering from an illness. Outside of work Marie enjoys spending time with her husband, son and domestic long haired cats, Stoli and Morgan.
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2006
  • Megan

    Surgical Assistant
    Veterinary Assistant
    To Megan the best part of working for a veterinary hospital is the opportunity to learn something new all the time. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters. Megan's fur kids include a pit bull named Clarice and a boston terrier named Ozzy.
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2010
  • Emily

    Training Assistant
    Veterinary Assistant
    Client Service Representative

    Emily is a Certified Medical Laboratory Technician but finds working at a veterinary hospital to be a satisfying career as she enjoys helping animals. Emily's animal family includes a domestic short hair kitty named Minnie and  a chinchilla named Kiwi. When not at work Emily enjoys riding her bike, sewing and going to the beach.
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2007
  • Brittany

    Veterinary Assistant
    Brittany has her Bachelor of Science in Marketing and her Masters of Business Administration. Since joining our team Brittany has decided to go back to school and study to become a Veterinarian. She has told us that her favorite part about working for a Veterinary Hospital is helping the animals and learning more about their medical care. When not working Brittany enjoys going to school, doing pilates, playing board games and spending time with Clementine her seven year old Lab/Pit bull mix.
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2013
  • Pat

    Quality Control Officer
    Client Service Representative

    Pat likes working for a veterinary hospital because she enjoys all of our client's pets and giving them treats! Pat enjoys cooking, crafting and shopping when she isn't working. At home she has a English Labrador named Peppy and a domestic short hair named Caparusso. When asked what her greatest achievement was, she replied, her husband Frank, seven children, nineteen grandchildren and five great grandchildren. She is very proud of all of them.
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2005
  • Zoë

    Client Service Representative
    We asked Zoe what her favorite part about working for a Veterinary Hospital was and she told us it was having access to in-depth knowledge of diseases. When Zoe isn't working she enjoys photography, cross-stitch, reading, traveling and jig-saw puzzles. Her fur family includes two dogs, Webster a Leonberger, Miki a Malamute, 5 cats, Panda, Missy, Noel, Kangee and Rajah. Zoe also has Koi fish, saltwater fish and freshwater fish.
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2006
  • Sarah

    Client Service Representative
    Veterinary Assistant
    Sarah has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and enjoys working at a Veterinary Hospital because she is able to interact with all different kinds of animals on a daily basis. When she is not working Sarah enjoys spending time with her children, working out and living a vegetarian lifestyle. At home Sarah has a chihuahua named LuLu and Quinn a domestic short hair cat.
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2013
  • Jessica

    Client Service Representative
    Veterinary Assistant

    Jessica feels that the best part about working for a veterinary hospital is getting to see the different personalities of each animal. When not at work Jessica enjoys reading, walking and swimming. At home she has a domestic medium hair calico named Addie and a Husky named Kira.
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2014
  • Arlene

    After 10 1/2 dedicated years Arlene has retired from the Goosepond Team. We will miss her dearly! We know that she will enjoy her retirement but never retire from saving cats and helping animals. Best of Luck Arlene!!!


    Client Service Representative

    When we asked Arlene what her favorite part about working for a Veterinary Hospital was she replied that it was the great medical care. When not at work Arlene enjoys gardening and trapping cats for TNR or Trap, Neuter, Release. Her fur family includes three dogs and five cats.
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2006