Yonkers >Pets & Animals > Animal Specialty Center
9 Odell Plaza , Yonkers, NY | Directions 1070140.970228 -73.884231
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Neighborhoods: Northwest Yonkers
Thank you Dr. Joseph!
Today our 11 year old Black Lab, Teddy, had the cyber knife stereotactic radiation procedure for a meningioma (brain tumor) at the Animal Specialty Center in Yonkers, NY. Teddy’s doctor, Dr. Richard Joseph, was fabulous, as was the entire staff at ASC. Teddy was diagnosed with the tumor at NC State (we live in NC) and we traveled to NY because ASC is only one of three facilities in the US that has cyber knife. Instead of weeks of radiation treatments, only 1 or 3 treatments is required. And, happily, Teddy only needed one treatment. My husband and I are so glad we chose ASC for Teddy’s cyber knife treatment.
As an aside, as we were waiting for Teddy to finish his treatment this morning, a couple brought their Dalmatian into the Animal Specialty Center. It turns out that the two year old dog had suffered a 60 foot fall and had broken his back in April and was brought to the ASC for treatment since it was such a serious situation. Today was his final re-visit as he bounced around the office at full speed! About a dozen staff members and doctors came out to hug the dog and the owners goodbye. Some had tears of joy in their eyes because they were so happy that the dog had done so well. This Center is full of people who truly care about the animals they treat…
Bless you Dr. Jeanne Budgin
4 years ago Molly, our beloved English Pointer, suddenly developed strange red spots all over and at the suggestion of her regular vet, put us in the hands of Dr. Jeanne Budgin whose specialty is dermatology. I made the appointment and it was a match made in heaven for all! Dr. Budgin spent an enormous amount of time collecting information about Molly- we were with her for over 1 hour and while she thought she knew what the problem might be needed to spend a little more time investigating to exactly what Molly had – and she did. Over the course of 1 ½ years we met with Dr. Budgin and her nurses who were always welcoming and kind– the prognosis was spot on and her honesty how to “cure” Molly’s skin problem and what we could expect with the medical protocol was accurate. Molly became spot free and remains that way today.
Jeanne Budgin is a warm, caring, and compassionate doctor with a wonderful sense of humor and she is incredibly bright. She gave us confidence that Molly would get better and we knew that we had made the right decision to see her. Each and every appointment with her Molly received the same care and attentiveness as the first time we met. Dr. Budgin always took the time to respond to emails even after Molly got better – she just really cares about her patients and their ongoing welfare.
Dr. Budgin’s “table” side manner with Molly put us at ease but most important put Molly at ease. She is a true professional who treats each patient with love and great care that only a great doctor can do.
In a few words – she is simply the best.
N & J – Rye, NY
I have two dogs that have had serious health issues through the past 4 years . I am confident that they could not have survived through their ailments had it not been for the amazing professional care of the doctor's and staff at ASC!
One of my dogs has an auto-immune disease that almost took her life a few years ago but thanks to Dr. Jeanne Budgin, and her very competent & caring staff (especially Catherine McNeely, who is one of the most wonderful people I have every met ), my dog has not only survived this disease but has also been happy and healthy under Dr. Budgin's care. I am, and will be, forever grateful for the compassion, love, and care in which Dr. Budgin showed me and my dog and for her continuous effort in giving my pet the best quality of life in these past years. I have nothing but respect, praise, gratefulness, and the highest of recommendations for Dr. Budgin and her staff! Also, a special shout out to Dr. Mary Buelow who performed oral surgery on my dog's problematic teeth and eased her discomfort.
My other dog had two knees with serious issues and she was in constant pain. She had reached a point where she could not stand up with her hind legs and could barely walk. Thanks to the amazing Dr. Dennis Ting, and his wonderful staff (especially his assistant Eric Zamora who was so loving and caring of both my dog and myslef), my dog is now pain free and able to walk and run and enjoy her life! Dr. Ting performed two knee surgeries that successfully changed my dog's life to that of a healthy & happy pet. I cannot be more grateful enough for his care and for all the time he took to meticulously explain everything and walk me through the surgery procedure and healing process.
I feel so lucky and grateful to have found these wonderful skilled professionals who have made my life and both of my pets life's so much healthier and happier. Thank you, Dr. Budgin (and Catherine)! Thank your, Dr. Ting (and Eric)! We would have never made it without you! And thank you to all the staff at ASC, receptionist and accountants, who have also been so courteous, caring, and professional throughout the years.
Dr. Jeanne Budgin, dermatology specialist at ASC, made the last several years of my cat Olive's life the best she ever had. Olive suffered from chronic skin allergies that a series of vets had been unable to diagnose and that caused her aggravated itching, discomfort, and fur loss across her face. Dr. Budgin began a very thorough course of diagnosis and treatment for Olive that included lab work, dietary testing, interim steroid medications, a customized allergy serum, and finally the gradual introduction of a life-saving drug, Atopica. After Dr. Budgin's careful adjustment of dosage, Olive experienced the first consistent relief of her symptoms ever. All her itching ended, she regrew full facial fur and elegant whiskers, and in her later years she was calmer and happier than I had ever known her to be.
Throughout our years of working together, Dr. Budgin and her staff at ASC showed amazing skill and thoroughness, flawless follow-through, and (perhaps above all) total concern and affection for Olive. I always felt Dr. Budgin's professionalism in equal measure with her loving compassion, and I would recommend her without qualification to anyone needing a superb specialist. She's the greatest, and I know Olive would agree.
My sweet Cody was screaming in pain when we took him to Dr. Joseph at ASC. The MRI showed he needed immediate surgery. From his first moments at ASC to his release, Cody's care was exceptional. The front desk staff, technicians, aides, interns, residents, they all were professional, caring and sympathetic. I even received a text photo of Cody after surgery to soothe my rattled nerves. Dr. Joseph is lauded for his diagnostic capabilities and surgical skills. He must also be recognized for a compassionate bedside manner that is too often missing in veterinarians. I cannot say enough about how positive my experience was at ASC. How indebted I am to Dr. Joseph and his colleagues. And most of all, how strongly I recommend the facility and its staff.
Our oldest dog Juliette started having seizures in April 2011. Upon having her examined by our vet in Greensboro,NC, she was referred to a local specialty center. She was diagnosed as having a cystic meningioma, and it was estimated that her life would end in two months or less without some type of treatment. Due to her age which was 14 years and 2 months at the time, the recommended treatment was chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Upon further investigation, we discovered that she would have to undergo 16 to 20 radiation treatments within a period of four to five weeks, each time under anesthesia. We ruled out this type of conventional radiation treatment because in all likelihood she would have never survived that many times under anesthesia, and we were very concerned about the side effects of the radiation. If she had somehow survived all of this, the best case scenario was a survival time of eleven months. Our situation seemed hopeless. We desperately searched for an alternative and discovered radiosurgery. Then, we found Animal Specialty Center, the only veterinary hospital in the world with Cyberknife Radiosurgery. Dr. Joseph was frank, yet hopeful about Juliette's prognosis. We drove from NC to Yonkers, NY, and she received one treatment on June 15, 2011.There were no side effects whatsoever. On August 13, 2012 we returned to ASC for a follow up MRI which showed that the tumor was of similar to slightly reduced size, the best news possible! She also had a minor surgery while under anesthesia for the MRI.
Our experiences at ASC have been extremely positive. Dr. Joseph, Dr. Charney, Dr. Bonczynski, and the staff have treated Juliette and ourselves with the utmost compassion and care during both of her stays. It is obvious to us that ASC was founded with the intention of providing the best outcomes possible. We feel so fortunate to have found ASC. Without it, there would have been no hope for Juliette. Thank-you ASC!
monicas mobile grooming – Nice experience! Needing to change groomers can be a nerve-wracking experience; everyone wants their 'babies' to feel stress-free and comfortable. Monica made both Candi and Soxie feel right at home, making sure to be aware of their individual needs and problems, and the grooming results have been wonderful! It's obvious that Monica cares a great deal for her animal clients, and it shows in her work and makes their families happy too!
DISASTER FOR BIRDS PLEASE STAY AWAY!!! – We brought our Parottlet bird who couldn't move and was leaning forward upon recommendation from Laurie Hess an Avian vet who couldn't care much for the birdie because it was the 4th of July, and her birthday..Well..I don't care. There was no Avian Vet in this outfit, and the staff was clueless. We thought that the birdie would get TLC and feeding, but was put in Oxygen, some heat, and four hours later only there was an attempt to feed him, which may have killed him by feeding through the wrong pipe, since one of the staff member didn't even realize when we came to visit that a bird is not lying on its side, unless it is dead!!! He kept knocking on the glass thinking that it is alive!! The worst experience, and neglect. Looks inviting from the outside, but horrible service for birds. It would have been much better just to keep him with us, and give him the love during his last 4 hours.
Excellent Care for our pet! – We had a fantastic experience at ASC. One of our dogs was recently diagnosed with a brain tumor. Our regular neurologist referred us to Dr. Joseph and he was more than accommodating answering all of my questions. His team was fantastic from his techs to the front office staff. There was one over night tech I was less than happy with but over all the experience was a good one. Our dog went in for Cyber Knife treatment. We spent a week at ASC and our regular vet was amazed at how good he looked after the procedure. They took very good care of him and called me in the AM and PM every day with status updates, and someone was always available to give me a status update when I stopped in or called. We could have taken him over over night, but I thought it might be best to keep him at the hospital during the week. They were always more than accommodating. I also witnessed them with a lot of other patients while hanging out in the waiting room and they did a very good job I thought, and we've spent A LOT of time in ER rooms and vet hospitals.
DONT GO – New to the area and having pets we asked many people in neighborhood what was the best place to go and were surprised that they did not recommend Animal Specialty Center. Sadly we tried ourselves and were very disappointed in the lack of caring, could not get a Dr on the phone, and lack of communication for care when we left ( we did get alot of care when we paid). The overnight team was terrible as our pet looked half dead in the morning. The place looks very modern and well equipt but bells and whistles do not make a caring pet hosptial. Appears the warnings about this one specific Dr. who is not liked are all true. We would not recommend this at all.
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