What to Expect

DSC00772.JPGIn your search for a veterinary facility and doctor, we believe you should expect high quality care as well as great service and pleasant surroundings. Our goal has been to assemble a veterinary health care team committed to providing exceptional client service, veterinary health care and client education. Our commitment to you is to offer our top notch veterinary and client care in a clean, safe and efficient environment.

Your pet's annual check-up, preventative care or sick visit will include a complete physical exam. Our technicians and assistants will bring you into the examination room and review the reason for your visit, as well as take a brief history about your pet. Blood or urine samples that may be needed for the appointment will be taken at this time. Some tests can begin being processed before the doctor even comes into the room!

The doctor will then review the information gathered by the technician or assistant, and discuss this information with you and examine your pet. The length of the exam may vary depending on the reason for the visit. We do our very best to do as much as we can during the appointment time to help your pet if there is an illness or complicated medical issue. There are times when additional time will be needed and you may be asked to drop your pet off at a mutually agreed upon time to further investigate the problem. Surgeries are always scheduled as a drop off on designated days.

Notes on things like your pet's elimination habits and any physical changes or unusual occurrences can be helpful. Keep track of small shifts in your pet's behavior, including urinary marking habits and mood swings, along with diet and routine modifications. Take this notebook when you visit the veterinarian. These seemingly unrelated occurrences may help explain results of your pet's medical tests.

We do our very best to stay updated with current trends and recommendations in the veterinary field. We have been updating our vaccine protocols, preventative health care recommendations, treatment options, and integrative medical options. Our entire staff is proud to take part in ongoing continuing education opportunities and we strive to make every team member a valuable asset to the hospital, and you, our valued client. One of our outstanding accomplishments is client education and we do our very best to discuss cases thoroughly, and help you to understand and learn about your pet's needs and medical situation.

If your pet's medical needs are beyond our hospital's capabilities, you may be referred to a specialist. Veterinarians who have completed advanced studies in specialties such as internal medicine, surgery, emergency or chiropractic care are available in several referral hospitals in our area, and we are fortunate to have such a vast array of excellent pet care all within an hour's drive.


Office Hours

Our Regular Schedule

Branchburg Office




8:00 am-8:00 pm


8:00 am-5:00 pm


8:00 am-8:00 pm


8:00 am-1:00 pm


8:00 am-1:00 pm




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  • "The office staff works very closely with the veterinarians to answer questions and help with concerns. They are always ready to help you. 5 Stars"
    Cathy & Greg B.
  • "#1... it's easy, the professionalism and value for money well spent, as well as kindness for both the owner and the animal!
    5 Stars"
    Bonnie P.
  • "Been going there for 13 years now. Dr. Derfuss and her staff are the best. 5 Stars"
    Edward B.
  • "Great Vet... great staff... This group is like no other Vet I've been to. I tried 5 different Vets in the New Brunswick area... Branchburg is on a totally different leve. 5 Stars"
    Daniel F.
  • "We want to thank Dr. Derfuss and her entire staff at Branchburg Animal Hospital for all of the wonderful service and care we have received over the years. We've been with the practice since it opened many years ago. Whether we are coming to the office to pick up food or bring our pets in to be treated, we are given the best care. They are like family to us. We give them an A++ and have recommended them on many occasions."
    The Del Grosso Family
  • "Linda and I have been bringing our Labrador Retrievers (first Shiloh and now Cooper) to Dr. Derfuss and the Branchburg Animal Hospital for many years. We have always admired and embraced the leading edge, holistic healing practices that are employed there. This has included such applications as acupuncture, chiropractic and the utilization of natural supplements, all of which have appreciably augmented the overall quality of life for our beloved canines. At a time and in a country where the overuse of prescription medication has clearly run amok, it is great to have a facility in our area where numerous other alternatives are deployed and RX medication is applied on a far more discerning basis."
    Kevin B.
  • "My husband and I have been taking our German Shepherds to Dr. Derfuss for many years. She is extremely caring and compassionate. She not only practices traditional medicine but holistic too. Our "girls" actually loved when they went to the vet! We highly recommend Branchburg Animal Hospital!"
    Carla B.
  • "I’ve been bringing my cats here for 15 years and Dr. Derfuss and the staff have been caring and compassionate. Holistic treatments are available if you want them, depending on the animal’s condition, and I have gone this route a couple of times for ailing cats. I never felt pressured into accepting any particular treatment. I’ve always been given all the options and chose what I felt was best. There are a number of vets closer to where I live, but I continue to make a slightly longer drive to Branchburg Animal Hospital because I trust them."
    Loretta A.
  • "Great Vet, Professional Staff, Very Clean. We are fortunate to live close to this great Vet!!"
  • "For the past five years, the veterinarians at Branchburg Animal Hospital have taken great care of Stitch. I highly recommend this vet for your cat or dog."
    Jaime Hernandez / Branchburg, NJ

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