Settings

Home Site
Notification
Push Notifications
Contact Us
Saddle Brook-Elmwood Park Daily Voice serves Elmwood Park & Saddle Brook

Menu

Saddle Brook-Elmwood Park Daily Voice serves Elmwood Park & Saddle Brook

Nearby Towns

Breaking News: Undercover Heroin Buys Produce Bust Of Accused Garfield Dealer
business

Elmwood Park Animal Hospital Going 70 Years Strong

Eileen Bittmann of Meisels Animal Hospital in Elmwood Park spends some time with resident cat Mister.
Eileen Bittmann of Meisels Animal Hospital in Elmwood Park spends some time with resident cat Mister. Photo Credit: Joshua Jongsma
Meghan Praat of the Meisels Animal Hospital in Elmwood Park looks after one of the canine patients Friday, Dec. 4.
Meghan Praat of the Meisels Animal Hospital in Elmwood Park looks after one of the canine patients Friday, Dec. 4. Photo Credit: Joshua Jongsma
Dr. Douglas Moldoff, owner of Meisels Animal Hospital in Elmwood Park, in his office.
Dr. Douglas Moldoff, owner of Meisels Animal Hospital in Elmwood Park, in his office. Photo Credit: Joshua Jongsma

ELMWOOD PARK, N.J. — Many cats and dogs have come and gone through the Meisels Animal Hospital in Elmwood Park since 1946, with no sign of slowing down after nearly 70 years.

The building itself dates back to 1932 but found its identity when purchased by Dr. Morton Meisels. The hospital's current owner, Dr. Douglas Moldoff, worked with Meisels for 14 years before taking over.

"Having that continuity and same location, I think it speaks for itself," Moldoff said.

Moldoff has been at the hospital for 43 years. He graduated from the University of Illinois in 1973 before joining the staff.

Associate doctor Ben Goldstein works with Moldoff along with two more veterinarians plus nine other employees in reception, as technicians and one property manager.

It all started with Meisels, though, who Moldoff said was a great mentor.

"I learned a lot from him about the practice in general," he said. "We had an excellent working relationship."

Meisels graduated from Cornell University in 1944. He retired in 1987 and died in 2001.

The hospital on Broadway sees about 25 to 30 patients a day. About 60 percent of the pets are dogs and 40 percent cats.

Goldstein treats smaller pets like rabbits, hamsters and guinea pigs.

The office also has two cats who live on the premises.

Barbara Dowling has worked at the hospital for 32 years and said the family atmosphere keeps it going.

"We love animals, and we try to provide that to the clientele that bring their animals here," Dowling said. "We treat them as our family members, because that's how we feel the animals are. They're not just pets, they are our family."

to sign up for Daily Voice's free daily emails and news alerts.

Welcome to

Saddle Brook-Elmwood Park Daily Voice!

Serves Elmwood Park & Saddle Brook

This is a one time message inviting you to keep in touch

Get important news about your town as it happens.