Deborah Ward, DVM, MS

Mobile Ultrasonographer & Small Animal Internist

Dr. Ward was born and raised in New York. After obtaining her undergraduate degree from Duke University, she graduated from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1996. She completed a one year rotating small animal medicine and surgical internship at Southwest Veterinary Specialty Center in Tucson, Arizona, prior to beginning her Internal Medicine Residency at Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine.  She obtained board certification in Small Animal Internal Medicine from the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 2000 as well as a Master’s Degree in Veterinary Medical Science for her research on the use of gastro-protectant medication in dogs.

Dr. Ward has worked at two large referral hospitals in the area, where she has developed a reputation for excellence in the local veterinary community. Ultrasound has been a large part of her clinical practice and brings this expertise, as well as her skill in managing cases, to our practice.

Eric DeRose, DVM,

Mobile Veterinary Cardiologist

Dr. DeRose is a Veterinary Cardiologist. He earned his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Kansas State University School of Veterinary Medicine. After finishing his studies, he was selected for an internship with Veterinary Specialist of South Florida in Cooper City. He then went on to his residency in veterinary cardiology at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital in Tinton Falls, NJ. He is especially interested in treatment and management of congestive heart failure due to chronic valve disease or endocardiosis, the most common form of acquired heart disease in dogs. Dr. DeRose strives to help veterinarians improve the quality of life for animals affected by this disease. He provides cardiology ultrasound services at our practice.

Christopher Thacher, DVM,

Mobile Orthopedic & Soft Tissue Surgeon

Dr. Christopher Thacher received his veterinary degree from the University of California (Davis) in 1980.  He completed both an internship in small animal medicine and surgery residency at The Animal Medical Center.  Dr. Thacher served as the Chairman of the Department of Surgery at The Animal Medical Center from 1986-1993. He is well-regarded among the referral community and has a reputation for surgical excellence and teaching as he has overseen the education of many rotating interns and surgery residents.

Steven P. Cudia, DVM

Mobile Orthopedic Surgeon

Dr. Steven P. Cudia, Director of VSS, is board-certified in Canine and Feline Practice by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners.  Dr. Cudia received his veterinary medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine in 1994.  He is a native of Toms River and now resides there with his family.

Following a year in private practice, he completed a one-year Rotating Internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania. He participated in both the Basic and Advanced Courses on the Surgical Fixation of Fractures at The Ohio State University and has authored two peer-reviewed articles and an abstract.

Dr. Cudia is an active member of the New Jersey Veterinary Medical Association , the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Jersey Shore Veterinary Medical Association.