Pleasant Valley Animal Hospital

Pleasant Valley Animal Hospital is a full-service AAHA certified animal hospital and boarding kennel in Pleasant Valley, New York. We offer veterinary medical, dental and surgical services, veterinary acupuncture, preventive medicine, health maintenance, boarding, grooming and emergency services for your cats, dogs, ferrets, rabbits, and pocket pets. Our goal is to add years to your pet’s life and life to their years.

Pleasant Valley Animal Hospital offers a variety of holistic treatments, including acupuncture, veterinary myotherapy, and nutritional guidance and supplementation to maintain your pet’s health and well-being.

A holistic approach to health focuses on addressing health concerns by looking at your pet in his or her entirety, as a physical, emotional, and spiritual being. Treatment goals are to reduce or eliminate symptoms and prevent future disease without side effects. We believe in our work, and so do our clients.


  • Mon-Tue: 8:00AM-6:00PM
  • Wed: 8:00AM-7:00PM
  • Thur-Fri: 8:00AM-6:00PM
  • Sat: 8:00AM-Noon
  • Aftr Hrs Emergency Care:
  • (845) 471-8242
  • Dr. Martha Gearhart, DVM, DABVP, CVA

    Dr. Gearhart received her DVM degree from the New York State College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell in 1979 and her B.A. from Bryn Mawr College in 1975. She has practiced in the Hudson Valley since 1982 and, as sole owner, has been the Medical Director for Pleasant Valley Animal Hospital since 1999. In 1985, she qualified as a Diplomate by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, and since her specialty certification, she has limited her clinical work to companion animals, including ferrets, pocket pets, and rabbits as well as dogs and cats.Her special interests include geriatrics, feline medicine, cancer therapy, infectious diseases, dentistry, and nutrition. In 2003, she became certified in veterinary acupuncture by the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society and is a member of the American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture and the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association. In addition, she is a long-standing member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners, American Animal Hospital Association, American Veterinary Medical Association, and New York State Veterinary Medical Society.

    In addition to her clinical work, she has published widely on a variety of animal health subjects for many publications including Cats, Dog World, and refereed veterinary journals. In 1988, Dr. Gearhart was selected by the American Veterinary Medical Association to be the first recipient of a Congressional Science and Engineering Fellowship in Washington, D.C. in affiliation with the American Association for the Advancement of Science, where she worked as a technical advisor to Senator Kent Conrad on the 1990 Farm Bill.

    Dr. Gearhart has also served as a consultant to Pfizer Animal Health, Inc. from 1996 until 2000, while continuing to work on animal health and welfare issues in the policy arena. For ten years Dr. Gearhart directly provided or organized Ask The Doctor services at the Dutchess County Cat Show in Poughkeepsie as well as at the Canine Tent at the Dutchess County Fair. These events are a natural extension of her work with the Dutchess County SPCA, P.A.N.T. and Mid Hudson Animal Aid. In 1997, the New York State Veterinary Medical Society granted Dr. Gearhart a Merit Award in recognition of her work and service to the profession.
    Years in Practice:
    Apr 07, 1979
    Education:
    New York State College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell
  • Mary

    Practice Manager

    Mary has been with our hospital since December of 2006 and became Practice Manager in 2008. She oversees the overall operation of the hospital, including financial and computer systems, client satisfaction and record keeping. Most recently she has been working with the American Association of Feline Practitioners to certify our hospital as a Silver Status Cat Friendly Practice and is now listed with the AAFP as one of our Feline Advocates.
  • Sueann

    Clinic Supervisor

    Questions about bathing or grooming
    your pet? Need to schedule a house call?

    Sueann is our most senior staff member serving our patients and clients since 2000. She oversees the day to day operation of the clinic, provides grooming expertise, and all house call services.
  • Tina Porter

    Kennel Manager and Nutritional Consultanat

    Is your pet diabetic? Overweight? Suffer from food allergies?

    Tina, who has been with this hospital since 2009, is the person to request. She manages the day to day operations of our boarding kennel as well as prescription food ordering and inventory.
  • Christine, LVT

        Licensed Veterinary Technician

    Questions about breeding your dog?

    Christine managed Ronbout Hunt Kennels for many years prior to joining Pleasant valley Animal Hospital. She is responsible for in-hospital patient care, anesthesia, dentistry, radiology, the pharmacy, and assisting Dr. Gearhart in surgeries.

    Years in Practice:
    Mar 21, 2008
    Education:
    SUNY Alfred
  • Lyrica

    Kennel Staff

    Questions about your cat's behavior?

    Lyrica is studying to be a licensed veterinary technician and assists Dr. Gearhart and Christine Fairbanks in patient care. She has initiated our cat and kitten training classes and worked with Mary in achieving our Silver Status Cat Friendly Practice certification . She is listed with the AAFP as one of our Feline Advocates.

  • Barbara

         Receptionist

    Barb began her career at PVAH under Dr. Peter Poggi, ran her own pet shop, and now runs the front desk at our animal hospital. She does the billing and deposits.

  • Brittney

    Brittney graduated in May of 2012 from SUNY Ulster with her degree in Veterinary Technology and joined our staff in August 2012. We are excited about her future here at Pleasant Valley Animal Hospital.
    Years in Practice:
    Dec 10, 2012
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