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The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) sets veterinary standards that member hospitals adhere to and utilize to create a clean, safe, efficient, and effective hospital for client’s pets.  The Burnt Hills Veterinary Hospital, founded in 1950 by Dr. Stan Garrison, and owned by Drs. Pete Farrell and Michael Rach since 1984, has been an accredited hospital since 1963.  Accreditation by AAHA means that our hospital has been examined and evaluated against the standards written and agreed upon by AAHA members, and been found to be adhering to the standards:  cleanliness, record keeping, quality assurance protocols, emergency procedures, medical waste management, surgery, sterility, consistency and quality of radiology, laboratory testing, hospitalized animal care, advanced diagnostic procedures, and continual education.  This is a massive undertaking for any veterinary hospital.  We are proud to acknowledge that our AAHA accreditation has just been renewed for another three year period.  This accreditation provides our clients with the assurance that our hospital has been inspected and evaluated to the most rigorous standards of care.  Our clients and their pet families can know that not only will they find a clean, caring, compassionate environment for themselves, they will also experience the best in veterinary diagnostics, medicine and surgery.


Scientists Confirm the Harm in Feeding Raw Pet Foods

By Amanda Carrozza / Published in American Veterinarian / April 2018

Incorporating raw meat into the diet of companion animals has been widely debated. Proponents argue that raw foods provide nutritional value that can’t be achieved through kibble, promote healthier digestion, and reduce periodontal disease. Critics, including the FDA deny such benefits and warn that raw pet foods expose animals to bacterial infection. Several raw pet food products have been recalled in recent months due to the potential for contamination.

Hoping to provide evidence either way, a team of scientists from Utrecht University in the Netherlands tested for the presence of zoonotic bacterial and parasitic pathogens in raw meat-based pet foods. The results, published earlier this year, revealed the presence of Escherichia coli, Listeria Monocytogenes, and Salmonella. What’s more, people are at risk when they handle raw pet food or are licked by and animal that consumed the food.

The investigators analyzed samples from 35 raw meat diet products across 8 brands available in the Netherlands. After thawing the meat, the investigators looked for the presence of Salmonella, L monocytogenes, E coli, and antibiotic-resistant E coli, as well as 2 types of parasites, Sarcocystis and Toxoplasma gondii.

E coli serotype 0157:H7 was found in 23% (8/35) of the products, and the antibiotic-resistant beta-lactamase-producing E coli was found in 80% (28/35). L monocytogenes was present in 54% (19/35); other Listeria species in 43% (15/35); and Salmonella species in 20% (7/35).

Concerning parasites, 11% (4/35) of the products contained Sarcocystis cruzi; another11%, Sarcocystis tenella. Six percent (2/35) of products contained T gondii.

“The results of the study demonstrate the presence of the potential zoonotic pathogens in frozen raw meat-based diets that may be a possible source of bacterial infections in pet animals and, if transmitted, pose a risk for human beings,” according to the investigators. “If nonfrozen meat is fed, parasitic infections are also possible.” They add that pet owners should be made aware of risks associated with feeding their pets raw meat.

Van BreeFPJ, etal. Vet Rec. 2018;182(2):50. Doi: 10.1136/vr.104535.


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If you live in Burnt Hills or the surrounding area in NY, then you have picked the perfect site to find a veterinarian. All 11 of our licensed veterinarians, treat all types of pets and animals. Your pet's health and well being is very important to us and we will take every step to give your pet the best possible care.

Burnt Hills Veterinary Hospital is a full service animal hospital and will take both emergency cases as well as less urgent medical, surgical, and dental issues.  All of our doctors are experienced in all types of conditions and treatments. Beyond first rate pet care, we make our clinic comfortable, kid-friendly, and a very calm environment so your pet can relax in the waiting room and look forward to meeting his or her own Burnt Hills veterinarian.

We have a number of resources for you to learn about how to take better care of your pets. Browse around and look at our articles and pet videos. The best veterinary care for animals is ongoing nutrition and problem prevention. If you want to ask a question call 518-399-5213 or email us and we'll promptly get back to you. Our Burnt Hills veterinary office is very easy to get to, and you can find directions on our Contact Us page. You can also subscribe to our newsletter which is created especially for Burnt Hills pet owners. In between your veterinary visits, your pet will benefit from you reading these free informative articles.

At Burnt Hills Veterinary Hospital, we treat your
pets like the valued family members they are.

Dr. Peter Farrell
Dr. Michael Rach
Dr. Keith Clement
Dr. Beverly Blinn-Knapp
Dr. David Chico
Dr. Matthew Duemler
Dr. Stephen Godin
Dr. Heidi Gordon
Dr. Chris Elson
Dr. Darren MacNaughton
Dr. Emily Falls

 

 Burnt Hills Veterinary Hospital | 518-399-5213

145 Goode Street
Burnt Hills, NY 12027

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  • Dr.
    Peter Farrell

    Dr. Farrell acts as the Medical Director (problem solver) for the hospital. In that capacity, he is available to assist and consult with all the doctors on their cases at BHVH and is responsible for daily doctor's rounds. 


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  • Dr.
    Michael Rach

    Dr. Michael Rach received his DVM degree from Cornell University in 1982.  He feels it is an honor to be a veterinarian and remains forever grateful for this challenging and rewarding profession.

         Dr. Rach and Dr. Farrell were classmates at Cornell and have worked side by side ever since graduation.  Together they have grown the Burnt Hills Veterinary Hospital to become a center for compassionate care for the pets and families of their community.

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  • Dr.
    Keith Clement

    Dr. Clement grew up on a small farm in western Massachusetts where he gained his love of animals, both large and small. After high school, he attended the University of Massachusetts/Amherst and graduated in 1984 with a Bachelors of Animal Science. Dr. Clement was accepted to the New York College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University and graduated in 1989. 

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  • Dr.
    Beverly Blinn-Knapp

    Dr. Blinn-Knapp was born in Westerly, RI and moved to the Capital District with her family as a young child. She loved animals from an early age and always knew she wanted to be a veterinarian. Dr. B-K is a graduate of the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School. She got an AAS in Equine Husbandry from SUNY Cobleskill, and then transferred to Cornell for a BS in Animal Science. She received her veterinary degree from Cornell. While at Cornell, she worked in the Reproductive Physiology Dept. for five years, and was also selected as a member of the Small Animal Crew to work in the Small Animal Clinic.

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  • Dr.
    David M. Chico

    Dr. Chico received his veterinary degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1993.  He continued his education and received his Master of Public Health degree from the University at Albany in 2008 and became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine in 2010. In addition to working part time at Burnt Hills Veterinary Hospital, where he enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine, Dr. Chico also works for the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets as Field Staff Supervisor and Emergency Preparedness Manager.

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  • Dr.
    Matthew Duemler

    Matt was born and raised in Perth NY on a small hobby farm with all kinds of pets. He attended Broadalbin Perth School where he played Baseball, Basketball and Soccer. Matt continued his education at St. Lawrence University where he majored in Neuro Science and spent countless hours shadowing area veterinarians. While at SLU, Matt studied abroad in Denmark. Here he had the opportunity to experience veterinary medicine on an international level. 

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  • Dr.
    Chris Elson

    Dr. Chris Elson, DVM, CVA, CVCP, graduated from the Atlantic Veterinary College in 1995.  In 2007, he sold his practice and came to work at Burnt Hills. 

    He lives with thirty cats, seven dogs and one wife.  He and his wife have bred Bengal cats, because they love their energy and personality.

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  • Dr.
    Stephen Godin

    Dr. Godin grew up in Tupper Lake, NY. His many family pets helped to spark an interest in veterinary medicine.    Following High School Dr. Godin attended SUNY Canton enrolling in the Veterinary Technician program. He finished his undergraduate education at Cornell University with a bachelors of Animal Science.

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  • Dr.
    Heidi Gordon

    Dr. Heidi Gordon grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. While growing up she cared for and fell in love with many family pets. She also worked at her Uncle's kennels and joined him at obedience shows with his golden retrievers. Dr. Gordon studied Environmental Science as an undergraduate at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. She then worked in the Pacific Northwest for a few years in the environmental field. Dr. Gordon also worked in a research lab at Oregon Health Sciences University that studied nerve regeneration.  Her love for animals led her to return to Georgia to purse a degree in veterinary medicine from the University of Georgia. She graduated in May, 2003.

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  • Dr.
    Darren MacNaughton

    Dr. MacNaughton grew up in Queensbury NY. After High School he earned his Bachelor's Degree in Neuro-Psychology from Princeton University.  After Princeton he began working in research at Albany Medical College in their Center for Cardiovascular Studies where he focused on complications following angioplasty surgery, and worked towards his Master's Degree in Cardiovascular Medicine.

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  • "Hi, my name is Maggie M. and I am a 9 year-old Poodle mix. I first met Dr. Clement in September of 2008 to be evaluated for stem cell therapy. After years of steroid therapy for severe allergies all of my joints had severe inst ability and arthritis. I was so painful that the ball of my left hip joint had to be removed and my left wrist had recently been surgically fused. For the past five months I have been unable to walk and my mom has had to carry me everywhere."
    Maggie's Story
  • "My name is Charlene Hubbley. I have a 6-year-old German Shepherd named "Heidi". As a young adult, Heidi liked to go on long walks and play in the back yard. As she neared 6 years of age, I noticed that she didn't want to stand, she always laid down. She didn't do well on her walks and got tired very quickly. She started to drag her knuckles on her back feet. She was unable to jump on our bed and had trouble getting in and out of the car. I consulted with Dr. Clement and he recommended putting her on Glycoflex (Joint
    Lubricant). After trying this medication for a month, her discomfort level only progressed. After consulting with Dr. Farrell, he recommended x-rays of her back and hips."
    Heidi's Amazing Story
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