Welcome to Mattituck-Laurel Veterinary Hospital!

Pets brighten our lives in so many ways. Routine visits to our Laurel, NY veterinarian can help your pet stay healthy, so you can enjoy his companionship for years to come. If you live in Laurel, NY or the surrounding communities, there’s no better place than Mattituck-Laurel Veterinary Hospital for your pet’s care.

Who We Are

Founded by veterinary specialists Dr. John Andresen and Dr. Charles Timpone, our full-service animal hospital has been serving the Laurel community for over 25 years. We specialize in treating small animals like dogs, cats and rabbits, equine and other farm animals. You’ll find our animal hospital a comfortable, welcoming environment and our team top rate in providing the care your pet needs. Our fear free practice is designed to put your pet at ease.

What We Do

Our full-service animal hospital can meet all your pet’s health and wellness needs by providing such services as:    

Wellness Exams

Annual wellness exams are at the backbone of preventative care. A wellness exam entails a full inspection of your pet from nose to tail to include skin, fur, teeth, joints, heart, and lungs. If our vet detects signs of parasites, disease or medical issues, we’ll follow up with x-rays, blood work, or other tests to diagnose your pet’s condition. Wellness exams provide us with an opportunity to catch health problems early so that your pet can get the treatment he needs for an expeditious recovery.


If your pet is due for vaccinations, these will be given during his wellness exam. We offer core and noncore vaccines for household pets, equine and farm animals to protect them against life-threatening diseases.  

Dental Care

Annual dental exams and cleanings will protect your pet’s teeth and gums from dental issues that can cause tooth loss. Healthy teeth are vital to animals for eating and protection. Through routine dental care, your pet can enjoy good oral health.

Pet Surgery

Our doctors perform routine pet surgeries like spay and neuter procedures, dental surgeries, orthopedic surgeries, tumor removal, and more to treat medical issues. We will explain all of the surgical treatments so you will be aware of what to expect.

Emergency and Urgent Care

In the event of emergencies, contact our facility right away. Our fear free practice can handle all kinds of crisis situations like broken bones, open wounds, and toxic ingestion. We also provide urgent care services for non-life-threatening situations that require prompt treatment.

Trust Our Laurel, NY Veterinarian for Quality Pet Care

For comprehensive veterinary services you can trust, contact Mattituck-Laurel Veterinary Hospital in Laurel, NY at 631-298-1177 today. For your convenience, we serve small animals like dogs, cats, and rabbits, along with equine and farm animals.


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  • Dr.
    John Andresen
    Large Animal Veterinarian and Owner
    Dr Andresen graduated from Cornell in 1966 and has been in practice ever since. He has seen and enjoyed treating a wide variety of animals.. In his off time he enjoys his family, coaching pole vaulting and is himself still active in sports. Years in Practice: 52 Years Education: Cornell Interests: Equine and Farm Animal
  • Dr.
    Charles Timpone
    Veterinarian and Owner
    Small Animal Veterinarian and Practice owner Dr. Charles Timpone is a long Island native having grown up in Baldwin and Mattituck. He attended Cornell University and received his bachelors degree in microbiology and immunology. Dr. Timpone continued his education and graduated from Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine where he received his D.V.M. degree with honors in 1986.

    Dr. Timpone returned to Long Island and was an associate veterinarian at the Aquebogue Veterinary Hospital. In 1994 he co-founded the Mattituck- Laurel Veterinary Hospital and provided the North Fork with a state of the art animal hospital that continues to serve the local community with superior animal care. Dr. Timpone’s veterinary interests are many but he particularly enjoys the challenges of small animal surgery and internal medicine.

    Dr. Timpone is a big advocate of our Local Animal Shelters and Rescue Groups. He has been on the Board of Directors at Kent Animal Shelter for over 25 years and has held the position of President for the last ten years.

    His leisure activities include sailing and cooking. He enjoys his family time especially playing with his grandchildren. His three dogs keep him busy as well.

  • Dr.
    Beth Dunbar
    Associate Veterinarian

    Dr. Beth Dunbar obtained her veterinary degree from Purdue University in Indiana. She has spent 21 years in the veterinary field, 14 of which have been spent practicing as a veterinarian.

    Dr. Dunbar has been a part of the MLVH family for 11 years. Her veterinary interests include surgery, ultrasound, and internal medicine.

    When Dr. Dunbar is not working at MLVH, she can be found volunteering with R.S.V.P and Kent Animal Shelter where she performs routine spay, neuter surgeries and provides medical care for needy pets in the neighborhood. When she is not working or volunteering, Dr. Dunbar remains active. She is a member of the Long Island Ladies soccer league and is an avid runner. She also enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband, stepdaughter, newborn baby girl, and her two pitbulls ‘Oreo’ and ‘Kallie’.

  • Dr.
    Scott Kimmel
    Associate Veterinarian

    Dr. Scott Kimmel grew up in Texas but spent most of his summers on Long Island with his parents and grandparents. At home he was surrounded by cats, dogs and horses. As a child he rode competitively with is horse, Pegasus, including barrel racing. Dr. Kimmel was very active in scouting and earned his Eagle Scout badge. Dr. Kimmel graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with an economics degree.

    While working, he joined the Jamesport Fire Department and became an EMT. After taking time in the business sector, he decided his true calling was medicine and a helping profession. He then attended and graduated from Michigan State University Veterinary School. He joined the MLVH family in 2006 and particularly enjoys internal medicine and surgery.

    When Dr. Kimmel is not working he enjoys camping, hiking and golfing. He currently lives with the last of his grandmother's six cats, Molly, who is affectionately known as 'the princess'. He feels very lucky to still have her in his life.

  • Dr.
    Nicole Mercurio
    Associate Veterinarian

    Raised on Long Island, Dr. Nicole Mercurio completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Rhode Island where she received a Bachelor of Science in Pre-Veterinary Studies. After being presented with a unique opportunity, Dr. Mercurio went to London, England to attend the Royal Veterinary College where she received her veterinary degree.

    Dr. Mercurio has been practicing veterinary medicine since 1999 and joined the MLVH family in 2003. Her veterinary interests include soft tissue surgery, dentistry and all aspects of veterinary medicine.

    While not at work, Dr. Mercurio enjoys spending her time outdoors: hiking, boating, gardening, and spending time on the North Fork Beaches. Most importantly, Dr. Mercurio enjoys doing these activities with her two young children and 11-year-old Labrador, ‘Cruiser’. She also enjoys spending quality time with her two elderly cats, ‘Lexi’ and ‘Stretch’.

  • Dr.
    Jeff Seaman
    Specialist - Board Certified Surgeon
    Dr. Jeffrey Seaman received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY in 1999. The following year, he completed a small animal rotating internship in medicine, surgery, and emergency at Oradell Animal Hospital in New Jersey.

    Dr. Seaman completed a residency and Master's degree at the University of Minnesota Campus in St. Paul and became board certified through the American College of Veterinary Surgery (Small Animal) in 2010. He has worked as a surgeon in Manhattan, Queens, Yonkers, and Long Island.

    Dr. Seaman's areas of special interest include elective orthopedic surgery, fracture repair, oncologic surgery, neurosurgery, minimally invasive procedures, and reconstructive surgery. He has published original research on bone grafts, and authored publications on fracture repair and brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome. Dr. Seaman has lectured nationally and internationally on a variety of topics.

    In his free time, Dr. Seaman enjoys spending time with his family, boatbuilding, sailing, fishing, and traveling.

  • Elaine James
    Practice Manager

    Practice Manager, Elaine James, has been working in the veterinary field for over thirty five years. She earned her Bachelors of Science in Zoology from SUNY Oswego and has been a licensed veterinary technician since 1980. Elaine has been managing animal hospitals since 1985 and is very excited to have joined the MLVH family in March of 2017.

    Some of her hobbies include wildlife photography, hiking, and traveling.

    Elaine loves spending time with her husband, three daughters, and grandaughter. When at home, her three dogs, ‘Penny’ a hound mix, ‘Lucy’ a Doberman, and ‘Bella Marie’ a Yorkie mix, two snakes ‘Ty’ and ‘Calypso’, rat ‘Annabelle’, and tortoise ‘Donatella’ keep her very busy.

  • Allison Fritscher
    Lead Receptionist/Bookkeeper

    Allison Fritscher has been with MLVH since opening day in October of 1994. Prior to working at MLVH, Allison worked at Hampton Veterinary Hospital And Aquebogue Veterinary Hospital. She is married with three teenage children, two horses, four cats, one very large pig, and her newly adopted dog from the North Fork Animal Welfare League; all of which are very loved! Allison is looking forward to starting back up with horseback riding. In the mean time, her main hobbies are her three kids who always keep her entertained and running around; a job she wouldn’t trade for the world!

  • Mary Bennett

    Mary Bennett has been working in the animal field for 34 years. She joined the Mattituck – Laurel Family
    As receptionist in 2009. Mary is a true animal lover and has a house full of kids to take care of. Her family includes a house full of cats, birds, and bunnies.

    If Mary is not working she spends a lot of her time with her family.

  • Britta Chavez
    Receptionist/Veterinary Assistant/Kennel Attendant

    Britta Chavez has been working in the veterinary field for roughly 23 years, 19 of which have been spent at MLVH. When she is not working at the animal hospital, she can be found working her catering job-she is truly a jack-of-all-trades! Britta is a hardworking mother of two teenage children, five dogs of various breeds, cats and birds.

  • Jeanette Robinson

    Jeanette Robinson has been working in the field for forty-three years. Thirteen of those years have been spent working as a receptionist at MLVH. Not only does Jeanette have experience in the veterinary office, she also has experience grooming dogs; more specifically Cocker Spaniels.

    Jeanette is the mother of a daughter and son, and grandmother to a beautiful granddaughter and grandson. She has four American Cocker Spaniels named Carlie (8 years-old), Spencer (6 years-old), Katie (6 years-old), Gracie (3 years old) and six-year-old ragdoll cat Liv.

    When not at work, Jeanette enjoys her time cooking, baking, knitting, crocheting, embroidery, and needlepoint. She also enjoys tending to her houseplants. Most importantly, she enjoys spending her time with her children and grandchildren.

  • Diana Stulsky

    Diana Stulsky has over 22 years of experience working in the animal field. She joined the Mattituck – Laurel family in 1996.

    Diana has always had a deep love for animals. That love brought her to her first position after high school working at the Southold Animal Shelter. She worked at the shelter for a few years before she started working at Mattituck – Laurel Veterinary Hospital as a kennel attendant. Over the years she worked as veterinary assistant/technician to her present position as a receptionist.

    When Diana is not working she enjoys softball, darts, and golf. At home her family includes Molli the dachshund, Tinkerbelle the Yorkshire terrier, Bobbi and Mona the cats.

  • Wendy Altieri
    Lead - Licensed Veterinary Technician

    Earned her degree in Veterinary Technology from SUNY Farmingdale State College. She has spent thirty-two years working with animals in both private practice and shelter medicine.

    Currently, Wendy has 3 cats named Pussyboots, Isabelle, and Skooter (a.k.a. Pie). Skooter is her most recent addition from a local shelter, which came to her paralyzed in the hind end. Needless to say, he requires a lot of assistance, which is more than worth it because he is quite the character and loves life!

    Wendy and her husband enjoy spending their time camping, hiking, biking, and boating. They also enjoy traveling to the National Parks to photograph the majestic scenery. Lastly, in her spare time Wendy enjoys caring for and bottle feeding orphan kittens until they are placed for adoption.

  • Nichole Kokis
    Licensed Veterinary Technician/ Receptionist
    Nichole Kokis began working at MLVH after her internship in 2016. She recently graduated Suffolk County Community College’s Veterinary Technician program in May of 2017 and passed her Veterinary Technician National Examination in August of 2017.

    When Nichole is not at work, she enjoys getting together with a group of ladies to play Mahjong, a tile base game that originated in China, and reading books in the company of her dogs. Avid Spaniel fan, Nichole has a 7-year-old English Springer Spaniel, Sadie, which is her family’s hunting dog.

  • Dana Lamendola
    Licensed Veterinary Technician/Receptionist

    Dana Lamendola graduated from SUNY Delhi University in 2010 earning her Associates of Animal Science in Veterinary Science Technology. After earning her license, Dana discovered an interest in dog grooming. Currently, Dana has been transitioning back into the veterinary aspect of the pet industry. Dana has been working at MLVH since April of 2017 as both a veterinary technician and receptionist.

    When Dana is not working or grooming dogs, she enjoys going to the beach, cooking, running, exercising, and practicing yoga. She has three dogs, Carmine the Yorkie, Lola the Chihuahua/Papillon mix, and Max the Shepard/Lab mix.

  • Jessica Mannix
    Licensed Veterinary Technician

    Jessica Mannix graduated from SUNY Cobleskill in 2011 with an Associates of Science in Animal Science. From there, she completed her Bachelors of Science in Animal Science at Cornell University in 2013. After spending some time working in the field, Jessica decided to go back to Suffolk County Community College to study veterinary technology, graduating and earning her veterinary technician license in 2016. She has been working in the veterinary field for 4 years and joined the MLVH in 2017.

    When Jessica isn’t working, most of her time is spent staying active. Health and fitness enthusiast, Jessica enjoys horseback riding, hiking, working out, reading, cooking, and spending time with her family.

    Jessica is a proud mother of her 2.5-year-old Goldendoodle, “Tucker”, who loves to play ball and run around in the sprinklers in the summer and snow in the winter.

  • Melanie McKay
    Licensed Veterinary Technician

    Melanie McKay has been working at MLVH for six years. She attended SUNY Cobleskill earning her Associates of Animal Science, and then graduated from Suffolk County Community College in 2012 earning her Associates of Animal Science in Veterinary Technology. She joined the MLVH shortly after she received her license to practice.

    Melanie enjoys anything outdoors; some of which include hiking, camping, fishing, paddle boarding. She loves going anything where her two dogs, “Loki” the sheltie and “Quill” the wirehaired pointing griffon, can come along for the adventure. Melanie also fosters and adopts out abandon kittens and volunteers for an Animal Rescue Group.

    When Melanie isn’t exploring the outdoors or working, she enjoys painting, sketching, and pottery/ceramics. She is also interested in mastering the art of falconry.

  • Susan Seif
    Licensed Veterinary Technician

    Licensed technician, Susan Seif, has been in the veterinary field for 20 years, all of which were spent working at MLVH as a licensed technician and manager.

    Most of Sue’s free time is spent with her dogs. Sue and her husband own Rhumbline Retrievers, where they breed Labrador Retrievers. They train and compete their labs in hunt tests, field trials, obedience and rally in both AKC and UKC venues. Of the top 25 rated Labrador Retrievers in 2017 in the obedience class, 5 of the dogs were bred by Sue. Sue is often listed in the top 20 handlers in the US based on Master Passes. Sue and her dogs qualify to attend the master nationals and master amateur invitational most years.

    Sue’s first career was that of Merchant Seamen. She is a graduate from NY Maritime College. She sailed as second and third mate for ten years. After getting married, Sue’s desire to change careers was needed. Even though she already had a BS in Computer Science and Mathematics from Maritime, she returned to school at Suffolk County Community College for a new career as a Licensed Veterinary Technician.

    Both Sue and her husband enjoy spending time outdoors hiking, hunting, and simply just spending time in nature. Although Sue does not have children, she is a mother to her own herd of canine companions. Her dogs Docker, Jack, Gyro, Noughty, Gypsy, Dory, Cargo, Punch, Cricket, Clipper and Ketch are all Labrador Retrievers. Her cat, Dinghy, certainly rules the roost. Sue also has chickens, ducks, pigeons, and guinea hens.

  • Susan Warner
    Veterinary Assistant

    With 31 years of experience in the veterinary field, Sue Warner has spent 23 of those years as a veterinary assistance at MLVH. In fact, Sue is one of our original staff members.

    She is the mother of one son and two little dogs, “Mae” and “Chrissy”.

    Outside of the office, Sue enjoys gardening, painting, horseback riding, bird watching, and sailing.

  • Maria Anaya
    Kennel Attendant/Bather

    Maria Anaya has worked in the animal field for over 20 years with the last 14 years being at Mattituck- Laurel Veterinary Hospital. Maria is usually kept very busy with all our boarders and baths. You can occasionally meet her when she admits them for their stay with us (many of which get so excited to see her again) and of course when the babies go home.

    Maria enjoys watching movies, reading, music and dancing. When Maria is not at work taking care of your babies, she is happy to be at home with her husband, daughter, her side kick Chiquis, a poodle mix and rabbits, Bengy, Cinnamon, Oreo, Chantal, and Sunshine.

  • Cathleen Brennan
    Veterinary Assistant

    Currently attending Suffolk County Community College’s veterinary technician program, Cathleen Brennan is the newest member to the MLVH team. She has been working with animals for 2 years; however, she has been an avid horseback rider since she was six years old.

    In her spare time, Cathleen enjoys hiking, crocheting, photography and is attempting scrapbooking. Being an amateur novelist, she also enjoys writing. Cathleen has two pets at home; one being a 26-year-old Appendix horse named “Mufasa”, and a 2-year-old cat named “Nala”.

  • Maximilian Spielmann
    Veterinary Assistant

    Aspiring veterinarian, Maximilian Spielmann, graduated from Cornell University in 2013 earning his Bachelors of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies with a minor in Marine Biology. Max recently confirmed his passion for veterinary medicine when he began shadowing Dr. Andresen in January of 2017. In addition to shadowing, he began working at MLVH during the summer of 2017.

    In his spare time, Max enjoys running, sailing, camping, gardening, carpentry, and archery. Max has a 4-year-old chocolate Labrador, Barkley, which he rescued from North Fork Animal Welfare League, two kitten sisters, Aurelia and Cornelia, an 11-year-old miniature stallion, Camelot, and his own flock of chickens.


    I ALWAYS tell everyone how much I love every staff member at Mattituck-Laurel Veterinary Hospital. The kindness and compassion are so important, which are met by the expertise of each doctor. They're honest and trustworthy, too. Thank you for being so awesome!

    Tara B.

    Dr. Timpone was excellent, my dog was there for the first time. He was very friendly and kind. Highly recommend him. He understood my concern for My dog Snoopy. will be back too see him again.Thank you 🐾

    Joan T.

    Mattituck-Laurel Veterinary Hospital is an OUTSTANDING veterinarian practice!!! Dr. Dunbar and Vet Tech Jess are top-notch practitioners who are caring, compassionate and personable, as well as being experts in their field. I have tried so many different veterinary practices and have finally found THE ABSOLUTE BEST!!!!

    Lee F.

    The Front dest, Dr Dunbar, the medical staff all excellent , I love each one. Everyone is so personable and comforting I always feel we are in the best place for treatment for my fur family members

    William P.

    I adore this vet and although there are ones closer to me, this is the only one I trust. They are competent, honest and compassionate. I have every faith in their care and recommendations to help your pet live a long and happy life.

    Kimberly H.

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