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 specialist 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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  • Charles Timpone
    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.

  • Beth Dunbar
    Medical Director, Partner

    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’.

  • Nicole Mercurio

    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’.

  • 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
    Assistant Manager

    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 children, two horses, four cats, 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!

  • Susan Seif
    Assistant Manager

    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.

  • Diana Stulsky
    Lead Receptionist

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.


    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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