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Dr. Jeffrey Hubsher always wanted to be a veterinarian. Up until he was six years old however, he wanted to be a cowboy (difficult for a kid growing up in Brooklyn!). But after that he knew his calling was to be a veterinarian. “It was kind of like a dream come true”.
Dr. Hubsher has been in practice since 1980. He is an active member of the AVMA, CVMA, FCVMA, and NYVMA. He has worked as a veterinarian in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, Peekskill NY, and Franklin Square, NY and in an emergency clinic on Long Island.
He has been co-owner of the South Salem Animal Hospital since 1984, and Noah’s Ark Animal Hospital since 2000. Dr. Hubsher is a consultant for R.O.A.R., Ridgefield Operation for Animal Rescue.
Dr. Hubsher loves being a veterinarian. He is a general practioner and his goal is to provide extraordinary veterinary care in all aspects of his practice. In addition, he has advanced training in veterinary dental care and has a special interest in ear diseases. He is a progressive clinician who attends many continuing education seminars and who insists on having the most advanced and specialized equipment in his two hospitals. Dr. Hubsher not only provides care to cats and dogs, but also treats birds, reptiles, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, rats, pot bellied pigs, pet goats and pet sheep, you name it.
To quote Dr. Hubsher on his philosophy of practice: “It’s very important and fulfilling for me to help pets and their people. I believe that there should be a partnership between the veterinarian, the pet and the pet’s family too. This partnership is helpful in deciding how to deliver the best, most compassionate care possible to our patients.”
Dr. Hubsher and his wife Lauren along with their daughters Sierra and Willow live on a farm in Ridgefield, CT. They share their home with three dogs, a cat, a parrot, parakeets and finches, a goldfish named Fruity, horses, a donkey, two pigs, two sheep, three goats, some chickens and rabbits, and two peacocks. When he’s not working, Dr. Hubsher enjoys traveling, horseback riding, surfing and skiing.
Irit Grader is a Sabra, which means she was born in Israel. She grew up near Jerusalem. Even as a kid, for her, it has always been about the animals in her life. When she was a child her family had a small terrier mix named Lizzy and a Golden Retriever named Gaya.
As a teenager, Dr Grader got a horse named Sunny. Unfortunately Sunny colicked and required surgery. The surgery saved his life. This positive experience started Dr Grader thinking about veterinary medicine as a career.
In 1998, a large, fast-moving forest fire was heading toward the stable where Sunny lived. Irit and a team of volunteers participated in the rescue of all the horses in the stable, saving them from a potential tragedy. In acknowledgment of this rescue effort, a government minister bestowed an award on Irit and the rest of the team.
Along the way, like most young Israeli adults, she entered the military and became a medic. This too, played prominently into her adult career choice.
She attended Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana and The Purdue School of Veterinary Medicine.
After graduating from Purdue, she worked for a mixed practice caring for dogs, cats, llamas, alpacas, sheep and goats in Delphi, Indiana.
Dr Grader has been working at Noah’s Ark Animal Hospital since October, 2011 where she primarily treats dogs and cats. However, she also sees rabbits, ferrets, hamsters and other furry pocket pets as well as the occasional chicken but Dr Grader’s special interests are in feline and canine medicine, dentistry and surgery.
When you meet Dr Grader, what becomes quickly apparent, besides her obvious love of animals, is the warm and genuine way he interacts with people. She says “I love helping people and animals, so the best way to utilize my skills is to be a veterinarian. This allows me to accomplish both of my goals at the same time.”
Dr Grader lives in the area with her two children and her cat, Neko. She loves to hike, go bird watching and is an avid gardener
Dr. Pia was just eight years old when she told her parents that she had decided to become a veterinarian. She is a graduate of the Veterinary School at the University of Helsinki. She worked in Finland for over twenty years as a Municipal Veterinarian, and lived on a farm just north of Helsinki with her husband, three children, and an assortment of animals including: sheep, dogs, cats, horses, and pigs.
Since relocating to the United States in 1997, Dr. Pia decided to focus solely on small animals, mainly dogs and cats, but also exotic pets. She has always been incredibly passionate about her work, and she likes to keep herself abreast of cutting edge veterinary medicine by frequently attending continuing education courses and veterinary conferences. Dr. Pia now lives in Goldens Bridge, NY with her husband, their dog "Tuisku,” and cat “Blue.”
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As the owner of three dogs between 14 years of age and 8 months, I love Noah's Ark. Everybody from the doctors, to the vet techs and front desk staff treat my puppies as if they were their own. They've all given my dogs nothing but the best care.