Dr. Dana Baruffo grew up in nearby Dutchess County, NY. She studied biology and anthropology at SUNY Stony Brook University prior to moving to the Caribbean to study veterinary medicine. Despite the distractions of living near one of the worlds most beautiful beaches, Dr. Dana graduated summa cum laude with her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from St. Georges University in 2015. Following graduation, she completed a fellowship at the Trevor Zoo while also working at a local animal hospital. In 2019, Dr. Dana joined the Sand Road Animal Hospital family.
Dr. Dave Sandefer grew up on a dairy farm in upstate New York. Even as a boy he knew his calling, he wanted to be a veterinarian. Throughout high school, he worked with a variety of dogs, cats, and farm animals, first as a caregiver and eventually as a technician. He worked in a veterinary hospital while pursuing a degree in animal science from Cornell University's College of Agriculture and Science, and later at Cornell's large animal hospital as he followed up his studies at the College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduating in 1983 with awards for excellence, he returned to his roots in upstate New York to work as an associate in a busy mixed animal hospital. Then, in 1987, he and his wife Cindy took a trip that changed their lives. On a visit to the northwest corner of Connecticut, they met Dr. Larry Washington, who had four years earlier, started a small animal clinic in Falls Village. They bought the practice on a wing and a prayer and, over the years, molded it into the full service facility it is today.
Dr. Amy Damers earned her degree in veterinary medicine at Cornell University in the year 2000. After graduation she set out to find a job in Connecticut to be near her family and fianc. While considering five different job offers, she decided on a whim to make the long trip to northwest Connecticut to interview at one last practice, Sand Road Animal Hospital. She describes the experience as a moment of Zen. Sand Road was the embodiment of everything she dreamed a veterinary practice could be: a state-of-the art facility in a beautiful setting, with a team of talented doctors and a dedicated staff committed to bettering the lives of animals. She joined the practice and has never looked back. Dr. Amy grew up in New York on Long Island and is the youngest of six children. She graduated magna cum laude from Villanova University and did post-graduate study and research at S.U.N.Y. in Stony Brook. She is a strong advocate of preventative medicine and, in addition to cats and dogs, enjoys working with "pocket pets" such as rabbits, guinea pigs, and ferrets.
Dr. Jen Jones has had a life long love of animals. She grew up in Hershey, PA and aspired to be a veterinarian from a very young age. She was an avid pony clubber and spent much of her free time during high school and college working in small animal hospitals and at a local thoroughbred racetrack. Dr. Jen completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Vermont, studying both in Burlington, VT and Christ Church in New Zealand. She graduated Suma Cum Laude with a Bachelor degree in Animal Science. She then moved to Colorado where she earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Colorado State University's School of Veterinary Medicine, graduating Magna Cum Laude. For six years after graduating, she enjoyed all facets of being an equine veterinarian as an associate at Rhinebeck Equine in Rhinebeck, NY. She started treating dogs and cats after completing training in acupuncture from Chi Institute of Chinese Medicine and chiropractic care. This began her fulfilling transition to small animal practice. She enjoyed a successful house call practice in Hudson Valley, but found she missed the stimulation and collaboration of being part of a larger practice. Since 2006, she has enjoyed a rewarding career working at the Sand Road Animal Hospital. It is here she has been able to offer compassionate care to 4-legged family members in our region while collaborating with a team of very talented doctors and support staff. Her special interests include ultrasonography, dentistry, and dermatology. Dr. Jen spends her time outside of professional practice with her 2 daughters, 1 Labrador, cats, and bunnies. She enjoys skiing and hiking appreciating the beauty of the Berkshires.
Located 41 miles from our practice. They are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week including holidays. We have the utmost confidence in the veterinarians on staff and know they are well equipped to provide your pet with the best medical care. Your pet will be monitored around the clock by highly trained staff.
We will work closely with their veterinarians to ensure continual communication while your pet is at VCA and arrange for a smooth transition for follow-up care here at Sand Road Animal Hospital. We hope your pet will never experience an emergency but should that occur it is always good to be prepared. We encourage you to establish apet portal thru our websiteso you can access your pets records from anywhere 24/7.
Acupuncture is the use of specialized needles placed at specific points along energy channels within the body to alter variousbiochemical and physiological conditions. The dry needletechnique is the most common form of acupuncture used, butelectro-acupuncture, aqua-acupuncture, moxi-bustion (heat),and implants may be employed as well.
Veterinary Spinal Manipulation is a manual therapy that adjusts the spine and limbs of small and large animals to better align the whole body, similar to human chiropractic care. Spinal manipulation is used to alleviate pain and stiffness by freeing up nerves and muscles and allows both dogs and cats to move with more comfort and ease. This treatment modality is especially beneficial for any dog or cat suffering from musculoskeletal conditions, geriatric patients, and athletes. Spinal manipulation can put the whole body back into alignment and help prevent future injuries, leading to a better balanced and happier pet.
In Chinese medicine, food is used as a therapeutic agent forthe preservation of health and treatment of disease. Adding avariety of whole foods may be suggested in order to improve your pets quality of life and diminish many of the problemsassociated with poor diet.
Herbal medicine is a vital component of TCVM and can be used alone or in conjunction with other therapies and treatments. Herbs have been used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years and are an effective, natural alternative or complement to Western medicine.
The Element of Water: is represented in the Metal Epoxy floor. Water has magnetic properties; it nurtures and sustains. Waters movement, or lack thereof, closely replicates the flow of Chi energy in your life.
The Element of Earth: is infused throughout the space from the color palette and artwork to the boxwood accents. The elements of earth bind fire, water and air in various proportions, which makes possible the formation of materials with different properties.
The Element of Wood: has the energy of a healthy, growing tree. Vital and strong, Wood helps you move your life upward while anchoring you to your roots, the source of your strength. The apple tree in the lobby represents Wood.
During these troubling times we want to assure our clients that we will be keeping our doors open to provide the best care possible for your pets.We wanted to update you on the precautions we are taking to date in regards to the COVID-19 pandemic:
Here at Sand Road Animal Hospital it is of the utmost importance to us to connect with our clients on a personal level. We strive to include our neighbors and community in our ever evolving pet health practice.
Pets play an integral role in our lives. They offer comfort and companionship,they protect us,and they make us laugh. They are beloved family members, and we want the best veterinary care available for them. The doctors and staff at Sand Road Animal Hospital LLC. are committed to providing that care. We are proud of the talent and technology we have brought together, and of the compassion and professionalism of our entire health care team. Our mission is to get to know you and your pet personally, and to provide the treatment and preventative care needed to keep your cat, dog, or pocket pet happy and healthy for years to come. We are passionate about our role as pet caregivers. We use the latest technological advances and surgical treatments. We encourage continuing education for our doctors and staff. And our hospital is evaluated periodically to insure that it meets the highest standards of veterinary care. We appreciate the trust our clients place in us and work hard every day to earn it. It is the mission of the staff at Sand Road Animal Hospital, LLCto revere, preserve and protect the health of all pets while promoting the bond people share with their animal companions. We are educators, healers, patient advocates and compassionate caregivers who will continually strive for excellence through continuing education and state-of-the-art equipment and facilities. We are a small business dedicated to the success of our human and animal community while offering each staff member an opportunity for a career in veterinary medicine, which will dictate the continued positive growth of our company.