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VCA Ballston Spa Animal Hospital

VCA Ballston Spa Animal Hospital

365 Saratoga Avenue | Ballston Spa, NY 12020

Call 518-468-0389
Monday 8:00am - 6:00pm
Tuesday 8:00am - 6:00pm
Wednesday 8:00am - 6:00pm
Thursday 8:00am - 6:00pm
Friday 8:00am - 6:00pm
Saturday 8:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday 8:00am - 5:00pm
  • Wellness Care for cats and dogs
  • Advanced Orthopedic Surgery
  • Dental Cleaning and Oral Surgery
  • Underwater Treadmill & Laser
  • Veterinary Boarding
  • Animal Boarding
  • Animal Flea Control
  • Animal Microchipping
  • Small Animal Vet
  • Veterinarians
  • Veterinary Dentistry
  • Veterinary Euthanasia
  • Veterinary Surgery
  • Veterinary Vaccinations
  • New Pet Initial Visit
  • Physical Exam

Welcome to VCA Ballston Spa Animal Hospital!

For nearly 80 years, the Veterinarians at the Ballston Spa Veterinary Clinic have been serving clients and their pets from Saratoga County and beyond. Now, in our state-of-the-art clinic, we are able to serve you and your pets with even greater ability.

History: In January, 2004, Dr. Eric M. Andersen and his wife, Dr. Danica Salamun became the new owners of the Ballston Spa Veterinary Clinic in Ballston Spa, New York. In 2020, they became the Medical directors of VCA Ballston Spa Animal Hospital. They are joined by Drs. Stephanie Smith, Dr Randi Armstrong, Dr. Danielle Wilde, Dr. Devan Chirgwin, and Dr. Sarah Mayrose (Popovitch) to make up a complete animal medial team.

Dr. Eric Andersen graduated from Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1996. His special interests include Orthopedic Surgery, Soft-Tissue Surgery, Physical Therapy and Practice Management. Dr. Danica Salamun graduated from Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1998. Her interests include Canine and Feline Behavior, Internal Medicine, Diagnostic Ultrasound and Dentistry.

We would love for you to give us the chance to show you what we have to offer. Our caring and friendly staff are half the reason people keep coming back to us, our excellent doctors are the other half. Some of our Key Services are listed below.

*Wellness Care for cats and dogs, Animal Microchipping, Animal Flea Control, Veterinary Vaccinations
*Advanced Orthopedic Surgery and Routine Veterinary Surgery
*Dental Cleaning, Dental Digital Radiography and Oral Surgery
*Underwater Treadmill, Laser, and Canine Rehab
*Veterinary Boarding
*Behavior Consultations
*Veterinary Euthanasia
*Diagnostic Ultrasound Digital Radiography
*TPLO Surgery
*Wildlife Care

Whether you have a new puppy or a 17 year old cat, we are well equipped to help you provide your pet with the best possible care. Give us a call today. See you soon!

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Eric Andersen, DVM
Eric Andersen, DVM

Dr. Eric AndersenDr. Andersen received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1985 at Colorado State University. He received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Washington State University in 1996. Thereafter he worked as a small animal practitioner in Eugene, Oregon, until he and his wife, Dr. Danica Salamun, moved back east to be closer to family. They bought the Ballston Spa Veterinary Clinic in 2004.

In addition to general small animal medicine, Dr. Andersen's special interest is in Orthopedic Surgery. He has advanced training in fracture repair by external skeletal fixation (as shown in the above photo). He performs cruciate ligament repair by the TPLO technique as well as the extracapsular (lateral suture) method. He routinely repairs luxating patellas (trick knee caps) by the wedge trochleoplasty and tibial crest transposition technique. He is a member of the Veterinary Orthopedic Society and he frequently attends advanced training courses on the subject. Dr. Andersen also oversees the clinic's physical rehabilitation program.

Dr. Andersen enjoys exploring the outdoors of the Northeast with his family.

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Danica Salamun, DVM
Danica Salamun, DVM

Dr. Danica SalamunDr. Salamun received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Vermont in 1992. She then went on to Oregon State University, where she graduated in 1998, becoming a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. Subsequently she worked in Eugene, Oregon as a Small Animal Practitioner until she moved back east with her husband, Dr. Eric Andersen, to be closer to family. They bought the Ballston Spa Veterinary Clinic in 2004.

In addition to Small Animal Medicine, Dr. Salamun's special interests include Dermatology, Dentistry and Behavior Consultations. She has also received specialized training in Diagnostic Ultrasound through one year of course work with Sound Technologies in 2006.

Dr. Salamun's personal interests include hiking with her husband and two children. Along with her children, her animal family includes Shelby the West Highland White Terrier, Lola the Pitbull Terrier, three cats, two rats and a fish!

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Dr. Stephanie Smith
Dr. Stephanie Smith

Dr. Smith is originally from Potsdam, NY and received her Bachelor of Science degree from Boston University in 1997. After graduation, Dr. Smith worked as a Veterinary Technician at Commonwealth Veterinary Hospital in Newton, MA.

She then went on to Tufts University in North Grafton, MA where she graduated in 2009, becoming a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. At the time she also received the Academic Excellence Award.

After graduating from Tufts, Dr. Smith went to practice at Pittsfield Veterinary Hospital for a year until she moved to the Capital Region in 2010 to be with her husband. She then worked as a small-animal veterinarian at Animal Health Center in Clifton Park from August 2010 through February 2013. She then joined the Ballston Spa Veterinary Clinic in March 2013.

Dr. Smith enjoys all aspects of Veterinary Medicine, but has a special interest in preventative medicine and geriatric patients. Having one of her own at home (Rio, who is 12 years old) has opened her eyes to the special needs of those patients. Her remaining animal family consists of two cats, Wally and Mabel, along with another dog, Hunter. In her free time she enjoys spending quality time her husband and two children, catching up with friends, and exploring the outdoors hiking and camping.

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Randi Armstrong, DVM
Randi Armstrong, DVM

Dr. Randi Armstrong, originally from upstate New York, completed her undergraduate degree in Animal Sciences at Cornell University in 2003. Following graduation, she moved to Lexington, Kentucky where she worked for numerous veterinarians, both in the Thoroughbred industry and in general small animal practice. As her passion for veterinary medicine blossomed, she entered the College of Veterinary Medicine at Auburn University and completed her degree in 2011.

Immediately following veterinary school, she completed a one year equine internship in British Columbia, Canada. She then returned to Kentucky to join Crossroads Veterinary Clinic, a small animal practice, where she had worked prior to veterinary school. Most recently, Dr. Armstrong has been helping all types of animals in a mixed animal practice in New York. As she joins Ballston Spa Veterinary Clinic she looks forward to going back to an exclusively small animal veterinary clinic.

Her career interests are focused on preventative medicine and dentistry, surgery and acupuncture. In 2011, during her final year of veterinary school, Dr. Armstrong completed the equine acupuncture course at the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Florida. Later, she acquired advanced training for dogs and cats in 2013.

Dr. Armstrong enjoys spending leisure time riding horses, watching movies and hiking with her Alabama Yellow dog, Stella.

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Danielle Wilde, DVM
Danielle Wilde, DVM

Dr. Wilde was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY and always dreamed of moving to the Adirondacks. Vacationing in Lake George yearly since childhood she is happy to finally call the Southern Adirondacks home. She received her undergraduate degree from College of Staten Island in 2010 and her DVM degree from Ross University of Veterinary Medicine in 2014. She completed her clinical education at Michigan State University in 2014.

Prior to joining the Ballston Spa Veterinary Clinic team, Dr. Wilde practiced as a small animal veterinarian in Long Island for one and a half years. Before this she spent eight years as a veterinary technician in both private practice and shelter medicine. She is especially interested in animal behavior, acupuncture, internal medicine and ultrasound.

At home, Dr. Wilde has a large furry family including three rescue dogs who go pretty much everywhere with her (Dottie, Goose, and Dean) as well as 2 rescue cats (Jackson and Quinn).

In her spare time, Dr. Wilde enjoys hiking, camping, and canoeing with her boyfriend and their dogs. She loves spending time with family and enjoying what Mother Nature has to offer. She is also a certified dog trainer and loves helping owners work through issues with their canine companions.

Dr. Wilde looks forward to a long and happy career, providing compassionate care for all of her patients and clients at Ballston Spa Veterinary Clinic.

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Devan Chirgwin
Devan Chirgwin

Dr. Devan Chirgwin, originally from southern New Hampshire, completed her undergraduate degree in Genetics at the University of New Hampshire in 2015. From here, she moved south to continue her education at North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine, graduating in 2019.

Following graduation, she moved back north to be closer to family and regain all four seasons. She worked at a mixed animal clinic in upstate NY, treating anything from cats to 2,000 cow dairy farms. She is excited to be moving to the area and continuing her career by joining the Ballston Spa Veterinary Clinic family! She is especially interested in surgery, internal medicine, ophthalmology, and ultrasound.

In her spare time, Dr. Chirgwin enjoys hiking with her goofy rescue dog, Tucker, kayaking, binge watching Netflix, and spending quality time with her family, especially her adorable niece!

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Dr. Sarah Mayrose (Popovitch)
Dr. Sarah Mayrose (Popovitch)

Dr. Sarah Mayrose (Popovitch) grew up in the Hudson Valley and received a bachelor's in biology from the State University of New York at Oswego. She then attended veterinary school at the Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, where she met her soon-to-be husband. Following graduation, Sarah and her fiancé moved to upstate New York, excited to begin practicing veterinary medicine in such a beautiful part of the state.
Sarah is a certified Fear Free practitioner and is dedicated to making sure every visit is a positive experience for her patients. Her professional interests include animal behavior, ophthalmology, ultrasound, and wildlife medicine.

In her free time, Sarah enjoys running, hiking, trying new recipes, and playing with her two dogs. She is excited to be joining the team at VCA Ballston Spa!

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