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VCA Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center

VCA Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center

123 W Cedar St | Norwalk , CT 06854

Call 203-807-5655
Monday 24hr
Tuesday 24hr
Wednesday 24hr
Thursday 24hr
Friday 24hr
Saturday 24hr
Sunday 24hr
  • Emergency & Critical Care
  • Cardiology
  • Internal Medicine
  • Oncology
  • Surgery
  • 24-Hour Vet
  • Animal Microchipping
  • Emergency Veterinary Clinic
  • Small Animal Vet
  • Spaying/Neutering
  • Veterinarians
  • Veterinary Dentistry
  • Veterinary Euthanasia
  • Veterinary Medical Specialties
  • Veterinary Surgery
  • Veterinary Vaccinations
  • New Pet Initial Visit
  • Physical Exam
Description

We provide 24 hour emergency and specialty veterinary services. We do not provide primary care services.

Our team of specialists works closely with your veterinarian to provide compassionate and effective therapies, using the most up-to-date advances in veterinary medicine. We are here to provide extensive medical and surgical services on an emergency or referral basis to all veterinarians and pet owners. Our full-service emergency center is open 24 hours a day to provide complete and continuous patient care.

Our specialists are highly trained in diagnosing, treating and managing
life-threatening emergencies and chronic conditions including:
• Internal Medicine
• Oncology
• Surgery
• Cardiology
• Emergency/Critical Care
• Dermatology

Our specialty services include:
• Ultrasound (Including traveling ultrasounds to Referring Veterinarians)
• CT Scan
• Cystoscopy
• Echocardiography
• Supplemental oxygen therapy
• Minimally invasive surgery
• Soft tissue surgery
• Endoscopy
• Bronchoscopy
• Digital Radiography
• Neurosurgery
• Orthopedic surgery

Please call us today with inquiries about our specialty services or to schedule your pet's appointment.

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Matthew Palmisano
Matthew Palmisano

Medical Director
Veterinary Specialist
DVM, Ohio State University
Certifications: American College of Veterinary Surgeons
Dr. Palmisano graduated Summa Cum Laude from The Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine. After completing an internship at Oradell Animal Hospital, he returned to Ohio State University to complete his surgical residency and achieved Diplomate status in the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2001. Dr. Palmisano's clinical and research interests include the biomechanics of the Acl, Total Hip Replacement, and Wobblers disease. He is available for appointments Monday through Friday. Dr. Palmisano has been with VCA since 2000.

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Beth Whitney
Beth Whitney

Medical Director
Veterinary Specialist
DVM, Colorado State University
Certifications: American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine

Dr. Whitney was born and raised in New Hampshire. She completed her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Liberal Arts with a concentration in French from Providence College in 1991. After spending time abroad in Europe and working in a financial institution in New York she decided to pursue her true passion with animals. She then obtained her DVM degree from Colorado State University in 1999. During her four years in veterinary school she spent time in Vietnam and a summer in Indonesia studying orangutans. Dr. Whitney then moved to New York City to complete her Internship and Residency in Small Animal Internal Medicine at The Animal Medical Center in 2002. She then received her board certification from the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM). She currently works at the VCA Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center in Norwalk. Although she enjoys all aspects of internal medicine, her specific interests are in renal, endocrine and gastrointestinal disease and enjoys ultrasound and endoscopic procedures. Dr. Whitney loves spending her free time with her two young daughters, her husband and their Labrador retriever. She loves outdoor activities with her family, yoga, running, and reading and shares a passion for food and travel with her husband. Dr. Whitney has been with VCA since 2002.

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Margaret Musser
Margaret Musser

Veterinary Specialist
DVM, College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois
Certifications: American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine/Oncology

Dr. Margaret Musser is our Board Certified Oncologist. She was born and raised in Delaware, Ohio. She received her B.A. cum laude in Biology from Colby College in Waterville, Maine, with minors in Chemistry and Theater. After her undergraduate studies, she worked as an oncology veterinary assistant at MedVet in Worthington, Ohio. In 2010 she graduated with honors from the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois. Dr. Musser then completed a one-year rotating internship in small animal veterinary medicine at VCA West Los Angeles before beginning her residency in medical oncology at North Carolina State University's College of Veterinary Medicine. Upon finishing her residency in 2014, she joined the team at VCA Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center in Norwalk. In her spare time, Dr. Musser enjoys running, yoga and sailing.

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Melissa Salgado
Melissa Salgado

Veterinary Specialist
DVM, Cornell University
Certifications: Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care

Dr. Melissa Salgado is Board certified in the field of veterinary emergency and critical care. She obtained her degree in veterinary medicine from Cornell University in 2006. After veterinary school, she went on to complete a one year rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at VCA Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center. After her internship, she worked as an emergency doctor at the Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center until she went on to complete a zoological medicine internship at Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo. She completed her residency in Emergency and Critical Care Medicine at Oradell Animal Hospital in Paramus, NJ in 2012. She worked at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital until her move to VCA Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center. Dr. Salgado is an avid movie enthusiast and enjoys spending time with her husband and three daughters outside of work.

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Lisa Gorman

Veterinary Specialist
DVM, Washington State University
Departments: Internal Medicine

Dr. Lisa Gorman, DVM(Practice Limited to Internal Medicine) has joined our Internal Medicine Department. She earned her B.A. in Biology from Cornell University in 2007. Working with animals was always a priority, with summer jobs ranging from working with injured wildlife in Thailand to training service dog puppies. She then attended veterinary school at Washington State University, where she graduated with honors in 2011. Dr. Gorman moved back to the East Coast for her small animal rotating internship at the Animal Medical Center in New York, and then moved to the Midwest for the first time in 2012 where she completed her residency in small animal internal medicine at the University of Minnesota before joining us at VCA Veterinary Referral & Emergency Center.

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Avery Krein
Avery Krein

Veterinarian
DVM, Western University of Health Sciences
Departments: Emergency/Critical Care

Avery Krein is a Staff Veterinarian at Veterinary Referral & Emergency Center. She attended and received her veterinary degree from Western University of Health Sciences.

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Spencer Lutchen
Spencer Lutchen

Veterinarian
DVM, Kansas State University
Departments: Emergency/Critical Care

Spencer Lutchen is a Staff Veterinarian at Veterinary Referral & Emergency Center. He attended and received his veterinary degree from Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

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Laura Maston
Laura Maston

Veterinarian
DVM, University of Tennessee
Departments: Emergency/Critical Care

Laure Maston is a Staff Veterinarian at Veterinary Referral & Emergency Center. She attended and received her veterinary degree from University of Tennessee.

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Nina Shoulberg
Nina Shoulberg

Veterinary Specialist
DVM, Cornell University
Certifications: American College of Veterinary Dermatology
Departments: Dermatology

Dr. Shoulberg is a graduate of Cornell University Veterinary School. Her internship and residency training in dermatology were completed at The Animal Medical Center in New York. Dr. Shoulberg has broad interests that include the diagnosis and treatment of allergic inhalant dermatitis, endocrine-related dermatoses, and the treatment of acral lick dermatitis. A full complement of dermatologic services are available with Dr. Shoulberg here at VCA Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center. Intradermal testing for allergic dermatoses, skin biopsy with dermatopathologic evaluation, and hypersensitization vaccination are readily performed. Dr. Shoulberg is available for consultations on Tuesdays and Saturdays at VCA Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center.

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