We're pleased to offer the following services in our Countryside Vet Hospital in Shelton, CT:

kitty1.pngWellness Exams
Wellness exams, Vaccinations and Preventative Health Care: An annual comprehensive physical exam promotes a long and healthy life for your pet. Our doctors will recommend the appropriate vaccine schedule and health screening tests that best suit your pet's life stage and style.


Our appointment book is computerized which allows us to efficiently make appointments for you and your pet. Our receptionists and team will attempt to accommodate all requests to the best of our ability. Emergencies are accepted anytime our clinic is open. If you feel you have an emergency with your pet, please call us or come to the hospital immediately. If possible it is best to call before coming in so that a staff member can advise you on your particular emergency.

Emergency & Urgent Care

We have a veterinarian and personnel on duty 6 days a week who are trained and equipped to handle any urgent care your pet has. Usually an emergency team consists of at least one veterinarian and several technicians working together to save a pet's life. Emergencies can be things such a snail bait poisoning, hit by car, and chocolate ingestion. If you ever feel that your pet needs emergency treatment do not hesitate to call or come in immediately. If possible it is best to call before coming in so that a team member can advise you on your particular emergency.

We are also available for urgent care when the condition is not life-threatening, but you feel your pet needs to be seen before you are able to get an appointment. Our veterinarians will work to "squeeze" you in between scheduled appointments. When you arrive, our receptionists will be able to give you an estimate on how long you may have to wait in order to be seen.

General Surgery
Our doctors perform soft tissue, reconstructive, obstetrical and general surgical procedures. Elective surgeries, such as spays, neuters and declaws receive the same high quality care and careful anesthetic monitoring as an exploratory or orthopedic surgery.

Anesthetic Monitoring
All anesthetic procedures are monitored by trained veterinary technicians using monitoring devices such as: blood pressure, pulse oximetry (measures the amount of oxygen in the blood), respiratory monitors, and ecg.

A noninvasive test performed at our hospital that records the electrical activity of the heart and aids in the diagnosis of heart disease.

Our doctors are committed to the diagnosis, treatment and management of your pet with cancer. Depending on the type of cancer, our doctors will either treat your pet at our hospital or refer you to an area oncologist for consultation and/or treatment.

For our clients' convenience, we have a comprehensive pharmacy including the most commonly dispensed medications for all types of conditions including flea and heartworm prevention for both dogs and cats.

Dr. Kerns, DVM, MS, DABVP, who also owns Mobile Veterinary Imaging, is at our hospital one day a week to perform our patients' ultrasounds. The machine is capable of color doppler and pulse wave doppler, which are forms of ultrasound that allow for the visualization of blood flow through the heart and vessels. Ultrasound is often used as a non-invasive method of diagnosing many types of diseases.

Digital Radiographs
The doctors and technicians at our hospital take full body radiographs, barium series, contrast studies and dental radiographs.

Dental Care
Dental Cleanings,Extractions and Oral Surgery: At Countryside Veterinary Hospital, we perform comprehensive dental cleanings, extractions, oral surgery, digital dental radiographs, bone graft (to promote quick healing for extractions), and comprehensive home care.

On-site Laboratory
Some of the testing available on site includes: serum chemistries, complete blood cell counts, feline leukemia and FIV testing, heartworm, lyme and cytology (ear smears and skin scraping). Also there is an outside laboratory available for more complex evaluations.

A permanent type of identification for your pet that involves inserting a small "rice-size" chip under their skin near their shoulder blades. Collars and tags may be lost but microchipping is permanent. Countless numbers of pets have been reunited with their owners by this method.

Nutritional counseling
Available for various needs in your pet's life, for example, growth, weight loss, dental disease prevention, aging and disease management.

Our doctors are available for consultations on any type of pet problem. We also have an extensive list of experts to refer an owner if the situation warrants.

Gift Certificates
Looking for an unusual gift for a special pet or owner? Gift certificates are available in any denomination.

Types of Pets Seen

Because a large number of veterinarians practice at Countryside Veterinary Hospital, we can care for many types of pets:

  • Dogs
  • Cats
  • Rabbits
  • Pocket Pets


Countryside Veterinary Hospital accepts payment via cash, check, MasterCard, Visa, Discover and Care Credit. So that we can continue to provide you high quality service utilizing the best medical technologies, we request that payment be made at the time services are rendered.

We provide treatment plans for all surgeries and hospitalizations. If you have not received an estimate, you are welcome to request one at any time for your expected charges.