The Past and Future of Hunterdon Hills Animal Hospital – the tradition continues
Dr. Westfield showing Champion Westfield Flying Colors.
Hunterdon Hills Animal Hospital was established in 1946 by Drs. James A. Frazee and Sperry C. Kinton and the practice still stands on the original property.
At that time, the practice was primarily a mixed animal practice, due to the need for veterinary care at the many dairy farms throughout the Hunterdon / Somerset County area. For many years, the hospital utilized its own radio tower to communicate with the doctors while they were on the road during farm calls.
In 1979, Dr. D. Craig Little purchased Hunterdon Hills Animal Hospital and, as dairy farming gradually diminished in New Jersey, the practice concentrated mostly on small animals.
Today, Hunterdon Hills Animal Hospital is owned by Dr. Chuck Westfield and the practice cares for cats, dogs, small ruminants such as sheep and goats, miniature pigs, and exotics such as “pocket pets” and reptiles.
Over the last few years, the practice has undergone tremendous growth. Everyone is excited about our new hospital, completed in mid-2013. The hospital complex is anchored by our historic 1840 post and beam Seese Family Barn, a Pennsylvania-German three-bay livestock barn from nearby Bucks County, Pennsylvania. The main hospital is housed in a steel framed building designed to have the “look” of a 1930’s style dairy barn, complete with more exam rooms, a large treatment floor, animal wards, and double-sized surgical suite. We also have a traditional agricultural tower silo, which serves as our library and conference room. You can’t miss our red barn and silo as you drive on Route 22 in Readington!
Our grand re-opening celebration was on May 19th, 2013, and saw over 1000 clients, family, neighbors and friends in attendance! There was a live rock band, bar-be-que, our governmental representatives, tours of the new facility and a PBS television crew documented the opening of the historic barn and festivities. Hunterdon Hills Animal Hospital will be featured in an upcoming new PBS television series called “Barnstruck”.