Albany Veterinarians

albany veterinariansMichael P. McCarthy, DVM, Co-Owner

A native of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, Dr. Michael P. McCarthy earned his bachelor's degree in business and biology at Lake Superior State University and then went on to earn a degree in veterinary science and Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine. After relocating to New York's Capital District in 2004 with his wife and two sons, Dr. Mike spent six years at a small animal practice in Guilderland.

Over the course of his career, Dr. McCarthy has spent a large amount of time training and acquiring professional experience with many types of non-traditional pets, including birds, rabbits, pocket pets, reptiles, chelonians (turtles), ferrets, chinchillas, hedgehogs, sugar gliders, and others. He has a deep professional interest in providing quality health care to traditional companion animals as well as pocket and exotic pets.

Dr. McCarthy is a member of the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians, Association of Sugar Glider Veterinarians, Association of Reptile and Amphibian Veterinarians, Hedgehog Welfare Society, and American Ferret Association.

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vets, albanyHolly Cheever, DVM, Co-Owner

In addition to caring for companion animals and wildlife, Dr. Holly Cheever is a big believer in community education. She regularly presents programs to elementary through college level students on environmental and animal welfare issues. She also is a frequent lecturer at veterinary schools, providing mentoring in the practice of veterinary medicine with an emphasis on animal welfare. She serves as a consultant for local, state, and national animal protection organizations and assists law officers in animal abuse cases, both by lecturing on how to implement New York's anticruelty laws effectively and by serving as an expert prosecution witness. Dr. Cheever has worked with municipalities and states to help eliminate the cruelty involved in urban carriage horse tourist rides.

For her work in helping to prevent animal cruelty, Dr. Cheever has received numerous awards from the New York State Troopers, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and the Humane Society of the United States. She was named Veterinarian of the Year by the New York State Humane Association in 1991. Dr. Cheever also served as veterinary columnist for "Good Housekeeping" magazine from 1997 to 2001.

A founding member of the Leadership Council of the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association (affiliated with the Humane Society of the United States), Dr. Cheever is also vice president of the New York State Humane Association. She is on the advisory board for the New England Antivivisection Society, having retired from their Board of Directors in 1999.

Dr. Cheever graduated summa cum laude from Harvard University in 1971 and went on to earn her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1980. She graduated at the very top of her class.

Dr. Cheever was recently honored in the national publication of The Humane Society of the United States.

She resides on a small farm sanctuary in upstate New York with her husband, and her four grown children return to the family homestead as often as they can.

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albany area veterinariansKristen Bevilacqua, DVM

Despite once wanting to be an astronaut, Dr. Kristen Bevilacqua wisely chose to pursue her childhood dream of becoming a veterinarian. With her compassionate and gentle pet care philosophy, Dr. Bevilacqua is a perfect fit for The Village Animal Clinic.

At three years old, Dr. Bevilacqua voiced her decision to be a veterinarian when she grew up. She stuck with this early goal and earned her bachelor's degree from Muhlenberg College in 2008 and then her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Kansas State College of Veterinary Medicine in 2012. While attending veterinary school, she studied with the preeminent and nationally recognized expert in exotic animal medicine, Dr. James Carpenter. Dr. Kristen absorbed his expertise and now shares her valuable insight and knowledge with our team of exotic pet practitioners.

When not at the office, Dr. Bevilacqua can usually be found participating in some type of sport. She enjoys tennis, volleyball, golf and softball and has encircled herself with friends who share the same interests. She is determined to form a sports team made up of her colleagues. In conjunction with Dr. McCarthy and Dr. Cheever, Dr. Bevilacqua is a sponsor of the local Voorheesville athletic scene and participates in The Village Animal Clinic's sponsorships including local Kiwanis baseball and soccer teams and an annual run for the Voorheesville School and Community Foundation.

At home, Kristen relaxes with her snuggly cat named Gus and her rambunctious kitten Neil, who relish her superb care-giving skills.

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albany area veterinariansRoxanne Hammond, DVM

Dr. Hammond was raised in the Capital region and followed her childhood dream to become a veterinarian. She received her undergraduate degree from Cornell University in the field of Animal and Biological Sciences (2012) and her professional Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Ross University (2016,) which included a final year of clinical training at Cornell's prestigious College of Veterinary Medicine.

Not only does Dr. Hammond have impressive clinical skills, but also—and every bit as important in our practice—she is a compassionate advocate for animal welfare, and spent hours volunteering with animal rescue groups in her adolescence and educating the residents of the island of St. Kitts, both pet owners and farmers, on proper animal care, the importance of veterinary intervention, and preventive medicine. Her childhood exposed her to a wide range of animal friends including guinea pigs, rabbits, cats, Great Danes, and horses, giving her invaluable first-hand familiarity with these species.

Dr. Hammond looks forward to a long tenure at our practice and in the Albany community. She and her fiancé are planning their dream home on their property and spend their free time camping. Additionally, Dr. Hammond enjoys horseback riding (she was a competitive rider in the hunter-jumper circuit in her high school and college years,) running, and caring for her family's various companion animals.

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