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Kalvig & Shorter Veterinary Associates

Kalvig & Shorter Veterinary Associates

133 East 39th St | New York, NY 10016

Call 212-380-3955
Monday 8:00am - 10:00pm
Tuesday 8:00am - 10:00pm
Wednesday 8:00am - 10:00pm
Thursday 8:00am - 10:00pm
Friday 8:00am - 10:00pm
Saturday 8:00am - 10:00pm
Sunday 8:00am - 8:00pm
  • Animal Boarding
  • Animal Daycare
  • Animal Flea Control
  • Animal Microchipping
  • Declawing
  • Emergency Veterinary Clinic
  • Holistic Veterinary Medicine
  • Small Animal Vet
  • Spaying/Neutering
  • Veterinarians
  • Veterinary Dentistry
  • Veterinary Euthanasia
  • Veterinary House Calls
  • Veterinary Medical Specialties
  • Veterinary Surgery
  • Veterinary Vaccinations
  • New Pet Initial Visit
  • Physical Exam

Serving Manhattan with over 50 years of experience in veterinary medicine, the doctors and staff of Kalvig & Shorter Veterinary Associates are pleased to offer their clients and patients personalized attention in customer service and patient care. On April 1, 2013, we opened our new full service hospital at 133 East 39th Street, at Lexington Avenue. Our Midtown location offers full hospitalization services for our Manhattan and outer borough clients, as well as our ongoing Upper East Side and housecall practices..

Our practice was founded upon a strong belief in the need for thorough, honest, and compassionate service within all healthcare fields. Kalvig & Shorter Veterinary Associates serves the individual needs of our many clients and their beloved pets by offering a kind and experienced approach to medicine, surgery, nursing care, and customer service. Top priority is always given to our patients' comfort, with extra attention provided by our staff of experienced and loving nurses.

It is our pleasure to offer individualized care to each of our patients and their owners, rather than maintain a high volume facility, with less time allowed for the many important details of quality service and communications. As the chosen health care team for your beloved pet, we place great value upon our clients' opinions and trust. We are pleased to work with you to help you spend many happy, healthy years with your pet--our clients appreciate that together we are all close members of their pet's healthcare family. Clients' compliance and feedback to our recommendations, combined with excellent home care, allow us to succeed as a team in treating a large and vital geriatric pet population within our practice. We believe that a preventative diagnostic and health maintenance approach, coupled with loving home care, offers the greatest success for a healthy pet and a long quality of life. In addition to this, medical management, surgery, and nursing care in the hospital are recommended when appropriate and necessary.

We are pleased to offer a comprehensive range of hospital services including in-house diagnostics, pharmacy, dentistry, radiology, and surgery with state of the art monitoring equipment, medical boarding, and complete out-patient services. In addition, we offer internal medicine consultations with procedures such as endoscopy, colonoscopy, ultrasound, and echocardiogram, as well as surgical consultations for a wide range of orthopedic and soft tissue procedures available on site. We value the close relationships we share with top board- certified veterinary specialists in the fields of internal medical, soft tissue and orthopedic surgery, critical care, neurology, ophthalmology, oncology, nutrition, training and behavior, to offer the very best diagnostic and therapeutic advice to your pet at all times. As well, we offer excellent referrals to top trainers, dog walkers, daycare, boarding facilities and grooming salons.

If we may be of service to you in any way, please do not hesitate to call us-- we look forward to meeting you.

Very Sincerely,

Dr. Barbara A. Kalvig, Dr. James M. Shorter, and the
Doctors and Staff of Kalvig & Shorter Veterinary Associates

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Dr. James Michael Shorter
Dr. James Michael Shorter

Dr. James M. Shorter, a native of Washington D.C., is a graduate of Tuskegee University, class of 1978. After graduation he moved to New Jersey where he owned and operated the successful Bergen Animal Hospital in Teaneck for 23 years. His professional interests are in internal medicine and surgery. Bergen Animal Hospital was an A.A.H.A. certified veterinary hospital with a dermatologist and two full time associates. Dr. Shorter was named '82-'83 Northern New Jersey Veterinarian of the year by his local Veterinary Medical Association, in recognition of his dedication and leadership within his field. He served as President of the Northern New Jersey Veterinary Medical Association '82-'83 and as Vice President in 1981.

After selling his practice in 2000, Dr. Shorter joined as Chief Surgeon and Associate Veterinarian at New York Veterinary Hospital on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Dr. Shorter quickly developed a thriving and dedicated Manhattan client base from his thorough approach, excellent communication skills, and many years of experience. Along with his partner, Dr. Shorter was responsible for the dynamic growth and unprecedented success of that hospital over a seven year period, before opening his new practice, Kalvig & Shorter Veterinary Associates, in January 2007. K.S.V. Associates was relocated to a new and improved facility in April 2013?Dr. Shorter and his staff are very proud of their new full service hospital in Murray Hill, at 39th St and Lexington Avenue, and continue to maintain hours by appointment on the Upper East Side.

Dr. Shorter is a co-founder and leader of New York City Emergency Response Team. The team was formed in the aftermath of September 11th, as a continuum of the successful veterinary work done by Dr. Shorter and colleagues at Ground Zero. On 9/11, it was Dr. Shorter who made a first call to action, to close his veterinary hospital and go quickly with his colleague, nurses, and a car load of medical supplies downtown after the towers fell?the only goal: as medically trained civilians, to help however they might be needed. In 2002, N.Y.C.V.E.R.T. was invited by the NYC Mayor's Office of Emergency Management (O.E.M.) to be an integral part of disaster planning for NYC's animal populations as a member of O.E.M.'s Animal Planning Task Force (A.P.T.F.). Dr. Shorter was honored with the NY State Veterinary Medical Association Tribute Award in 2002 for his work at Ground Zero. As well, in recognition of his service to his community and his profession during this devastating tragedy, Dr. Shorter was recognized and awarded in 2002 by Long Island Veterinary Medical Association, Veterinary Centers of America, and the Suffolk County S.P.C.A.

In 2012 and 2013, Dr. Shorter played a key role in citywide N.Y.C.V.E.R.T. activations during Hurricane Irene and Super Storm Sandy, and is an active board member for ongoing N.Y.C.V.E.R.T. initiatives. In early 2010, Dr. Shorter organized, and in March travelled, as representative of N.Y.C.V.E.R.T. on a humanitarian mission to Haiti. He journeyed across the country two months after the earthquakes, delivering food, cooking supplies, medications and hospital supplies, weather protection, toys, games, school and art supplies, and clothing to hospital clinics and orphanages still in desperate need. Dr. Shorter has served as a Teen Mentor for The Covenant House, travelled on cultural exchange and volunteer work missions to Cuba in 2007 and 2009, and through his veterinary practice, K.S.V. Associates, has volunteered his time and resources to Citiharvest, Feeding Pets of the Homeless, Military Mascots, The Foundling Home, and various other volunteer drives.

Dr. Shorter?s career spans over three decades of service to the veterinary community. As a primary care veterinarian, he has dedicated his lifetime to an honest and ethical approach to veterinary medicine. Dr. Shorter has an exceptional reputation amongst his loyal client base for his great gifts of superb communication skills and generous time and wisdom given to those who need him. Able to balance a busy career, volunteer work, and many outside interests, above all, Dr. Shorter has dedicated his life to caring for and educating his children. No matter how busy with work, as a dedicated father, he always valued quality time with them as a top priority, and to date is an active participant in every aspect of their lives. Dr. Shorter is a member of numerous professional organizations, and holds valued certifications in human sports training with the American College of Sports Medicine and The National Strength and Conditioning Association. Dr. Shorter has served as the featured veterinarian on multiple television news programs throughout his career, as well as for his work at Ground Zero, including C.B.S., C.N.B.C., Fox, and Channel 9. He is an avid reader of history and politics, an excellent cook, and loves to sail, dance, swim, hike, and always continue learning. Dr. Shorter loves to travel and has done so extensively throughout Europe, Central and South America, and the Caribbean, with more of the world yet to see. Dr. Shorter?s most proud achievements are his son who is an attorney in NY/NJ, and his daughter who is in her fourth year of studies at UC Davis Medical School in Sacramento.

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Dr Barbara A Kalvig
Dr Barbara A Kalvig

Dr. Barbara A. Kalvig graduated in 1985 from Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine in Pullman, WA. Born and raised in Seattle, she fulfilled her dream of moving to New York City to begin her Internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at The Animal Medical Center. Upon graduating in 1986, Dr Kalvig chose to remain in Manhattan as Associate Veterinarian of New York Veterinary Hospital. Here, she developed a large and loyal client base, in addition to serving as principal soft tissue surgeon and in-patient doctor for all hospital cases, until mid 1991 when she began her own practice.
Over the next eight years Dr Kalvig owned and operated a popular veterinary house call practice, and was highly sought after by various hospitals throughout Manhattan for regular relief work. As well, from '93-'99, she maintained long-term professional affiliations with New York Veterinary Hospital, Eastside Animal Hospital, and Murray Hill Animal Hospital. In April 1999, Dr. Kalvig was invited to return full-time as Medical Director of New York Veterinary Hospital on the Upper East Side, where she successfully led the impressive growth of that practice through December 2006.

In January 2007, Dr. Kalvig established Kalvig & Shorter Veterinary Associates, with partner, Dr. James M. Shorter, on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Due to shared professional philosophies of compassion, integrity, customer service, and community involvement, the doctors experienced a great outpouring of support by their many loyal clients. In April 2013, the doctors opened the doors to their newly renovated full service hospital at 39th St and Lexington Avenue, in the Murray Hill neighborhood of Manhattan. Dr. Kalvig has maintained a large client following through the years, due to her caring nature, attention to detail, and sincere belief in high quality medicine, loving patient care, and focus on customer service. Her loyal clientele spans from busy professionals, students, seniors, celebrities, and caretakers--.all patients and clients are treated with the same level of warmth, professionalism, and respect when under her care.

Dr. Kalvig has a deep interest in community service and has served as a leader within the NYC veterinary community in the area of disaster preparedness. As a first responder on 9/11, she worked closely with her team to organize and stock a viable veterinary triage station, establish practical emergency protocols, and initiate treatment of Search and Rescue Dogs at the Suffolk County S.P.C.A. Mobile Mash Unit, a few blocks north of Ground Zero. After 72 hours of work downtown, she led her Upper East Side veterinary hospital as it evolved into a logistical center for supplies, communication, and coordination of 24 hour/7 day a week veterinary care at Ground Zero. During the months ahead, Dr. Kalvig partially stepped down from her practice, to fulfill her voluntary obligation as veterinarian in charge of scheduling duties, for as long as veterinarians, technicians, and veterinary supplies were needed. She and her staff processed hundreds of calls from around the country, worked closely with colleagues everyday to keep supplies and communications running smoothly, and ensured that round the clock shifts of new volunteers were kept informed of frequently changing requirements for access, work, and security measures on site.

In early 2002, Dr. Kalvig was contacted by NYC Office of Emergency Management,, and upon the request for help, co-founded New York City Veterinary Emergency Response Team (NYC V.E.R.T), along with colleagues who she worked with at Ground Zero. Dr. Kalvig continues to help her community through her leadership within NYC V.E.R.T.--- fundraising and travelling on the NYC V.E.R.T March 2010 humanitarian mission to Haiti-- participating in city wide community events on disaster preparedness for pets-- performing and supervising veterinary field activity in Manhattan evacuation shelters during Hurricane Irene in 2012-- performing as NYC V.E.R.T's leader of veterinary care activation and coordination during the initial phases of response across five boroughs during Super Storm Sandy in 2013. In addition to NYC V.E.R.T, Dr. Kalvig has served her community through personal volunteerism and hospital sponsored events, including Feeding Pets of the Homeless, Military Mascots, City Harvest, The Foundling Home, and The Covenant House.
Dr. Kalvig has appeared in various magazines, newspapers, and television shows, including Good Morning America, The New York Times, C.B.S. Morning Show, Oxygen Channel, Fox News, A.S.P.C.A. Magazine, and Japanese Vogue. Awards include A.S.P.C.A. Presidential Award for Outstanding Veterinarian 2002, Suffolk County S.P.C.A. Award 2002, Long Island Veterinary Medical Association Award 2002, New York State Veterinary Medical Association Tribute Award 2002, and Veterinary Medical Association of NYC Merit Award 2003. In addition to her busy practice and community activities through K.S.V. Associates, she enjoys all aspects of travel, music, nature, dancing, skiing, family and friends, and holds a special passion for peace, justice, compassion for humanity, and The Southern Poverty Law Center.

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