Hopewell Animal Hospital

Hopewell Animal Hospital, owned by Kim Buchanan, DVM, CVA, and Jerry Scheck, DVM, CVA, strives to provide high quality medicine and surgery in a low stress atmosphere.

Our goal is to treat every client and patient as the whole and unique individual that she or he is. We will use traditional and complementary methods as well as appropriate referrals to provide the ultimate in integrated veterinary care.

Hopewell Animal Hospital is a full service hospital and more. We are proud to provide a full range of medical services, exams, in-house laboratory diagnostics, routine and advanced surgery, dentistry, cryo surgery, spinal manipulation therapy, Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture, as well as specialty referral procedures such as ultrasound, endoscopy, and cardiology.  Our doctors are also happy to treat avian, small mammal and reptilian pets.

  • Office Hours by Appt.
  • Mon., Fri.: 8:00am - 5:00pm
  • Tue., Wed.: 8:00am - 7:00pm
  • Thurs.: 8:00am - 4:00pm
  • Sat.: 9:00am - 1:00pm
  • Answering Service after hours
  • Dr. Kim Buchanan

    Dr. Kim Buchanan received her undergraduate degree in Biology with a minor in wildlife biology/mammology from Syracuse University. She went on to do Masters degree work at the University of Connecticut in Reproductive Toxicology/Animal Science. Kim is proud to call Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine her Doctoral Alma Mater. The Hudson Valley became her home immediately after Vet. school, when she began working at a mixed animal practice in Orange County. Dr. Buchanan eventually settled into primarily small animal medicine (with a few large animal clients still "in the wings"), pursuing advanced training in reproduction, dentistry, and traditional Chinese medicine (acupuncture,  herbology,  food therapy, & massage). She loves the challenges, variety, interactions with people & their pets, and constant scientific innovation that veterinary medicine provides. Her biggest hope is that everyone's experience at her hospital is a satisfying and rewarding one.

    When not actually in the office, Kim enjoys building on her traditional chinese medical skills, practicing Qigong & Taichi,; and taking advantage of the multitude of activities the Hudson Valley has to offer , from hiking & canoeing to skiing & taking the train to NYC,  all done with her wonderful family:  Jerry Scheck, Riva, & Andrew. She also loved skating with the Hudson Valley Horrors Roller Derby team, and encourages anyone interested to check  out The Hudson Valley Horrors Roller Derby (http://www.horrorsrollerderby.com/). Of course, she can't discount hanging out with her own special gang of pets at home:  Lucy, Ethel, Tidbit,  Charlotte, Shirley, Marvin, and the chicken gang !
  • DR. Jerry Scheck

    Dr. Jerry Scheck began his undergraduate degree at the University of Florida. He graduated in 1990 with a degree in Endangered Mammal Biology. For this degree, Jerry worked with the United States Department of the Interior on the Red Wolf reintroduction program in Manteo North Carolina. While there he documented and published the first article on parasitic infection in wild/reintroduced red wolves. Additionally, he did genetic testing on black bear populations in North Carolina and was lucky enough to help with the Florida Panther Recovery Program. Jerry then attended the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine and graduated with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree in 1994.

    Jerry then joined his future wife Kim Buchanan in the Hudson Valley. After obtaining the post of Medical Director for a large mulitdoctor veterinary practice, Kim and Jerry opened their own practice at Hopewell Animal Hospital in 2008.

    In 1995 Jerry became certified in veterinary acupuncture by the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society and has been integrating complementary medicine into his practice since that time. In 2004, Jerry realized that some patients responded better to chiropractic manipulation and became certified by the International Veterinary Chiropractic Association. Jerry and Kim are currently pursuing a certification in Chinese Herbal Medicine through the Chi Institute in Reddick Florida.

    Dr. Scheck’s professional interests include complementary medicine, pain management, and hospice care.

    When not in the office, Jerry enjoys spending time with Kim and their two great children. He enjoys running ( he has so far completed over 10 marathons and is working toward a "super" marathon--ask him about it!), hiking, skiing, reading, and cooking. Jerry is very active in his temple, Congregation Shir Chadash of the Hudson Valley, where he is immediate past president. Additionally, Jerry is the Past President of the Hudson Valley Veterinary Society. Other professional memberships include the American Veterinary Medical Association, International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management.
  • Dr. Leslie John

        Dr. John is a great asset for us, filling in on Thursdays, and other days when needed!
  • Vicki

    Practice Manager

    Vicki is actually a Broadway star on sebatical.  Next time you are in the office, or have her on the phone, definitely ask her to regale you with some popular show tunes!

  • Jane

    Office Manager
  • Cathy


    Cathy started working at Hopewell Animal Hospital in 2009 and currently works at the hospital's front desk.

  • Wendi


    A long abiding love of people and animals brought Wendy to a receptionist position here at HAH. She developed this strong sense of service while growing up in a Tibetan Buddhist monastery high in the Himalayas. She is an expert at meditation, chanting, and walking on hot coals.
  • Jessie

     Veterinary Technician          

                "I graduated from the Veterinary technology program at SUNY Delhi.  I love coming to work every day and learning from my peers as well as creating bonds with patients and owners.  When I'm not at home with my large pet family (4 dogs, 3 cats, 5 gerbils, 2 mice)  I enjoy golfing, art, fishing, and hanging out with my friends."

    "choose a job you love, and you'll never have to work a day in your life"--Confucius

  • Allison

    Veterinary Technician         

                Graduated from SUNY Ulster Community with a degree in Veterinary Technology, and has been in the field for 3 years now.  She enjoys working with small animals but is interested in learning or gaining more experience with large animals as well.  In her spare time she likes to go hiking, horse back riding, snowboarding, camping, attend country concerts, and spend time at home with her 2 dogs (Zoe & Donny), and 2 cats (lilly & theo).

  • Samantha

    Veterinary Assistant

              Samantha is a very prolific aerial message writer.  She comes from a long line of crop dusters, and chose to elevate crop dusting to the level of sky art.  Unfortunately, her masterpieces get quickly blown away. However, if you keep your eye on the sky, you just might glimpse one someday!

  • Alberto

    Veterinary Assistant
    Alberto’s true passion is under water welding. He loves the peacefulness of working 20,000 leagues under the sea. Unfortunately, a series of bad ear infections forced him to pursue a job on land, where he found his second passion, taking great care of pets!
  • Andrew

    General maintenance/Veterinary Assistant
  • Oliver

    Resident playboy

              Oliver has come to live with us at Hopewell Animal Hospital.  He is a real character, and has stolen the hearts of not only the staff, but also his large Facebook following!  He loves napping, begging for snacks, and belly rubs.  Be sure to give him a pat when you're here--it's good luck!
  • Suchi

    Our black and white house cat came to us one very cold and rainy day, wet and scared, she was left out front in a cardboard box.  
      She enjoyed a great life here at HAH, really enjoying tormenting dogs that disliked cats!  She holds a special place in all our hearts and will be forever missed.