Veterinarians at Animal Care Center in Riverdale and Companion Veterinary Hospital in Wayne

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Michael P. Morris, DVM, Diplomate ACPV

Dr. Michael Morris grew up in Lansdale, PA. His earliest involvement with animals was in the 4-H and with his grandfather, a fifth-generation cattle dealer. Because veterinary medicine offered the opportunity to have a job with a lifetime of excitement and challenge, he studied animal science at Penn State before attending University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine.

After veterinary school, Dr. Morris simultaneously started a veterinary practice, completed a residency in avian medicine and pathology at the University of Pennsylvania and received his MBA from the Wharton School of Business on a full scholarship from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. He taught at the University of Georgia Veterinary School before taking a position with American Cyanamid, a pharmaceutical company in Wayne. Dr. Morris and Dr. Debra Morris bought North Jersey Animal Hospital in Wayne in 1992.

After American Cyanamid was sold in 1994, Dr. Morris continued to consult in the poultry industry with Pfizer, Roche and Merck and opened a satellite veterinary clinic in Riverdale. Both veterinary offices were sold in 2002. In 2005 Dr. Morris repurchased the Riverdale office, and Animal Care Center or North Jersey was born. Between 2002 and 2005, Dr. Morris worked as an emergency room and critical-care clinician which helps guide the emphasis on round-the-clock patient care at the hospital.

Dr. Morris is the father of triplets, Brad, Lauren, and Gwen, who are grown and on their own. He is down to one cat, Tiffany, but expects to get another border collie soon. In November 2011, Dr. Morris finished hiking the Appalachian Trail. In 2013, he hiked the Long Trail (from Massachusetts to Canada), he bicycled solo across the US in 2016, and has been to all 50 states and all 7 continents. To read stories about his adventures and experiences, visit the stories section of our website. After 36 years, Dr. Morris is just as excited to be a veterinarian as ever, bringing enthusiasm to the hospital and constantly working to improve the quality of care at Animal Care Center of North Jersey and Companion Veterinary Hospital of Wayne.

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Debra Deem Morris, DVM, MS, DACVIM

Ever since she was a 3-years-old, Dr. Debra Deem Morris had a passion for animals which she shared with her father. When she turned 11, Dr. Morris got her first horse, and since then she's had an innate interest in science and medicine. She combined her passion and interests and decided upon a career as a veterinarian.

Dr. Morris attended Purdue University from 1972 through 1974 and was admitted to veterinary school after just two years. She earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1978. Dr. Morris graduated first in her class, and was awarded the Upjohn Award in Clinical Proficiency for both large and small animals.

After veterinary school, Dr. Morris completed an internship at Purdue University and a residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. She passed the exam and became certified as a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 1983. Since then, Dr. Morris served on faculties of veterinary schools at University of Pennsylvania, University of Georgia and University of California School of Veterinary Medicine, where she taught veterinary students in the clinical setting and conducted research. She is author of over 200 scientific publications and book chapters. After leaving academia, Dr. Morris served as a staff internist at two different locations operated by VCA. She later worked for Banfield Pet Hospital—which employs over 1,500 veterinarians—and was consistently the highest producing veterinarian, partly due to her ability to treat difficult surgical and medical cases. Currently, you can find Dr. Morris at the Animal Care Center of North Jersey, 7 days per week, caring for patients and clients, which is what she greatly enjoys.

"I like veterinary medicine for many reasons," Dr. Morris says. "It provides me with the opportunity to continually learn new things, exercise my mind, fulfill a need in society, act independently and interact with people on a level with which I have great proficiency."

Dr. Morris is a member of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Association of Equine Practitioners. Her professional interests include internal medicine, ultrasound and soft-tissue surgery.

At home, Dr. Morris has a three-legged domestic shorthair cat named Tippy and an American quarter horse named Smoken Ruf Stuf (aka Smokey). She spends most of her time outside of the hospital horseback riding and caring for Smokey. Dr. Morris also greatly enjoys movies, plays and museums of all kinds—but especially contemporary American art. She has three children all the same age—yes, 28-year-old triplets. Her two daughters are nurses and her son is a teacher.

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