Learn about our Veterinarian in Riverdale, NJ

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Mission Statement

When you choose Animal Care Center of North Jersey and Companion Veterinary Hospital of Wayne to be your pet's health-care provider, you can trust that your pet will receive the finest veterinary care using state-of-the-art technology and the latest in veterinary medicine. We strive to meet your needs for first-class veterinary care in Northern New Jersey with caring, compassion and commitment. That means providing you and your pet with wellness examinations, advanced diagnostic testing, surgical treatment and a range of other animal-care services.


The entire medical staff at Animal Care Center of North Jersey and Companion Veterinary Hospital of Wayne strives to provide the finest medical care for pets in Riverdale, NJ, Wayne, NJ and the surrounding communities. We work every day to expand and improve the quality and scope of services, personnel and care. At the same time, we're focused on expanding the hospital's reach towards 24-hour staffing for medical care.

The History of Two Veterinary Hospitals

After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary School, Dr. Michael Morris simultaneously started a veterinary practice, completed a residency in Avian Medicine and Pathology at the University of Pennsylvania and received his Master of Business Administration degree 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, NJ. Dr. Michael 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, NJ. Both veterinary offices were sold in 2002, then in 2005 Dr. Morris repurchased the Riverdale office, and Animal Care Center of North Jersey was born. Before returning to the Riverdale office, Dr. Morris worked as an emergency room and critical-care clinician which helped to guide the emphasis on round-the-clock patient care. We stay at the office late for veterinary emergencies seven days a week and offer 24-hour veterinary nursing care for critical cases.

Having run out of room at Animal Care Center in 2015, we opened another animal hospital in Wayne—Companion Veterinary Hospital. Having two animal hospitals enables us to continue to grow and to provide more and better services. We welcome you as a part of our extended family.

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Community Involvement

Being an animal-care provider is more than operating a practice. It's about giving back to animals and pet owners in the community. That's why we stay actively involved with the American Veterinary Medical Association and the New Jersey Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. Morris, an avid backpacker, has maintained sections of the Appalachian Trail and the Long Path since 2003 through the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. He is also a member of the Appalachian Mountain Club and the Pacific Crest Trail Association. Most importantly, Animal Care Center of North Jersey and Companion Veterinary Hospital of Wayne provide extensive wildlife care and treatment as part of our commitment to the animal community.

What to Expect

Here is an outline of what happens when you bring your pet to the Animal Care Center.

  • Client and Patient Information – You will be asked to fill out a form giving basic information about you and your pet so that we enter it into our records.
  • Initial Examination – Your pet is weighed, taken into an examination room, and a veterinary assistant will take a brief history and may take your pet’s temperature. If your pet is here for vaccinations, the assistant will discuss what tests and vaccines are due. If you brought a stool sample, give it to the assistant.
  • Heartworm/Lyme Test – If you pet is due for a Heartworm or Lyme test, the blood will be drawn first. These tests are run in house and results are available in 10 minutes.
  • History and Examination – Dr. Morris will next discuss any problems and ask pertinent questions followed by an examination.
  • Evaluation and Treatment – After the examination, Dr. Morris will report his findings, recommend a treatment plan and answer any questions. In house diagnostics may be used to learn more with most results available within 30 minutes.
  • Estimates – For outpatient care, verbal estimates are given upon request. When an animal is hospitalized, written estimates are given on request.
  • Payment and Deposits – Payment is expected at discharge. We accept cash, checks and major credit cards. Other payment arrangements must be made in advance. A deposit is requested for hospitalized patients based on the estimate.
  • Follow Up – Written discharge instructions are provided for hospitalized animals. Any recheck examinations can be scheduled at discharge. Our receptions call to check on your pet a day or two after your visit.

Payment Options

Advances in technology, research and medications have made it possible to provide treatments and cures for pets that were unimaginable just a few years ago. As a result, the potential for costly care has increased. Many pet owners would be willing to provide additional care if they could extend payments. At Animal Care Center of North Jersey and Companion Veterinary Hospital of Wayne we offer the following payment options:

  • Checks on hold – with Doctor approval we can hold a check for up to one month or series of checks for up to three months.
  • Monthly Credit Card Payments – with Doctor approval we can take a portion of the balance from a credit card monthly for up to one year.
  • Care Credit – this is a credit card specifically for veterinary care. Clients can apply for approval and no interest is due if the balance is paid within six months.
  • Escrow Accounts – Clients may prepay by having a monthly amount charged to a credit card and applied to their account. The escrow amount can be refunded to the card at any time.
  • Scheduling Vaccines or Care – We can divide care into more manageable groups if the full amount cannot be done at one time.
    Ask our staff if you have any questions about these options.
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