Our caring and compassionate veterinary care team!

Meet the Veterinarians & Team of Hopewell Animal Hospital in Hopewell Junction! We’re pleased to provide exceptional vet care for your pets!

Please call us at (845) 221-PETS (7387) to speak to one of our caring veterinary staff members!

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!

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!


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


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.

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

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).

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!

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!

General maintenance/Veterinary Assistant


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.

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!