2017 Inductees

2017 NJVMA Animal Hall of Fame Inductees

Click on the images below to view each inductees’ Hall of Fame video.


Hudson is a seven-year-old yellow Labrador retriever. He is a retired Red Cross Disaster Response Therapy dog that had an amazing career comforting families displaced by natural disasters and veterans returning from combat. Hudson was nominated by Gene Boyle and Dr. Jennifer Feeney of Somerset Veterinary Group in Bridgewater, NJ.

RBVH Pets for Education

As honorary staff members, these 31 pets are an essential part of the RBVH team. Employees volunteer their pets to participate with training programs so that students and new veterinary team members can gain the invaluable hands-on training with live animals for student programs and new employee orientation. The group consists of a variety of breeds, temperaments, and species to help provide a well-rounded training experience. The group was nominated by Dr. Melanie Hunt of Red Bank Veterinary Hospital in Tinton Falls, NJ.


Luke, an eight-year-old Domestic Shorthair cat, is a laid-back, nurturing member of the Comparetto family who can be found doting on his sister-cat Gizmo and his handler, Laura. Luke was nominated by Laura Comparetto and Dr. Nancy Gruber of Murray Hill Veterinary Associates in New Providence, NJ.


Despite struggling with his weight which resulted in significant orthopedic issues, Simon, an eight-year-old Golden Retriever, is perpetually motivated to collect all sorts of baseballs/softballs/tennis balls during his walks around the neighborhood. His owners collect his ‘retrievals’ and these are ultimately donated to charity. Simon was nominated by the DiGironimo family and Dr. Warren Briggs of Ocean County Veterinary Group in Lakewood, NJ.


Matthew is an eleven-year-old German Shephard/Chow mix. Starting life as a Hurricane Katrina rescue, Matthew was adopted into a loving home. Around the same time that his owners’ two-year-old daughter was diagnosed with leukemia, Matthew was diagnosed with cancer. The human-animal bond endured through their treatments and both are healthy today. Matthew was nominated by Sean Macmillan & Karen Poskonka and Jennifer Cruz & Dr. Seth Glasser of Animal Emergency and Referral Associates in Fairfield, NJ.