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Welcome to Animal Wellness Veterinary Center
Call us at (203) 295-8080

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Animal Wellness Veterinary Center is a full-service, small animal hospital, with a holistic bend. We strive to provide exceptional care for every family we see. While we see mostly dogs and cats, we also serve small exotic mammals like rabbits, guinea pigs, chinchillas, hedgehogs, hamsters, ferrets, and sugar gliders. We engage with a discerning clientele primarily from Norwalk, Wilton, Weston, Easton, Westport, Fairfield, Darien, Greenwich, Stamford, New Canaan, Ridgefield, but also have clients all over the country.

We help pets get healthy and stay healthy with an emphasis on nutrition, diagnostics, integrative therapies like nutritional supplements, herbal remedies, and homeopathy. Although we believe in complementary therapies, we also believe in a time and place for more traditional therapies like medication and vaccinations if indicated. It is our goal to help every pet live their best life!

Dr. Janette Alvarez
Animal Wellness Veterinary Center | (203) 295-8080

570 Main Avenue
Norwalk, CT 06851

Meet Our Skilled Team

Learn Who We Are

  • Dr.
    Janette Alvarez
    Owner, Veterinarian
    Dr. Alvarez graduated from the prestigious University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 1994. She has professional interests in internal medicine, geriatric care, complementary therapies, nutrition, behavioral medicine, and preventative care. Dr. Alvarez enjoys family life with her husband Frank and their three children Noah, Colby, and Jada, as well as the family dogs Tiger, Cleo, Bree, and Ellie, and cat Olivia. She also enjoys reading, writing, gardening, and hiking.
  • Geraldine Monahan
    Client Services Coordinator
    Gerry comes to Animal Wellness after a 35 year career in education, working with children with learning disabilities. She is excited about the opportunity to work with animals as a second career. Gerry is “mom” to her two cats, Gene and Kelly. In her free time, Gerry enjoys reading, traveling, walking, and the arts.
  • Julia Weatherseed
    Veterinary team assistant, Client services coordinator

    Julia comes to Animal Wellness with a bachelor’s degree in communication from the University of New Haven. After graduating in 2005 Julia has held a variety of different roles in the workplace including positions in marketing and production as well as caring for dogs in the training program at Guiding Eyes for the Blind and assisting in their veterinary hospital. She has also worked as a dog trainer at PetSmart and in animal socialization as a volunteer with the Connecticut Humane Society. In her spare time Julia enjoys photography, traveling, watching nature documentaries and playing with her family’s dog, Molly.

  • Jenn Paktinat
    Veterinary assistant

    Jenn is currently enrolled in a Bachelor's degree program for Veterinary Technology. She enjoys earning the trust of every patient and pet parent who walk through our doors. During downtime, Jenn loves spending time with her three awesome dogs, Daphne, Murphy, and Armand, and her poor out-numbered cat, Marmalade! And don't tell her we told you, she also loves to sing.

  • Jody Phillips
    Medical records manager, Office manager

    Jody graduated from Rutger's University with a B.A. In English Literature and a concentration in Creative Writing. Ready for a change fueled by her love of animals, Jody joined our team, and may be recognized by many of you from her previous job at Grieb's Pharmacy as a pharmacy technician, as well as customer service liaison, and assistant store manager. As a member of a large family, she grew up surrounded by all sorts of fur babies (some not so furry), but currently is tolerated by two cats - Kili and Brigette. When not acting as an unofficial treat giver, Jody enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her friends and family.

  • Monica Harrington
    Veterinary assistant

    Monica earned her B.S from the University of Connecticut in Animal Science. She has worked with a wide variety of animals at the CT Humane Society, Wildlife in Crisis, and the Beardsley Zoo. We know her innate way with animals and her previous experience with sensitive creatures will make her an asset for all the animals we treat. At home Monica lives with a beagle, named Brandy, and a cat, Trixie. When Monica is not with animals, she teaches zumba and loves performing in musical theater!

  • Warner Forbes
    Maintenance Faciltator

    Warner helps keep our place running smoothly. He joined us as a true animal lover at the core. He previously worked at Best Friends, and prior to that enjoyed a storied career in forestry. Warner does not currently share his home with any pets, but we hope to change that soon.

Testimonials

Read What Our Clients Say

  • "5 stars isn't enough for the care my kitty and I are receiving. I brought my cat in with a tumor, previous vet did not give him much hope or time. He is currently doing better than I ever expected and we have hope. I prefer the holistic approach- medication when it is needed, focus on diet and supplements."
    Julie Sorenson
  • "Zorro and Zoochy (and Zeus before them) and I are so grateful for Dr. Alvarez and her entire staff for the extraordinary service and care they provide so consistently. We want a signed contract stating you will never move away!"
    Dan Nigro
  • "A Veterinarian and staff that truly love and care for animals!!! Priceless! I know my pets are in good hands!!"
    Deirdre Regina Shula

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Office Hours

Our Regular Schedule

Monday:

9:00 am-5:00 pm

Tuesday:

9:00 am-5:00 pm

Wednesday:

9:00 am-5:00 pm

Thursday:

9:00 am-5:00 pm

Friday:

9:00 am-5:00 pm

Saturday:

Once Monthly

8:30 am-12:30 pm

Sunday:

Closed