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    Less medication, Less vaccination
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    Western and chinese herbs, food supplements, homeopathy, laser. Call today.

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
[email protected]

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 Cleo, Bree, Lola, and Ellie, and cat Olivia. She also enjoys reading, writing, gardening, and hiking.

  • Geraldine Monahan
    Client Liaison

    Gerry has chosen work with 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
    Client Liaison/Marketing

    Julia earned 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, and watching nature documentaries. Julia works remotely from North Carolina.

  • Alex Corra
    Client Liaison

    Alex comes to Animal Wellness with a degree in Hospitality Management and 10 years of front desk experience. She is eager to combine her customer service skills with her love of animals in her new position on our team. Outside of work Alex enjoys baking, going to the beach, and spending time with her family and her corgi, Faith.

  • 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 her cat, Brigette. When not acting as an unofficial treat giver, Jody enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her friends and family.

  • Nathan Brinton
    Veterinary Assistant

    Nathan studied biochemistry at Eastern Connecticut University. He has a wide range of pet experience, both as an owner and as a long time volunteer at the Stamford Nature Center. While he loves small mammals the most, Nathan loves working with animals of all sizes and species. In his spare time he enjoys running, kayaking, and generally being outdoors. Nathan shares his home with Tex, a personality-loaded, four-year-old tabby cat.

  • Justine Lasky
    Veterinary Assistant

    Justine comes to Animal Wellness with an associate’s degree in liberal arts from WestConn. After volunteering at a wildlife/elephant sanctuary in Thailand, Justine discovered that she wanted to work with animals. She has been a veterinary technician, a facility manager at Wildlife in Crisis, and hopes to become an animal control officer. At home she has Bear, her rabbit, and Phillip, her orange tabby. In her free time Justine likes to sing, play electric bass, cook and eat, volunteer at Wildlife in Crisis, bird watch, spend time outdoors, and cuddle up with her cat and watch true crime documentaries.

  • Carolyn DelVecchio
    Veterinary Assistant

    Carolyn went to college for animal science and started working in the veterinary field in 2000. She most recently worked in a 24-hour emergency and specialty hospital for 8 years, primarily as a surgical assistant. Carolyn shares her home with two pussycats Indiana and Logan, and a golden retriever named Piper. In her spare time Carolyn likes to walk the beach collecting sea glass, and hunt at flea markets for treasure.

  • 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.

  • Lucia Coluccelli
    Groomer

    Always with her love of animals and hair, Lucia graduated from J.M. Wright Tech School as a licensed hairdresser in 2000 and quickly made the decision to become a groomer when she started working at Best Friends in Norwalk. She was able to infuse her hairdressing experience into her furry clients, and is excited to keep doing so in her new Salon inside of AWVC. Lucia is a mother of four beautiful girls Lorelai, Alyssa, Alana, & Ariana and an endearing stepson Kristian along with her 5 fur babies Wang, Sven, Raphael, Violet, & Rico. Lucia enjoys playing volleyball alongside her husband Tito and enjoys her “downtime” with her family.

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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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:

Biweekly

8:30 am-12:30 pm

Sunday:

Closed