Get to Know the People Who Are the Animal Hospital of Niskayuna

For over 75 years, the Animal Hospital of Niskayuna has been proudly serving the veterinary needs of the community of Niskayuna, New York. The practice was originally established in 1936 by Dr. Ken Friderici and was known as the Friderici Animal Hospital. In 1955, Dr. Ken’s nephew, Dr. Art, joined the veterinary hospital and upon Dr. Ken’s retirement in 1962, became the sole owner of the practice.

In 1993, Dr. Ron Scharf bought the Friderici Animal Hospital from Dr. Art and renamed it the Animal Hospital of Niskayuna. He is proud to be a part of the history of his veterinary hospital and strives to maintain the trusting and compassionate reputation the hospital was founded on.

Dr. Scharf believes in the importance of thorough nursing care in the delivery of veterinary medicine. He maintains that the "human touch" is essential, and can often mean the difference between success or failure to a canine or feline friend recovering from an illness or injury.

AAHA Accreditation

In 1946, the hospital was awarded its first American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) accreditation, a tradition that would be maintained, unbroken, from that year forward. Only 9 veterinary hospitals throughout the U.S. have maintained accreditation for that length of time.

AAHA accreditation is an ongoing commitment to maintaining a broad array of veterinary care standards that ensure that patients and clients are receiving the highest quality pet health care possible. Accreditation was established to enhance the level of care being provided to companion animals, and to provide a way for animal hospitals to demonstrate to their communities and clients their dedication to the highest quality pet care.

AAHA accreditation demonstrates a practice’s desire to: meet challenging benchmarks, operate using improved practice operations and skill checks, enhance their credibility with their peers and clients, and inspire pride and encourage leadership among its staff.

Participation is voluntary. Hospitals that accept the challenge of accreditation are evaluated on over 900 standards of veterinary care and business practices. Consultants regularly visit accredited facilities to ensure continued compliance in the following areas; quality of care, diagnostics and pharmacy, management, medical records, and facility.

“I just wanted to take a minute and thank you all for being so thoughtful and caring of our animal friends” ~ Stacey M.

“I just wanted to take a moment to thank you all for the service and mostly the compassion you gave my beloved Pug.” ~ Kevin M.

“Thank you for your care, insights and most of all patience with my “intensive” ways. You gave us all comfort.” ~ Donna C.

“Your thoughtfulness and kind words were most welcome additions to the excellent medical care that Josie received at your hospital.” ~ Helen G.

“I never had to worry about Sara not wanting to go to the vet for office visits, baths or boarding you always gave Sara extra attention!” ~ Shari B.

“A huge THANK YOU for all the years that you and your staff have taken such great care of my kitty cats and their owner!” ~ Pam S.

“I would like to extend the biggest heartfelt thank you for all your kindness. You are truly an outstanding veterinarian!” ~ Ricki V.

“Thank you for helping us in our effort to keep Cash as healthy as possible for as long as we could. You were always so gentle and kind towards him.” ~ Mindi M.

“We remember very fondly all the tender loving care you and your staff provided over the years. For that you have our eternal gratitude.” ~ Ginny G.

“Thank you for all your expertise and support. We have been fortunate to have you and your staff take such good care of Tiger.” ~ Stella C.

“Just a thank you for all the attention you have given in caring for my dog. I cannot thank you enough.” ~ Agnes D.

“The care and concern you, Samantha, Teri, Meghan and Steve have shown our beautiful girl and me, especially during the past 2 months, has been greatly appreciated.” ~ Rita S.

“Thank you all so much for the excellent care that my dog received. In so many ways, it was above and beyond. The many concerned phone conversations, the internet consults, the medicine dosing, all meant so much.” ~ AJ V.

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Icon Aaha ACCREDITED SINCE 1946

In 1946, the hospital was awarded its first American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) accreditation, a tradition that would be maintained, unbroken, from that year forward. Only a handful of veterinary hospitals throughout the U.S. have maintained accreditation for that length of time.

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