Ronald A. Scharf
My name is Ron Scharf. I received my Bachelor’s degree from Columbia University in 1981 and my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Cornell in 1985.
I am married to Robin Lippman-Scharf; we recently celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary. We have two daughters, Zoe and Emily.
I bought the Friderici Animal Hospital in 1993. It was established in 1936, and has been accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association since 1946. This is a challenging accomplishment; only 17% of veterinary hospitals in the United States are so designated, and we are one of only 9 in the country that have been accredited for this long.
My medical philosophy is this: I am conservative in the use of pharmaceuticals (if on the fence regarding the use of a drug, or procedure or vaccine, I do less) except in the case of parasites. Several parasites that animals carry are transmissible to us humans. I am aggressive about parasite prevention and I take a proactive approach to preventing and treating them.
The professional training I received at Cornell is invaluable in my practice of veterinary medicine. Additionally, I am open to the possibility that there are alternative approaches to the treatment of animals that have not yet been proven or accepted by Western medical science. I was accredited in the practice of veterinary acupuncture in 1988 by the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society. I studied under Richard Pitcairn, DVM, in his Professional Course in Veterinary Homeopathy in 1999 and 2000. I am also able to perform stem cell therapy in animals, mostly for advanced degenerative arthritis in animals who are too old or otherwise unable to get corrective surgery.
I pride myself on the time and effort I put into client education and informed decision-making with my clients. I am accessible on the phone and always return calls the same day. I believe that helping create the greatest wellbeing of our patients as well as the satisfaction of their owners are the primary reasons that my staff and I work so hard every day. My sincere hope is always that our efforts are successful.
Licensed Veterinary Technician
I have been with the Animal Hospital of Niskayuna for more than 10 years now and I enjoy all aspects. I have been a Licensed Veterinary Technician since graduating from SUNY Delhi in 1999. I started working in the veterinary field as a kennel attendant and I enjoyed working with clients and taking care of their wonderful pets, so it seemed like a great choice to go to school to be able to help animals live a happy and healthy life. I enjoy all aspects of my position at the Animal Hospital of Niskayuna, but I especially enjoy performing dental cleanings and the intricacies of canine behavior. I am now currently working toward my Bachelor’s Degree and when I am not studying, I enjoy spending time with daughter Amber, my sweet cats, Sassy and Fidget, and my wonderful dog, Pirate.
I am very excited to join the Animal Hospital of Niskayuna and the seasoned staff to help care for all of our patients and their people! I have always had a love of animals and I have previously worked in local area veterinary hospitals. I have two wonderful children that I adore spending my free time with. I also have a fondness for gardening and all types of plants and flowers. I am truly happy to join the team here and I look forward to meeting all of the wonderful clients and their pets!
Kennel Manager/Veterinary Assistant
I have been with the Animal Hospital of Niskayuna since 2004. I enjoy taking care of our wonderful patients while boarding and giving special attention to each and every one. I have been living in the Colonie/Niskayuna area for over 35 years and I have been married for 23 years. When I am not working, I like to go out on my boat on Saratoga & Mohawk Lake to fish. I also enjoy walking through the woods near the Lisha Kill. I have a wonderful family, including my wife, daughter, granddaughter, 2 cats (Jezebel & Sid Vicious) and a turtle named Q-T.
I started at the Animal Hospital of Niskayuna 23 years ago when it was still the Friderici Animal Hospital, even before Dr. Scharf was here! I have worked with many wonderful animals (most of whom I have known their whole lives!) and their caring owners. I appreciate the honor of being trusted with all the patients, whether they are boarding or hospitalized. I enjoy seeing many of our regular boarders as well as all the newcomers. One-on-one attention is definitely something I love about my position here—it gives me the opportunity to get to know all our patients on a personal level. I have encountered so many wonderful pets and their people over the years that I would have not had the chance to meet otherwise. I may not have a furry friend of my own at home, but I do have the privilege of being owned by one with scales.
I started with the Animal Hospital of Niskayuna in June of 2014. Growing up in a household that encouraged my love of animals lead me to a wonderful career in the Veterinary Field, which is now going on 10 plus years. I truly enjoy the work I do as well as the Pets and Pet parents I meet.
In my spare time I also enjoy Photography and spending time with my full family at home, including 4 cats, Rat, Guinea Pig and 2 ferrets.
I am a 2011 Graduate from SUNY Oswego with my bachelors degree in Zoology. I did an internship at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse, NY working with Asian Elephants. I did a second internship at the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington DC working with birds. I was a dog trainer at Petsmart for 2 years. Before starting with the Animal Hospital of Niskayuna, I worked as Bush gardens In Williamsburg VA for a company called Joel Slavens Professional Animals, as a trainer/performer, working with dogs, cats, ducks, parrots and even a pig. I am the proud owner of 2 dogs, 4 cats and a bird.
I come from a family that has always had a real love for dogs and cats. Over the years furry creatures in need have either "found" us or we "found" them thanks to the help of friends. In either case a very rewarding life was the guarantee for both two and four legged.
In my spare time I love to play drums and read, a lot. I also have an extensive taste in music and the fine arts.