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 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 my family, my sweet cats, Sassy and Fidget, and my wonderful dog, Pirate!
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.