Animal General of East Norwich

Ellen Leonhardt, DVM, Medical Director

DVM, Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine


Dr. Ellen Leonhardt was raised and still lives in Levittown, NY. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University in 1988, and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Ross University in 1993. She did her clinical rotation year at Oklahoma State University in 1993 and received her federal accreditation allowing her to write International health certificates in 1994.

Dr. Ellen has been practicing general medicine at Animal General since 1993 and is currently the Medical Director of the hospital. She has also been practicing emergency medicine at Nassau Animal Emergency Clinic since 1993, where she is currently part- time senior veterinarian. Her interests in veterinary medicine include general surgery, internal medicine, wildlife medicine, reptile medicine, and has some experience working with pot-bellied pigs and small goats. She always welcomes "any animal in need that can fit through the front door". Dr. Ellen was the first Veterinarian in New York State to perform a completely IN HOSPITAL Stem Cell treatment on a dog in September 2010.
Dr. Ellen currently has 2 Rottweilers, "Kinsey" and "Joplin" who come to work with her and are the greeters to all who visit Animal General! She also has 2 cats, "Wyatt" and "Darwin", a tortoise, 2 ducks, 2 parakeets, and 3 finches as her family at home. She has 2 outdoor goldfish ponds and uses gardening and fussing with her ponds as her stress relief.

Her outside interests are international travel- with special attention to countries with interesting wildlife. She has become adept at wildlife and landscape photography and many of her pictures adorn the walls of Animal General.


Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

As part of the VCA family, we have over 83 specialty hospitals across the US and Canada which provide referral specialty care, so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: behavior, cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, integrative medicine, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology, rehabilitation, reproduction, and surgery.

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Emergency Care

Animal General of East Norwich is open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 8AM-8PM. On Tuesday our hospital is open 8AM-6PM, and on Saturday 8AM-4PM. (We are closed on Sunday.) If your pet has a medical emergency during our hospital’s hours, please telephone us immediately at 516-624-7500. Our experienced team of veterinarians, technicians and assistants are here to help you and your pet.

Our address is:

Animal General of East Norwich
6320 Route 25A
East Norwich, NY 11732

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If your pet is experiencing a medical crisis when our hospital is closed, you may take your pet to either of following veterinary emergency hospitals in our vicinity:


Veterinary Referral & Emergency Center of Westbury
609-5 Cantiague Rock Road
Westbury, NY 11590
Phone: 516-420-0000
Open 24/7/365