Bay Ridge Animal Hospital

Loretta Pesteanu, DVM, Associate Veterinarian

DVM, North Carolina State University


Dr. Loretta Pesteanu was born in Romania and raised in both Canada and the eastern United States. She received her Bachelor of Animal Science degree and graduated Summa Cum Laude from North Carolina State University, where she attended the NCSU-College of Veterinary Medicine and became the founding president of the Student Chapter of the Society for Veterinary Medical Ethics and later co-founded LIFE Animal Haven rescue society with several of her vet school classmates. Dr. Pesteanu received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine diploma in 2003 and has been with the Bay Ridge Animal Hospital ever since. She is a published researcher in the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery and her professional interests include soft tissue surgery, oncology, cardiology and dermatology, and she is passionate about preventative medicine, client education and promoting the human-animal bond.

When not at work, Dr Pesteanu’s favorite things include the NYC nightlife, traveling, motorcycle and horse back riding, snorkeling and most of all sharing her life with her four beautiful cats and two sweet dogs.


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

Bay Ridge Animal Hospital is open Monday-Friday 8 AM-8 PM; Saturday 8 AM-5 PM and on Sunday 9 AM-2 PM. If your pet has a medical emergency during our hospital’s hours, please telephone us immediately at 718-748-1047. Our experienced team of veterinarians, technicians and assistants are here to help you and your pet.

Our address is:

Bay Ridge Animal Hospital
6803 Fifth Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11220

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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 24/7/365 veterinary emergency hospitals in our vicinity:

VERG North
Veterinary Emergency
& Referral Group
318 Warren Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Open 24/7/365

Fifth Avenue Veterinary Specialists
One West 15th Street
New York, NY 10011
Open 24/7/365