Bayview Animal Hospital


  • Hospital Manager

    Melissa Connahey
    School: Richard Stockton College, BA

    Melissa started out as a Kennel Attendant at Toms River Animal Hospital 11 years ago. She moved up to Pharmacy Technician, Pharmacy Supervisor, and finally Hospital Manager. She has been a manager for the past 3 years and is ecstatic to be part of the Bayview Animal Hospital as their Hospital Manager!
    Along with animals, Melissa has a passion for teaching. She has danced professionally since the age of 2 and owned her own Performing Arts Studio for 3 years where she taught Drama and all genres of Dance. Melissa has an associates degree in Liberal Arts and a dual bachelors degree in Elementary Education and Philosophy.
    In her spare time, Melissa enjoys spending quality time with her family either out and about or spending cozy time at home. Their very mobile and adventurous children, 1 boy and 1 girl had been very thrilling for their dogs!
    Melissa also enjoys traveling, scrapbooking, the beach, and fundraising for Breast Cancer. Breast Cancer Research and Awareness became very personal for Melissa when her mom was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. Proudly, Melissa's mom has been a survivor and activist since 2002!!

  • Hospital Manager

    Nikki Picht
    Veterinary Tech School: Camden County College

    Nikki has been with Bayview Animal Hospital the longest. She started 9 years ago as a receptionist and has made her way up to Senior Technician. She has a very extensive knowledge of veterinary medicine techniques and animal husbandry. Her hobbies include tanning, poker, shopping, going to Six Flags, hanging out with friends and family, and loving her kitty, Baby.

    Nikki hopes to one day be a certified technician and work with large animals at a zoo!


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

In case of emergency, please call us immediately. If it is after hours, check with a local animal hospital emergency clinic. Below is a list of our local emergency hospitals.

Jersey Shore 732.363.3200

Red Bank 732.747.3636

NorthStar Vets 609.259.8300

Garden State 732.922.0011