Commack Animal Hospital

Kari Pettit, DVM, Associate Veterinarian

DVM, Tufts University


Dr. Pettit received her B.A. in Zoology in 1993 from the University of California. In 1998, she received her veterinary degree from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine. In 2007, she received her Master of Preventive Veterinary Medicine (MPVM) from UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in Wildlife Health.

Dr. Pettit has been with Commack Animal Hospital since 2009. Prior to joing the staff at our hospital, she practiced veterinary medicine in the San Francisco Bay area, in many fields of shelter work, exotic animals and wildlife, small animal medicine and emergency/critical care work. She spends time between her veterinary practice work performing veterinary work at the marine mammal center and oil spill response unit, which led her to work as a veterinarian responding to the Cape Town, South Africa Treasure oil spill.  She then moved to Botswana, where she co-founded the Lettotlo Animal Sanctuary, a wildlife conservation center. Dr. Pettit was also the Assistant Director of St. George's University School of Veterinary Medicine teaching hospital, were she also ran a Surgical Laboratory for veterinary students. While in vet school, Dr. Pettit was the recipient of Geraldine Dodge Foundation Fellowship for her work in improving veterinary care for orphaned chimpanzees in Uganda.

Dr. Pettit’s professional interests include surgery, geriatric patient care, emerging diseases and conservation medicine. When not working, she enjoys traveling and running on the beach with her dogs, Jack and Logan.


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

Commack Animal Hospital is open 7 days a week: Monday thru Friday 8AM-8PM; Saturday 8AM-4PM and Sunday 8AM-11AM. If your pet has a medical emergency during our hospital’s hours, please telephone us immediately at 631-499-6622. Our experienced team of veterinarians, technicians and assistants are here to help you and your pet.

Our address is:

Commack Animal Hospital
3095 E. Jericho Turnpike
East Northport, NY 11725

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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:

Animal Emergency Service
6230 C Jericho Turnpike
Commack, NY 11725
Tel: 631-462-6044
Open weeknights: Monday thru Thursday 5PM-9AM (next morning)
Open Weekends: Friday 5PM-9AM Monday morning

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