VCA Old Canal Animal Hospital

Fred Cesana, DVM, Medical Director

DVM, Michigan State University


Dr. Fred Cesana wanted to be a Veterinarian since the age of seven when he lived on a farm in Manchester, CT. After obtaining a BS degree from the University of Connecticut he went on to Michigan State University for his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. The next year was spent at Rowley Memorial Animal Hospital in Springfield, Massachusetts where he did an internship and befriended Dr. Lyell Williams. Dr. Cesana then spent 6 months working in private practice in Avon, CT before opening Old Canal Veterinary Clinic in May of 1975. Over the past twenty-five years the practice had grown to four clinics but was later downsized to provide more personalized quality care.

As Hospital Director Dr. Cesana takes a personal interest to see that the clinics mission and policies are maintained. When not at the clinic, Dr. Cesana enjoys his two English Setters and three cats. He is also an avid collector of Veterinary memorabilia, Indian relics and decorated stoneware. During his free time he enjoys visiting with his parents and two daughters, Jody and Jamie.

Dr. Cesana's professional affiliations include the American Veterinary Medical Association, American Animal Hospital Association, Veterinary Hospital Managers Association, World Veterinary Congress, Veterinary Orthopedic Society and the Hartford County Veterinary Medical Association.


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 please contact one of the following nearby emergency care clinics

-VCA Cheshire Animal Hospital & Emergency Clinic - 1-203-272-3266 located at 1572 South Main Street. Cheshire, Ct 06410