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Upper Manhattan, Upper East Side, Yorkville
Veterinarian Emergency Services, Veterinarians, Veterinary Clinics & Hospitals


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As a pre-veterinary student, Dr. Kalvig

As a pre-veterinary student, Dr. Kalvig and Dr. Shorter opened their doors to me as mentors and teachers of the veterinary profession. I have learned so much from them over the years not only about medications and treatments but also about high standards of patient care. They are extremely attentive to all of their patients and go above and beyond what is asked of them. They take the time to talk to each client and make sure that they get the best care possible for their pets and also dedicate their personal time to volunteering to improve the health and welfare of pets worldwide. I am proud to say that I have worked with them for several wonderful years and I will never forget all that they have taught me as I go on to practice veterinary medicine myself.


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Dr. Shorter and Dr. Kalvig are the best...

Just an update on our veterinarian, Dr. J. M. Shorter. He has seen us through the many highs and few lows that we went through with our dogs Scout, Annie and Jocko. He is a great doctor and a wise adviser. We had to turn to him when we made an impulsive move and adopted a dog who is not meant to live in the city. The situation with our new girl and our old guys was becoming risky and we called Dr. Shorter on New Years Day in a panic. He opened the doors of his office to us right away and his staff has been taking care of Rosey while we find a home for her. They let us come visit/walk her and are taking care of her like she's their own.

Dr. Shorter, Dr.Kalvig and their staff are smart, decent and amazing people. We (and Rosey) love and appreciate them more than we can ever say.


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Long term client

I've have had the pleasure of knowing Dr. Barbara Kalvig for over 25 years. We first met when I had my first Shih-Tzu named Benson, and Dr Kalvig was working with the late Dr. Howard Kessler. She was the ONLY veterinarian in his practice that actually gave my dog a comprehensive checkup and our relationship started there. Ben died at 10 years of age from a quickly spreading cancer, and eight months after his death, I adopted a Shih-Tzu pup who I named Jerry.

Dr. Kalvig became Jerry's vet from his infancy stage. I followed her throughout the years until she opened her own practice with her wonderful partner, Dr. James M Shorter. Jerry was a perfectly healthy dog until 13 1/2 years of age, when all of a sudden he became very ill. It took her vast skill, dedication & patience (really detective work) to determine that he had a tumor on his adrenal gland.We could not know if it was malignant or benign until surgery was performed to remove it. Luckily it was benign, and he recovered remarkably well from this potentially very complicated type of surgery. Over the years that followed, Jerry was treated for high blood pressure and kidney disease, in addition to various other medical problems. We were taught how to give Jerry his mediations, geriatric supplements, and subcutaneous fluids every morning. Due to his accelerating age and many late stage health issues, Dr Kalvig helped us balance a ""cocktail of meds"" to prolong the quality of his life.We happily followed our excel spread sheet to make sure he got everything he needed and drove him from Westchester to Manhattan for regular visits with Dr. Kalvig for proper monitoring. Jerry enjoyed an amazing quality of live until he he was 18&1/2 years of age, largely due to Dr Kalvig's detailed care and advice. Toward the end of his life, Jerry had a stroke and Dr Kalvig kindly referred us to a wonderful neurologist in Westchester so our little guy would not have to travel so far to make his frequently needed trips to the doctor any longer. We tell everyone that Jerry's long life was thanks to Dr Kalvig's special care.
A new chapter....My husband & I were emotionally drained after Jerry's death as we loved him so much. We said that we were not going to adopt another dog for a very long time. Then, as fate would have it, I received a call from Dr. Kalvig last year during the holidays. She was treating a very sick 8 month old pup in critical condition, who was
facing the reality of a very sad ending very soon. Thanks to Dr Kalvig, Kalvig & Shorter Veterinary Associates adopted the puppy and the doctors and their fabulous staff offered him all the life saving treatments over the weeks he needed to nurture him back to health.
She placed that call to us, hoping to give him a great home with parents who were able to take care of this ""baby"" & give him the love & future medical attention he deserved. We now have Niko at home with us and already ""love him to death"".

This is one veterinarian that is so ""special"" & I recommend her to anyone with a dog or cat who wants the best quality of life for their pet. They ALWAYS become ""part of the family"".


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Excellent Veterinarians

I met Dr. Barbara Kalvig 13+1/2 years ago when she was covering for another Vet, whom I had been going to for 25 years, and at that time with my third and forth dogs (all four having been patients there in their day). My 16+1/2 year old ""baby"" who had never been ill, with the exception of a temporary problem after giving birth, had just been diagnosed with kidney failure. I was distraught, to say the least, and was taught how to give her fluid injections on
a daily basis. About a week or so later, she had a relapse, and when I called my Vet's office I was told that he was away, but that ""Dr. Kalvig was covering him..."" I was frantic, but as it turned out, it was a blessing in disguise!! Dr.
Kalvig was so caring and compassionate, not only for the patient, but for her human as well!! As a result of that visit and a short time in the hospital, I had another wonderful 5 months with my ""baby""--extra time which helped to prepare me for the inevitable! When that day came, I just prayed that Dr. Kalvig would be there instead of my other Vet...and she was! I have followed her ever since!!

When ""baby"" #4 was going through the same thing (also at 16+1/2 yrs. old) and was hospitalized for a few days, Dr. Kalvig encouraged me to come visit with him every day, which I did. As I sat in the waiting room cuddling my ""baby"" every day, I would overhear the comments of all the other ""humans"" who would be praising Dr. Kalvig and saying how wonderful she is, both as a doctor and as a person! It was so great to hear that everyone there had the same feelings that I had (and still do)!!

To conclude, my ""babies"" #5 and 6 are currently patients of Dr. Kalvig, and they are my first K-9s who do not ""put-on-the-brakes"" as soon as they reach the front door--they are also the first to have known only Dr. Kalvig as their doctor!! Her well-trained staff is very friendly, respectful, courteous, and helpful. As you can probably gather, I am one ""human"" who is more than pleased with my Veterinary choice!!

Most sincerely,
Kelli Kahn


Provided by Citysearch - 
Dr Barbara A. Kalvig

I met Dr. Kalvig some 25 years ago, when I was gifted with an adorable ""red"" Himalayan kitten named Firebird Imperial.

Throughout the many years as Firebird's vet, Dr. Kalvig's care and skillful clinical decisions were most commendable; especially in his 14th year, when it became necessary to intervene with gallstone surgery.

Being a little guy endowed with a mighty ""feisty"" temperament, Firebird Imperial made a remarkable recovery! The exceptional care that he had always received, in all probability, was a contributing factor to his long, happy life of 19 1/2 years.

Presently, I now share my home and love with another beautiful Himalayan, a Seal Point named ""Taj"" Mahal and who in turn, receives the same dedicated care from Dr. Kalvig. If you want excellent care please take your pet to this establishment

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