Our Team

At the Toms River Animal Hospital, we love our pets. They're not just our pets, they're our family. Our patient care team's over 200 furry, feathery and scaly family members include more than 80 dogs, 90 cats and 40 exotics.

We all want our pets to live long, happy, healthy lives. We understand how important your pet family member's health is to you, and we pledge to take care of them as if they were our own. We are passionate about making sure their time with us is comfortable and stress-free, all while providing them with top notch medical care.

We pride ourselves on our Mission Statement: At the Toms River Animal Hospital, we strive to exceed our clients' expectations by treating owners and pets with respect, honesty and compassion, while providing the highest quality medical and surgical care. We will work as a team, and continue to educate ourselves and our clients to provide the best heath and wellness to our patients.Ā 

Want to join our team? Visit our Careers section.

Get to know us. Explore our staff biographies and learn about the people who make our facility an excellent choice for your pet care needs.

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Michele Reimer
DVM, DACVIM Medical Director

Dr. Reimer attended Cook College, Rutgers University for her undergraduate and earned her DVM at University of Tennessee. She did her internship and residency at Virginia Tech. She became board certified in small animal internal medicine in 1999. She is kept busy by her family, dog and 4 cats. Dr. Reimer joined the staff of Toms River Animal Hospital in 2001. Over the past 13 years, she has proven to be an integral part of our veterinary team. So integral, in fact, that in January 2015, she was named as the new Medical Director.

Michelle "Shelby" Aareskjold
Hospital Manager

Shelby has been a member of the VCA family since 2016, when she joined the Toms River Animal Hospital team as a Client Service Representative. She quickly grew into a leadership role when she was promoted to CSR Supervisor at Bayview Animal Hospital in 2017; then in 2018 she returned to Toms River as CSR Supervisor. Her incredible leadership and organizational skills led her to another promotion to Office Manager in 2019, and then she naturally progressed to Hospital Manager in 2021.

In her free time, Shelby enjoys crafting, gardening, cooking, and traveling. She also loves spending time at home with her adorable...

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Our veterinarians are a team of highly trained individuals dedicated to the health and well-being of your pets. Explore our veterinarians' biographies and learn about the individuals who make our hospital an excellent choice for your pet's care.

Veterinarian Support

Our technicians and support team members are all gentle animal lovers who treat your pets with the compassion and respect they deserve. Explore our support team members' biographies and learn about the individuals who make our hospital such a good choice for your pet's care.


The hospital administration team consists of management personnel who oversee all staff members, hospital activities and the facilities. Together, they keep the hospital running smoothly, ensuring quality patient care and excellent client service. From the moment you check in, our administrative staff is here to deliver the best possible experience to you and your pet before, during and after your visit.

Client Services

We are committed to providing the best possible service and our Client Services team loves to exceed pet owner's expectations. Whether it's answering your calls, guiding you and your pet to the exam rooms or checking you in and out quickly, our Client Service representatives and Receptionists are dedicated to providing helpful client and patient support that raises the bar on customer service.
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Our teams are united in our common purpose of taking care of the future of veterinary medicine.
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