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Welcome to Shirley Veterinary Hospital


Shirley Veterinary Hospital is a full-service veterinary medical facility, located in Shirley, NY. The professional and courteous staff at Shirley Veterinary Hospital seeks to provide the best possible medical care, surgical care, rehabilitation care, and dental care for their highly-valued patients. We are committed to promoting responsible pet ownership, preventative health care and health-related educational opportunities for our clients. Shirley Veterinary Hospital strives to offer excellence in veterinary care to Shirley, NY and the surrounding Long Island areas, such as Manorville, Mastic, Center Moriches, Moriches, East Morichices, Bellport, Riverhead, Wading River, Brookhaven, Ridge,Yaphank, Coram, Farmingville, Eastport, Middle Island, Calverton, Rocky Point, Gordan Heights, Northhampton, Westhampton, and much much more!

It is our commitment to provide quality veterinary care throughout the life of our patients. Our services and facilities are designed to assist in routine preventive care for young, healthy pets; early detection and treatment of disease as your pets age; and complete medical and surgical care as necessary during his or her lifetime.

We understand the special role our patients play in the family, and are dedicated to becoming partners in their health care. We treat our patients as we would our own. Our goal is to practice the highest quality medicine and surgery with compassion and emphasis on client education. Our entire healthcare team is committed to providing personal attention to the unique concerns of each individual pet owner.

Please take a moment to contact us today at (631) 281-8820, to learn more about our veterinary practice and to find out more information about how Shirley Veterinary Hospital can serve the needs of you and your cherished pet!

Mission Statement:

Our mission here at Shirley Veterinary Hospital is to provide the highest quality veterinary care to our patients with caring, compassion, and continual education for everyone that takes care of them. We strive to provide your loved family members with the finest care and compassion we can. The entire staff here at Shirley Veterinary Hospital, from the receptionists to the kennel, live, breath and love animals. And that's why they work here. When your furry friends are in our care, we will treat, care and love them as if they were our very own.

Meet Dr. Dexter Archer!

Dexter Archer, V.M.D. the practice owner of Shirley Veterinary Hospital, graduated with honors from the University of Pennsylvania in 1997. He spent the first 3 post-graduate years at both a general practice and a specialty animal hospital. While there, Dr. Archer worked alongside various Board Certified Specialists in different fields of veterinary medicine, including Surgery, Oncology, Internal Medicine, and Emergency Critical Care. He then became the Medical Director for a small animal hospital in Oakdale, NY. After a year in this position, he decided to purchase his first animal hospital, which was located in Riverhead, NY. Dr. Archer successfully practiced there for over six years, building lifelong, compassionate relationships with his clientele. A large portion of these patients followed Dr. Archer when he purchased Shirley Veterinary Hospital, his second animal hospital, in February 2007. Dr. Archer has expanded his role as General Practitioner to include special interests in Canine Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation, Wound Management, Internal Medicine, Dentistry, Opthalmology, and Pain Management. He is an avid golfer but also enjoys fishing, and various outdoor activities. Dr. Archer attends 3 to 4 continuing education seminars per year and is dedicated to excellence in veterinary medicine.