Shirley Veterinary Hospital is a full-service veterinary medical facility located in Shirley, NY. The professional and courteous staff at Shirley seek to provide the best possible medical, surgical, rehabilitation, 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.


Our mission at Shirley Veterinary Hospital is to be a leading resource for personalized, compassionate care that’s focused on filling the needs of our clients. We understand the special role your pets play in your life, and we take our commitment to their health and well-being seriously. We’d like to nurture the bond between humans and our animals, and we strive to build lasting relationships with the entire family throughout their lives. Simply put, we love your pets and we love what we do.


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 pets. 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.



Dr. Dexter Archer

Dexter Archer, V.M.D. CCRP, graduated with honors from the University of Pennsylvania in 1997. He spent the first three 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 became the director of the Emergency Critical Care department. He moved to Long Island in 2000 to become 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. He purchased his second veterinary hospital, Shirley Veterinary Hospital, in February 2007. Dr. Archer has expanded his role as General Practitioner to include special interests in Canine Rehabilitation, Wound Management, Dentistry, and Pain Management. In 2013 he obtained his Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner (CCRP) from the University of Tennessee. With his passion in physical rehabilitation and the benefits seen in his patients, he opened and currently operates a successful physical rehabilitation center, Healing Hands 4 Paws, located in Shirley, NY.

Dr. Archer is the proud father of 3 children and resides with his wife, Tara, in Riverhead, NY. He is an avid golfer but also enjoys fishing, and various outdoor activities. He serves on numerous boards and committees representing the community needs. He attends 3 to 4 continuing education seminars per year and is dedicated to excellence in veterinary medicine and canine physical rehabilitation.

Dr. Sarah Alward

First and foremost, Dr. Sarah is an animal lover. As a pet parent to 3 wonderful dogs, she knows what it’s like to love your pet with your whole heart. Her practice is based on personal attention and the best possible care for your pet.

Ask Dr. Sarah about “the kids” and you’ll hear tales of Ruby, Hooligan, and Miss Betty. It’s that effusive love for animals that drove Dr. Sarah to complete an Agriculture degree at the University of Alberta, in 2001, for the purpose of becoming a veterinarian. But she soon traded snow tires up north for sandy beaches down south, attending St. Kitts’ Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine for 3 years before returning stateside for her clinical rotations at Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, graduating in 2006.

With Ruby in tow, she arrived in New York City for an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the ASPCA’s historic Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital, staying on an additional year as an associate (watch old episodes of Animal Planet’s ‘Animal Precinct’ and you just might see Dr. Sarah in action!). Desirous of green grass and fresh air, she took an associate veterinarian position with the East Hampton Veterinary Group in 2008 and began working with The Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons (ARF) during her spare time. A year passed and she found herself transitioning to a full-time position with ARF, where she was responsible for the health and welfare of over 100 animals. Through ARF, Dr. Sarah is also able to help save the lives of dogs rescued from kill shelters in South Carolina, street dogs in Puerto Rico, and puppy mill dogs across the nation, most notably in the midwest through a partnership with Best Friends Animal Society.

In 2009, Dr. Sarah teamed up with Meals on Wheels and began providing low-cost veterinary care for their disabled, elderly and homebound clients.

Dr. Sarah lives in East Hampton with her 3 rescue dogs, Ruby, Hooligan and Miss Betty, and her wonderful husband John and adorable son.
Dr. Sarah has joined us at Shirley Veterinary Hospital on Tuesdays and Thursdays as well as a Saturday each month. Clients that have already met her “love” her and she looks forward to meeting everyone.

Dr. Spyder Lawson

Virginia Carpenter - Hospital Manager

Mrs. Carpenter is our Hospital Manager. Her years of nursing and supervisory positions have added an impressive level of experience to our practice. Mrs. Carpenter’s responsibilities are wide in range, including handling personnel, vendors, and inventory control. She also deals directly, and quickly, with client and patient concerns. She exhibits an incredible degree of flexibility and compassion in her handling of both employees and clientele. Mrs. Carpenter is always seeking to expand her knowledge in practice management by attending conferences and researching in veterinary literature.

Jessica - Licensed Vet Technician

Hannah - Licensed Vet Technician

James - Vet Assistant

Trish - Vet Assistant

Alex - Vet Assistant

Nicole - Vet Assistant

Danielle - Receptionist/CSR

Dyese - Receptionist/CSR

Shelly - Receptionist/CSR

Dianna - Rehab Assistant