Our Compassionate Veterinary Team in Avenel, NJ

Our Veterinarians

Dr. Joel Friedman
Dr. Joel Friedman

Veterinarian

Our Founder, Dr. Joel Friedman, opened St. Georges Veterinary Hospital in 1978. Before establishing St. Georges, Dr. Friedman practiced veterinary medicine at Lexington Animal Hospital in Clark, NJ, from 1975 to 1979.

An avid sports fan and scholar of baseball history, Dr. Friedman grew up in New York City and splits his time between Monroe, NJ, and Port St Lucie, FL. Dr. Friedman attended the State University of New York, Farmingdale, where he earned an Associate’s Degree in Animal Science. He attended Cornell University, where he was awarded a Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture.

Dr. Friedman earned his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at the University of the Philippines College of Veterinary Medicine in 1975. His professional interests include dermatology, parasitology, dentistry, and internal medicine.

Dr. Friedman is a member and past president of the Metropolitan New Jersey Veterinary Association. He also maintains membership in the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Dr. Friedman can usually be found cheering on the Mets, Jets, Nets, and the Devils. He also loves golf and pickleball, both as a spectator and player. Aside from sports, he enjoys going to rock and folk concerts and Broadway productions. Dr. Friedman also loves reading about the history of baseball, especially anything about the Brooklyn Dodgers. He has an adult daughter, Eryn, and a lovely granddaughter. At home, Dr. Friedman cares for Molly, a Scottish Terrier.

Despite Dr. Friedman taking a step down for his retirement, you will always be able to catch him at St George’s during the summer to welcome our patients and clients!

Dr. Joel Friedman
Dr. Vivian Ng
Veterinarian/Medical Director

Vivian Ng DVM. Atlantic Veterinary College 2009 Dr. Vivian Ng is a dedicated veterinarian with a passion for ensuring the well-being of your beloved furry companions. As the Medical Director at St Georges, she is committed to upholding the highest standards of veterinary medicine.

With a profound passion for animal health, she takes pride in leading a team of skilled professionals to provide exceptional care. With 14 years of experience, Dr. Ng specializes in geriatric pet care, understanding the unique needs and challenges that come with age. Her approach to veterinary medicine is rooted in empathy and a commitment to preserving the bond between humans and their furry family members.

She believes our pets are more than just animals; they are cherished household members. Her family includes Archie, the orange tabby, Betty, the tuxedo cat; and Bubbio, the Shih Tzu. Depending on your pet’s needs, she can delve beyond the routine check-up to diagnose and treat diseases and illnesses.

Her goal is not only to try to provide a cure but also to offer comfort. This is especially important for your pet’s golden years. They should be provided with love, care, and an optimal quality of life.

She firmly believes in the power of teamwork. As your pet’s primary caregiver, you are essential to the equation. She will work hand in hand with you, the pet parent, to make informed decisions and develop comprehensive care plans that cater to your pet’s unique needs. Your insights into your pet’s behavior and well-being are invaluable in the journey toward optimal health.

Dr. Joel Friedman
Dr. Chintan Patel
Veterinarian

I am Dr. Chintan Patel. I was born and raised in India and completed my Veterinary education there. I came to the United States in 2017 and started working in an emergency specialty hospital while pursuing a licensure exam.

From a very young age, I knew I wanted to become a veterinarian, and with that passion, I started volunteering in animal shelters. I joined SGVH in 2022 as a head technician and became a veterinarian in February 2023. I have since then been working as a Veterinarian at SGVH.

I have a special interest in medicine and radiology. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family and pets.

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This isn’t just a job for us, it’s our way of life! We’re always looking for outstanding people to join our team. If you’re passionate about pets, people, and fun, we welcome you to browse our current openings and apply.