Albany County Veterinary Hospital

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1506 Western Ave
Albany, NY 12203

Driving Directions

(518) 456-6333


  • Hours:
  • Mon-Fri: 8:00am - 5:00pm
  • Sat: 8:00am - Noon
  • Sun: Closed
  • After Hrs: CDVRC 785-1094

Albany County Veterinary Hospital is located in Albany, New York, in the town of Guilderland, right across the street from Stuyvesant Plaza. ACVH was founded in 1922 as a mixed large and small animal practice by John J. Wermuth, a Cornell University veterinarian. Dr. Milford Becker purchased the practice in 1952 and made the transition to a primarily companion animal practice in the 1960's, before selling the hospital to Dr. Donald Dries in April 1977. Dr. Dries then "passed the torch" to Dr. Virginia Jarvis in August of 2006. Our friendly, courteous healthcare team seeks to provide the best quality medical, surgical and dental care for the pets of Albany and Schenectady County and the Capital District Area. Our patients include not only dogs and cats, but rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets, other small mammals and reptiles. We treat every pet as if it were our own. Please take a moment to contact us today, to learn more about our veterinary practice. Find out why ACVH is Albany's Choice for Veterinary Healthcare!

Albany County Veterinary Hospital Services

  • Bathing
  • Behavioral Medicine
  • Boarding
  • Cat Boarding
  • Dental Care
  • Dog Boarding
  • Emergency and Critical Care
  • Fully Stocked Pharmacy
  • Hospice and Euthanasia Services
  • Internal Medicine
  • Microchipping
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Pain Management
  • Parasite Prevention and Control
  • Puppy and Kitten Care
  • Rabbits and Small Mammals
  • Radiology (X-Rays)
  • Reptiles
  • Senior Care
  • Surgery
  • Ultrasound
  • Vaccinations
  • Wellness Exams

Albany County Veterinary Hospital Staff Profiles

Dr. Virginia R. Jarvis, DVM

Dr. Jarvis is from Valley Stream, NY. She obtained both her BS and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees from Cornell University, in 1989 and 1993. She has practiced in the Albany area since then, and purchased ACVH in August 2006. Her professional interests include Internal Medicine, and she has received advanced education in echocardiography and abdominal ultrasound. She also enjoys treating small mammals and reptiles.

Dr. Jarvis lives in Duanesburg with her husband, Bruce, and two daughters, Rose and Nicole.  Her family also includes a German Shepherd, Rainer, a Doberman mix named Diamond and two cats, Raisin and Penny! Dr. Jarvis enjoys hiking (especially Adirondack high peaks), wine tasting, gardening, and traveling with her family.
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Dr. Danielle P. Pokorny, DVM

Dr. Pokorny is from Altamont, New York and attended High School in Guilderland. She worked as a Veterinary Technician in the Albany area from 1994-2002. After receiving her BA at Hampshire College, Mass, she went on to obtain her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Kansas State University in May 2004. Afterward, she qualified for an internship position at Garden State Veterinary Specialists in New Jersey. There, she had an opportunity to gain advanced experience in multiple specialty fields including Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Oncology, Neurology, Dermatology, and Surgery.

Dr. Pokorny enjoys working not only with dogs and cats, but also small mammals and freshwater fish (especially goldfish). Her professional interests include canine geriatric care and raising orphaned wildlife.

Her pets include Ester the Boston Terrier, Max, a toothless rescued Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Belle a rescued geriatric Labrador Retriever. She also has four cats Fire, Kitty Kat, Nu-Nu, and Oreos, She enjoys hiking and camping, and would like to someday hike the Appalachian Trail.
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Kirsten Tarica, LVT

Kirsten is ACVH's Practice Administrator. She obtained her degree in Veterinary Technology from SUNY Delhi, graduating at the top of her class. Her professional interests include animal behavior, maintaining a standard of excellence in patient care and treatment, and creating a harmonious and productive work environment.In her free time, she enjoys reading and hiking with her family.

She lives in Fort Plain, NY, with her husband, Gabe, and son, Booker. Her furry family members include her geriatric black cat Jet (she's had him since high school!), a bruiser of a grey tabby cat, Gimli, Pushkin, a fluffy black and white feline of dubious origins, Nova, a slightly neurotic Finnish Spitz, and lastly, the protector of the house, a large Great Pyrenees called Wellington. Booker is also the proud caretaker of a beta fish known as Red Fish. Around the house, you can find the pest control team consisting of various chickens, who have a voracious appetite for ticks.
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