Pitman Animal Hospital

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654 North Delsea Drive
Pitman, NJ 08071

Driving Directions

(856) 582-7500


Email: pitmananimalhospital@verizon.net

  • Hours:
  • Mon-Fri: 8:00am - 8:00pm
  • Sat: 8:00am - 12:00pm
  • Sun: Closed
  • After Hours Emergency:
  • Animal Emergency Service, Mt. Laurel: (856) 727-1332 or
  • Tri-State Animal Emergency Center: (856) 467-0004
  • 392 Kings Highway, Woolwich Township, NJ 08085

At Pitman Animal Hospital, we are a progressive veterinary practice with a total of 8 general practitioners and 2 traveling specialists, providing passionate care to your furry (or feathered) friends.  In addition to providing traditional western medicine to dogs and cats, we also have  a doctor who practices holistic and chiropractic/acupuncture medicine and a doctor who is very experienced with exotic animals.

Pitman Animal Hospital Services

  • Dental Care
  • Emergency and Critical Care
  • Endoscopy
  • Euthanasia Services
  • Fully Stocked Pharmacy
  • Laser Therapy
  • Microchipping
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Pain Management
  • Parasite Prevention and Control
  • Puppy and Kitten Care
  • Rabbits and Small Mammals
  • Radiology (X-Rays)
  • Senior Care
  • Surgery
  • Ultrasound
  • Vaccinations
  • Wellness Exams

Pitman Animal Hospital Staff Profiles

Robert Harris, VMD - Founder and Owner

Founder and owner Dr. Robert Harris worked in his first veterinarian's office in the 10th grade. His family always had dogs and pets. The area in which he grew up, in Woodbury, New Jersey, always gave him an opportunity to bring home turtles, snakes and injured birds. Moreover, before he went to veterinary school, Dr. Harris worked for a local practitioner for five years. Dr. Harris had great veterinary training both in and out of school.

Dr. Harris attended the University of Delaware and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Animal Science in 1973. He then was accepted into the the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine and earned his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1977. He graduated Magna Cum Laude.

Today, Dr. Harris has a special interest in soft tissue and orthopedic surgery. He is a member of the New Jersey Veterinary Medical Association, the American Veterinary Medical Association, and the American Animal Hospital Association. Dr. Harris also is a board member of the Gloucester County Habitat for Humanity, a member of the Mantua Township Planning Board and a leader for Habitat for Humanity's International Missions.

Dr. Harris is married and he and his wife Dorothy have two children. They have a dog named Pepper and a cat named Max. His hobbies include sailing, hiking, biking, rock and ice climbing and cross-country skiing.
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Melissa Berg, VMD

Dr. Melissa Berg learned how to be a veterinarian, literally, at her father's elbow: he was a veterinarian and she worked in his clinic "from a very young age." She has such distinct veterinary memories as "begging my father to pin a pet chicken's leg (he did well)" to "nurturing a fawn back to health" that had been hit by a car. She remembers "bottle-feeding twin lambs." She also cleaned the cages and assisted with surgeries and procedures. These are the memories that inspired her to become a veterinarian.

Dr. Berg earned her B.S. in Zoology (with a minor in Spanish Language and Literature) from George Washington University in 1988. She was also a member of the Spanish Honors Society.

Before she went on to veterinary school, Dr. Berg worked as an analytic chemist, as a rescue-certified scuba diver and in the pediatric hematology/oncology unit at Cooper Hospital.

Dr. Berg entered the University of Pennsylvania in 1992 and earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1996.

Being a veterinarian, she said, never gets old. "Every day is new and different. Puppies and kittens can always make you smile, even if you are having a bad day," she said.

Dr. Berg started working at Pitman Animal Hospital in February of 2006 and today has a special interest in soft tissue surgery, oncology and dentistry.

At home, Dr. Berg has two boxers, Czar and Sasha, a Sphynx cat named Piglet, and three fish: Glub Glub, Poppy and Big Brain. She and her husband Jeff (who is also a veterinarian) have two children, and she enjoys spending time with her family, as well as hiking, baking, reading and playing classical piano.
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Alexander Collada, VMD

Dr. Alexander Collada is a veterinarian in large part because his parents kept a promise. When he was 13 years old, he kept asking his parents for a horse. "My parents said I could have one if I came up with $800," Dr. Collada said. "After working for a year and a half and saving every bit I had, they were greatly surprised and unhappy that they had to keep their parental promise." Fortunately, it worked out. "Luckily, we lived on three acres at the time, and my new quarter horse gave my parents much joy and laughter as they watched me comically try to teach myself to ride this rambunctious mare."

Dr. Collada worked at Companion Hospital in Longwood, FL through high school and college and also worked as a veterinary technician and supervisor at the Orlando Veterinary Emergency Clinics.

He went on to graduate from the Oxford College of Emory University and Emory University in 1995 with two degrees in Biology and Natural Ecology, and a minor in Dance and Choreography. He was named Mr. Oxford College for 1992-1993 and was involved with Leadership Oxford and was President of the International Student Organization.

He did not immediately work in the veterinary field. Dr. Collada entered the Harvard Dance Program on a full scholarship and danced professionally in Boston and Atlanta. He also worked as an endoscopy technician and as a representative for Endoscopy Specialists, Inc. for human hospitals.

Dr. Collada received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2005 from St. George's University and the University of Georgia. He was on the Dean's List and was elected class representative. He participated in the University of Tennessee Veterinary School's Zoo Medicine program and did charity spay and neuters for the Fairfax Virginia SPCA for six years.

"I have always dreamed of having the ability to talk to animals and the veterinary profession is as close as I can get to that," he said. "With an animal's history, a physical exam, diagnostics and a brief interaction, they tell me a lot of what is going on. In some cases, I have become a voice for the pets themselves."

Today, Dr. Collada has a special interest in small animal surgery and physical therapy. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Dr. Collada shares his home with a variety of pets, including a rescued poodle named Joli, a rescued Jack Russell Terrier named Penelope, a rescued mini-dachschund named Oscar Meyer, a Senegal parrot Habibi, a Leopard Gecko named Karma, three large leopard tortoises named Bud, Little Foot and Gary, and three other Chinese water turtles. His hobbies include traveling, scuba diving, working out, running and spending time with his family and pets.
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