Over the past seven years, Dr. John D. Maniatty’s veterinary practice in Ocean City, Md. has been catering to pets and their owners throughout the community, offering medicine, surgical services and dentistry. Earlier this month, he broadened his demographic, stepping in as the new owner of Ocean View Animal Hospital, as well.
“It has really been fun and exciting for us,” said Maniatty, who earned his VMD (Veterinariae Medicinae Doctoris) from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 1997. “We are reaching out to more patients. We’re meeting new people and making new friends. It’s like starting all over again.”
While maintaining a presence at the West Ocean City facility that he established in 2003, Maniatty and his staff now cater to pets throughout the Delmarva area, stepping into Ocean View, along Atlantic Ave., as well. Prior to relocating to the area in 2003, Maniatty practiced for seven years in Allentown, Pa.
“We really appreciate everything that [Dr. Jennifer Lesser Brunori] did, prior to us taking over here,” said Dr. John Maniatty. “It’s been a great fit since coming into the area, and we hope to grow along with the community.”
As the head veterinary technician and owner of Ocean View Animal Hospital, Maniatty puts emphasis on client education, and has maintained the same staff, ensuring that the 2,500-plus patients that have been brought into the facility could be treated by a familiar face.
Ocean View Animal Hospital provides a range of services for house pets, including dogs, cats, rabbits, rodents and small birds, including diagnostic and therapeutic services, anesthesia, internal muscle consults, radiology and permanent identification, such as microchip identification, among other aid for animals.
“John doesn’t turn away clients,” said Maniatty’s wife and office manager, Brenda. “It’s all about establishing a personal connection with the pets and their owners. He’s very accommodating, and people really appreciate everything he does for their pets.”
Dietary and behavioral counseling advice is also available for owners. While the office doors are open six days a week, emergency care is also provided for clients through the week days, too.
Maniatty plans to get involved with the community, providing weekend clinics and vaccinations for the public and working closely with other accredited colleagues throughout the area. In Ocean City, where his motto has always been “Quality medicine with a caring heart,” Dr. Maniatty has already established a connection with the Ocean City Humane Society, assisting in the stray cat spay and neuter program.
“I’m really hoping to get out there and meet people and be a presence in the community,” said Dr. Maniatty, who is no stranger to making house calls to visit a patient in need. “I want to offer the highest quality care that you can find. Good medicine takes time. It’s not something you can rush, and everyone seems to appreciate that. We really want people to feel like they can come to us with whatever they need for their pets.”
As he becomes more established in the area, Maniatty plans to bring new developments to the area for his clients, too, with state-of-the-art equipment, such as digital x-ray.
As the late spring and summer months barrel down with warm weather, more pets and their owners are getting outside, but as Dr. Maniatty explains, there’s a lot for pet owners to keep in mind.
“Allergies are a big problem for pets,” he explains, “and as more people are coming down to the shore, they’re bringing their dogs out to the parks and the beach. But you’ve got to be very careful. Be cautious of sprains, strains and muscle pulls. Just like anything else, you have to start back gradually as animals get older. The weather is getting hot, too. Make sure your pet has access to ice water and plenty of shade. With animals, a heat stroke is fatal, typically 50 percent of the time, so it’s important to keep them cool as much as possible.”
The Ocean View Animal Hospital is located at 118 Atlantic Ave., Suite 101 in Ocean View, beside Lord Baltimore Elementary School. For more information, call (302) 539-CARE (2273) or visit www.oceanviewanimalhospital.com. Office hours are from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Wednesdays. Emergency care is also available Monday through Friday for clients, too.