There’s a special bond between animals and the people who love them. That same special bond should also exist between veterinarians and their patients.
No one understands this more than the doctors at Hodes Veterinary Group. In fact, when Dr. Hodes opened his Mobile Veterinary Clinic back in 1980, his goal was to treat his patients with the same love and compassion as any two-legged family member would get from their doctor.
Over 35 years later, this love of animals and desire to provide the absolute best medical care has helped the Hodes Veterinary Group grow into a practice that includes 7 veterinarians and loyal pet patients from Mine Hill and the surrounding communities.
Today, Dr. Hodes spends a lot less time at the office and more time with his family. But he left his practice in good hands. Dr. Kris Conway, a veterinarian who has worked alongside him since 1994, is now the owner and continues to uphold the pet care tradition of Dr. Hodes — treat each pet like they’re a member of our family. Because they are.
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265 U.S. Highway 46
Mine Hill, NJ 07803
Kristine A. Conway, D.V.M., C.C.R.T.
Kristine graduated from Ross university school of veterinary medicine in January 1989 and joined Hodes Veterinary Group in August 1994. A GP (general practitioner) with a love of surgery, Dr. Kris thoroughly enjoys the challenges of veterinary medicine. In fact, it was this love of veterinary medicine that started her on a mission to improve the quality of life for senior dogs and dogs with disabilities. In 2007, Kristine attended the University of Tennessee’s fast track program for canine rehabilitation and soon after started Aqua Dog Rehabilitation, now Aqua Dog and Cat Rehabilitation. She later completed the canine rehabilitation Institute program in 2012 for her CCRT.
When Dr. Hodes decided to semi-retire in 2017, Dr. Kris (as she is known by most of her clients) stepped in to become the new owner of Hodes Veterinary Group.
A workaholic by nature, she finds relaxation by training and competing with her dogs, working in her yard, and sailing in far away exotic places.
UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE
• Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist (C.C.R.T)
Michael J. Anacker, D.V.M.
Dr. Anacker began his career at Hodes Veterinary Group as a kennel attendant while still attending high school. After he graduated from Ohio State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1996, he joined our group as a practicing Veterinarian in the fall of 1997.
His interest includes all the critters in the animal kingdom, however, he has a special interest in small companion animals and exotics.
In his time away from the clinic, he would refer to himself as a "thrill seeker" - enjoying such sports as sky diving, bungee jumping, skiing, scuba diving, and motorcycling. Dr. Anacker also has a Real Estate License, but at this point has very little time to make use of it.
OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF VETERINARY MEDICINE
Joanne E. Troeger, D.V.M.
Dr. Troeger joined Hodes Veterinary Group in 1995 following her graduation from Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine. She stays at Hodes because she appreciates being able to provide a high level of care to her patients within a very collaborative team of colleagues. She enjoys the challenges of small animal medicine, exotics, and avians.
Dr. Troeger stays current in veterinary medicine through conferences and continuing education and is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the NJ Veterinary Medical Association. She shares her home in Millington with her husband and children, plus two dogs, one cat, a cockatiel and a parakeet, many chickens, a few fish, and a leopard gecko. She holds leadership positions with both the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, specifically supporting the scouts’ Veterinary Medicine, Dog Care, and Pets merit badges. Her bagpipes are frequently heard throughout her neighborhood.
PURDUE UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF VETERINARY MEDICINE
Katelyn E. Felts, D.V.M.
Dr. Felts joined the team of veterinarians at Hodes Veterinary Group in January 2013 — immediately after graduating from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine.
Growing up on a horse farm inspired Dr. Felts to follow a career in veterinary. She enjoys small animal medicine and has a special interest in surgery. She also works with horses.
Outside of work, you can always find Dr. Felts at the barn with her two horses, Boston and Rio. When she isn’t training for show jumping, or at a horse show, she takes pleasure in spending time with her husband and 2 dogs.
ROSS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF VETERINARY MEDICINE
Andrea L. Antonelli, D.V.M., M.S.
A native of Parsippany, New Jersey, Dr. Antonelli’s profound love for animals led to her career in veterinary medicine. She received her undergraduate degree from Loyola College in Maryland, her Masters degree from Ohio State University, and her doctorate at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2007.
After gaining experience at several other veterinary facilities, she joined Hodes Veterinary Group in March of 2012.
She currently lives in Boonton, NJ with her six large parrots ( Rita, Tiki, Calypso, Nelly, Simon, and Pigeon) and her four dogs, (Thor, Blitz, Silvia, and Boris). She has added two 4-foot long iguanas, named “Doyle and Khalessi” to her menagerie.
Dr. Antonelli has a special interest in Avian and Exotic medicine as well as Canine and Feline medicine and nutrition.
LOYOLA COLLEGE, MARYLAND
OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY
ROSS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF VETERINARY MEDICINE
Raymond A. Czarnecki, D.V.M.
Dr. Czarnecki always had an interest in veterinary medicine. In fact, he’s been working at Hodes Veterinary Group since he was 15 years old. First, in the kennels and then as a technician.
He graduated from Kansas State University with an Animal Science degree with a pre-vet option. While attending college full-time, Dr. Czarniecki supported himself working as a carpenter on the weekends and tending bar at night.
Since graduating from Kansas State Veterinary School in May of 2015, he’s had the opportunity to work with all different types of animals — from zoo animals to cats and dogs. That’s what he loves about veterinary medicine. No day is ever the same and you never know whats going to be walking through the door next.
Outside of work his interests include any and all sports, hiking, surfing, and most outdoor activities and he is almost always smiling. You will note that he talks with his hands.
KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY VETERINARY SCHOOL
Steven B. Hodes, D.V.M.
Dr. Hodes, the founder of Hodes Veterinary Group, graduated from Kansas State University's College of Veterinary Medicine in 1979.
His thirty-seven years in practice has given him experience with not only dogs and cats, but horses, cows, goats, llamas, ferrets, reptiles, chinchillas, and an occasional sugar glider.
Throughout his career, Dr. Hodes has been the veterinary service provider for the Morris County Sheriff's Department K9 Unit and the Morris County Park Police Mounted Unit. He’s also been a guest lecturer on "Pets and Babies" (for new parents-to-be) at St. Clare's Hospital (Denville, NJ) and Hackettstown Hospital (Hackettstown, NJ) for the past 20 years. And a member of the Rockaway Township Board of Education from 1995 - 2002.
Recently, Dr. Hodes decided to lessen his workload to spend more time with his family. So he handed the reins of his veterinary group over to Dr. Kristine Conway, who is now the proud new owner.
KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY’S COLLEGE OF VETERINARY MEDICINE