For over 60 years, New Canaan Veterinary Hospital has been family owned facility serving New Canaan and surrounding communities. Since we’ve been under the careful direction of Paul Potenza, DVM, we offer a full service animal facility including:

  • Routine Annual Examinations and Preventative Care
  • Routine & Advanced Dentistry (Endodontics, Periodontics) With Digital X-Rays
  • Full Lab on Premises With Digital Ultrasonography on Site
  • Fully Renovated Hospital and Treatment Area With New Surgical Suite
  • Professional All Breed Grooming by Maribel and Albeiro, our husband and wife team
  • Newly Renovated Kennel, State of the Art Facilities w/Medical Supervision and professionally trained attendants
  • Climate Controlled Environment With Personalized Leash Walks Every Day
  • Separate Quiet Cat Condos

veterinary care servicesNew Canaan Veterinary Hospital has been and remains a family owned full service veterinary practice located at 7 Vitti Street in New Canaan. At a time when many if not most veterinary facilities are being gobbled up by big business, New Canaan Veterinary Hospital is still privately owned. What that means to our clients, quite simply, is superlative service and individualized care.

New Canaan Veterinary Hospital remains the first and only full service animal health care center in New Canaan.  Since the late 1940’s. Dr. James Whitlock (known to many as Doc Whitlock) and his wife lived here, ran the animal hospital and had his folks living next door. In 1959 the facility had a terrible fire and Doc Whitlock rebuilt it to the "stone fortress" that it is today. 

 Dr. Paul Potenza took over the practice in 1996. Dr. Potenza is a 1988 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and specializes in veterinary dentistry and abdominal ultrasound, as well as general veterinary medicine.

Since then Dr. Marlene Schaefler, a 1999 graduate of Cornell University joined Dr. Potenza full time in the fall of 1999. Dr. Schaefler, as well as providing excellent medical and surgical care, is licensed to certify pets for overseas travel.  She and  Dr. Potenza and the staff at New Canaan Veterinary Hospital strive at all times to not only provide excellent patient care but excellent client care. We believe that in order to give the best care to your pet(s) we need to have a trusting relationship with their family. Because of that we invite you at any time to come to our office, request a tour of our facilities, and get to meet all of our staff.

veterinary care services02 In  2008, the New Canaan Veterinary Hospital facility underwent a complete interior renovation.  The traditional "stone fortress" exterior remains principally because of enforced Town restrictions, but the interior is now the most modern facility in the area. We feel our facility reflects tthe excellent care we have always provided.  Both our new exam rooms have silent elevating tables with scales built in. Our dental table is also fully motorized for raising and lowering even the largest of breeds. We digitally radiograph every dental patient as part of our included services. Our O.R. has a glass viewing window, next to our pre-operative / in house lab area. In addition to in house ultrasound services, we have a full suite of in house lab equipment to run tests immediately if need be. Our anesthesia equipment and monitoring machines are the best to be found at any facility and our staff is expertly trained to use them. Our kennel is state of the art with motorized skylights, air-conditioning, and centralized drain system that keeps the dogs in a fresh smelling environment.

veterinary care services01If there is anything else you would like to know please don’t hesitate to call us at 203-966-1627 or email us at staff@newcanaanvet.com (Please note - this email is not for time sensitive communications, if you need to get a message through to staff please leave a message on our machine. We check email daily but the hour differs day to day, our voicemail is checked several times during the work day.)



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New Canaan Veterinary Hospital

7 Vitti St.
New Canaan, CT 06840

Phone: 203-966-1627
Fax: 203-972-6139
Email: staff@newcanaanvet.com

Business Hours:
NCVH is closed weekdays from
1 p.m.-2 p.m. for lunch
Open 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Open 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Open 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Open 8 a.m.–6 p.m.
Open 8 a.m.–6 p.m.
Open the FIRST and THIRD Saturdays for
appointments 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Other Saturdays we will be open from
8 a.m.-10 a.m. for boarding drop offs and pick ups
Open 4 p.m.–6 p.m. for boarding pick ups and drop offs

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News From Our Staff!

Closed for Labor Day

We will celebrate the end of summer by closing the hospital and front desk on Labor Day, which is Monday September 1st.

The Kennel will be staffed, but the office staff and Doctors will not be here for treatments or to check animals in or out of boarding.

We hope you are looking forward to the start of fall and back to school!