Dr. Jeffrey Hubsher

Dr. Jeffrey Hubsher always wanted to be a veterinarian. Up until he was six years old however, he wanted to be a cowboy (difficult for a kid growing up in Brooklyn!). But after that he knew his calling was to be a veterinarian. “It was kind of like a dream come true”.

Dr. Hubsher has been in practice since 1980. He is an active member of the AVMA, CVMA, FCVMA, and NYVMA. He has worked as a veterinarian in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, Peekskill NY, and Franklin Square, NY and in an emergency clinic on Long Island.

He has been co-owner of the South Salem Animal Hospital since 1984, and Noah’s Ark Animal Hospital since 2000. Dr. Hubsher is a consultant for R.O.A.R., Ridgefield Operation for Animal Rescue.

Dr. Hubsher loves being a veterinarian. He is a general practitioner and his goal is to provide extraordinary veterinary care in all aspects of his practice. In addition, he has advanced training in veterinary dental care and has a special interest in ear diseases. He is a progressive clinician who attends many continuing education seminars and who insists on having the most advanced and specialized equipment in his two hospitals. Dr. Hubsher not only provides care to cats and dogs, but also treats birds, reptiles, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, rats, pot bellied pigs, pet goats and pet sheep, you name it.

To quote Dr. Hubsher on his philosophy of practice: “It’s very important and fulfilling for me to help pets and their people. I believe that there should be a partnership between the veterinarian, the pet and the pet’s family too. This partnership is helpful in deciding how to deliver the best, most compassionate care possible to our patients.”

Dr. Hubsher and his wife Lauren live on a farm in Ridgefield, CT. They have two daughters named Sierra and Willow.They share their home with three dogs, a cat, a parrot, parakeets and finches, a goldfish named Fruity, horses, a donkey, two pigs, two sheep, three goats, some chickens and rabbits, and two peacocks. When he’s not working, Dr. Hubsher enjoys traveling, horseback riding, surfing and skiing.


Dr. Pia Hiekkaranta

Dr. Pia was just eight years old when she told her parents that she had decided to become a veterinarian. She is a graduate of the Veterinary School at the University of Helsinki. She worked in Finland for over twenty years as a Municipal Veterinarian, and lived on a farm just north of Helsinki with her husband, three children, and an assortment of animals including: sheep, dogs, cats, horses, and pigs.

Since relocating to the United States in 1997, Dr. Pia decided to focus solely on small animals, mainly dogs, and cats, but also exotic pets. She has always been incredibly passionate about her work, and she likes to keep herself abreast of cutting edge veterinary medicine by frequently attending continuing education courses and veterinary conferences. Dr. Pia now lives in Goldens Bridge, NY with her husband, their dog “Tuisku,” and cat “Blue.”


Dr. Nicole Peta


Dr. Nicole Peta, originally from Northern New Jersey, says that she always wanted to be a veterinarian.

She just knew it, even at five years old, and she stuck with it. Volunteering at kennels and rescue organizations was the way this kid had fun. She even went to summer camp at a veterinary school because helping pets was more important to her than canoeing on a lake.

Dr. Peta attended the University of Maryland undergraduate and the University of St. Matthew’s Veterinary School. Because of her strong desire to become a veterinarian, she then went to the University of Minnesota St. Paul for clinical rotation in order to hone her veterinary skills.

Dr. Nicole Peta has a great deal of expertise in veterinary medicine. She has worked in numerous practice settings in the tri-state area including general practice, emergency medicine, and surgical high volume spay and neuter practices.

Dr. Peta’s specific fields of interest include surgery, dentistry, client communications, and education, and geriatric care and pain management.

When not at work, she enjoys reading, trying new foods, travel, music, and anything outdoors with her family. Her two dogs, Norman Abbott and Gigi are both rescues with medical problems, of course, as such is the lot in life of a veterinarian.

Dr. Peta also has three cats – all good street cats – Smacky, Trippy Tripod, and Flu Robe.

Dr. Peta currently lives in Katonah, NY with her husband and her two kids.


Meet Our Team

The South Salem Animal Hospital staff consists of a team of highly trained technicians, pharmacy and laboratory specialists and dedicated kennel workers. You’ll find our receptionists to be friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. Our office administrator keeps things running smoothly so our entire staff can devote their time to your pets.

You can be confident that exceptional care in a compassionate, nurturing environment is what you’ll receive from everyone at South Salem Animal Hospital.