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Dr. Don Costlow - Budd Lake Animal Hospital

Dr. Don Costlow

Dr. Don Costlow received his Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University in 1985.  He is a 1990 graduate of the Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine.  During his studies in veterinary school, he was inducted into the Phi Zeta Organization for academic excellence.  From May 1991 to June 1997, Dr. Costlow was the Chief Veterinarian at an animal emergency and critical care facility outside of Cleveland, Ohio.  He appeared regularly on FOX Television’s “Good Day Cleveland”, where he presented various topics on pet healthcare. Dr. Costlow took over as President of Newton Veterinary Hospital in July of 1997 and founded the Animal Emergency Hospital of NJ in 2002.  He was President of the NWNJVMS in 2004 and an active member of AVMA and AAHA.  He is currently a member of Newton Rotary (Past President 2008-2009; member since 1997) and:

• Member Board of Directors Sussex County Red Cross

• Member Board of Directors Newton Memorial Hospital

• NMH fund raising committee Chairperson

• Rotary golf Outing Committee 2007-current

• Chair of the Twilight Golf Outing to benefit Bristol Glen 2009, 2010, 2011

• Initiated Pet First Aid program with Red Cross

• Initiated Pet Blood drive with Red Cross

• Initiated Pets and People Weight Loss and Exercise Program with the Sussex County YMCA

• Initiated “Pet Pictures with Santa” to raise money for BARKS animal shelter

• Former member Board of Directors of Sussex Community College; former Secretary

• Former member Board of Directors Sussex County Economic Development Partnership- Former Chairman

• Chair SCCC Annual Ball 2007

Dr. Kyle Horn - Budd Lake Animal Hospital

Dr. Kyle Horn

Education:  Undergraduate degree (Bachelor of Science) in Animal Science at Cornell University

Graduate degree (Veterinary Medicine): University of Pennsylvania

Resident: North Jersey my whole life

Vet Interests: Soft tissue surgery and Radiology

Other Interests: Outdoor activities, weight training, fishing and hunting

Dr. Terri Schneider

Dr. Terri Schneider grew up in Flanders, NJ and worked in several area vet hospitals while attending Mount Olive High School and during Undergraduate Studies at Delaware Valley College in Doylestown, PA.

Dr. Schneider graduated Summa Cum Laude from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1995.  She was published in the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine while a student in veterinary school.

After graduating veterinary school in Ohio, she returned to her home state and currently resides in Budd Lake, NJ.  She has been practicing both Emergency and Preventative Medicine in Morris and Sussex County since 1995.

Dr. Schneider joined The Newton Veterinary Hospital Group in November 2007 and has spent the last 10 years practicing emergency and preventative medicine at the 24 Hour Newton Vet location.

She has special interests in Feline medicine, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel medicine, Soft tissue surgery and Ophthalmology.  Dr. Schneider has also bred and shown CFA registered Himalayan and Persian cats.

When not at work, Dr. Schneider enjoys anything outdoors-notably nature walks with her dogs, fishing and gardening.  When forced to be indoors, she enjoys reading, cooking and music.  Dr. Schneider has two cats, PT and Quill (also known as her wrecking crew), and three Highly spoiled Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Rusty and Sprite who came from rescues with medical issues and Tucker, the newest and most energetic family member.

Dr. Darlene Fletcher

Dr. Fletcher was born and raised in the great state of New Jersey.  She received her undergraduate degree at Rutgers University, with a double major in Animal Nutrition and Animal Science, and graduated from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1995, after completing her senior year at Oklahoma State University.  Her veterinary interests include dog and cat behavior, soft tissue surgery and chronic pain management protocols.  Outside work, Dr. Fletcher performs charity work with Order of the Eastern Stars, enjoys Aikido and yoga, and taking long hikes with her 2 Pomeranians, Karl Lagerfeld and Ziggy Smalls.  On Game Day, she roots for Rutgers, Oklahoma State, and anyone who is playing against Texas.

Dr. Caitlin VerhalenDr. Caitlin Verhalen

Dr. Verhalen joined the Newton Veterinary team in February of 2018. She was born and raised in New Jersey most of her life. She received her BS in Biology and graduated from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in January 2018 after completing her clinical year at Purdue College of Veterinary Medicine in Indiana. Her veterinary interests include preventative medicine and dermatology.

When she is not working or spending time with her own dogs, Dr. Verhalen enjoys being with her family and friends especially cooking at home with everyone. Dr. Verhalen takes any chance to get outdoors for hikes or long runs around her neighborhood.


Dr. Jessie Viscarra




Amy D. - Office Manager - Budd Lake Animal Hospital

Amy D.

Amy is Budd Lake Animal Hospital's Practice Manager and has been a team member since their grand opening in 2011. She has had the honor of leading the Budd Lake team in providing excellent medical care and superior customer service. Amy has the joy of being involved in every aspect of veterinary care for the Budd Lake community. She is constantly leading her team to go above and beyond with each patient, ensuring that they receive the best healthcare possible.

You and your pet can rest assure that she has your pets best interest at heart. When Amy is pulled away from her work, she enjoys spending time with her husband, their three daughters, and hound mix George. She also enjoys baking, crafting, and painting.


John | Budd Lake Animal HospitalJohn B.

John joined our team at Budd Lake Animal Hospital in the Spring of 2018 as a Veterinary Technician. John has great compassion for animals and loves knowing that the humbling work he does to help animals and families stick together for as long as possible. A great team player and devoted to improving his skills sets every day. He hopes to be an indispensable member at Budd Lake Animal Hospital.
When John is not at work, he is studying to acquire his Computer Science Major, as well as continuing his studies in music theory and compositions, and working on his piano techniques.

Jessica | Budd Lake Animal Hospital


Jessica recently has joined our growing Budd Lake Animal Hospital team in March of this year as a Client Service Representative. She and her husband recently moved back to New Jersey after living in Florida, where the weather was beautiful, but she says there is nothing like New Jersey's seasons!

Jessica has a beautiful cat named Esther and two loveable dogs named Teddy Bear and Levi. When Jessica is not working she loves to spend her time hiking and taking her boys on long walks.

Lindsay G.

Lindsay joined our team at Budd Lake Animal Hospital in October 2017 and is part of our technician team. She enjoys learning all aspects of animal care and getting to know each of our furry patients. Lindsay is one of our highly skilled technicians and assists our doctors in surgery; being trained in all aspects of surgery, from monitoring anesthesia to recovering her patients. So you can rest assured that your beloved pet is in caring hands with Lindsay!


When Lindsay is not working she enjoys shopping, watching movies, and hanging with friends.

Daniel L.

Daniel joined our team in March 2018 when he did his internship at Budd Lake Animal Hospital, in which he received a Veterinary Assisting Certification at Warren County Community College. Daniel's passion and drive in this field gained him a permanent position as a veterinary technician with us. He plans on continuing his education to become a certified technician as he loves working with all the different animals every day!
When Daniel is not working, he enjoys reading, going to concerts, hiking, and spending time with his dog, two cats, and guinea pig.

Shawna B.

Shawna joined our team at Budd Lake Animal Hospital in January 2018 as a Client Service Representative. She graduated from high school in 2011 and lived in Florida for a year before coming back to her hometown of Hackettstown. Growing up, she knew she wanted to pursue a career in the animal field and owned all kinds of different pets, from sugar gliders to dogs and cats. Shawna loves greeting and getting to know all our clients and their beloved pets every day!

When Shawna is not working, she loves to spend time with her daughter Bella and their puppy Scrappy. She also enjoys shopping, going to car shows with her boyfriend A.J., and hanging out with friends.

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Monday9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday10:00 AM- 6:00 PM
Friday9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Sunday10:00 AM - 4:00 PM


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About Us

Welcome to the Budd Lake Animal Hospital, located on US Highway 46. Budd Lake Animal Hospital is owned and operated by Dr. Don Costlow, also the owner of the Newton Veterinary Hospital, the only 24-hour veterinary hospital in Sussex County, NJ.

Address: 94 US Highway 46, Hackettstown, NJ 07840
(for GPS use Washington, NJ)

Phone: (908) 852-3515

FAX: (908) 852-3528

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