Choosing whom to trust with your beloved pet’s care is a difficult decision. While all veterinary team members undergo extensive training and genuinely care for animals, some veterinary hospitals hold themselves to the highest standards. At Stack Veterinary Hospital (SVH), we strive to provide the best medical care for pets and the best service for pet owners. Read on to learn a few of the ways SVH stands out. 

We have been here more than 100 years

We’re proud that SVH has been here for more than 100 years. Dr. Daniel Stack is the third-generation veterinarian to own the hospital. In 1910, Dr. Stack’s grandfather began this hospital working out of his garage. He had a small surgical suite, exam room, and waiting area to serve the community. At the time, he focused mostly on horses and cows.

In the 1950s, Dr. Stack’s father and grandfather chipped in $500 each to build a practice on the outskirts of Syracuse that, once constructed, was one of the most advanced hospitals in upstate New York. In 1957, after only a few short years in the new facility, SVH achieved AAHA accreditation, becoming one of the first U.S. hospitals to be awarded this status.

Since taking over SVH from his father in 1993, Dr. Daniel Stack has added top talent to his team, including one of the first board-certified surgeons in the area, and a board-certified radiologist who comes to our hospital once per week. With such a strong team, we can provide the best of care to our beloved patients.

We are an AAHA-accredited hospital

While human hospitals must be accredited, veterinary practices voluntarily strive for accreditation, which is granted only by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). Veterinary hospitals must adhere to more than 900 standards of care to achieve this lofty goal. We are proud to claim our place among the only 15% of U.S. and Canadian veterinary practices that have gained AAHA accreditation. 

We are a Cat Friendly Practice

SVH was the first practice in Syracuse to achieve Cat Friendly certification. The Cat Friendly Practice program is a global initiative designed to elevate feline care by making hospital visits less stressful for cats and their owners. Only a select few veterinary practices take the extra steps to achieve certification through the American Association of Feline Practitioners. As a Cat Friendly Practice, we strive to provide these benefits to our feline patients:

  • A waiting area designed to reduce stress associated with other pets or unfamiliar smells
  • Offering advice on reducing stress before and after a visit
  • A highly skilled team that can recognize subtle signs of pain or illness in cats
  • A feline-only exam room that provides a safe, non-threatening area where cats can be examined in comfort
  • Gentle handling techniques, following the less-is-more method
  • Feline pheromones to help calm and relax cats
  • Safe havens for cats by providing feline-only hospitalization and boarding areas

To better serve our feline patients, reduce their stress, and provide the best care, we put these changes into effect to become a Cat Friendly Practice. 

We are Petplan’s 2019 Practice of the Year

The Veterinary Excellence Awards were handed out at the largest veterinary conference in North America in January 2019. Petplan, a pet insurance company, helps highlight the best of the best in our field, and honored SVH as 2019 Practice of the Year. We are proud to be recognized for our passion and compassion and the exceptional pet care we demonstrate through the love and attention we show every pet who walks through our doors.

We offer a variety of services for your pet

At SVH, we are delighted to offer a wide variety of pet-care services. We provide much more than simple vaccinations and spay and neuter surgeries, including:

  • Dental care
  • Orthopedic surgery
  • Rehabilitation
  • Laser therapy
  • Boarding
  • Digital radiography
  • Ultrasound
  • Grooming
  • Hospice and palliative care

See for yourself how we provide your beloved pet with the highest quality of care at Stack Veterinary Hospital. Call to schedule an appointment—we’re here for your pet, no matter what they may need.