Meet the Staff at Long Branch Animal Hospital


The first thing you'll notice when you walk into our hospital is the incredibly friendly and inviting staff. Members of our team have been chosen because we know they will provide you & your pet the best possible experience during your visit. Learn more about our team below!



Jennifer Zawistowski, Office Manager 


Jennifer joined the Long Branch Animal Hospital team in November of 2017. Her efficient multi-tasking skills and her calm disposition make her a perfect fit for our office manager position.  Jennifer handles everything from answering the hospital phones to administering medications to patients.  She keeps the hospital “in order” on a daily basis and makes sure our clients have a positive experience when visiting us.
Before joining our team, Jennifer worked at South Plainfield Animal Hospital, Truecare Animal Hospital and Atlantic Veterinary Hospital.  She has more than 22 years in the animal health care field.  She also has a degree in Biology from St.Peter’s University. “Helping patients stay healthy and feel better when they're not” is what she loves best about working with animals.
When Jennifer is not working at the hospital, she keeps busy by running her two son’s Justin and Lucas to various sporting events and activities.  She is also a den leader for both of their cub scout dens. In her spare time she enjoys reading, baking and watching movies.  She’s most happy being outdoors, particularly at the beach or in a pool.  Jennifer and her sons also live with two Dogue de Bordeauxs, Cookie and Donut, and their blue/gold Macaw, Junior. 


Barbara Widmaier, Client Services
Barbara joined the staff at Long Branch Animal Hospital in 1987.  She has been working in the animal health care field for over 30 years!  Her main responsibilities are scheduling appointments, ordering supplies for the hospital, and helping the doctors when needed.  Her favorite thing about her job is being there for the clients and helping their pets.  Her personality and connection with the clients and staff are what make her a very important part of our team!
Barbara likes working at LBAH because it has become part of my life- both the clients and their pets. The Hospital has a home like feel and that’s important!
When not working at the hospital, Barbara likes to camp, travel, read, visit garage sales, cook and spend time with her family.   She has been a Ladies Auxiliary Member of Oceanport Fire Department for 32 years.  She helps out the town by volunteering to serve dinners, raise money for the fire company, and assists residents during storms.  She lives with her Lab, Jesse, her Golden Mix, Mickey, her Shitzu, Mango, and her Maine Coon cat, Boo.
"Midge" Butler, Client Services

Midge is our part-time receptionist who’s been here since January of 2005. She has over 13 years experience working in the animal health care field.  Her main responsibilities at the hospital include answering phones, filing, and keeping client and patient information organized. She also assists our doctors and works on dentistry.
Midge says, “I love working with animals. The clients have become like friends, as well as Dr. Smith and my co-workers.”
When she’s home relaxing, Midge loves gardening, cooking, fishing, visiting the beach, and spending as much time as possible with her new granddaughter and family.  At home, Midge has four cats – Puppy, Tux, Missy, and Mary.
Nicole DeSarno, Client Services
Nicole is our part-time receptionist who has been with us since June of 2012. She helps our clients schedule visits for their pets and assists our doctors when needed.
Nicole brings a smile to all our clients’ faces and helps make your pets feel comfortable. “I enjoy working at this veterinary hospital because it feels like my second home. Since the first day I started working here, Dr. Smith and the staff treated me like family. Every patient that comes in I treat as if they were my own pet.”
Nicole lives with several pets at home.  She has a Beagle mix named Hancock, three domestic short-haired cats named Angel, Cleo and Lily, two crested geckos named Sparks and Nubs, and finally Sandy, a bearded dragon.
In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with her family and close friends. She also likes baking and learning more about the artistry of makeup.