Meet Our Vets | Long Branch Veterinarian
Meet the Vets at Long Branch Animal Hospital
Dr. John V. Cali, DVM
Dr. John Cali is co-owner of the Long Branch Animal Hospital. Dr. John Cali grew up in Guttenberg, NJ. He received his undergraduate degree from Farleigh Dickinson University in 1978. He graduated from Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1985. Dr. Cali then did an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Oradell Animal Hospital in New Jersey.  After 5 years in private practice, Dr. Cali became a cardiology consultant at Cardiopet Inc, in Roslyn NY. Dr. Cali’s special interest is ultrasonography.  He is the owner of Veterinary Heart-Sounds, LLC, a mobile ultrasound company that performs ultrasound for over 100 hospitals in New Jersey and New York.
Dr. Cali and his wife, Leslie, have three sons, two of which are currently attending veterinary school, and one plans to attend veterinary school in the near future. In his free time, Dr. Cali enjoys boating, baseball, and attending Bruce Springsteen concerts.  He is an avid New York Yankee Fan!



Dr. Scott Linick, DVM, FAVD
Dr. Scott Linick is the co-owner of Long Branch Animal Hospital.  He attended Michigan State University and Louisiana State University as an undergraduate.  In 1982, Dr. Linick graduated from the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Linick has practiced at Plainfield Animal Hospital in South Plainfield, NJ and Westfield Animal Hospital in Westfield, NJ.  
Dr. Linick has always had an interest in veterinary dentistry and in 1997 he became a Fellow of the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry, one of only 95 Fellows worldwide.  As a Fellow, Dr. Linick is trained in advanced dental procedures. He has lectured and taught dentistry locally, nationally and internationally. Of course, he still performs basic dentistry and cleanings. Dr. Linick strongly believes that a healthy mouth provides pets with healthier and happier lives!
Dr. Linick is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the NJ Veterinary Medical Association. He is also on the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Veterinary Dentistry.
Dr. Linick and his wife Karen, have 3 children, Christopher, Erica, and Ashley. Other family members include a dog, Cali and a cat, Kayla. In his leisure time Dr. Linick enjoys playing golf, traveling, and watching professional and college sports.  He is an avid New York Yankee Fan!


Dr. Katie Plunkett, DVM


Dr. Katie Plunkett is excited to join Long Branch Animal Hospital in February 2018, where she looks forward to providing high-quality, comprehensive care with a personal touch. Dr. Plunkett understands the importance of the human/animal bond and is looking forward to building life-long relationships with her clients and their pets. 

Dr. Plunkett graduated Cum Laude from Rutgers University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science. She then continued her education at The Ohio State University, College of Veterinary Medicine where she graduated in 2012 with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree. 

Following graduation, Dr. Plunkett advanced her skills and training by obtaining an associate position at a hospital near her hometown in central New Jersey. After marrying her husband, the happy couple moved to Farmingdale, NJ, where she worked as an associate veterinarian.

Dr. Plunkett’s interests include dermatology, neurology, soft tissue surgery, and ophthalmology. She enjoys spending her time with her husband, her daughter and the rest of her family, along with her two dogs, Holden and Hank. Dr. Plunkett also enjoys traveling, skiing and trail riding her mare, Belle. 



Dr. Raymond Smith, DVM- Retired
Dr. Raymond Smith is a New Jersey native whose passion goes above and beyond for your pet’s care. Dr. Smith attended Michigan State University, where he received his BS in pre-med in 1975. He graduated from Michigan State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1978. After graduating veterinary school, Dr. Smith worked for 9 years at the Cameron Animal Hospital in Montclair, NJ. 
Dr. Smith is a member of the New Jersey Veterinary Medical Association and the American Veterinary Medical Association. Some of his favorite veterinary interests include surgery and ophthalmology, but nothing beats working with clients, new and old. Dr. Smith enjoys “the interaction between owners and their pets and having the ability to be here long enough to see families start, children grow and the grown children start families.”
Other volunteer work that Dr. Smith has done includes serving as the Veterinarian for the Long Branch Animal Control, as well as the Canine Veterinarian for the Long Branch Police Department for the last 30 years!
When he’s relaxing at home, Dr. Smith loves spending time with his wife, Mary Beth, and his six pets – Shadow, a Labrador Retriever, Clifford, a Pitbull Rescue, Cooper, Chella, Charlie, and Sophie, all of whom are rescue cats. He also enjoys going off-road in his Jeep and visiting his daugher, Cydney, in college!