Veterinarian Long Branch - Meet the Staff


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. 

Megan Torre, Veterinary Technician

Megan Torre joined the Long Branch Animal Hospital medical team in January 2018. Megan’s main responsibilities are to assist the doctors during exams, monitor patients during and after surgery, and fill prescription requests.  She also helps out in reception when she has a lighter scheduled day.

Megan has worked in the animal related field for 20 years. She worked at shelters, kennels and different animal hospitals in NY and NJ since 1998. Ever since she was a little girl, she has always loved animals and always brought everything and anything home. Animals are a passion of hers and she couldn’t imagine having a different career.

When not working at the hospital, Megan spends time with her family and her dogs, Monkey and Marlin. She loves to be outside gardening, hiking or going to the beach or pool. She also enjoys music and going to concerts. 



Veronica Larson, Veterinary Technician

Veronica Larson joined the Long Branch Animal Hospital medical team in January 2018. Veronica’s responsibilities are to answer phones, make appointments, and to keep the hospital organized.

Veronica likes working at Long Branch Animal Hospital because she says, “the staff are caring and positive people to work with.  We are all team members who work together to make clients and patients welcome and comfortable.”

Before coming to Long Branch Animal Hospital, Veronica worked at Jersey Shore Animal Center, Pampered Pets, and True Care Vet. She has 11 years of experience in the animal related field.  She loves taking care of all different kinds of animals.

In her spare time, Veronica enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter. She likes to read, write, and go on adventures with her family.



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.
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.  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 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.