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 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. 



Mandy Ferrara-Rivera, Veterinary Technician



Mandy Ferrara-Rivera, joined our team in June 2018. Mandy’s responsibilities as a technician include assisting doctors, monitoring patients, collecting and processing laboratory samples, taking radiograph’s, and dispensing medications. She also helps out as a client service representative. 
Mandy has over 15 years of experience working in the veterinary field. She is Fear- Free certified and a pet bereavement counselor. She enjoys working at Long Branch Animal Hospital mainly because “the doctors and staff are very compassionate, and we all share the same vision for high-quality pet care.”
Mandy is recently married and enjoying her new life with her husband and their menagerie of cats, 3 dogs, and rabbit. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, baking, all things coffee, and beach life right here in Long Branch. 








Taylor Toris, Veterinary Technician

Taylor Toris joined the team at Long Branch Animal Hospital in December 2018. Taylor ‘s primary responsibilities are to assist doctors in appointments, fill prescriptions, process laboratory samples, and answer hospital phones.
Taylor has been working as a technician for 3 years, but has had animals her entire life. She has worked at several animal hospitals and has previously worked for a rescue group fostering puppies. She had always envisioned herself working with animals and could never choose a different career.
Taylor has several pets at home, ranging from small to large. She has 4 dogs: Annie, a Beagle mix, Molly, a Lab mix, Tank, a Foxhound mix, and Belle, a Great Dane. She also has 3 cats and 4 horses. Outside of work, Taylor actively competes in equestrian competitions and training of young horses. 




Nicole DeSarno, Client Service Representive
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, I've been treated 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.
Shanell Acevedo, Client Service Representive


Shanell, our client service representative is the newest member to join our wonderful staff.  She is excited to be a part of such a great team. She helps clients schedule their visits and assists them with any questions they may have. She is fluent in Spanish and assists doctors with translating when needed.


Shanell is kind and sweet. She has 3 pets, a Pitbull named Brooklyn, a Terrier Yorkshire named Buster and a Maltese named Eva whom she adores.


Shanell enjoys helping others, going to the beach, taking bike rides, and spending time with her family and friends.