Dr. Rita Rivero

Mahwah Veterinarian is headed by Dr. Rita Rivero, a pet owner, animal activist, and practicing veterinarian of many years. In addition to being a founding partner of Mahwah Veterinarian Groom & Board, she has been the owner of Demarest Veterinarian for over 14 years. Dr. Rivero treats her patients like she treats her own pets— with compassion, mindfulness, and commitment. She communicates with her clients honestly, openly, and calmly because we know that sometimes veterinary appointments can be stressful. She educates her clients at every appointment because veterinary medicine begins at home with prevention. We will teach you how to recognize any warning signs or unusual behaviors in your animal that will warrant a visit before there’s a real problem. She will answer any and all of your questions until you feel at ease going home.

Dr. Rivero received her D.V.M. from the University of Oklahoma and was the Veterinarian In Attendance with the American Kennel Club and Kennel Club of Northern New Jersey, All Breed Dog Show.

We work closely with several animal rescue organizations including PetResQ, CLAWS, and PAWS. In 2016, Dr. Rivero founded the Wanuza Pinheiro Cruz Foundation in honor of her mother, which provides healthcare to companion animals in under-served parts of  New  Jersey.

Veterinary Services

  • Wellness Exam
  • Vaccinations
  • Parasite Control
  • International Health Certificate
  • Microchip Services
  • Diagnostic Services
  • Routine Surgery
  • Spay
  • Neuter
  • Special Emphasis on Dermatology
  • Dentistry
  • Consultations
  • Geriatric Exam for your Senior Pet
  • Nutrition Consultations

Wanuza Pinheiro Cruz AMC Foundation

Dear Animal Lover,

It is my pleasure to introduce the  Wanuza Pinheiro Cruz Animal Medical Care Foundation Inc. We are a federally-recognized 501(c)3 not-for-profit institution whose mission is to provide healthcare to companion animals in under-served parts of New Jersey.

This organization was founded to subsidize free and low cost veterinary care to animals who require treatment beyond routine medical care. American pet owners spent $14.37 billion on general and specialty veterinary care in 2013. This figure represents a 5.1 percent increase from $13.67 billion in 2012. The  WPCAMC Foundation was created  in response to the growing concern that many dogs and cats are being left behind, with lifesaving medical care denied to them simply because their owners can’t afford it.  Many of these animals are euthanized despite the fact that they could live full and rich lives with proper treatment.

Dr. Rita Rivero, our President, has provided pro bono veterinary care for years through her private practice. With the establishment of this  foundation,  we  hope  to  create a  new  kind of veterinary  healthcare  institution  designed  around  the needs of neglected and underserved populations.

     

Our short term goal is to support the  work of  rescue  groups and to provide direct aid to responsible pet owners. Our long term goals are as follows:

  1. Implement free mobile popup clinics inside under-served neighborhoods
  2. Build a state-of-the art medical facility in New Jersey
  3. Promote prevention and well-being with community outreach and education
  4. Create an advocacy arm to lobby for animal welfare issues
 

Thank you for your consideration.  If you have any questions or would like an in-person meeting, please feel free to contact us any time. We need your help to improve the lives of New Jersey’s companion animals.

We offer internship opportunities for students interested in becoming veterinarians. Please contact us if interested.

Donations:
Please make check payable to Wanuza Pinheiro Cruz Animal Medical Center Foundation. If you would like to make a direct donation, please call us at (201) 891-2939.

Sincerely,
Wanuza Pinheiro Cruz Animal Medical Care Foundation, Inc.

VACCINE REQUIREMENTS

Required Canine Vaccines
For the health and safety of your pets, all of our canine guests must have current vaccinations for the following:

  • Rabies
  • Bordetella
  • Distemper/Parvo Virus
  • Flea & Tick Prevention
  • Leptospirosis
  • Coronavirus (Recommended for boarding)
  • Influenza (Recommended for boarding)
  • Negative Fecal Test (Recommended for boarding)
  • Lyme Prevention (Recommended for boarding)

Certification from a veterinarian is required from each of our guests before admittance. If your pet requires an updated vaccination please make arrangements for the vaccination to be administered no less than ten days before your scheduled boarding time.

Required Feline Vaccines
For the health and safety of your pets, all feline guests must have current vaccinations for Rabies, FVRCP, Negative Fecal Test, FeLV/ FIV Test, Flea and Tick Prevention.

Certification from a veterinarian is required from each of our guests before admittance. If your pet requires an updated vaccination please make arrangements for the vaccination to be administered no less than ten days before your scheduled boarding time.

Contact Us / Make a Reservation

Mahwah Veterinarian Groom and Board is open year- round. Please submit the form below to request a space for your pet. Feel free to call us with any questions: (201) 891-2939.

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