Oakland Animal Hospital was founded in 1963 by Dr. Henry Peinecke to offer modern and compassionate veterinary care to the animals of Northwest Bergen County and nearby Passaic and Morris Counties. In 1979, Dr. Robert P. Gordon became the director of the hospital.
Since 1963 Oakland Animal Hospital has grown from a single veterinary practice and a small staff to three veterinarians, seven veterinarian technicians, and nine support staff. Our goal is to make veterinary care a family affair; that is why we believe that you should see the same friendly faces at the door and your pet should receive the same love and care that you give at home.
At the Oakland Animal Hospital, the human-animal bond is a top priority. We carefully select our staff based on their training, people and animal skills. Our team is made up of people who love their pets, just like you. By carefully selecting our staff, we can ensure that your beloved pet is being cared for in a compassionate, caring, professional atmosphere.
Oakland Animal Hospital is a member of the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). As a member of AAHA (www.healthypet.com), we participate in Standards of Accreditation reviews to ensure that we continually apply the best practices to the care of your pet. In 2020, we earned our 38th consecutive accreditation. This accreditation program developed by the AAHA raises the level of care being provided to animals, ensures that all practices are up-to-date on changes in veterinary medicine, creates challenging benchmarks, improves practice operations, provides skill checks, and encourages leadership development. By achieving the accreditation for 38 consecutive years, we are proud to be among the best of the best in the community.
Robert P. Gordon, RPG, DVM, MPH, NAP
Dr. Gordon is the Owner and Director of Oakland Animal Hospital. He joined Oakland Animal Hospital in 1977 after training at a veterinary hospital in Bergen County. He has been the owner and director of the hospital since 1979 and has been creating a culture of excellence in pet care ever since.
Dr. Gordon is highly committed to serving the animals not just of his practice, but of the community as a whole. He is a past President of the New Jersey Veterinary Medical Association and served as the New Jersey delegate to the House of Delegates of the American Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. Gordon served two years as Chairperson of the charitable American Veterinary Medical Foundation (http://www.avmf.org/) located in Schaumburg, Illinois. He is a founding member of the New Jersey Animal Preparedness and Response Committee, now known as SART, State Animal Response Team. In this capacity, he worked with first responders at the World Trade Center and continues to assist emergency responders by providing tools and training for animal emergencies. He now serves as the veterinary coordinator for the Passaic County Office of Emergency Management. Dr. Gordon is also affiliated with the American Animal Hospital Association, American Heartworm Society, and the Veterinary Ethics Society. In addition to these activities within the veterinary field, he also volunteers his time with the Oakland Animal Food Bank, which provides pet foods to local residents who cannot afford to purchase pet food in difficult economic times.
Dr. Gordon received his Dottore in Medicina Veterinaria from the University of Bologna in Italy in 1975. Most recently, Dr. Gordon earned his Master of Public Health (MPH) degree in 2010. He also received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural Science from Cornell University in 1970. In 2016, he was honored with his selection to be a Fellow of the National Academies of Practice (NAP)
Dr. Gordon enjoys time with his family, including six grandchildren. His hobbies are model trains, winter sports, and bike riding.
Veterinary Technician Supervisor/Office Manager
Elaina joined Oakland Animal Hospital in 2005. She shares her life with her Pit-Bull/Lab mix, Chloe, and her cats, Cozy, Cuddley, and Bones, her rescue kitty. In her free time, Elaina enjoys hiking and visiting parks.
Karen has been with Oakland Animal Hospital since January 2009. She loves to spend time with her husband and her terrier mix puppy named Andie. In her free time she enjoys sports, traveling, dancing and spending time with family and friends. Karen graduated the BCC Technician program in 2010 with a CVT degree!
Robin Del Bove
Certified Veterinary Technician
Certified Veterinary Technician
Mike joined our Staff in May of 2012. In his spare time his hobbies include going to movies, music and reading about science and history. Mike has a terrier mix named Mia—a rescue dog from Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.
Rachel graduated from the technician program with her CVT in August 2016 and joined our staff in April 2017. She shares her life with Leviathan the “tripawd” (3 legged) Welsh Corgi, her 2 kitties Tatle and Tael, and Wishbone the Dachshund.
In her spare time she enjoys video games, hiking, working out at the gym, spending time with friends and going to concerts.
Ellen has been with Oakland Animal Hospital since October 2013. She lives with her shorkie dogs Hanna and Jenni. She spends her time enjoying her hobby – gardening.
A receptionist, who is one of the smiling faces at our front desk, who joined our staff in September of 2015. She shares her life with her husband Dave, her son Brian and daughter Madalyn. Her 4 legged family includes Trey and Avery, her golden retrievers.
In her spare time, Karen enjoys traveling, fine dining, hiking and spending time in her backyard by the lake.
Christine shares her life with her husband, 2 sons, and their newly adopted terrier mix puppy “Maxi”
Christine has joined Oakland Animal Hospital in the 1980’s when she was in high school, she then returned as a part-time receptionist in 2000. She shares her life with her husband and two sons. Her hobbies include cooking, baking, wine tasting, music, theatre, and photography.