Welcome to the Veterinary Medical Center of Long Island


The Veterinary Medical Center of Long Island (VMCLI) is a 28,000 square foot, state of the art, 24-hour, emergency and multi-specialty referral practice, located in West Islip, Long Island.

At the Veterinary Medical Center of Long Island, we know that the connection to your pet lasts a lifetime. Next to you and your family, your veterinarian is one of the most important people in your pet’s life. Our caring approach places emphasis on an efficient and accurate diagnosis, gained by the use of the least invasive techniques permissible. This often requires the expertise of our specialist staff. We are committed to providing cutting-edge veterinary medicine and sharing this knowledge and expertise with both pet owners and referring family veterinarians. We specialize in critical emergency care and offer a variety of services to meet your pets needs.

What makes a Veterinary Specialist a “Specialist”?

What makes a Veterinary Specialist a “Specialist” and what role do they play in the healthcare of your family’s treasured companion?……. A veterinary specialist is a veterinarian who has achieved board certification in their respective field.  When one does this, they receive the title of ‘Diplomate’.  The process to become board-certified is rigorous and requires the candidate to be accepted to an internship and residency program just like human doctors.  This process typically adds four more years of post graduate specialized training and requires further examinations.  Only when all these credentials have been successfully completed and approved by the governing veterinary specialty college or board, can a person then receive the title of ‘Diplomate’ and be considered a specialist in their field of study. [More]

VMCLI Welcomes Dr. Cameron Henke

VMCLI is excited to welcome Dr. Cameron Henke to our team of veterinarians and the Critical Care Service! Dr. Henke’s enjoys managing sepsis, respiratory distress, polytrauma, and complex endocrinopathies. He has a special interest in mechanical ventilation, extracorporeal therapies, and interventional radiology. He looks forward to working closely with pet families and veterinarians to optimize care and improve outcomes in critical patients.  Dr. Henke and the entire Critical Care Team are available to accommodate consultations and emergency referrals 7 days a week.  To speak with Dr. Henke or any member of our team, please call 631.587.0800  for more information.


VMCLI Welcomes Dr. Michelle Griego-Valles

VMCLI is excited to welcome Dr. Michelle Griego to our team of veterinarians and the Critical Care Service! Dr. Griego’s’ special interests include ventilator therapy, transfusion medicine, fluid therapy for shock resuscitation, coagulopathies, and trauma, particularly traumatic brain injury. Dr. Griego’s dedicated and caring approach is another essential part of our compassionate and experienced team.

VMCLI Welcomes Dr. Meghan Umstead

VMCLI is excited to welcome Dr. Meghan Umstead to our team of veterinarians and the Dermatology Service! Her main goals are to provide patients with the highest standards of care in a multi-specialty integrative environment. Dr. Umstead’s dedicated and caring approach is another essential part of our compassionate and experienced team.

VMCLI Welcomes Dr. Bethany Pastina

VMCLI is excited to welcome Dr. Bethany Pastina to our team of veterinarians and neurology department! Dr. Pastina’s professional interests within veterinary neurology include spinal surgery for intervertebral disc disease and treatment of re- fractory epilepsy, as well as meningoencephalitis of unknown etiology. Dr. Pastina is passionate about treating her patients as though they were her own family member and supporting clients through each step of their decision process.


VMCLI Welcomes Dr. Jacqueline Carver

VMCLI is excited to welcome Dr. Jacquleine Carver to our team of veterinarians and surgery department! Dr. Carver performs orthopedic, neurological, oncologic, and soft tissue surgery. She has advanced training and expertise in laparoscopic and arthroscopic procedures. She has a particular aptitude for complex wound management cases, congenital conditions, breed specific conditions (i.e. brachiocephalic breeds), and “exotic” pet surgery.

VMCLI Welcomes Dr. Josh Morgenstern

VMCLI is excited to welcome Dr. Josh Morgenstern to our team of veterinarians and cardiology department! Dr. Morgenstern is Board-certified in veterinary cardiology by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. He graduated from St. George’s University before completing an internship at the Animal Medical Center in New York City, a specialty internship in cardiology at Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners in Tampa Florida and a residency in veterinary cardiology at Advanced Veterinary Care Center in Los Angeles.


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Veterinary Acupuncture Services

Acupuncture has been shown to affect all major physiologic systems. It acts primarily on the central nervous system, but it also affects the musculoskeletal, hormonal, and cardiovascular systems. As a result, acupuncture does more than just relieve pain. [More]

Veterinary Avian & Exotics Services

The avian & exotic medicine & surgery department provides complete services including well care, exotic-only intensive care unit, dentistry, ultrasound, CAT scan, x-ray, and surgical procedures. [More]

Veterinary Critical Care Services

The Department of Critical Care provides initial stabilization and advanced life support of critically ill and injured patients. In addition to providing state of the art emergency care, the Critical Care Service works in conjunction with each specialty service at VMCLI to provide peri-surgical and anesthetic support, as well as consultation for all hospitalized patients. [More]

The VMCLI was recently evaluated on almost 900 rigorous veterinary standards of excellence. We are proud to be one of the 15% of AAHA-accredited hospitals in the United States and Canada. [Read More]

AVDC Service Dog Oral Health Exam

The AVDC Service Dog Oral Health Exam program is a philanthropic event provided to the Service Dog public by board certified veterinary dentists of the American Veterinary Dental College. If your Service Dog qualifies, it would receive a complimentary oral health screening exam in June to help identify any problems that may affect the dog’s oral comfort and health.

Our veterinary dentists understand the tremendous daily contribution Service Dogs make to the lives of individuals and to all of us as a society. In return, we want assist in these efforts, by assuring that the Service Dogs can have pain free and healthy mouths. AVDC Service Dog Oral Health Exam will be given by Dr. CarmichaelClick here for more details.

ASPCA Offers $15,000 Reward in Puppy Cruelty Cases

The Veterinary Medical Center of Long Island would like to formally thank the ASPCA for their generous contribution made to help defer the costs associated with the extensive treatments and diagnostics performed to save Joey, the Pit-Bull puppy animal cruelty victim thrown from a car in Brentwood, NY. Their amazing generosity has invaluably provided essential continued care and awareness to this most deserving cause.

[Click Here to Read Our Thank You Letter to the ASPCA for their Grant]

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