Animal Specialty Center

Richard Joseph, DVM, DACVIM/Neurology, Medical Director

DVM, University of Tennessee
Certifications: DACVIM/Neurology
Departments: Neurology


Dr. Joseph is medical director, a staff neurologist and veterinary acupuncturist at Animal Specialty Center. He and Dr. Berg are the co-founders of Animal Specialty Center.

His primary interests include episodic disorders, including epilepsy, neuroimaging (MRI), neurooncology and electrodiagnostics for neuromuscular diseases. Dr. Joseph also has performed acupuncture for over 20 years, primarily on patients with epilepsy and pain-related disorders such as arthritis and intervertebral disc disease.

Dr. Joseph received his doctor of veterinary medicine degree from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 1984. From 1979 to 1981, he was enrolled in veterinary school at La Universidad Autonoma de Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, before transferring back to University of Tennessee. He developed his skills in speaking Spanish as a second language, as classes were taught in Spanish. He was coeditor of a veterinary school publication to enhance the education of Dominican students by summarizing English journal articles in Spanish.

In 1985, Dr. Joseph completed an internship in medicine and surgery. In 1989, he completed a combined residency in internal medicine and neurology at The Animal Medical Center in New York City. He became board certified in neurology in 1989. He was awarded Teacher of the Year by the intern class of 1990. During his residency, he completed a post-doctoral training program in veterinary acupuncture and became certified by the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS).

Prior to opening Animal Specialty Center, Dr. Joseph was chief neurologist and head of a medical service at The Animal Medical Center in New York City from 1989 to 2000. He was the only practicing neurologist in New York City during that period. He managed a very busy clinical caseload, including outpatient consultations, neurodiagnostic testing and management of hospitalized patients. His responsibilities also included training interns, residents, externs, visiting foreign veterinarians during daily ward rounds, and formal weekly lectures. His motivation and desire to teach extended to providing neurology phone consultations through Antech Diagnostic Labs to veterinarians nationally, and to providing online neurology services and course instruction for the Veterinary Information Network.

His previous experience over the past 20 years as a neurologist for Garden State Veterinary Specialists in Tinton Falls, NJ, Veterinary Referral Center in Norwalk, CT, Ocean State Veterinary Specialists in New Providence, RI and at Westside Veterinary Center in New York City and as cofounder of Animal MR, a mobile veterinary MRI service, has enabled him to be visionary in the development of Animal Specialty Center.

Over the years, Dr. Joseph has published numerous journal articles and has lectured nationally and internationally at local veterinary meetings, universities and national society conferences. He has been featured in a variety of articles including New York Magazine's Best Vets and for acupuncture in the New York Post and Fortune Magazine. CNN also promoted his acupuncture skills in a video segment.

A member of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, he has served on the Credential Committee for the College of Neurology. He is also a member of the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society and New York City and State Veterinary Medical Associations.

Dr. Joseph is passionate about the success of Animal Specialty Center and on the impact the center has on our community. He is extremely focused on seeing that all hospital employees provide quality service with unparalleled sensitivity to every animal and their family that comes into contact with us.


General Practice

We have over 600 animal hospitals in 41 states and 4 Canadian provinces that are staffed by more than 3,000 fully-qualified, dedicated and compassionate veterinarians, with more than 400 being board-certified specialists.

The nationwide VCA family of general practice hospitals give your pet the very best in medical care, providing a full range of general medical and surgical services as well as specialized treatments such as wellness, spay/neuter, advanced diagnostic services (MRI/CT Scan), internal medicine, oncology, ophthalmology, dermatology, cardiology, neurology, boarding, and grooming. Services may vary by location.

Our family of pet hospitals stands out by delivering the greatest resources in order provide the highest quality care available for your pets. By maintaining the highest standards of pet health care available anywhere, we emphasize prevention as well as healing. We provide continuing education programs to our doctors and staff and promote the open exchange of professional knowledge and expertise. And finally, we have established a consistent program of procedures and techniques, proven to be the most effective in keeping pets healthy.

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Emergency Care


TEL: 914-457-4000

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Animal Specialty Center is a fully-equipped 24/7/365 emergency hospital serving communities in and surrounding lower Westchester. If you suspect your pet may be having a medical crisis, we have a staff of top veterinarians, technicians and client care specialists prepared to handle all pet medical emergencies.

Our Emergency and Critical Care units can assist in all of the following situations requiring immediate medical attention: Auto accidents, traumatic injuries (fractures, bites, burns, lacerations, wounds), respiratory emergencies (choking, difficulty breathing), vomiting, diarrhea, difficulty urinating/defecating, shock, loss of consciousness, dizziness, staggering, tremors, seizures, paralysis, toxic reactions, poison ingestion, labor and delivery problems, blood in urine or feces, swollen, hard, painful abdomen, heatstroke.