About Us

We’re a little different here at Riverbend…

Located in Hadley, Massachusetts, Riverbend Animal Hospital is an AAHA-accredited general medicine and surgery practice combined with a referral-surgery service for cats and dogs. Our commitment is to provide the highest level of medical and surgical care to our own patients, as well as to the surgical patients referred here from other veterinary hospitals and animal clinics.

The medical practice looks after the ongoing healthcare needs of our Riverbend patients. Riverbend’s surgery service takes care of the surgical needs of our own patients as well as the surgical needs of dogs and cats referred to us from veterinary hospitals throughout western Massachusetts, northern Connecticut, and southern Vermont. Currently over 70 veterinary hospitals refer their more involved surgeries to Riverbend.

We are dedicated to our vision of an efficient state-of-the art animal hospital — and also to creating an environment that is welcoming, relaxed, and comfortable for our clients and our patients. We are a certified Cat Friendly Practice. This ensures that we also understand the unique needs of cats and have made feline veterinary visits and hospitalizations more cat-friendly.

Our promise to you is to:

  • Provide the highest quality medical and surgical care to our patients
  • Provide the most advanced surgical services to support our referring veterinarians
  • Provide understanding and education to our clients
  • Provide an extraordinary workplace for our staff
  • Communicate clearly and promptly with our clients and colleagues
  • Treat our patients, clients, colleagues and fellow employees with compassion, honesty and respect
  • Put joy and comfort into the lives of all we touch
  • And to do all this in a warm, comfortable, personal setting

We are AAHA-accredited
Riverbend Animal Hospital has been a proud accredited member of the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) since 2001. We undergo evaluations every 3 years by AAHA to ensure we comply with the association’s high quality standards of care. These standards cover nearly every aspect of our hospital, including surgery, pharmacy, laboratory, exam facilities, patient care, cleanliness, client service, diagnostic imaging and anesthesiology. AAHA standards are recognized around the world as the benchmark for quality care in veterinary medicine. Only 15% of all animal hospitals in North America are AAHA-accredited, putting us in a group of top-notch veterinary hospitals.

Riverbend Animal Hospital is also a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association (MVMA), the Western Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association (WMVMA), and the Greater Northampton Area Chamber of Commerce.

Riverbend Rescue
Riverbend Rescue is our fund for giving forward. It is a small fund, built by donations from our clients. The money raised is used for helping Riverbend clients with financial challenges and patients with extraordinary needs. Application for use of the fund is reviewed on a case-by-case basis. The existence of this fund reminds us continually of what a committed community of clients we have here at Riverbend.

“Every time I see your posts, my heart warms. When we think of you, we feel all the kindness and smarts and love you bring to your work. You are all remarkable. Thank you from Marcella and all of us.”

Anat and Catherine, Northampton

“Thank you to everyone at Riverbend for your help and support with Electric over the past few years. We feel so fortunate to have such a great vet!”

Ellie, Sunderland

“Thank you for your expertise, professionalism and counseling but mostly for the care and attention that all of the receptionists, techs and docs showed all of us at every visit.”

Jonie and Brad, Easthampton

“You knew my loves, my blessed kitty loves. You handled them with care and skill and love. I am forever grateful to all of you.”

Marcie, Holyoke

“No matter how long you have your pet, it is never long enough. A million thanks for all for the great care. You went above and beyond.”

Adele & George, Enfield