Ph: (732) 566-6550

622 Rt-34

Matawan, NJ 07747









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9:00am - 2:00pm



"Have been a customer of theirs for 30+ years and have never had any problems with Dr's, tech's or the ladies at the reception desk.

Even with the new ownership, service continues with out skipping a beat. I trust that Dr. Berg & family would not let a fly by night operation ruin their legacy!"

"I have taken my cats and dogs to Berg Animal Hospital for over 25 years, and they  have always received exceptional medical care. The doctors and staff are professional and friendly.  Appointments are easy to make,  and every effort is made to insure that my pets are seen in a timely manner. Going to the vet can be stressful, however, the excellent staff and doctors at Berg Animal Hospital have always provided the emotional support needed by my pets and family. "


C. Rivetti

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Our Staff

Francisco Velazquez, VMD

Dr. Velazquez is a 1987 graduate of the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Veterinary Medicine. He began his veterinary career at Middletown Animal Hospital and became a partner in 1993. Dr. V purchased Sea Girt Animal Hospital in April, 2011, and Berg Animal Hospital in April, 2017, and practices part time at each.  He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, New Jersey Veterinary Association, and the Jersey Shore Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. V has a special interest in internal medicine, surgery and emergency medicine. In his spare time he enjoys playing golf, basketball and motorcycling.

Michael Yurkus, DVM

Dr. Yurkus graduated from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2000 following undergraduate graduation from Bucknell University in Pennsylvania. His veterinary career began on the north shore of Massachusetts before moving to Middletown, NJ where he resides with his wife, 4 children and his Great Dane, Oakley and mixed breed Emma. A partner at Middletown Animal Hospital, Dr. Yurkus became partner at Sea Girt Animal Hospital in April, 2011 and Berg Animal Hospital in April, 2017

Kristine Montekio, VMD

Dr. Kristine Montekio received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Richard Stockton University and her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining Berg Animal Hospital in June, 2017, Dr. Montekio worked as the primary general practice doctor and Hospital Director at Marlboro Animal Hospital for 4 years and at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital performing house call appointments. Her favorite part of being a veterinarian is developing relationships with her patients and clients and practicing all disciplines of veterinary medicine. Born and raised in New Jersey, she currently resides in Monmouth County with her husband, young daughter, and their hound mix Desi. During her free time, she enjoys sports, trying new restaurants, travelling and spending time with her family.

Michelle Brognano, DVM

Dr. Michelle Brognano graduated from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2017 after completing her clinical year at Auburn University. After graduation, Dr. Brognano started her career with an emergency focused internship at Greater Staten Island Veterinary Services. Following her internship, she continued on at GSVS working as a full time emergency doctor before coming to Berg Animal hospital in November of 2018. Her veterinary interests include ultrasound, emergency medicine and ophthalmology.

In her free time, Dr. Brognano enjoys stand-up paddleboarding, hiking, baking and writing. She currently resides in Staten Island, New York with her fiance Kyle, cats Dunkel and Toby, and hound dog Rusty.

Janine Krieger: Receptionist

Janine grew up Hazlet and Holmdel.  She became a receptionist at Berg Animal Hospital part time in 1985.  She has enjoyed watching clients’ children grow up over the years, and then bring in their own pets.  Janine has been here for our clients’ happiest and most difficult times.  

Active in her church, Janine has been a member there for 50 years.  She has a grown daughter that is a pet sitter in our area that she enjoys spending time with, as well as 5 brothers and sisters, and 15 nieces and nephews. 

In her spare time, Janine enjoys her trips to Atlantic City, the beach, snow in winter, reading, and crossword puzzles.  She has a 24 year old parrot named Henry.

Cornelia Ranucci: Receptionist

Cornelia came into the veterinary field later in her career. Cornelia graduated Cum Laude from Kean University in just 2 1/2 years with a BA in Interior Design & a minor in small business management. She has worked as a window dresser/display person, a graphic designer for 2 major newspapers and as an assistant in a custom woodworking shop. But Cornelia's real desire was to work with animals. In 1999 she joined Berg Animal Hospital as a receptionist & has been there ever since. Cornelia has owned & adopted many pets: guinea pigs, hamsters, fish, cats & dogs and even has a frog pond. Her favorite leisure activity is, of course, walking her dogs.

Lisa Jones: Receptionist

Lisa joined our team as a receptionist at Berg Animal Hospital during the summer of 2017. Originally from New Jersey and always up for an adventure, Lisa moved to New Mexico in 2003 and during the 12 years she spent out there she worked for a veterinary hospital and ran her own pet sitting business. She moved back to NJ last year and is glad to be back helping clients keep their pets healthy and happy.

When not working, Lisa spends as much time as possible near water, enjoys learning about new technology, reading, and spending time with her constant companion Jodie, a 10 year old Sheltie who loves walking on grass after spending most of her life in the desert.

Kathy Picataggio: Receptionist

The love of animals was what brought Kathy through those door 20 years ago to join the Berg Animal Hospital family as a receptionist. She has a rescue terrier mix named Max and has a special place in her heart for bunnies. In her spare time, Kathy enjoys reading, puzzles and spending time with her family and especially her dog.

Katie Reid: Head Technician

Katie grew up always loving animals and dreamed of working with them one day.  She has been a veterinary technician for over 10 years.  Katie's veterinary interests are cardiology and radiology.  Katie's favorite thing about being a technician is building relationships with clients and taking care of their fur babies.  In her spare time, she loves hiking, cooking, going to the beach and spending time with her dog Chad.

Lauren Pragl: Technician

Lauren has been a part of the Berg team since Spring, 2018, coming to us from our sister hospital, Middletown Animal Hospital.  She has been a veterinary technician for over 10 years, and has been around animals her entire life.

In her spare time she loves to spend time outdoors.  Lauren has two cats “Bea Arthur” and “Toad”.

Isabella Deangelis: Technician

Isabella Deangelis joined our technician staff in September 2018 with three years’ technician experience.  She became a certified veterinary assistant at Mercer County Community College. Isabella has always had a passion for helping animals and enjoys client communication. She has two cats at home; Garfield and Storm. In her spare time, Isabella enjoys being outdoors and spending time with her boyfriend Chris.

Samantha Cohen: Technician

Sam, aka “Little Sam” has been in the Berg Animal Hospital family since October of 2016, although she has been in the field for two and a half years.  Though she attended Brookdale Community College for Education, her love of animals has attracted her to this career, especially since she has a special place in her heart for Rusty, her 9 year old Cairn Terrier. 

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The owners of Berg Animal Hospital, Dr. Velazquez and Dr. Yurkus, practice here part time as well as at our sister hospitals.  In addition, our veterinary associates include Dr. Kristine Montekio, and Dr. Michelle Brognano  All of our doctors complete continuing education each year to keep up to date on the latest medical and surgical care for your pet.

 Our support staff includes five veterinary technicians and five receptionists, many of whom have been with us for years.  We are proud to employ this staff of friendly, compassionate, efficient humans.