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Dr. Joel Alsup



The surgery service at New England Veterinary Center & Cancer Care is headed by Dr. Joel Alsup.  Dr. Alsup has been practicing veterinary surgery exclusively for almost 25 years.  He has performed thousands of surgery to help the dogs and cats under his care.  His abilities include oncologic (cancer), orthopedic, neurologic and soft tissue surgeries.  Being married to our oncologist, Dr. O’Keefe, he has a special interest in oncologic surgery.


Dr. Alsup received his veterinary degree from The Ohio State University.  After graduation, he completed a one year rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at West Los Angeles Veterinary Medical Group.  His 3 year surgical residency was completed at the University of Illinois.  Dr. Alsup was board certified in veterinary surgery in 1997.


Educating owners about the problems facing their companions is very important to Dr. Alsup.  “I find that taking the time to educate people about their pet’s problem is vital to the referral experience.  Education helps owners make better decisions about their pet’s health care.  It also helps them feel more comfortable with the treatment course they chose and helps with the post-operative home care.  Getting to meet the owners decreases their anxiety about leaving their companion’s care in the hands of someone they have just met.”


He and Dr. O’Keefe have 2 grown children.  They live in north-central Connecticut with their 3 dogs and cat.  When not being a veterinary surgeon, Dr. Alsup has no problem filling his spare time.  He is an avid fly fisherman.  He enjoys hiking with his family and dogs, skiing, bicycling and reading.