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If you live along or near the Jersey Shore and need a trusted veterinarian to care for your pets – look no further. Dr. Stephen J. Batich and Dr. Marko Sima are licensed NJ veterinarians. The health and wellbeing of your pet is very important to us. We take every possible measure to give animals the care they deserve.

Dr. Stephen J. Batich and Dr. Marko Sima and the rest of the veterinary team at Shark River Veterinary Hospital in Neptune, New Jersey are committed to providing the finest veterinary care possible. We specialize in small animals including dogs, cats, ferrets, guinea pigs, gerbils, and hamsters. We're a welcoming, skilled, and cost-conscious partner in the care of your beloved companions.

We are happy to offer a number of resources that enable you to learn about how to take better care of your pets. Please feel free to browse our site, particularly the informational articles. The best veterinary care for animals is ongoing nutrition and problem prevention, so becoming knowledgeable about preventative pet care is essential to the ongoing success of your animal’s health. If you have any questions, call 732-775-2444 and we'll promptly get back to you. Our facility is very easy to get to -- just check out the map below! We also welcome you to subscribe to our newsletter, which is created especially for New Jersey pet owners.

At Shark River Veterinary Hospital,we treat your pets like the valued family members they are.

Dr. Stephen J. Batich, DVM

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Featured Articles

    Sugar Gliders

    Thinking of getting a sugar glider? These tiny marsupials are energetic and friendly, making them popular choices as pets. Though they weigh less than a half-pound, they're more closely related to kangaroos than they are flying squirrels. If you think a sugar glider would make an ideal pet for your family, ...

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    Prairie Dogs

    Prairie dogs are cute, affable creatures. But before taking one on as a pet, check your local laws. In some states, such as Colorado, it's illegal to keep prairie dogs as pets. Mostly, this is because they may spread monkeypox. If you live in a state that welcomes pet prairie dogs, be sure to buy from ...

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    How to Help Your New Cat Feel Welcomed in Your Home

    Adopting a cat or kitten? Here's what you can do to help your cat adjust to its new home. ...

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    Home and Veterinary Care for Pet Skunks If you're an adventurous pet owner, you may love exotic animals such as skunks. You'll be happy to learn that skunks can indeed make excellent domestic pets, but only if they receive the proper care to enjoy a happy, healthy life. Your veterinary team can help ...

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    Flying Squirrels

    Much like sugar gliders, flying squirrels make affectionate pets when purchased young and raised by their owner. Unlike sugar gliders, however, flying squirrels are rodents that need veterinary care specific to the species. Your veterinary team can help with the care and treatment of flying squirrels. ...

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    Fennec Foxes

    Fennec Fox Care Guide With oversized ears and mischievous faces, fennec foxes are cute as can be. But these exotic pets require a lot of care to stay healthy and happy. Health At just three pounds, fennec foxes are the smallest member of the fox family. Native to the Sahara desert, fennec foxes are ...

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    If you’re thinking of getting a pet fish, you should know that your veterinarian has a lot of good advice about pet ownership. Fish can be very rewarding as pets, and you just may be surprised about how much fish actually interact with their owners. Here’s more valuable information about choosing ...

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    If you’re looking for a low-maintenance pet, then you might be interested in owning a snake. However, there are a few aspects of owning a snake that you need to be aware of before you make this type of commitment. Here’s what you need to know. What to Know Before Choosing a Pet Snake Before you purchase ...

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    Domestic Pigs

    Pigs are great for families who want a relatively exotic but easy to care for a pet. Whether miniature, like a pot-bellied pig, or a full-sized animal, caring for a pig is similar to caring for a cat or dog. Health Domestic pigs need to see a veterinarian regularly for vaccinations and checkups. We ...

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    Gerbils are great little pets for pet owners who don't have room for a dog or cat. They're friendly and fun to watch, but they do take a moderate level of care and investment. If you're thinking of getting a gerbil, here's what you'll need to know to keep him happy and healthy, including giving him a ...

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Meet The Doctor

  • Stephen J. Batich, DVM, Owner
    Growing up in Roselle Park, New Jersey, Dr. Stephen J. Batich always had a reverence for animals. It was an accident suffered by his childhood Irish Setter Holly, however, that really motivated him to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. He describes watching her 'come out of shock and regain full consciousness under the care and treatment of a local veterinarian' after being hit by a car as the pivotal moment that made him appreciate the vital role veterinarians play in the care and well-being of animals. His commitment to this role continues to motivate him today. When asked what he finds most satisfying about being a veterinarian, Dr. Batich says, 'Being able to serve people and their pets with compassion and honesty. Presenting facts and options to pet owners and helping them make proper decisions. Also, I enjoy being able to extend the quality of pets' lives and to educate owners on early warning signs regarding their pets' health.' Dr. Batich graduated from Montclair State University in 1969 with a bachelor's degree in biology and chemistry. After college, he taught science in public school for five years before entering veterinary school. From there, he went on to the University of Parma in Italy, where he earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Batich is a member of New Jersey Veterinary Medical Association and his professional interests include dermatology, internal medicine, wound care, and dental care. Dr. Batich is a proud father to four grown children and two dogs, Archer, a black male Labrador retriever, and Genevieve, a yellow female Labrador retriever. When not devoting his time to the care of animals at Shark River Veterinary Hospital, he enjoys spending time with his family, including his three 'beautiful, strong, expressive, and smart granddaughters,' as well as surf fishing, biking, and golfing.

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  • "Dr Batich truly listens and cares!!! Excellent vet!!!"
    Amy F.
  • "I love Dr. Batich, He is like Dr. Doolittle. My dogs are always so calm around him. He is so compassionate especially at the end of life situations that all pet owners face"