Dr. Christopher Garruba has been practicing veterinary medicine, dentistry, and surgery for over 26 years. In 2001, Dr. Garruba founded Nassau Animal Hospital in Princeton, NJ with the single purpose of providing caring, compassionate veterinary services for the local community. Since then Dr. Garruba and his team of Associate Veterinarians and Technicians work daily to accomplish their mission. The team not only enjoys caring for a large number of owned pets in the area, but also provides services to the local rescue groups who constantly bring in stray and abandoned dogs and cats for care.
Dr. Garruba is an accredited USDA veterinarian and a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). He maintains professional licenses in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Vermont; and is a member of the New Jersey Veterinary Medical Association. With Dr. Garruba’s USDA accreditation he is able to perform services facilitating the interstate and international transportation of dogs and cats. National and international health certificates are issued for qualified pets.
Dr. Garruba completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Delaware in Newark in 1978 and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture. While there he completed an Animal Science Major and Biology Minor. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in Philadelphia, and received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1987.
Dr. Garruba continues his education by attending various, yearly conferences such as the Western States Veterinary Conference, Atlantic Coast Veterinary Conference and the Penn Annual Conference
Prior to founding Nassau Animal Hospital, Dr. Garruba worked as an Associate veterinarian at the Lawrence Hospital for Animals from 1987 to 2001, where he solidified his training in general medicine and surgery for small animals. The hospital was eventually bought by a national corporation and Dr. Garruba found the practice too confining. He also longed to donate part of his time to the care of stray cats and dogs, so he launched the Nassau Animal Hospital in January 2001. He also longed to donate part of his time to the care of stray cats and dogs, so he launched the Nassau Animal Hospital in January 2001.
A life-long animal lover, Dr. Garruba first tapped into his passion for animal wellness as a teenager. He applied for working papers at the age of 14 and started to work after school and weekends at Weber's Kennel cleaning cages and feeding dogs! That followed with a job at the Lawrence Animal Hospital where he was able to observe all aspects of a veterinary hospital. Dr. Garruba worked there as an assistant during the summers of his college years and eventually as a veterinarian.
A go-to facility for local rescue groups such as Pet Rescue of Mercer, Animal Allies and Res-Q-Pets, Nassau Animal Hospital provides a vital community resource for these groups. Dr. Garruba and his team have been referred to as “skilled veterinarians and professionals with hearts of gold.” In 2009 Dr. Garruba received the Animal Advocate Award by Animal Alliance to celebrate his unending generosity, compassion and dedication to shelter and rescue animals.
A life-long Lawrenceville native, Dr. Garruba and Angie reside in Lawrenceville with Nikki, their 12 year old dog and five cats: Oscar, Cosmo, Charlotte, Rootbeer, and Mario. Mario is their latest rescue animal. He was born with a neurologic disorder called cerebellar hypoplasia. This causes him to have poor motor control over his movements and he stumbles and falls a lot. Dr. Garruba and Angie have rearranged their home to accommodate Mario’s special needs. He is greatly loved and they travel with him whenever possible! Dr. Garruba is a committed member of the Lawrenceville community, taking active roles in the Greater Eldridge Park Neighborhood Association and the Church of St. Ann Adult Choir.