Mountain Lore Animal Hospital

The Mountain Lore Animal Hospital is dedicated to providing quality, up to date health care to dogs, cats, birds, pocket pets, exotics and reptiles.  We are conveniently located in Plantsville - near the Meriden/Cheshire line.   Our hospital is personally owned by Dr. Joseph Giangarra  which allows our doctors to practice the best possible medicine for each individual animal - unfettered by the dictates of a corporation.  Our dedicated Pet Owners travel from as far away as Rhode Island and Westchester County, New York for the personalized care their pets receive.

The Support Staff at the Mountain Lore Animal Hospital is a rare find among animal hospitals.  We rarely have staff turn-over, which results in the on-going relationships we develop with our animal patients and Pet Owners.  Our veterinary technicians and front desk personnel possess years of experience and each is encouraged to pursue their personal areas of interest in animal healthcare, providing our pet owners with practical information they can use to enhance the daily life of their pet.

We encourage you to call for an appointment and experience personalized veterinary healthcare the Mountain Lore way...For The Life Of Your Pet!

  • Monday 8:30am-12pm then 2pm- 6pm
  • Tues-Fri: 8:30am - 6:00pm
  • Sat: 8am - 12pm
  • Sun: Closed
  • Dr. Joseph Giangarra

    Dr. Joseph Giangarra

    Veterinarian / Owner
    Dr. Joe opened the Mountain Lore Animal Hospital in 1990.  A graduate of the University of Connecticut and the Purdue School of Veterinary Medicine, his objective was to create an animal hospital that would provide the best possible healthcare to its patients, in an environment that was warm and welcoming both to the pets and their owners and to his staff.   Initially, Dr. Joe cared for dogs, cats, and pocket pets but he has expanded his scope to include birds, reptiles and can even perform surgery on a fish if needed!  He is now the primary doctor for the raptors at Roaring Brook Nature Center in Canton, CT.

    Pets:
    "Izzy" - his Kleiner Munsterlander, a hunting dog
    "Eubie" - a male Bernese Mountain Dog imported from Canada
    "Bird" - a Blue & Gold Macaw born in 1992
    Koi fish  - seven of them

    Animal Healthcare Interests:  Surgery;  always thinking outside of the box in response to complicated medical cases;  keeping up to date on all veterinary products and equipment. In addition Dr. Joe bred 10 litters of AKC Bernese Mountain Dogs under the kennel name "Lupine".

    Personal interests:  Fishing, training Izzy, finding time to relax
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 1982
  • Dr. James Clevenger

    Dr. James Clevenger

    Veterinarian
    Dr. James Clevenger is a graduate of the Ohio State University and the University of Illinois School of Veterinary Medicine.   Originally from Ohio, he moved to the Northeast in 2000 to enjoy all the benefits the region has to offer including hiking, canoeing, camping, and enjoying the ocean.  Dr. Clevenger joined the staff of Mountain Lore in 2005.  Known as the Jolly Doctor for his ready laugh, he cares for each patient as if it was his own.

    Pets:   "Rosie" the Devon Rex kitty              

    Two Saltwater Aquariums - 55 gallons and 100 gallons

    One 125 gallon Freshwater Aquarium

    Animal Healthcare Interests:  Internal Medicine; Preventive Healthcare

    Personal Interests:  Learning to play the cello; propagating reef corals
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2003
  • Dr. Luz Borrero-Yu

    Veterinarian
    Born and raised in Medellin, Colombia, Dr. Yu received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree from the Universidad Antioquia in Medellin.  For 5 years she was the solo veterinarian at Zoologico Santa Fe in Medellin working with wildlife.  She then spent 2 years as a Fulbright Scholar, earning a Master of Science Degree studying mule deer at Virginia Tech.  Dr. Yu continued her education in the Foreign Veterinarian Graduate Program at Purdue University.  Joined Mountain Lore Animal Hospital in 2007. Passionate about animals in her care!

    Pet:  "Kiwi" - the feisty chihuahua

    Animal Healthcare Interests:  ophthalmology and endocrinology 

    Personal interests:  traveling, attending continuing education workshops
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2007
  • Pam

    Pam

    Front Desk Customer Care
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 1988
  • Sally

    Sally

    Front Desk Customer Care

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 1991
  • Taylor

    Front Desk Customer Care
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2017
  • Sara

    Front Desk Customer Care
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2017
  • Maria

    Maria

    Veterinary Technician

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2000
  • Abbie

    Abbie

    Veterinary Technician

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2011
  • Jessica

    Jessica

    Veterinary Technician

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2003
  • Gabby

    Veterinary Technician 
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2014
  • Val

    Veterinary Technician 
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2016
  • Ines

    Veterinary Technician 
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2016
  • Leah

    Veterinary Technician 
    Years in Practice:
    Nov 07, 2018
  • Bertram

    Bertram

    Bert is Mountain Lore's Customer Service Representative 

    Personal Interests: Stealing liver treats

    Special Talents: Bert can Sit, Spin, and High Five on command!