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Canton Animal Hospital LLC was founded in 1995, based on the idea that a veterinary hospital could be something better than the existing norm. Veterinary medicine has often been characterized as lagging 10, 20 or even 30 years behind human medicine and that truth is often evident in the clinics and hospitals existing today. Noise, odor, insufficient cleanliness and a general lack of a dignified, professional medical atmosphere often prevailed and did not reflect well on the doctors or on the profession.

Founding doctor Arnold L. Goldman DVM, a 1986 graduate of the University of Florida , College of Veterinary Medicine , personally evaluated over 100 animal hospitals in eight states, while practicing as a locum tenens or relief doctor. He had seen and experienced what was great, and what was not so great, about all of them. Dr. Goldman had developed a unique vision for Canton Animal Hospital LLC: To create a facility and a practice which approached the level of sophistication found in a human medical facility, and with the same ability to provide excellent care. He set as his goal to duplicate only what was in the best interests of pets and pet owners, and to innovate as necessary to achieve the optimal result.

After design and initiation of the building construction project, the next step necessary to realizing the vision of a unique animal care facility, was to identify and hire skilled and dedicated staff to care for our clients and their pets. We meticulously sought individuals with the right combination of training and personality. We sought people with the ability to understand what a pet and an owner might be feeling and to respond empathetically. We have employed only highly gifted and caring individuals to work with your pets and with you. We are most proud of the skill and accomplishments of our staff.

Uniquely, Canton Animal Hospital LLC keeps veterinary medicine, surgery and dentistry as its sole focus. We do not attempt to operate simultaneously as a boarding kennel, feed store, grooming salon, pet store or training center. We believe that these functions, while important, are often inherently incompatible with a modern, ethical veterinary practice. We believe we more than compensate for this in ways that enhance our core mission: a very high standard of veterinary medical care.

Factors such as cleanliness, communication, procedural safety, respect for owner’s time, responsiveness to owners needs, and an overall focus on achieving a diagnosis are all enhanced by the lack of distraction. In this way we retain the ability to remain on task, to address the immediate and future health care needs of your pet.

Our mission is to provide excellent veterinary health care to our patients and accurate and informed animal health care advice to our clients. In keeping with the veterinarian’s oath, we are committed to relieve animal suffering and to advocate on behalf of our patients. It is also our goal to respect and enhance the lives of our employees and their families.
Being admitted to the profession of veterinary medicine, I solemnly swear to use my scientific knowledge and skills for the benefit of society through the protection of animal health, the relief of animal suffering, the conservation of animal resources, the promotion of public health and the advancement of medical knowledge.

I will practice my profession conscientiously, with dignity and in keeping with the principles of veterinary medical ethics.

I accept as my lifelong obligation the continual improvement of my professional knowledge and competence.

Arnold L. Goldman DVM
Dr. Goldman is originally from Staten Island , New York . He graduated with a degree in Biology from the State University of New York in 1978 and completed his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at the University of Florida in 1986. He also earned a Master’s degree in veterinary physiology.

Following graduation he continued his training, completing a formal internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the former South Shore Veterinary Associates in Boston , Massachusetts . Originally licensed in eight states, Dr. Goldman settled in Connecticut permanently in 1988.

He enjoys the practice of veterinary medicine immensely and is Canton Animal Hospital LLC’s founder and Hospital Director.  He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Animal Hospital Association, the Connecticut Veterinary Medical Association, the Hartford County Veterinary Medical Association and numerous specialty associations in specific areas of clinical practice. These include the Veterinary Cancer Society,  American Veterinary Dental Society, Evidence Based Veterinary Medical Association, the Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care Society and others. Dr. Goldman is certified as a PennHIP veterinarian, and as such is trained to evaluate canine hips for heritable laxity.

Dr. Goldman champions the human-companion animal bond, recognizing the special place animals have in our lives, and as such strives to provide care for his patients which meets the expectations of pet owners for their own care.

He counts among his strengths management of problems in internal medicine, especially endocrinology and cancer treatment, soft tissue surgery, particularly of a reconstructive nature and exotic animal medicine and surgery.

Some of his other professional accomplishments include serving as a teacher and mentor to veterinary technology students enrolled in the Northwest Connecticut Community College veterinary technology program, a variety of roles in the Canton Connecticut Chamber of Commerce including president, treasurer of the Sam Collins Day Committee, membership in the Canton Fire & EMS Department and contributor to numerous local charities and events. Dr. Goldman frequently writes for the Connecticut VMA Bulletin, the Canton Chamber of Commerce newsletter and is involved in the Canton schools with speaking engagements.

Dr. Goldman considers himself most fortunate to be married to Jill, who has blessed him with Allison and Bryan and a large extended family. He lives in Canton with his family, which also includes numerous Boston terriers, three cats and Malcolm, a blue front Amazon who serves as night watch bird at Canton Animal Hospital LLC.
He enjoys swimming, aviation, working around the house and reading.

Kristen Ludwikow CVT
Kristen Ludwikow, our office manager, has been involved in veterinary medicine in a variety of roles for over 15 years. An accomplished pet trainer in her own right, her love for animals, and their people, is reflected in her devotion to their care and in
everything she does. An organized and effective manager, Kristen is the go-to person when a problem needs solving. She is empowered to find a way to satisfy our clients, while helping to maintain our high standards.

Kristen has several pets, most notably, a mixed breed dog named Jake who is himself, quite famous. Jake participated in a medical drug trial which resulted in the creation of a new vaccine for the cancer known as malignant melanoma. This vaccine is currently helping dogs, and people, survive this previously poorly treatable disease. She enjoys the outdoors, spending time with family, and caring for the beloved pets entrusted to the Canton Animal Hospital.

Jessica Duff CVT

Jessica Duff, a graduate of the Northwest Connecticut Community College Veterinary Technician program currently serves as lead technician. Jessica made the Dean’s List  during her education and has been an integral part of the Canton Animal Hospital team for over 5 years. She is responsible for all aspects of nursing care and for monitoring pets during and after anesthetic procedures. Jessica lives with Dink, a happy-go-lucky kitten.


CANTON, CT 06019
PHONE 860-693-9300