Dr. Fritz McHugh spent most of his life in Seaside Park, but has also lived in California and North Carolina. He earned his undergraduate degree from Syracuse University in business management. Many years later he returned to school to pursue his lifelong dream of becoming a Veterinarian. He graduated from North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine and then returned to New Jersey to open Coastal Veterinary. He is married to Amy, Coastal Veterinary’s Practice Manager, and they have 3 dogs (Briar, Ava and Victor), and a cat (Murphy). Dr. Fritz enjoys surfing, fishing, clamming, bicycling, flying airplanes and spending time being a handyman. He is also a local Councilman in his town of Seaside Park.
Dr. Fritz McHugh
Dr. Mindy Feldman
Dr. Mindy Feldman is a transplanted Benny who has lived at the Jersey Shore since 2006. In 1992 she graduated from Cook College, Rutgers University (do not call it SEBS – it will always be Cook in her heart). In 1996 she graduated from Cornell Veterinary School. Dr. Mindy joined Coastal Veterinary in 2017. In her free time she enjoys (using the word enjoys loosely here) rooting for the Mets, Devils, Giants and Jets. Dr. Mindy is also a Sci-Fi buff who loves Dr. Who, Harry Potter and Star Wars (but prefers even the prequels to The Last Jedi). She lives with Mork, her cavalier king charles spaniel, her cat, Scrabbles and has a 40 gallon fresh water aquarium.
Dr. Amy Slater McHugh
Dr. Amy Slater McHugh graduated from UNC School of Pharmacy and worked the first ten years of her career in human medicine. In 1999 she transitioned into animal medicine and started working as a pharmacist at North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine. In 2006 she married Dr. Fritz and helped to open their first office in Seaside Heights and later their current office in Toms River. She has always had a secure connection to animals, and her four-legged pets are her children. In her spare time, she enjoys the beach, clamming on the Barnegat bay by kayak, and UNC basketball. Currently, she and Dr. Fritz live with Ava and Victor ( both cavalier king Charles spaniels), Briar (a lab mix), and Murphy (a tuxedo cat)
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Carol celebrated 5 years at Coastal on Nov. 19, 2018. This marks over twelve years that she has been in the veterinary field, and 23 years in the pet field. Carol started out working in pet shops and eventually went on to own her own shop. When she closed the shop she decided it was time to enter the veterinary field, and has never regretted doing so. Carol has always been involved with animals of every kind. She is a 4H leader in Ocean County for both livestock and reptiles. Carol is a familiar face at the Ocean County Fair, where she can be found with her goats, sheep, pigs, chickens, ducks, geese, and turkey. Inside the house you will find her fabulous five dogs, an assortment of cats, parrots, turtles, tortoises, rabbits, and snakes. Animals have always been Carol’s calling, and she hopes that never changes.
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Cheryl celebrated five years at Coastal on February 17, 2018, and has had compassion for animals ever since she was a child, always bringing home any stray or injured animal whether it be domestic or wild. Her kindness has only grown stronger over the years. When she is not working at Coastal Veterinary, she is at home taking care of her horses, chickens, rabbits, and cats along with her two dogs, Chloe and Angel.
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Lee celebrated 11 years at Coastal on July 31, 2019. She can often be found sitting in her rocking chair cuddling your pet after they come out of the operating room. She is eager to help out where ever she is needed, and is happy being the “work mom” to our entire staff.
Amy’s Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Ava , Amy’s Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, comes to the office every day and you can meet her up the front desk. She was born in 2017 and came to live with Amy and Dr. Fritz in July of 2017. She is also very fortunate as she has a work family at Coastal Veterinary that help in her daily care. She enjoys getting to meet many of our client’s pets. Ava also loves to run on the beach with Briar and kayak in the Barnegat Bay. She is a very pleasant and lovable addition to the Coastal Veterinary Team.
Dr. Fritz’s Lab Mix
Briar, Dr. Fritz’s Lab Mix, comes to the office 1 to 2 days a week. Briar was also born in 2017 and is 3 months older than Ava. Briar spends the rest of his work days at Pampered Pet, in their day care program. On weekends Briar loves to fetch balls, ride on a paddle board with Dr. Fritz, and kayak in the Barnegat Bay. Briar also loves to run on the beach and is not afraid of the waves.
Dr. Fritz and Amy bred Ava in 2018 and on November 23, 2018 she whelped 4 puppies. Victor was the last born in the litter. Amy and Dr. Fritz decided to keep him and Dr. Feldman has Mork, the first born in the litter. Both Victor and Mork spend their work days in the back office with Ava and have play time during lunch. Victor’s favorite pastime at home is chasing Murphy their cat.