Victoria Park Animal Hospital would like to welcome you and your pets to our clinic. VPAH offers a full range of professional veterinary services. We provide state of the art service and quality care to our patients and their owners. Dr. Alison Birken and the staff work hard to establish a personal relationship with each client and pet.

We are conveniently located just North of Las Olas Boulevard on Federal Highway in the Victoria Park Shoppes. We stock a large selection of prescription diet and pet food. Our experienced and dedicated team looks forward to welcoming your family.

Victoria Park Animal Hospital takes pride in treating each one of our patients as if they were our own. Your pet’s health is our top priority.

Please call us at (954) 617-8724 to speak to one of our caring veterinary staff members!

Dr. Alison Birken, DVM

Years in practice: 11

Dr. Alison Birken received her degree in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Florida. Following her graduation, she served an internship at the nationally renowned Florida Veterinary Specialists in Tampa, Florida, where she gained extensive experience in the emergency, routine and preventative treatment of a wide variety of small animals. Upon completion of her internship, she spent 3 years working in a well established general practice in Hollywood, Florida. Her expertise includes all aspects of small animal medicine and surgery.

Dr. Birken actively participates in continuing education seminars several times per year. She is a member in good standing of The American Veterinary Medical Association and The Florida Veterinary Medical Association.

“My passion for the care and wellbeing of animals began when I was a child. For as long as I can remember I knew I wanted to be a veterinarian. Throughout my entire career, I have always strived to take care of every pet as if it were my own. I can think of no better way to spend my day than bringing joy to animal lovers by returning their pets to good health,” said Dr. Birken.

Dr. Carrie Benson

Years in practice: 11

Dr. Carrie Benson joined the VPAH team in February of 2015. After graduating from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine with Dr. Birken, she was a general practitioner in the central Florida area. Early in 2015, she decided to relocate back to Fort Lauderdale where she is originally from in order to be closer to her family.

Dr. Benson’s professional interests include general soft tissue surgery, geriatric pet care, and pet rescue efforts. She has been a member of the Florida Veterinary Medical Association and the American Veterinary Medical Association since graduation. Dr. Benson is excited to have joined the VPAH team and wants to continue practicing quality and compassionate veterinary care.

“As a child, I especially enjoyed science and math classes in school, and my family has had a bit of a menagerie of pets throughout the years. Put these two things together, and you get someone who loves animals and has the desire to care for them medically. I wouldn’t have chosen another career! It is my hope to help clients have happy, rewarding, and responsible relationships with their pets for many years,” said Dr. Benson.

Denise Jones, Office Manager

My name is Denise and I have been working in the animal field for over 18 years. My passion and love for animals began as a child. When I was young, I would tell people one day I want to live on acres of land so that I can save the stray animals and give them a deserving home.

My experience began as a veterinary receptionist which progressed to a general manager for a veterinary hospital for 10 years. I met Dr. Birken while she was doing relief work for a veterinary hospital I was working at. From the moment I met her I could sense the compassion and love she has for animals. I was thrilled to learn she was opening her own clinic and there was an opportunity for me to work with her.

My hobbies include being in the outdoors, camping, and mudding. I am married, have five children, and am a proud grandmother to our 2 grand-kids Chloe and Cage, who I love to spend time with. My Granddaughter is my weekend buddy, we love to go to the movies together. I have five rescue dogs and a rescue cat with three legs. I enjoy finding loving homes for strays and am proud to say I have fostered and placed hundreds of animals in wonderful homes.

Ronnie Birken, Receptionist

My name is Ronnie Birken and I have been working at an animal hospital for the past 11 years as a receptionist. I am fortunate enough to be able to combine my love and passion for all animals with a job I truly enjoy.

I have worn many hats over the years including teaching in special education, a floral designer at Grants Flowers on Las Olas Boulevard, retail sales, and most importantly, mother to 4 great children, 2 dogs, 1 cat, and a 24 year old cockatiel, and grandmother to my 6 wonderful grandchildren.

In my spare time I enjoy watercolor painting, gardening and traveling. I am very excited to be part of Victoria Park Animal Hospital and look forward to meeting and seeing all our new and old friends and their fur-babies.

Adam, VP Paw Spa Manager

Most of our clients have met Adam at one time or another because he has worked in all areas of VPAH off and on since 2012. We have relied on Adam as a technician, receptionist, manager and kennel staff member. Originally from Ohio, Adam has been working in the Veterinary field since 2010. He has 3 cats and 1 dog in his family right now. He likes playing PS4, fishing and being outdoors. Adam wants all of our clients to know really enjoys working at VPAH on a daily basis.

Sarah, Veterinary Technician

Sarah is one of our veterinary technicians at VPAH and is our resident “Cat Lady”. She joined our practice in the summer of 2016 after moving from Maryland. She currently has 6 cats and a several rats who she dotes on daily. Sarah’s family has three large dogs back at home who she loves dearly. Before working here, Sarah helped run The Canine Cognition Lab at Hood College where she got her Bachelor’s degree. She’s also worked at a show dog kennel with Kerry Blue and other Terriers and for a cat rescue and done volunteer work with animal shelters. Here at Victoria Park we are so happy to have such caring “Cat Lady” who also loves dogs and all kinds of critters!

Terri, Groomer

I am a Florida Native. Born and raised in Miami, Florida.  After graduating high school I was undecided of my career path so I attended a vocational college and obtained my cosmetology license as a Nail Technician.  I did this part-time while working full time at a local hospital for 7 years as the Materials Management Supervisor.  Several years later I married and landed a job at a Medical Surgical Distributor as a General Manager for the next 12 years.  During this time I also became a mother and obtained my Associates in Science Degree in the field of Nursing.  I’ve held many hats throughout the years which also included being a Realtor and an Assistant Community Manager for Gables Residential earning multiple awards and achievements.  In 2013, I decided I wanted a change in my career and decided to pursue something I was more passionate about that dealt in the industry involving animals.  After much research, it was then that I chose to learn the field of pet grooming.  I graduated with a Diploma in Pet Grooming in 2014 from a State Accredited school, Merryfield School of Pet Grooming in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.  I was trained by National Certified Master Groomers on how to groom breeds according to breed standards set forth by the NDGAA (National Dog Groomers Association of America).  I am currently an active member of the NDGAA and have been for the past 7 years.  I am on multiple Groomer Forums keeping myself educated and up to date on new trends and information relating to this industry.  I have successfully completed a Pet Tech Saver Training Program, learning the skills and techniques of Pet CPR, First Aid and Care.  I myself am a pet owner and have owned many different varieties of pets throughout the years which include dogs, cats, rabbits, birds, fish, ferrets, gerbils and 7 horses.  Yes, I am an animal lover and I have loved each and all of them unconditionally.  Working with animals is my passion and my promise to you as your Pet Groomer is that I will love your pet just as if it was my own.  I will care for your pet, be patient and kind with them and I will do what is best for your pet while in my care and I will stand by the fact Comfort must come before Vanity!

Rachelle, Groomer

Hello my name is Rachelle,  what I love to do most, is making dogs beautiful!
I am a groomer of 20 years and have loved every day of it, making sure the animals are in a loving ,calming environment, and always exceeding the fine details of any hairstyle you choose.
I also compete in grooming competitions specializing in poodles hairstyles but I have plenty of experience in all breeds, I take my pride in my work, love animals and it shows in every single haircut❤️

Mitzi The Boss

Meow (that’s hello in my language), my name is Mitzi and I have been a family member of VPAH since December 2012. I like to be up front so I can Greet all our furry patients when they check in. You can come by and visit me anytime!