by Anna Young –
Sleepy Hollow Animal Hospital is celebrating the next chapter in its long history as a new owner and veterinarian looks to put his stamp on the beloved hospital.
Dr. Peter Romano, a Westchester native who currently resides in Stamford, Connecticut, is taking the next big step in his career as he takes over the reins from veterinarian and hospital owner Dr. Brian Green. While Romano assumed ownership in July, Green, who ran the hospital for 33 years, will remain on staff for the next year before he officially retires.
After working in various hospitals throughout the county, Romano, an 11-year veterinarian, said he was drawn to Sleepy Hollow Animal Hospital because it shared the same philosophy of how pets and their owners should be treated.
“I want the client to have my full attention, and I want to connect with them in some way and make them feel welcome,” Romano said. “I always try to make that effort, and part of running a business is finding the time to do that, so instead of having a huge volume I’d rather spend a little bit more time with the clients and get to know them as people and get to know their pets a little better.”
Romano said his goal was to open his own practice to provide pets and clients with personalized care and a thoughtful style of medicine that focuses on empathy and compassion. Along with creating a caring and relaxed environment for pets and their owners, Romano said he also wants his staff to feel the same level of comfort.
“I wanted to be able to see my way of practicing come true because I really think it can benefit not only the clients and the patients but the staff,” Romano said. “It’s about making a good quality of life for your staff and yourself. You need to enjoy what you do and enjoy going to work every day.”
Romano added that he wants to follow in Green’s footsteps by providing state-of-the-art medicine and personal attention while upholding the same traditions and values that have been practiced for the last three decades.
“He’s already doing all the good stuff right now, and I just want to continue that,” Romano said.
Sleepy Hollow Animal Hospital provides a wide range of services for dogs and cats, including basic internal medicine, preventive care, pain management, X-Rays, neutering/spaying, laser therapy, dental care, and surgery. Romano said the hospital is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment to provide pet owners with immediate results.
While owning a business is a new and overwhelming experience for Romano, he said the transition has been easy due to the supportive and caring staff he inherited from Green.
“The staff here is awesome,” Romano said. “They really care about the patients and the clients, and they make my life a lot easier. It’s just been great all around.”
Sleepy Hollow Animal Hospital is located at 340 N. Broadway in Sleepy Hollow. Hours: Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, visit www.sleepyhollowanimalhospital.com or call 914-610-7492.