high quality medicine, surgery, preventative veterinary care, Anchor Animal Hospital, X-raysOur mission is to provide high quality medicine, surgery, and preventative veterinary care to the South Coast of Massachusetts and the eastern shore of Rhode Island. We strive to bring the latest technology and techniques in a friendly, personal atmosphere.


After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, Drs. Gerald Pietsch and Lawrence Shinamon founded Anchor Animal Hospital in 1975. Their goal was to bring high quality veterinary care to the South Coast of Massachusetts and the nearby Rhode Island communities.

Anchor Animal Hospital rapidly grew into a 5 doctor practice. We have continued to add new equipment and technology for over 30 years and strive to bring the best care possible to the South Coast.

Anchor Animal Hospital has been an accredited member of the American Animal Hospital Association since 1980. To achieve this we have regular reviews and inspections to make sure that we meet high standards and keep abreast with the latest technology and techniques.

X-rays have been standard equipment at Anchor Animal Hospital since it opened and the doctors and staff pride themselves on their ability to take and interpret x-rays. Our doctors are also trained to perform contrast studies to help diagnose gastrointestinal, kidney, or bladder disease.

Anchor Animal Hospital was one of the first veterinary hospitals in the South Coast of Massachusetts to bring ultrasound into veterinary practice. For 15 – 20 years we have been performing both abdominal ultrasound and echocardiograms (ultrasound of the heart). We now are offering referral ultrasounds to other local veterinary hospitals to help them take advantage of this very useful diagnostic tool.