Our goal is to provide a balance of traditional and alternative health care to our patients to ensure that they live long, happy and healthy lives.

We believe that a key element to a healthy pet is a great relationship with your veterinarian. Our staff at Animal Health & Wellness is committed to professional, caring and personalized service.

Our goal is not only to provide the highest level of veterinary care but to have our patients treated like they were our own and to leave the owner’s feeling informed and comfortable with every treatment decision made. Animal Health & Wellness takes pride in our dedication to the highest standards in veterinary medicine.

We have a full service clinic offering state-of-the-art veterinary medical technology. Our office hours include late night hours to allow for both emergency animal care and convenient scheduling for busy families.


  • Internal medicine and surgery

  • Dental care

  • Skin disorders

  • Geriatric care

  • Cancer treatments

  • Laser therapy

  • Endoscopy available onsite by a board certified specialist

  • Alternative and Herbal Medicine

  • Routine health exams and preventative health strategies

  • Vaccine schedules designed individually for each pet

  • Prescription foods for a variety of health needs

Dr. Steven Templeton, DVM

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Templeton graduated from Michigan State University in 1989 with honors. He returned to Long Island and worked as an associate in small animal practice for three years before starting his own veterinary relief service. After several years of providing care in a wide variety of animal clinics around the island and in the city he was hired to work as a full time emergency and critical care clinician at a Queens Emergency Hospital.

After moving into Suffolk County Dr. Templeton was offered a similar position in emergency care at Animal Emergency Services in Commack and Selden. While continuing to offer relief services he also practiced full time emergency medicine and was made medical director of the Selden clinic. For 12 years he worked at the emergency hospitals until he decided to go out on his own with the vision that a regular small animal practice could provide not only regular routine care but could also provide emergency services by having late night and weekend hours as part of the normal hours and also by being on call for emergencies occurring after hours.

Dr. Templeton also developed an interest in alternative medicine after working for over two years for Dr. Wen of Hampton Veterinary Hospital, where he has been able to order all of the herbal medications available there for his own patients to use. By combining his love of animals with years of emergency experience along with routine practice in a variety of clinics he has achieved his goal of providing a warm, comfortable environment for his patients that offers the best of routine care along with top level critical care and alternative options for problems that don’t respond well to traditional modalities.


Harsh Winter weather brings a wide variety of concerns to responsible pet owners. Cold, wet weather, biting winds and de-icer salts can cause discomfort for our furry friends. Here are some tips to keep your pet happy & healthy throughout this Winter season.

If your pets go outside be sure to clean and dry their paws to prevent footpads from cracking. If they do become dry, moisten the pads with a few drops of Vitamin E oil.

Pets can become dehydrated in our dry New York Winters. Keep their bowls filled with fresh water. Snow is not an efficient alternative to water. Keeping a humidifier running is helpful not only to you, but to your pets too.

Pets with short hair may need to wear a sweater when going for long walks, call us for more information.



  • A cat’s sense of smell is 14 times stronger than that of a human’s.
  • Cats have 244 bones in their bodies, about 40 more than humans!
  • Cats only sweat from the pads of their paws.
  • The oldest cat on record was a female tabby that lived to be 34 years old.
  • Cats have about 100 different vocalization sounds. In comparison, dogs have about 10.


  • The Basenji is the only dog that is not able to bark.
  • Nose prints are used to identify dogs, much like humans use fingerprints.
  • Dogs can’t see colors. They’re color blind.
  • Dogs sweat only through their tongues.
  • Bloodhounds have been used since the 1600’s for tracking criminals.
  • The largest dog in the world is the Irish Wolfhound.

Our Location

150 Main Street
Setauket, NY 11733

Phone: 631-751-2200
Fax: 631-751-2210
Email: info@animalhealthwellness.com

Accounts Receivable Dept:
Email: manager@animalhealthwellness.com

Our extensive hours

Monday: 9am-11pm Dr Templeton
Tuesday: 9am-10pm Dr Knopf
Wednesday: 9am-10pm Dr Knopf
Thursday: 9am-5pm Dr Templeton
Friday: 9am-5pm Dr Templeton
Saturday: 9am-6pm Dr Knopf
Sunday: 9am-6pm Dr Templeton

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