You can trust our experienced veterinarians and highly qualified staff to provide the best possible care for your pet. PriorityVet has a diverse team from all walks of life and backgrounds and all are knowledgeable and compassionate. Our strong love of animals motivates us to offer top-notch veterinary care every evening, seven days a week.
Dr. Steven Cudia, owner at PriorityVet, has been proud to call Toms River home for almost his entire life. He has over 22 years of practice experience and has enjoyed the past 17 years providing advanced surgical services to local veterinary hospitals. Dr. Cudia is a 1994 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. He became board-certified by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in 2004. Despite his passion for surgery, Dr. Cudia has remained current in all fields of veterinary medicine throughout his career. He considers himself a patient and caring general practitioner. He enjoys educating clients and helping them make sensible, sometimes challenging decisions for their pets. When not attending to the needs of others' pets, he loves spending time with family, friends and pets, golf, DIY projects, travel and motorcycle riding.
Dr. Tom Caltabilota is a 2014 summa cum laude honors graduate of Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine. Prior to that, he completed a Bachelor's of Science at Rutgers University, as a George H. Cook Scholar performing research in exercise physiology with Standardbred race horses, and a Master's of Science at Louisiana State University in endocrinology. While in veterinary school his direction changed from horses to small animals, as Dr. Tom discovered an interest in internal medicine and soft tissue surgery. He completed a one-year internship in private practice at Garden State Veterinary Specialists in 2015. In addition to his work with PriorityVet, Dr. Tom now runs a locum veterinary service, working at several animal hospitals, as well as a house-call service, providing palliative care and hospice services for terminally ill pets. Dr. Tom enjoys spending time with his family, his 2 dogs, Andouille and Whistler, and an albino corn snake named Mr. Zeppoli.
Dr. Damian Mazzocchi is an associate veterinarian at PriorityVet. A Jersey boy, Dr. Mazzocchi was raised in Brick and attended Christian Brothers Academy, followed by Monmouth University, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Biology. He attended the University of Pennsylvania - School of Veterinary Medicine, where he earned his veterinary degree, completed the Veterinary Business Management Association certificate program, and received the American College of Veterinary Radiology Student Award. Licensed in both PA and NJ, Dr. Mazzocchi spent 5 years at Brick Town Veterinary Hospital as a general practitioner and traveled to other practices to perform general, soft tissue, and orthopedic surgeries. He has worked closely with a number of rescue organizations and has a sub-permit as a NJ Fish & Wildlife mammal rehabilitator. He enjoys spending time with his wife and kids as well as his Yorkie, Boston Terriers, and his special needs cleft palate dog, among the other rescued creatures residing at his home.