My name is Dr. Matt Schiffman, and I am a small animal veterinarian in Oakhurst, New Jersey. I received my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine and my Bachelor's of Science in Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences from Penn State.
My passion for animals originated from the connection I developed with my grandma’s bird and two dogs that I would often visit as a young kid. This connection strengthened as I owned pets throughout my life, and began gaining experience in the veterinary field through shadowing and veterinary assistant positions. For seven years I observed, learned, and grew into an aspiring veterinarian. That same motivation propelled me through veterinary school, where I became passionate about small animal medicine with interests in physical rehabilitation, nutrition, veterinary entrepreneurship, and business/practice management.
My time in veterinary school was challenging but rewarding. I worked diligently in classes and clinics, served in a position of leadership as the President of the SAVMA Chapter at Purdue, and launched my first veterinary product - The Clinic Notebook. The Clinic Notebook is a notebook designed for 4th year veterinary students to help them achieve success during clinical rotations. The notebook has helped hundreds of students across the country, and has been successful in helping students grow professionally and personally during clinical rotations.
What excites me the most about being a veterinarian is having the opportunity to explore the human-animal bond. Our pets are our best friends, companions, and family members. I know how strong that bond is, as I have a dog of my own whom I share that same special connection with. I value the human-animal bond, and the role that bond plays in pet health care. Through veterinary medicine, I aim to protect and strengthen the human animal bond by providing high-quality pet care through practicing compassionately and collaboratively with a mutual understanding of our favorite family member's needs.
When I am not in the veterinary clinic, you can find me attending Mets baseball games, enjoying theatre and the arts, or spending time on the beach with my yellow Labrador Retriever named Ducky.