Meet Our Veterinarians

Isabel Perez, DVM

Medical Director

Dr. Isabel Perez joined the All Creatures Great and Small medical staff as Medical Director in May 2018. Before joining ACGAS, Dr. Perez worked at Plainfield Animal Hospital and at Union Animal Hospital.  She  continues to be the shelter vet for the Union Township animal shelter.  Dr. Perez has been in the animal medical field for 23 years and is very excited to continue her work here at All Creatures Great and Small.

Dr. Perez’s veterinary medicine interests include: dermatology, canine and feline medicine, exotics (birds, reptiles, rabbits), and surgery.  She is certified in ultrasound and stem cell therapy.  She also has a special interest in geriatric medicine and end-of-life care, behavioral issues, and nutrition.

Dr. Perez says, “Being a vet is very rewarding for me.  I am so thankful to be able to bond with my patients and their humans.  We are given the opportunity to make a great impact on the human-animal bond.”  She enjoys working with and has extensive experience with bully breeds and other large breeds such as Dobermans and German Shepherds.  She also enjoys working with cats.

Dr. Perez received her BS in animal science at Cook College, Rutgers University and her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine. She was born in Cuba and grew up in Union City, NJ. She is bilingual and fluent in Spanish.

When not in the office, Dr. Perez takes care of her “extended family”, which includes: 3 dogs, 1 cat, a rabbit, a horse, a parrot, a Red Eared slider, and 4 Koi!  She also works very closely with several rescue and foster groups. Helping animals in need is very dear to her heart!

Pablo Ruiz, DVM

Veterinarian

Dr. Ruiz always wanted to be a veterinarian.  He is originally from San Sabastian, Puerto Rico, where as a young child he helped to take care of the animals on his grandfather’s farm.  He has fond memories of early morning feedings of all the animals and he happily remembers being chased by geese and protective hens!

Dr. Ruiz attended the University of Puerto Rico and Kansas State University for his undergraduate studies.  He also worked at Kansas State University School of Veterinary Medicine as manager of the barn facility.  From 1992 to 1996, Dr. Ruiz attended the University of Tennessee where he graduated with a degree in Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Ruiz joined the medical team at All Creatures Great and Small in May 2016.  He enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine, but has particular interests in internal medicine, emergency care, surgery, and radiology.  What Dr. Ruiz likes most about being a veterinarian is helping to preserve animal quality of life and strengthening the human animal bond.
At home, Dr. Ruiz has two dogs, a poodle named Jack and a hound mix named Gigi.  When he is not practicing medicine, Dr. Ruiz enjoys spending time with his wife, Cecilia and playing with his two sons, Kyle and Riley. Dr Ruiz loves to travel and learn about different cultures, visit museums, scuba dive, cook and garden.

Kaitlin Eppinger, DVM

Veterinarian

Kaitlin Eppinger (Kaity) joined the medical team at All Creatures Great and Small in January 2019. Originally from Union, NJ, Kaity always wanted to work with animals. “My dad would bring home any pet you can think of! I loved learning everything about them and taking care of them.”

Kaity attended Wagner College where she was a Division 1 track and field athlete and graduated with a BS in biology with a concentration in evolutionary biology. Kaity went on to receive her master’s degree from Montclair State University in environmental science. Before attending veterinary school, she worked for the National Audubon Society doing field research with birds. Kaity recently graduated from St. Georges University with her degree in veterinary medicine.

Kaity loves going to work knowing she is working hard to keep an important member of your family happy and healthy. She loves to educate her clients about their pets and especially loves to work with exotic animals.  At home, Kaity has a canary-winged parakeet named Chiko.