Reindeer Drop Into Tuckerton Dec. 15

By Maria Scandale | Dec 09, 2019

Tuckerton, NJ — Short of staying up all night watching the sky on Christmas Eve, the place to see live reindeer will be Southern Ocean Animal Hospital in Tuckerton on Saturday, Dec. 15. The veterinary hospital’s dentist, Mark Sopko, owns two of the seven licensed reindeer in New Jersey.

Thunder and Jingles live on Sopko’s Central Jersey farm in Flagtown, but this time of year they are prancing to events, parades and occasional private parties with Sopko’s Reindeer Magic and Miracles.

“Yukon Cornelius” will escort the animals to the Southern Ocean Animal Hospital from 1 to 3 p.m. at 319 East Main St. In the parking lot, visitors can hang out with reindeer, take photos, and ask questions to learn more about them. Sopko, 50, is a former zookeeper.

It’s also a good time to meet the Southern Ocean Animal Hospital team and have some apple cider, hot chocolate and giveaways. The full-service companion animal hospital’s veterinarian clinic has an onsite laboratory, ultrasound and other advanced services.

Dr. Robert Pointsett and his wife, Pat, opened Southern Ocean Animal Hospital in Tuckerton 38 years ago. Pointsett has served three generations of families and their beloved pets. The Pointsetts have decided the time is right for them to retire and hand the reins to a new owner. The transition began in July. Dr. and Mrs. Pointsett will remain in the Little Egg Harbor area, and Dr. Pointsett will still be a part of the SOAH family, serving as a relief veterinarian.

Dr. Daniel N. Paschetta received his Bachelor of Science degree at Rutgers University in 2007. During his time at Rutgers he worked as a veterinary technician in central New Jersey; after graduation he spent several years working in contract research before deciding to continue his education in veterinary medicine. He was awarded his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2014 from The Ohio State University, where he spent time researching respiratory virology and surgical spinal stabilization in dogs. Upon graduation he spent several years in general practice in Bethlehem, Pa., before returning to practice in his home state of New Jersey. He is interested in all areas of veterinary medicine, but cases involving ophthalmology, diagnostic imaging and surgery are especially fascinating to him. Pascetta is a Fear Free Certified veterinarian.

See the website southernoceananimalhospital.com for complete information about the hospital.

“If you have any questions about our available treatments, we urge you to give us a call to speak with one of our assistants, technicians, or veterinarians to get the information you need and feel confident about your choice of pet care,” invites the website. The phone number is 609-296-3655.

— Maria Scandale

mariascandale@thesandpaper.net

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