Dr. Abigail Needleman

Dr. Abby Needleman grew up near Boston, MA. She first became interested in veterinary medicine while working on an organic farm as a child helping to care for the animals. That interest developed as she volunteered at zoos and wildlife centers and saw how important the role of the veterinarian was in making sure the animals stayed healthy and could continue to live in the wild or be ambassadors for their wild counterparts.

She received her undergraduate degree in Pre-Veterinary Animal Sciences with a minor in Natural Resources Conservation at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her passion for animal health led her to earn her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. Thereafter, she went on to complete an internship in large animal medicine and surgery at the University of Tennessee. Her drive to enhance the lives of all types of pets led her to transition to smaller creatures as an avian and exotics intern.

Dr. Needleman is a proud member of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians, the American Association of Avian Veterinarians and also the American Veterinary Medical Association. The best moments as a veterinarian for Dr. Needleman are when her patients’ personalities really come out!

Her professional interests include providing quality care for avian, reptile, small mammal species on a daily basis. However, she has a particular interest in potbelly pig and small ruminant wellness and critical care!

She shares her home with her Merauke Blue-Tongued Skink named Burrito whose favorite snack is bananas and a rescue kitty named Larry. A couple great hobbies she enjoys involves exploring the areas around her, whether that’s going to museums, breweries, hiking trails, or just checking out new restaurants!