Kingston Animal Hospital Staff

Meet Our Team

DR. Arnold Rugg


Dr. Arnold Rugg has been practicing veterinary medicine since 1974. After graduating from New York University with a BA in Classical Civilization, he attended the University of Bologna Veterinary College in Bologna, Italy. Dr. Rugg completed his ECFVG internship at Iowa State University. He practiced small animal medicine and surgery in Long Island and Rhode Island before founding Kingston Animal Hospital, PC in 1980.

Dr. Rugg is past president of the Hudson Valley Veterinary Medical Society. He is an affiliate member of the American Animal Hospital Association and the American Veterinary Society, as well as the New York State Veterinary Medical Society. In addition to being the director of the Kingston Animal Hospital, Dr. Rugg maintains his interest in small animal medicine and surgery through practice and continuing education. He has been active in founding and supporting the Animal Emergency Clinic of the Hudson Valley in Kingston.

Dr. Rugg and his wife Elaine have three grown children and are proud grandparents of six beautiful grandchildren.  You will see them around the office, as well as their kitty “Boo Boo”. They are spoiled and treated as a family members by him and his family. He expects his patients to be treated with the quality of care and affection he gives his own pet.

Dr. Beth Alden


Dr. Alden is a graduate of Virginia Tech; she received a BS in Biology and a BS in Animal Science. She received her DVM in 1990 from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. In addition to Working part time at Kingston Animal Hospital, Dr. Alden is a full Professor at UCCC at Ulster County Community College and directs their veterinary technology program. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and Past President of the Junior League.

Dr. Alden is a native of Hurley, NY. She and her daughter Taylor currently live with their 4 cats (Cookie, Gilbert, Toesy and Oliver) their standard poodle, Ellie and a toy poodle Zoey.

Jessica Fitzgibbons, L.V.T.

Practice Manager

Team member since July 2002.

Jessica has been working at Kingston Animal Hospital since 2002. As an L.V.T., Jessica specialized in surgery, anesthesia, nursing, phlebotomy, and doctor appointments, she is now Practice Manager at Kingston Animal Hospital. Outside of work, Jessica enjoys hiking and being outdoors with her family and 2 year-old Rottweiler, Brody. She also has two cats at home, Mia and Kegan.

Danielle Vander Groef

Operations Manager

Team member since October 2015.

Danielle joined the Newton Veterinary Hospital team in October 2015. Danielle loves dentistry, phlebotomy and surgery. She is now our Operations Manager here at Kingston Animal Hospital. Outside of work Danielle enjoys horseback riding, hiking with her husband and two dogs: Nala and Maple, or just hanging out with her family. 

Brad Schoonmaker, L.V.T.


Team member since February 2017.

Brad assists Doctors in Surgery and Office Appointments.

Eric Marchetti, L.V.T.


Team member since March 2018. 

Eric assists Doctors in Surgery and Office Appointments.

Mike Haran

Team Member since June 2017

Thuy Schoonmaker

Team Member from June 1999-2007 and since December 2015


Charles Lentz

Team Member since 2014.

Brianna Carrube | Kingston Animal Hospital

Brianna Carrube


Team Member since 2019.

Heather McNulty | Kingston Veterinary Technician

Heather McNulty

Veterinary technician

Team Member since 2019.


Client service representative

Team Member since 2019.

Stephanie Payan

Client service representative

Team Member since 2019.