About Me

Tracey Cantamessa, DVM

Essex County, New Jersey, USA



Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (2004)

Tufts School of Veterinary Medicine North Grafton, MA

B.A. In English (1997)

The University of Virginia Charlottesville, VA


Veterinary Center of Morris County, Florham Park, NJ

Associate Veterinarian January 2024 to present

Eagle Rock Veterinary Hospital, West Orange, NJ

Associate Veterinarian December 2014 to December 2023

Veterinary support for The Wildlife Conservation Education Center, Garfield, NJ

November 2021 to present

Rutherford Animal Hospital, Rutherford, NJ

Associate Veterinarian June 2004 to 2014

  • Certified in Basic and Advanced Life Support through RECOVER initiative September 2023

  • Guest lecturer at Buntober Fest, October 2022 & 2023

  • Well care and preventative medicine of cats, dogs, small mammals (including rabbits, ferrets, chinchillas, guinea pigs, rats, mice, hamsters) and birds

  • Comprehensive work-up of cases

  • Routine soft tissue surgeries of all small mammal species listed above

  • Exotic small mammal dental procedures including incisor and molar trims

  • Behavioral and husbandry counseling

  • Competent in radiology and basic ultrasound

  • Shelter veterinarian for the Passaic Animal Shelter 2004 - 2012; responsible for updating and modernizing policies and protocols; managed care of animals in shelter as well as assisted with adoptions and education of the public

  • Development of strategies aimed at reducing stress and promoting environmental enrichment for our shelter pets and patients

  • Provided veterinary services for five local PETCO branches 2004 - 2010

  • Competent to triage and stabilize most injured wildlife species and arrange for transportation to the appropriate secondary facility for continued medical management

  • Guest lecturer for the Companion Animal Science class at Rutgers College New Brunswick, New Jersey.  Topic: Rabbits and Rodents (March 2011, March 2012)

  • Implementation of a Feral Cat Initiative Program to aid in the control of area feral cat populations

  • Author of several Rutherford Animal Hospital newsletter articles including such topics as Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease, and Captive Birds

  • Major contributor to the Rutherford Animal Hospital Facebook site until 2011 (photo galleries, client interaction)

  • Creator of web albums such as “Zoey’s Big Spay Day” whose purpose is to familiarize clients with what happens after they leave their pet at the hospital for a routine surgery

  • American Veterinary Medical Association 2004 to present

  • Exotic DVM Forum 2004 to present

  • Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians 2006 to present

  • NYVET Conference: 2018 to present

  • ACVIM Forum: June 2023

  • Diagnosis and Management of Renal Protein Loss: March 2023

  • Exotic Pet Zoo Medicine Conference: October 2022

  • Awarded the Irma E. Baron Humanitarian Award upon graduating from Tufts Veterinary School (2004)

  • Traveled with The Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association Field Services Program (formerly Remote/Rural Area Veterinary Services) to provide no cost veterinary medical and surgical services to three Native American Reservations in Arizona and California (2004)

  • Veterinary Assistant at VCA in Westboro, MA (2002 - 2003)

  • Observation at the Lakota Wolf Preserve (summer 1999)

  • Groomer’s assistant at Cecil’s Grooming Salon in Glen Rock, NJ (1999)

  • Veterinary technician/ receptionist at New Bridge Veterinary Practice in Bergenfield, NJ (1997-1999)

  • Veterinarian’s assistant at the Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford, NJ (1999)

  • Animal care assistant/ sales at Route 4 Aquarium and Bird in Elmwood Park, NJ (1999)

  • Volunteer at Albermarle SPCA in Virginia (1997)

  • Groomer’s assistant at A Dog and Cat’s World in Glen Allen, Virginia (1995)

  • Boarding kennel technician at Calypso Boarding Kennels in Fredricksburg, VA (1994 -1995)

  • Editorial and Acquisitions intern at Marcel Dekker Inc (a medical and technical publishing company) Manhattan, NY (1993)

  • Equine stable assistant at Wooded Acres Farm in Paramus, NJ (1992 -1993)

  • Kennel assistant at Hawthorne Animal Hospital in Hawthorne, NJ (1991)

  • Animal care technician at Ridgewood Pet Shop in Ridgewood, NJ (1990 -1991)