Dr. Jerry Goldfarb, DVM: Our Team’s Lead Veterinarian

Dec 4, 2019 | Care & Wellness

Over 50 Years of Pet Medicine in Northern Virginia

Dr. Jerry Goldfarb has been practicing veterinary medicine in Northern Virginia for more than half a century. A Houston, Texas native, he came to Fort Myers through his tour with the Army in 1968. Following a few overseas deployments, Dr. Goldfarb settled here for good in 1972 and joined Fairfax Animal Hospital in 1974. “I have clients who I’ve seen for more than 40 years,” he says. “In some cases, I’m seeing pets from the second or third generation of a single-family.”

Seasoned Veterinarian, Modern Mindset

Over the course of Dr. Goldfarb’s career, new technologies have revolutionized veterinary medicine. Diagnostic tools like x-ray, ultrasound, and many of today’s common blood-based tests weren’t readily available when he began practicing. “One major example is the rapid test for feline leukemia,” he says. When he was a young vet, only a single lab in New York City tested for this disease, and it took up to two weeks to get results. Today, modern test kits will provide a diagnosis in 10 minutes, and helps our team begin treatment sooner.

Experience Pays Off

Technology can be a double-edged sword explained Dr. Goldfarb.  He notices that less experienced veterinarians often are hesitant to diagnose without first consulting expensive laboratory equipment. “I utilize modern technology, but can also make a diagnosis without using expensive tests in some cases,” he says. Our approach to care is designed to be straight-forward, and to ensure our clients avoid feeling as if they’re being pushed toward extra, and perhaps unecessary, expenses.

Dr. Goldfarb’s experience and extensive knowledge is a benefit to all our cients, both old and new. And, his mentorship is one way we guide the next generation of veterinarians at Fairfax Animal Hospital, who learn to build their comfort with technology and confidence in their medical expertise.

A Pillar of the Our Community

Dr. Goldfarb’s dedication extends beyond the walls of our practice. In the 1970s, he and other local veterinarians saw that Northern Virginia needed after-hours animal care. So, in 1977, he and his colleagues founded an emergency pet care center in Vienna that has since changed owernship, but still operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

A Professional Recognized by his Peers

Community has always been core to Dr. Goldfarb’s professional commitment. In addition to forging personal relationships with his clientele and helping to establish an after-hours vet care facility, he’s also been a lifelong advocate for animal welfare. “I think being involved in local animal issues is very important,” he says, explaining his 50 years volunteering with the Arlington Animal Welfare League. He is also a member of numerous professional organizations, including the Washington D.C. Continuing Education Group, the Washington D.C. Academy of Veterinary medicine, the Northern Virginia Veterinary Medicine, and Virginia Veterinary Association, and the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Bring Your Pet To Our Doctors

Fairfax Animal Hospital welcomes you to come meet Dr. Goldfarb and his amazing team of veterinay professionals. Call us to schedule a tour or an appointment today!