Get to Know Our Hackettstown, NJ Veterinary Team


Dr. Alex Cojocar has been the owner of the Hackettstown Animal Hospital since 1980. He graduated with High Honors from Michigan State University in 1977 receiving his doctor of veterinary medicine degree as well as a B.S. in poultry science. As a small animal veterinarian, Dr. Cojocar especially enjoys working with exotic animals and birds. His expertise in internal medicine, surgery, and dentistry allow him to provide expert care to his patients. He has worked extensively with the Seeing Eye in Morristown, NJ as well as several local rescue organizations.

Dr. Cojocar lives on a small horse and tree farm in Hope Township with his wife Deborah and daughter Lauren. They breed Morgan horses and have two cherished and spoiled English Setters and three rescued barn cats.


Dr. Kris Kiracofe graduated with a B.S. in Agriculture from Ohio State University and received her DVM degree from The University of Tennessee in 1988. She joined Hackettstown Animal Hospital in 1988 and enjoys working as a small animal veterinarian. Her interests include surgery, geriatrics, and dermatology.

Dr. Kris was raised on a dairy farm in southwestern Ohio and currently resides in Mansfield Township, NJ with her dog and two cats. Her hobbies include gardening and landscaping projects on her property as well as caring for about 100 houseplants.

Dr. Sue


Dr. Susan Bahr graduated with a B.S. Summa cum laude in Animal Science from Cook College/Rutgers University. She received her DVM degree with Honors from The Ohio State University in 1994. She has been practicing small animal medicine at the Hackettstown Animal Hospital since 1994. Her interests include internal medicine and pediatrics.

Dr. Susan grew up in Sparta, NJ, and currently resides in Hunterdon County on a small farm with her husband John and daughter Jillian. She has 7 dogs, 2 horses, 1 cat, and 1 hermit crab.

Dr. Susan enjoys cycling, figure skating, running, and horseback riding, in addition to photography and digital scrapbooking.



We want to thank Dr. Tyminski for 25 years of dedication to our practice. She will be missed by her clients, patients, and team. We wish her all the best in retirement.

Dr. Joan Tyminski holds a B.S. and doctor of veterinary medicine degree from Michigan State University. She has been in general practice since 1982 and has a special interest in holistic medicine (Acupuncture, Chinese herbs, laser therapy, and supplements) and gives support for her aging patients through nutrition.

Born and raised in Ridgefield, Connecticut, she now resides in Mount Arlington, NJ with her husband Stefan of 25 years and her son Timothy.

Dr. Tyminski loves to read, camp, trek, and travel (especially the Thousand Islands). Even after 30 years, she still finds her profession exciting and enjoys learning new things to benefit her patients.


DR. BELL's Bio

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Dr. Anthony Long

DR. Long's Bio
Dr. Anthony Long graduated from Rutgers University in 2013 with a Bachelor’s in Animal Science. He decided to pursue his veterinary degree 3000 miles away at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in beautiful Edinburgh, Scotland, before graduating in 2017. His hobbies include hiking and camping, as well as gardening and tending to goats and chickens at the family hobby farm. He has a Labrador/husky cross as well as three cats, five cashmere goats, and a dozen chickens. His special interests are preventative medicine and dentistry.

Dr. Dana Nause

Dr. Nause's Bio
Dr. Dana Nause graduated from Rutgers University (Cook College) in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science in Pre-Veterinary Medicine and a minor in Teacher Education. She received her DVM degree from Tuskegee University, School of Veterinary Medicine, in 2008. Dr. Dana has a passion for surgery, dentistry, and preventative care. She has a true heart for the human-animal bond. She understands the depth of caring that people have for their pets and wants to meet them there. Dr. Dana resides in Sussex County with her two rescue dogs. She has a love of the outdoors and for training/competing in Dressage with her big, beautiful, and goofy warmblood gelding.

Dr. Scott Thornton

Dr. Thornton's Bio
Dr. Scott Thornton graduated from Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA. After many years as a serial entrepreneur, he decided to go back to school to follow his childhood dream of becoming a veterinarian. After graduating from Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Scott joined the team at Hackettstown Animal Hospital, who had already been caring for his animals for several years. He practices passionate care for his patients and his clinical interests include general practice and chronic pain management.

Dr. Scott grew up in Whippany, NJ, and currently resides in Boonton Twp, NJ, with his wife. They are longtime newfoundland owners and currently have two newfs that rule their home.

During his time away from vet med, Dr. Scott enjoys snow and water skiing, sailing and generally being outdoors.