Our Story

Shoreline Animal Hospital has been a part of the Clinton community since the mid 1980’s. Dr. Berman and Dr. West purchased the veterinary practice in 2006 as the third owners. Neither had envisioned being a business owner, but circumstances and a bit of luck combined at the right time for them to take a leap of faith and venture out on their own. Having worked together in Essex for several years and becoming close friends, they recognized that they shared a vision of compassionate, individualized veterinary care and set a goal to make that vision a reality.

  • A family centered practice
  • 30 minute appointments
  • Low stress environment

Their hope was to create a family centered practice where they could focus on getting to know their patients and clients, develop lifelong relationships and provide options that worked for all. A small practice allows clients to see the same veterinarian to increase continuity in patient care and develop stronger bonds. The two veterinarians consult with each other on their cases to keep each other abreast of the needs and concerns of all the patients.

“Dr. Berman, Dr.West and the entire staff provide excellent care not only for your pet but for you as well.”

Appointments are scheduled for a full 30 minutes to allow enough time to get a thorough history, physical exam and discuss treatment options, wellness care and answer owner’s questions. Many of our veterinary technicians have a formal education and certification in the field to insure a high level of care. Our team members are encouraged and empowered to be knowledgeable, answer questions, and provide a warm, welcoming and supportive atmosphere at Shoreline Animal Hospital.

Over the years many positive changes have been implemented at Shoreline Animal Hospital. Our physical space was expanded and renovated in 2008 to create a large and more accessible reception area with a bright but cozy feeling. We added a third exam room for cats and computerized our exam rooms and work spaces for easy access to medical records. We continue to update our diagnostic and surgical equipment which includes digital radiography, in house blood chemistry, and up to date anesthetic monitoring equipment. We have embraced low stress animal handling techniques and use pheromone diffusers in our exam rooms to help decrease the stress patients can feel coming to the vet.

Team members and doctors continue to stay current in their skills and knowledge at local and national veterinary conferences, and we support many of our team members in their long term educational pursuits. We have been supportive of many community organizations and events including the HK Relay for Life, the Puppy Up Walk, the Killingworth and Clinton Chambers of Commerce, Killingworth Recreation Softball and Little League, Artful Living Community Theater, Eagle Scout Projects, and more.

We hope that you will choose to become part of our family and our story at Shoreline Animal Hospital. Please stop by or call to introduce yourself and get to know us. We strive to exceed your expectations in all that we do.


I brought my cat Maple there for her first nail clipping since I got her and they were amazing! They kept her calm and they were quick and did a wonderful job! I even had a quick discussion with the vet and was suggested a supplement that has helped her significantly and has made her fur so soft!


They are informative, always full of smiles, welcoming, and wonderful with all my poodles and pups!


Our family is so grateful for the care that Dr. Berman, Dr. West, and ALL of the support staff provide for our yellow lab, Sebastian. For the last 3 1/2 years, they have provided excellent care to him. It is obvious the genuine love and care they have for their profession.


After my old vet retired last year, I decided to make the move to Shoreline. Best decision I ever made! Everyone is so friendly (dare I say, even the front desk workers!). The doctors and the vet techs are caring and loving with my boys when I take them in.


Thank you Shoreline Animal Hospital for making the veterinarian transition for me and my babies so easy!