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Louis J. Crupi, DVM

Dr. Crupi grew up in Lyndhurst, NJ. He graduated from Essex Catholic High School in 1972, and went on to earn his B.S. in Biology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. After working for a few years in the private sector for Sika Chemical Corporation, Dr. Crupi went back to school to earn his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Araneta University in 1982.


While at Veterinary School, he met his wife, Dee, who is currently the hospital manager. His first position as a veterinarian was at Arlington Dog & Cat Hospital in Kearny, NJ. From there he went on to practice at Montclair Animal Hospital and Verona Animal Hospital. Dr. Crupi developed a special interest in birds while in veterinary school and went on to cultivate that interest as a member of the Avian Association of Veterinarians since 1986.


Dr. Crupi established and built the Dog, Cat & Bird Clinic of Nutley in 1988. The following year he and Dee were blessed with their daughter, Nicole. The office was initially a one-doctor practice, but as the practice grew, Dr. Crupi began to take on other associates. He then moved the practice to its current location, functioning as a full service, three associate hospital.


Dr. Crupi's professional memberships include: the AVMA, NJVMA, AAHA, AAV, and current member and former President of the Metropolitan NJ Veterinary Medical Association. He is also a member of the Nutley Rotary and Nutley UNICO.


His furry and feathered family consists of his newly adopted coonhound mix from Georgia, Beau, his adopted, sweet, Silky Terrier, Molly, two cats, Roxy and Rafael, and four Yellow-Naped Amazon Parrots: Monty, Virgil, Emily, and Rio.


In his time away from the clinic, Dr. Crupi enjoys boating, fly-fishing, cooking, and spending quality time with his wife and daughter.


  • Dr. Crupi is an avid fly-fisherman 
  • His favorite weekend activity is making home-made pasta
  • His best kept secret: closet comedian!
  • Enjoys traveling and photography

David W. Krick, DVM

Dr. Krick grew up in Baldwin, NY. He was a 1974 graduate of Baldwin Senior High School. Many of those years were spent raising and showing Burmese cats, a breed for which he still has great affection. He graduated from The State University of New York at Albany in 1978 with a bachelor's degree in Chemistry. He then went on to study Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University's College of Veterinary Medicine. After receiving the DVM degree in 1982, he and his wife Nora moved down to Fairfax, VA where they spent three years, collecting lots of great stories and friends, a son, Jared, and Nora received a master's degree in Nursing.


In 1985 the family moved to Kearny where Dr. Krick spent eleven years, filling the vacancy that Dr. Crupi left when he departed Arlington Dog & Cat Hospital. Nora took a position at the Veterans Hospital East Orange and continues there today as the Nurse Practitioner in Employee Health. The family then moved to Nutley in 1991 and Dr. Krick joined the staff of the Dog, Cat & Bird Clinic in 1999. He was here for five and a half years and then worked here part time until returning full time again in January 2011.


His current family pets include a sweet kitty, Annabelle Lee, who he adopted here at the clinic, a grey & white tuxedo cat, Boo, and a little black mischief maker, Charlie, as well as a shelter-adopted pit bull, Scarlet. Scarlet has very severe allergies and keeps Dr. Krick up to date on all the latest treatments for allergic disease in dogs.


Outside of work, Dr. Krick's hobbies include a bit of photography, building the occasional computer, and woodworking.


  • enjoys building new computers
  • special interest in photography and gardening
  • enjoys spending time with his grandson

Christopher F. Stancel, DVM

Dr. Stancel originally grew up in Nutley, New Jersey and always knew he wanted to be a veterinarian. While attending high school and college he worked for a local pet store, a farm, and a small zoo in the Newark Museum where he loved caring for the animals. He graduated from Rutgers University- Cook College with a B.S. in Animal Science. Approximately 3 years prior to attending veterinary school, Dr. Stancel worked for the Dog, Cat & Bird Clinic of Nutley as a veterinary technician. There he gained not only a wealth of knowledge of veterinary medicine but also close relation with Dr. Crupi and his wife.


Dr. Stancel graduated from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in January 2004. While there he received multiple community service awards as Vice President/President, Website manager and treasurer of People for the Animal Welfare on St. Kitts (P.A.W.S) before completing his last clinical year at Louisiana State University. During his clinic year he received a large amount of training in the field of Avian, Exotic, Wildlife and Zoo medicine. As a veterinarian, he worked at Central Veterinary Associates in NY followed by the Ridgewood Veterinary Hospital in NJ. In 2013, Dr Stancel decided to rejoin the family at the Dog, Cat & Bird Clinic of Nutley but this time as a fellow veterinarian.


Dr. Stancel tends to dogs and cats but has a focus on Avian and Exotic Medicine and would like to complete board certification in Avian, Reptile and Exotic Mammal Medicine. He also has a special interest in surgery, endoscopy and ultrasound.


Dr. Stancel's professional memberships include the Association of Avian Veterinarians, Association of Reptile and Amphibian Veterinarians, Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians, Association of Sugar Glider Veterinarians, New Jersey Veterinary Medical Association, and American Veterinary Medical Association.


Dr. Stancel has written several published journal articles:

  1. Calcium and Phosphorous Supplementation Decreases Growth, but Does Not Induce Pyramiding, in Young Red-Eared Sliders, Trachemys scripta elegans. Zoo Biology. Vol. 17 Issue 1. Pages 17-24. Dec. 1998.
  2. Renal Adenocarcinoma in a Bearded Dragon. Exotic DVM. Vol. 12 Issue 1. Pages 29 - 31. 2010
  3. Congenital Cardiomegaly in a Boa Constrictor. Exotic DVM. Vol. 12 Issue 1. Page 4. 2010


Dr. Stancel and his fiancée Maria have 4 dogs: Chloe, Princess, Dobby, and Norma, 4 cats: Lola, Lil' C, Jackie-O, and L.B., and many reptiles including lizards, snakes, turtles and tortoises. Dr. Stancel enjoys keeping and breeding reptiles for fun along with spending quality time with his fiancée Maria.


  • breeds various reptiles including
  • attends many exotic pet expos
  • enjoys spending time with his fiancee Maria