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Animal Welfare Association of New Jersey

Meet Our Vets

Donna Alfieri, DVM - Chief Veterinarian

Dr. Alfieri graduated with honors from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1992. Prior to working at AWA, Dr. Alfieri owned and operated her own animal hospital in Morris County, NJ, which she sold in 2014. When not at AWA, you can find Dr. Alfieri on her farm in Hunterton County, cleaning and caring for her dogs, cats, horses, chickens and a donkey named Dusty. In her spare time she tries hard to learn the art of dressage and yoga. Dr. Alfieri feels strongly about AWA’s mission and is happy to be a part of it.

Natalie David, VMD - Staff Veterinarian

Dr. David’s professional experience includes opening and practicing at a low-cost high-quality primary care clinic, caring for sheltered pets, performing a wide variety of surgeries, training veterinary technicians and performing high-quality high-volume spay/neuter for dogs and cats. She attended the University of Pittsburgh where she majored in environmental studies and graduated summa cum laude in 2009. She earned her Veterinariae Medicinae Doctoris from the University of Pennsylvania in 2014 and graduated magna cum laude.

Lauren Simermeyer, DVM - Staff Veterinarian

Dr. Simermeyer’s professional interests include emergency and critial care, canine reproduction, and general veterinary medicine. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society. She attended Muhlenberg College where she double majored in biology and psychology. She earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Iowa State College of Veterinary Medicine in 2007. In 2013 she received an award for excellence in Internal Medicine during clinical rotations. Dr. Simermeyer breeds and shows Cardigan Welsh Corgis and shares her home with twelve canine companions and two cats. In her free time she enjoys kayaking, reading, and working on home improvements.