City by the Sea Veterinary Hospital, opening its doors in late summer of 2018, is the fulfillment of a dream of Dr. Thomas Caltabilota. His singular vision is to provide veterinary health care for the unique pets and pet owners of Asbury Park and the surrounding shore cities of Jersey.
Thomas was born the 3rd of 4 children to Frank and Joanne in West Long Branch, a big Italian family with a long last name. A summer job at Monmouth Park racetrack in his teens provided a special insight into the ability of horses to read the emotions, body language and thoughts of the people around them. This passion took him to Rutgers University where he worked with exercising horses on high-speed treadmills and studied high-performance drugs. After Rutgers, Thomas moved to the bayou of Louisiana where he fell in love with college football, gumbo, and crawfish. Here, he obtained a Master’s degree in equine endocrinology from LSU.
Dr. Tom attended Tuskegee University in Alabama for his veterinary training. Here he diversified his animal experience by working with small animals (cats and dogs) at an ER in Birmingham. The passion he developed for horses extended to all animals big and small, and thus evolved his mission to give back to these creatures that gave so much to him.
At Rutgers, Thomas met his wife, Dr. Avery Kasten, also a veterinarian in the shore area. After vet school Avery and Thomas moved to Asbury Park. He completed an internship at Garden State Veterinary Specialists and then started a house-call palliative care practice and also performed relief services throughout New Jersey.
Inspired by all the pets at the dog beach, “Yappy Hour” and walking the boards and streets of Asbury Park, Dr. Tom realized that this is the place to fulfill his dream of helping animals to help people. We are proud to offer full-service veterinary medicine and surgery for your furry family members. Make an appointment to meet the doctor today!