East Meadow Veterinary Care

Island Trees Veterinary Hospital

Island Trees Veterinary Hospital, is a full-service Nassau County animal hospital providing high-quality veterinary care to the East Meadow community (as well as all Nassau County communities to include Levittown, Hicksville, Plainview, Bethpage, etc) is proud to offer a wide range of veterinary services to our nearby East Meadow animal friends (and their parents). We provide top-notch services in the categories of pet wellness, health maintenance, diagnostics, surgery, dental, boarding and grooming, and emergency. Our reputation for honesty, compassion, and top quality care, makes us proud. Owners and founders Drs. Jay Gottlieb and Gil Caren honor the philosophy that a pet is a valued member of the family, one who deserves healthcare from a dedicated and knowledgeable medical team.

East Meadow: Overview

The hamlet of East Meadow is located in Nassau County, Long Island. East Meadow is part of Hempstead, New York, and it is an unincorporated area whose name derived from its meadow classification. Once a meadow east of the brook named Meadow Brook, it now lies east of the Meadow Brook Parkway. It is approximately 30 miles from Manhattan, with a population of 38,132 (based on the 2010 census report).


Long Island was settled in 1643 by colonists who crossed over from Connecticut. At that time East Meadow was part of 17,000 acres of meadow (flowers, brush, grass). The following events were part of East Meadow’s rich history:

  • Initial East Meadow Trade, 1658: Hempstead residents created a contract with William Jacocks and Edward Raynor “to drive the cows to the East Meadow” for watering and grazing. Cow herders received wampum, grain, and butter as payment.

  • Sheep Herding Expands: Hempstead Plains and East Meadow were both owned by Hempstead townspeople. As an area productive to pasturing both sheep and cattle, sheep herding became an important industry. In the late 1700s, there were about 1400 sheep.

  • British Military Arrive During The American Revolution: East Meadow was occupied by British military rule until the war ended in 1783. In fact, the army camped on what is today known as Mitchel Field; horses and other supplies were received from the East Meadow farmers.

  • East Meadow School District is Born: The very first school district was called “Bushy or Brushy Plains,” and the school, itself, was located at the corners of East Meadow avenue and Front Street.

  • Merchant Prince Purchases Great Hempstead Plains: A.T. Stewart (Merchant Prince), one of the wealthiest people in the country, purchased Great Hempstead Plains common lands in 1869. At $55/acre (7170 acres), the land included Floral Park to Bethpage ( a lot of present day East Meadow).

  • Eisenhower Park: The Nassau County Park was established in 1944 as the Nassau County Park at Salisbury. It was part of the Garden City Hotel’s golf club (the Salisbury Golf Club). When the owners couldn’t pay back taxes during the Depression, the county got the property. The Nassau County Park at Salisbury was official in 1949 and the park (larger than Central Park) became a memorial for our veterans.

Visit Eisenhower Park’s New Off-Leash Dog Park

The new Off-Leash Dog Park at Eisenhower Park, East Meadow, opened in 2012 (corner of Stewart Ave And Salisbury Park Dr.). Created out of an under-utilized basketball court and baseball field, it covers almost two acres. Features include:

  • play area for small dogs (separate entrance)
  • play area for large dogs (separate entrance
  • shaded gazebo benches
  • water fountains for dogs

East Meadow Animal Rescue

East Meadow is home to Long Island Grey Hound Transfer (L.I.G.H.T.), located at 89 Pengon Circle (516-378-4340). This inspired rescue group, featured in the news and honored by celebrities, has rescued more than 1300 Greyhounds. They are currently working toward creating their own holding and washing facility.

The Best in Veterinary Care Only 5 Miles Away!

Island Trees Veterinary Hospital is only an estimated 5 miles away from East Meadow, and is the veterinary hospital of choice for pets living in East Meadow. Our full-service veterinary hospital provides everything from veterinary medicine and pet wellness to cat/dog surgery and diagnostics. In Nassau County, there is no better choice for your pet than Island Trees Veterinary Hospital.

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