Pleasant Animal Clinic

Pleasant Animal Clinic will cease operations at it current location Saturday, April 7, 2018.

  • All patient records will be available at Massachusetts Animal Medical Center and Union Square Veterinary Clinic.
  • Clients wishing to see Dr. Callanan will find him available at the Massachusetts Animal Medical Center.
  • Clients wishing to see Dr. Bickford will find her at Union Square Veterinary Clinic.
  • All clients will receive for one year $10 off each office visit.
  • PAC will be reopening at a new facility at date and location to be named later.


Pleasant Animal Hospital, part of the Callanan Veterinary Group, provides comprehensive medical services for dogs, cats and other small animals as well as the latest equipment and administrative tools to help make each visit efficient, affordable, and pleasant.

We are located in Belmont Center, just 1/2 mile from the Belmont Town Hall and Police Station. We are convenient to all of Watertown, as well as the surrounding communities of Waltham, Arlington, Lexington and Cambridge. Local communities that we serve include:

  • Belmont Hill
  • Cushing Square
  • Waverly Square
  • North Waltham
  • Lakeview
  • The Lanes
  • East Arlington

  • Arlington Heights
  • Arlington Center
  • Menotomy Rocks
  • Capitol Square
  • Kelwyn Manor
  • Turkey Hill
  • Four Corners
  • Grapevine Corner

  • Lexington Center
  • East Lexington
  • Granny Hill
  • Loring Hill
  • Belfry Hill
  • Munroe Hill
  • Countryside Village

Our modern exam rooms, dignostic lab, digital radiology, and fully-equipped surgical suites allow for the fast and accurate diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of most medical conditions.

We also provide professional cat and dog grooming services, making it convenient for pet owners in Belmont and the surrounding areas to take good care of their furry friends.

Welcome to Pleasant Animal Clinic

A Modern Facility

Retail Shopping While You Wait

Full-Service Veterinary Care

For Cats and Dogs

On-Site Diagnostics and Pharmacy

Professional Grooming

Plenty of Off-Street Parking


Wellness Visits

The gradual onset of health problems in an apparently healthy pet often go unnoticed. Once symptoms appear, the condition may be too difficult or costly to diagnose and treat. Age is not a disease; however, there are many conditions, if diagnosed early, can be completely reversed or controlled for extended periods of time.

At least once and perhaps twice a year, your pet must have a complete physical examination. Remember, your pet’s lifespan is shorter than ours. A lot can happen in 12 months.


Laboratory testing plays an integral role in the early detection of changes in your pet’s health. Diagnostic tests provide essential information by which our veterinarians can identify blood disorders, kidney and liver disease, diabetes, infection, cancer, thyroid disease and other hormonal problems.

Our in-house laboratory provides fast and accurate information so that your pet can receive appropriate treatment immediately after arriving at the hospital. We also send diagnostic samples to Idexx Laboratories for routine blood and urine testing, microbiology, cytology, pathology, serology and other specialized tests. Our veterinarians are able to consult with Idexx veterinary specialists in several different fields including pathology, internal medicine, cardiology and radiology.


Dental disease, specifically periodontal disease, is the most common ailment affecting pet dogs and cats. It is very important you understand the impact dental care can have on your pet’s overall health.

An infection in your pet’s mouth is just like one in his or her kidney, heart, liver or lung. His body becomes stressed as it tries to chronically fight that infection. The infection can easily spread from the gums throughout the body via the bloodstream. Dental infections are responsible for about 80% of heart valve disease which result in heart murmurs.

We offer ultrasonic teeth cleaning and digital dental radiographs that provides your pet with good oral health. As an adjunct to teeth cleaning, we recommend a dental home care plan that is specifically designed to your pet’s needs.


All pets undergoing surgery at Pleasant Animal Clinic receive individualized anesthetic and pain management protocols, expertly managed by our team of surgeons and surgical technicians.

Using the latest veterinary technology and equipment we are able to perform most surgical procedures from spays and neuters to more complicated abdominal surgeries, mass removals and orthopedic procedures.

Patient’s vital signs are monitored during and after to ensure a succesful procedure and recovery:

  • Blood pressure
  • Oxygen saturation
  • Temperature
  • Heart rate
  • Respiration rate

An extensive inventory of pharmceutical medications and supplies at our on-site pharmacy provides the ability to treat your pet right away. We do honor requests for scripts but do not deal directly with any online pharmacies.

Prescription Diets

The treatment of many conditions often requires the feeding of specialized veterinary diets. We carry a variety of Hills Science Diet and Purina prescription foods. If you need a special item please let our staff know and we try to accommodate.


Grooming is more than coat-deep – it’s a very important part of your pet’s health, protecting the eyes, ears, skin and claws from infection and parasites.

Our modern grooming facility accomodates dogs and cats, and our well-trained and experienced staff are accustomed to handling difficult or high anxiety pets. If your pet is particularly stressed or has a serious medical problem, anethesia grooming can be performed under the direction of one of our veterinarians.

Proof of the following vaccinations, performed within the last year, must be provided prior to grooming (missing vacTooltip Textcinations can be performed onsite with prior scheduling):



  • Distemper/Parvo combo
  • Rabies/Bordatella
  • Heartworm test within last year
  • On heartworm preventative
  • Fecal exam within last 6 months

  • Distemper
  • Rabies
  • Feline Leukemia

Retail Shop

Our on-site retail shop has hundreds of products that your pets needs or wants, including:

  • Food and treats
  • Prescription medications
  • Dietary supplements
  • Clothing and accessories
  • Pet carriers
  • Shampoos
  • Collars, leashes and harnesses
  • Feeding stations
  • Designer bowls
  • Flea and tick control
  • Toys of every kind

Our shop is open during normal business hours.


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Your pet’s health and comfort are our top priorty. Our team of knowledgeable and experienced veterinarians and support staff work together to ensure a safe yet efficient experience each time you visit.

Dr. Josh Gidlewski

Caring for patients at:

Professional Designation/Memberships

  • Diplomate ACVIM
  • American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)
  • Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association (MVMA)

Professional Areas of Interest

  • Cardiology
  • Internal Medicine

About Dr. Gidlewski 

Dr. Gidlewski attended Pennsylvania State for his undergraduate degree. In 2001, Dr. Gidlewski graduated from the University of Georgia with honors, from there he went to the university of Illinois for a rotating internship in small animal surgery and medicine. From 2001-2004, Dr. Gidlewski did a residency at the Animal Medical Center in New York City. Dr. Gidlewski became board certified in 2004 and has been a part of N.E.V.S since 2007.

In his free time, he enjoys running triathlons and marathons and spending time with his wife and three children.

Dr. Dave Clark

Caring for patients at:

Professional Designation/Memberships

  • American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)

Professional Areas of Interest

  • Surgery

About Dr. Clark

Dr. Clark is a 1981 graduate of Cornell University, College of Veterinary Medicine where he also completed his residency. Dr. Clark is a board certified surgeon who provides services to veterinary hospitals in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

Before becoming a traveling surgeon, Dr. Clark was an associate professor and chief of Small Animal Surgery at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Oklahoma State University.

When not busy traveling, Dr. Clark enjoys spending time with his 3 cats at his home.


Dr. Chris Kennedy

Caring for patients at:

Professional Areas of Interest

  • Dermatology
  • Neurology
  • Internal medicine

About Dr. Kennedy

Dr. Kennedy was raised in Arlington with two cats, Fonzy and Mimi. After college, he completed an externship at Mote Marine Labs in Sarasota, FL and then worked in a research lab studying biomechanics and exercise physiology for several years.

Dr. Kennedy enjoys biking, movies, international travel and international volunteer projects. He presently has fish for roommates, but enjoys sitting for friends' dogs.