Gentle Journey

P.O. Box 324
Hazlet, NJ 07730


Gentle Journey - Meet the Vet

Gentle Journey- Dr. Zinna provides gentle end-of-life care in your home

Dr. Patricia Zinna received her BA in Psychology from Molloy College, and then went on to earn her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Cornell University. Upon graduating from veterinary school, she moved to Monmouth County, where she has worked as a veterinarian for the past twenty years. Dr. Zinna also studied at the Chi Institute in Florida, earning her certification in veterinary acupuncture in 2016.

Over the years, she has come to recognize the fact that when it is time to have a beloved pet euthanized because of serious health problems, many people prefer to say their final good-byes in the comfort of their own home. Working in busy veterinary practices, this was usually not feasible. When filling in for a colleague's mobile practice, Dr. Zinna was asked to do some at-home euthanasias. The pets and owners were more relaxed, and the experience was so much more peaceful than euthanasias that she had performed in busy hospitals. The owners and their pets appreciated having Dr. Zinna's full attention.

When it came time for Dr. Zinna to euthanize her own beloved dog, Satchmo, she did it in her home, with Satchmo lying peacefully on his own comfortable bed. She is now offering this service to others who also want this personal, gentle way of saying good-bye to their special four-legged companions.

Dr. Zinna is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the New Jersey Veterinary Medical Association, the International Association of Animal Hospice and Palliative Care, the Association of Pet Loss and Bereavement, and the American Association of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Zinna shares her home with her two cats, Noah and Jack. She is also working towards a Master's Degree in Veterinary Forensic Science through an on-line program offered by the University of Florida.