Dr. John Ammeraal
Owner/Medical Director

A native of New Jersey, Dr. Ammeraal grew up in Roxbury and currently resides in Morris County. Dr. Ammeraal received his undergraduate degree from The Ohio State University with honors in 2003. He attended Ross University and completed clinical rotations at University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine where he received his DVM degree in 2007. After graduating from veterinary school, Dr. Ammeraal began practicing small animal medicine in New York, then in New Jersey for a few small animal hospitals and has been in practice for over 13 years. In October 2020 his dream came true; he became the practice owner at Sova Animal Hospital in Butler, NJ. Dr. Ammeraal is a member of the NJVMA, AVMA and AAHA and he is USDA accredited for international health certificates.

Dr. Ammeraal has extensive medical interests including dentistry, internal medicine, surgery, dermatology and ultrasonography. He is dedicated to providing the highest quality veterinary medical care for his patients with the utmost compassion, attention and a comprehensive approach for healthy, long-term and happy human to pet relationships. He has always had a strong passion and interest in animals and science. Through the years, Dr. Ammeraal has assisted with the rescue of wildlife and given his time to care for animals in need. In his spare time, he enjoys golfing, biking, traveling, learning about new technology and spending time with his wife Leigh, their dog Jake and 2 cats Abby and Penguin.

Dr. Robert Sova
Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Sova’s interest in veterinary medicine started at a young age. He spent much of his youth caring for animals at his father’s veterinary practice. He graduated from Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and then served as a captain in the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps. After his discharge, he was an associate veterinarian in Cedar Grove, New Jersey, and a part-time clinician at the ASPCA in New York City. In 1975, Dr. Sova established Sova Animal Hospital in Butler, New Jersey, and has been serving the community ever since. His special interests include surgery and diagnostic work-ups. When not at work, he enjoys photography, scuba diving, and spending time with his children and grandchildren.