Please join us in welcoming the newest at large members of the Alumni Association Executive Board.
Dr. Mara DiGrazia ’96
Dr. Mara DiGrazia graduated with a BS in Animal Science from Cornell College of Agriculture and Life Sciences in 1992 and from Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine in 1996. She completed a small animal medicine and surgical internship at Oradell Animal Hospital ( in New Jersey) in 1997. After completing her internship, she returned to Queens, N.Y. In 2005, she became co-owner of New Hyde Park Animal Hospital and Garden City Park Animal Hospital on Long Island. Soon after, DiGrazia and her partners opened two more hospitals on Long Island-Mineola Animal Hospital and The Cat Doctor of New Hyde Park.
Mara lives in Glen Cove, N.Y. with her husband and two young daughters ages six and eight. After moving out to Long Island, DiGrazia raised money, purchased and supplied all Nassau County Fire Departments with animal oxygen masks through HELP Animals, Inc. These masks have helped numerous animals survive after smoke inhalation. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, New York State Veterinary Medical Association, and Long Island Veterinary Medical Association.
Dr. Pat Erickson ’97
Dr. Pat Erickson grew up in Saranac Lake, N.Y. and pursued undergraduate education at North Country Community College before transferring to Cornell. She is a 1992 graduate (BS) of Cornell and a 1997 graduate (DVM) of the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. Erickson was past Associate Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and now will return to her faculty position in the Department of Animal and Veterinary Sciences at the University of Vermont. She is also currently building a new equine business, VESTAR: Vermont Equine Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation at The Meadow Farm, in Ferrisburg, Vt., which will open in 2017. She enjoys travelling and spending time with her family (husband Jon and sons Louis and Jon) and lives in beautiful Addison County, Vt.
Dr. Edward MacKillop '04
Dr. Edward MacKillop ’04 was born in Sheffield, England, and moved to Irvington, N.Y. when he was seven. He received his BSc (magna cum laude) from the Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life sciences in 2000 and his DVM from the College of Veterinary Medicine in 2004. He then completed a rotating internship at Tufts University from 2004-2005 and a residency in veterinary neurology/neurosurgery at North Carolina State University from 2005-2008. During his residency, he was voted resident of the year and received the ACVIM Resident Research Award. In 2008, he became a Diplomate of ACVIM in the specialty of neurology. He subsequently took at position at Pittsburgh Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center (PVSEC) and became the first veterinary neurologist in western Pennsylvania.
MacKillop has contributed to an MRI atlas of normal canine brain anatomy and wrote a review of the MRI appearance of brain malformations. He is a reviewer for a number of journals and is on the editorial board for the Czech veterinary journal. He also enjoys lecturing at both local and at national veterinary conferences. In his spare time, MacKillop enjoys spending time with his family, horror movies, and console gaming. He has three daughters (Phoebe 7, Matilda 5 and Tabitha 3), three cats, and an English bulldog with a cleft palate called Tulip.
Dr. Jon Bertoldo ’94
Upon graduation, Dr. Jon Bertoldo '94 pursued a career in large animal medicine in Cortland, N.Y., at a predominantly dairy-oriented practice. His undergraduate work was completed at SUNY Geneso when he was accepted to the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine after his junior year in 1990. In 1998, he took a position as an associate veterinarian in Augusta, N.J., where he continued serving dairy clients, but hadmore of an emphasis on small animal medicine and surgery. After working for the next eight years as an associate, Bertoldo and his wife Edyie opened Animal Mansion Veterinary Hospital. The practice is situated in Hainesburg, N.J. in what was formerly known as the Andress family mansion built in 1828. Currently a two doctor facility, AMVH serves as a rural, community, small animal clinic that occasionally will treat whatever indigenous farm animals happen to wander through its doors. During his free hours, Bertoldo enjoys raising his two children, Aurora and Zachary, and spending time with his wife Edyie. Travel, photography, the outdoors and music are just some of his interests.
Dr. Donald Schwytzer ’77
Dr. Don Schwytzer graduated from the NYSCVM in 1977 and married his wife Peg in 1973the first year of veterinary college. They have three children: Andy, Emily, and Ted. Schwytzer began, and still practices at, Attica Veterinary Associates, P.C., since graduation.
Attica Veterinary Associates primarily perform veterinary services and advise on the dairy business. Schwytzer’s focus has been on dairy reproduction, management, facilities and dairy animal comfort. A member of the AVMA, NYSVMA, WNYVMA, and the AABP since graduation, Schwytzer is a past President of the WNY Veterinary Association. Schwytzer assists one of his partners, William Prokop NYSCVM ’79, in Dairy 8, LLC, who manages the Cornell University Research Center (CALS) in Dryden, New York. Schwytzer travels to Cornell University ResearchCenter one day a week to do the financials and advise as needed the rest of the week.
President: Dr. Susan Ackermann ’86
Vice-President: Dr. Mark Olcott ’95
Treasurer: Dr. Maritza Perez-Bruno ’87
Secretary: Dr. Mari Morimoto ’01, A&S '96