Please join us in welcoming the newest members of the Alumni Association Executive Board to their new roles.
Dr. Pasquale Meleleo ’08
Dr. Pasquale Meleleo ’08 moved to Staten Island at the age seven from Italy. After graduating high school he enlisted in the US Navy, where he served as an electrical operator on a nuclear submarine. He went on to receive a BS in biology from CUNY and then graduated from Cornell’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2008. Upon graduation he went directly into companion animal private practice and in 2011 started his own practice. In a relatively short time, Pleasant Plains Animal Hospital has outgrown its current location as a two doctor practice. During this winter the hospital will move to a larger location and hire another veterinarian. Pasquale will also be completing an MBA program at NYU Stern in May 2015. Pasquale enjoys his time away from his practice with his wife and their two sets of twins. He enjoys road cycling any time he gets a chance.
Dr. Patricia Ernst Grinnell ’97
Dr. Patricia Ernst Grinnell ’97 has been the owner/partner of Aspetuck Animal Hospital from January 2012 to the present. She attended high school on Long Island, N.Y and pursued undergraduate studies at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. She has worked in small animal practice exclusively since graduation and has been a member of the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society graduate in 2005. Grinnell lives in New Milford, Conn. with her husband and two children, ages 12 and 14. She is a member of New Milford Lions Club, Kent Singers, First Congregational Church of Washington, and Pratt Nature Center.
Dr. Georgette Wilson ’93
Dr. Georgette Wilson ’93 graduated from the University of Pennsylvania 1989 with a degree in biology and a minor in chemistry. She received her veterinary degree from Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine in 1993. She practiced in Hoboken, New Jersey for one year right after graduation, but then decided to return to academia, completing a small animal rotating internship at the University of Tennessee. Wilson spent an additional eight years in companion animal private practice in the Greater New York area before transitioning to a career in veterinary pharmaceuticals. She currently serves as the director of Scientific and Medical Affairs at Hartz. She has appeared on local and national television, on the radio, and in print. She currently resides in New York City with her family. In her spare time she enjoys traveling.
Dr. Eric Christensen ’99
Dr. Eric Christensen ’99 grew up in northern New Jersey but considers Ithaca to be his second home as he spent nearly twelve years on the Cornell University campus. Following graduation from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences in 1995 and the College of Veterinary Medicine in 1999, he completed an internship in emergency medicine and surgery at Rowley Memorial Animal Hospital, a large regional referral center in Springfield, MA. He subsequently returned to Cornell and served on the veterinary faculty for three years teaching anatomy, physiology, emergency medicine and small animal surgery and medicine. In 2003, Dr. Christensen left the hallowed ground of Cornell to joined Murray Hill Veterinary Associates, a 10 doctor small and exotic animal practice in New Providence, NJ. His particular veterinary interests include emergency medicine, pain management, and shelter medicine. He enjoys coordinating staff education, mentoring the many young prospective veterinary students who spend time at his practice, and working side by side with several other recent Cornell graduates. Dr. Christensen lives outside of Flemington, NJ with his wonderful wife, Cory, and young children Luke, Madeleine, and Jake, all of whom still believe that Daddy does nothing more than play with puppies and kittens all day.
Dr. Lawrence W. Bartholf ’65
At age 12, Dr. Lawrence W. Bartholf ’65 experienced a defining moment in which he knew he wanted to be a veterinarian. Raised on a farm in Western New York, he witnessed the disastrous effects of the family’s dairy cows having gorged on a freshly harvested wheat crop. The veterinarian treated the cattle, they all survived and that day Bartholf realized he wanted to bring comfort to folks like the veterinarian did for his father.Following graduation, he worked as a large and small animal practitioner in New Jersey and served as a Captain in the U.S. Army Veterinary Corp from 1966 to 1968 with service in Vietnam. In 1969, he moved back to New York State and began practicing in the Hudson Valley, where he has been a self-employed large animal practitioner for nearly 40 years. He served as NYSVMS President in 2005 and represented the Hudson Valley Veterinary Medical Society on the NYSVMS Executive Board from 1997 to 2004. Since 2007, he has served as Treasurer of the NYSVMS. He received the AVMA’s Animal Welfare Veterinarian of the Year Award in 1990, and was named the New York State Humane Society’s Veterinarian of the Year in 1988. Additionally, he was recognized by the Humane Society of the United States in 1989 with an Award of Appreciation.