My name is Brittany Abrams, and I’m a first year veterinary student (class of 2016). I’m originally from the north side of Chicago. I completed my undergraduate studies at the University of Wisconsin where I majored in animal sciences and biology. My interests include companion and exotic animal medicine and conservation medicine. In my free time I enjoy baking, traveling and spending time with my family and friends.
I am from Massapequa, Long Island and I graduated from Stony Brook University where I majored in marine vertebrate biology. Most of my medical experience is in the small animal field but I really enjoy working with wildlife as well. As for hobbies, I enjoy playing sports, watching movies, and relish spending time with friends. I also love to travel and wish I could do it more often.
My name is Yike Bing, and I am a first-year veterinary student at Cornell (Class of 2016). I went to Cornell as an undergraduate and majored in animal science. I'm currently interested in small animal medicine and shelter medicine, although I enjoy working with cows as well. In my spare time, I like travel, reading, and spending time with my cat, Dos.
My name is Marie Butcher and I'm a second year student at Cornell. I grew up in New Orleans and then moved to Austin to go to University of Texas where I majored in biology and anthropology. I worked as a vet technician in Austin for some time which solidified my passion for veterinary medicine. I've found work with low cost clinics to be incredibly rewarding and hope to continue this after graduating by working as a general practitioner. I enjoy playing music, travelling, and hanging with my dog-pal Sookie.
Hello, I am Emily Coombs, a first year veterinary student. I was born and raised in Ohio, but for the past seven years, I've lived on the east coast, in Philadelphia and most recently, New York City. I loved the city life, but I really enjoy living in Ithaca too. I did not decide to become a vet until my late twenties and I came to that conclusion after much thought. Some might say I am a closet cat lady, although we currently only have one cat. Otis is a 14-year old grumpy orange tabby with lots of personality and zero tolerance for other cats (or new people, for that matter). All of my pets have meant the world to me, and I believe it's my calling to help as many pets as possible live long and comfortable lives. I also really enjoy working with people and am thrilled at the opportunity to bring the Southside Healthy Animal Clnic to Albany!
Hi my name is Allison Cowan and I’m a member of the class of 2016. I am from Shaftsbury, Vermont. I attended Dickinson College in Pennsylvania where I majored in Economics, and completed a postbaccalaureate pre-medical program at Bennington College before entering veterinary school. My professional interests include small animal medicine and shelter medicine. My personal interests include hiking the VT trails, reading, and spending time with friends, family, and my cat Flynn.
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I am from Newburgh, NY and earned a bachelor of science degree from Villanova University. I am interested in small or mixed animal medicine and surgery. My other interests include softball, horseback riding, and hiking.
Kristofer is a second year student. His veterinary interests include public health and laboratory animal medicine.However he still loves kittens and puppies. He has a 1 and half old shiba inu dog that can be a handful. He looks forward to the opportunity to be a part of Southside Albany.
Alex Dundie, Class of 2016: I am from Pleasantville, New York and received a Bachelors of Science in Biology and Psychology from Loyola University Maryland in 2007. I am currently a first year vet student at Cornell. My veterinary interests include small animal medicine and surgery. In my free time I enjoy playing soccer, cooking, traveling and spending time with my 2 dogs--Rhodey and Buddy.
Becky Eddy, Class of 2015, is originally from St. Peters, MO. Prior to attending Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, she received her B.S. in Applied Economics and Management from Cornell University. Her veterinary interests include zoo/wildlife medicine and conservation medicine. She lived in Albany, NY for 6 years before starting veterinary school and is excited to return with Cornell Healthy Pet Clinic to offer veterinary services to the community! Her personal interests include hiking/anything outdoors, cycling, traveling, and playing with her cat, Murdock, and dog, Duke.
Hello! My name is Hannah Facey and I am first year veterinary student in the class of 2016. I am from Verona, New Jersey and I received my undergraduate degree in Animal Science at the University of Vermont. I am interested in veterinary research, specifically gastrointestinal disease, and its impacts on animal health, human health and environmental issues. I am open to working with both companion and agricultural animals, and I hope to someday be a professor at a veterinary college. In my spare time I like to swim, dance, and hang out with my animals Paxton, Peanut, and Tuukka.
Hello! My name is Rebecca Fellman, and I am a member of the Class of 2016. I am originally from Little Falls, NJ, and I did my undergraduate work at Cornell, where I majored in biology with a concentration in Neurobiology and Animal Behavior. I am mainly interested in shelter medicine and aquatic animal medicine. When I'm not studying, I enjoy traveling, painting, and hiking/napping with my dog, Sadie Mae
Hi my name is Natalie Forman. I am currently a first year veterinary student class of 2016. I am originally from Canada but moved to Florida at the age of seven where i graduated from the University of Florida with a major in Animal Sciences and with a minor nutrition. I am interested in working with small companion animals and potentially specializing in the future. My personal interests include hiking and playing with my dogs!
Matt grew up in Weston, CT and attended Colgate University for his undergraduate degree. For several years Matt volunteered at the ASPCA in New York City as a veterinary assistant and the New York Aquarium in Coney Island as a marine mammal care volunteer. He is interested in small animal general practice and surgery. In his free time, Matt enjoys being a mountain biking instructor with Cornell Outdoor Education, skiing, scuba diving, traveling, reading and volunteering.
My name is James Gaffney, and I am a member of the class of 2016. I am originally from Weston, CT.For my undergraduate studies, I attended the University of Connecticut where I majored in Animal Science and minored in Molecular and Cell Biology. My current career aspirations include government/military work where I hope to combine my interests in anatomic pathology, research, general practice, and infectious disease. Out of class, I am an avid horticulturist and I enjoy growing bananas and African violets among many other plants. I am excited to be one of the Southside Directors for 2013-2014.
My name is Mariah Gentry and I am in the class of 2016. I am from Lithonia, Georgia and did my undergraduate study in Animal, Poultry and Veterinary Sciences at Tuskegee University in Alabama. Zoo and wildlife medicine are presently most fascinating to me, but novel experiences have been known to change career goals and I am always open to trying new things in different veterinary fields. Outside of interacting with captivating creatures, my hobbies include singing, dancing, laser tag, and whole-hearted laughter. My short-term goal for every day is to see a smile on someone’s face.
Alina Goh, Class of 2016. I grew up in Singapore and currently live in Bellevue, WA. I graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor in Electrical Engineering, and from Purdue University with a Masters in Industrial Engineering. I was a usability researcher at Microsoft in the Seattle area prior to vet school. I am interested in animal behavior, shelter medicine, and small animal surgery. I enjoy sailing, competing in dog agility trials with my rescue dog, Sofie, and taking long walks with my blind dog, Benji.
My name is Kathryn Helmerick and I’m in the class of 2015. I grew up in Wyoming and attended the University of Colorado at Boulder for a B.S. in Biology. I’m primarily interested in emerging infectious diseases related to public health, with a secondary interest in small animal clinical medicine. I have a Jack Russell who has tons of energy for long runs and hikes. I have enjoyed living on the East coast, and am excited to participate in Southside Albany to give back to the community. I love traveling, running, hiking, climbing, backpacking, skiing and painting.
My name is Lauren Incorvaia, Class of 2015, and I'm from Manalapan, NJ. I earned my BA in Animal Behavior from Franklin and Marshall College where I played softball competitively and subsequently worked as a research assistant with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Currently I work as a student technician in the emergency room at the Cornell Animal Hospital and as an assistant for a hospice care veterinarian in Ithaca. My veterinary interests include small animal and exotics emergency medicine and general practice, and I plan to do a rotating specialty internship after graduation. In my free time I enjoy photography, hiking, and rugby. I'm very excited to be a part of Southside Brooklyn!
Hi, my name is Jesse Johnson and I am currently a Cornell University Veterinary Student in the Class of 2016. I live just outside of Ithaca, New York and completed my bachelors degree at Cornell University with a major in Animal Science and a minor in Biology. I am currently interested in both large and small animal medicine. In my free time I enjoy swimming, biking, and running. I have a beagle named Sidney.
Hello, my name is Renee McDougall, a New York state resident, and recent graduate from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in English. I am a member of the DVM/MPH dual degree program interested in both small animal medicine and public health research. In my spare time I run, cook, and try to spend as much time volunteering at clinics like Southside as possible, because aside from working with wonderful colleagues and owners, it is also a great reminder of the furry little patients I spend every day learning to treat.
My name is Erin Miscioscia, I am a member of the Class of 2015, and am originally from Highland Mills, NY. Prior to attending Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, I received my B.S. in Animal Science from the University of Connecticut. My professional interests are still somewhat broad, including many aspects of small animal medicine. Some of my personal interests include yoga, recreational sports, traveling, and playing with my 2 young mixed breed dogs, Cooper and Murphy.
Hello! My name is Kate Morris. I am a second year veterinary student and one of the current Southside directors. I am from Boston, MA, and attended Cornell University College of Arts and Sciences for my undergraduate degree, majoring in animal physiology, and minoring in architecture. I aspire to be a small animal surgeon, and in my free time I enjoy spending time with my friends, family, and my dog, Logan.
Suzanne Nelson, class of 2016. I am originally from Washington, DC. I earned my bachelor's degree from Sarah Lawrence College in 2004. Before coming to vet school, I lived and worked in over a dozen countries, including Cuba, India and Ecuador. In addition to my studies and being a (new!) Southside Director, I work part-time at Cornell University Hospital for Animals' Community Practice Service. In my free time I enjoy cooking, Bikram yoga and long walks with my awesome dog, Sharkdog.
I am from Rockville Centre, New York, which is located in Long Island. I majored in biology at Siena College. I have interests in emergency, critical care, and neurology. I enjoy running, cycling, and the outdoors.
My name is Jane Park, and I am a second-year veterinary student (Class of 2015). I went to Dartmouth College as an undergraduate where I majored in English creative writing. After college, I taught English literature courses in South Korea for two years before returning to the U.S. to complete a Master of Physiology and Biophysics degree. I have a wide range of interests in the veterinary field including surgery, public health, and biomedical research. When I'm not busy with classwork I enjoy doing any outdoor activities to catch what I can of those precious Ithaca daylight hours, trying new places to eat, and traveling.
My name is Alison Reichard, a member of the class of 2016. I grew up in Derry, New Hampshire and earned my Bachelor of Science at Cornell University. I then decided to brave another four years in Ithaca and attend Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. My current career interests lie in small animal internal medicine or general practice. I enjoy cooking, field hockey, live music, hanging out with friends, and spending time with my dog.
My name is Brett Robinson and I'm a second year veterinary student (class of 2015). I grew up in Los Angeles and attended Georgetown University for my undergrad, majoring in Psychology and minoring in English and Studio Art. I worked for a year at the National Institutes of Health studying pediatric autism before completing a post-baccalaureate at American University to prepare for veterinary school. I have enjoyed riding and competing horses for many years, and so my veterinary interests are in equine medicine and surgery, although I love working with a wide variety of species here at Cornell. I also enjoy traveling, photography, hiking, and snowboarding. I am very excited to volunteer at Southside Albany!
Hello! My name is Pam Rooney and I am currently a first-year veterinary student. I am from a small town in upstate NY about an hour west of Albany. I earned my undergraduate degree from the University of Vermont in Animal Science. I am currently interested in working with small companion animals, possibly including small exotic pets as well. I have two cats of my own, who I love unconditionally. In my spare time, I enjoy running, cross country skiing, watching movies, and baking. I’m really excited to be participating in Southside Albany and I hope it’s a great experience for everyone involved!
My name is Susan Smith, and I am in the class of 2015 at Cornell. I grew up in southern Maine, and, as an undergraduate, attended Wellesley College where I majored in Biochemistry. My veterinary interests include mixed animal medicine and research. My personal interests include baking, hiking, and ballroom dancing.
My name is Marisa Stone and I am a first year veterinary student (class of 2016). I am from Astoria, Queens and spent my entire life in NYC until I came to Cornell. I received a BA from NYU in Biology and Spanish. My career interests include large animal medicine and hopefully, one day, surgery. My personal interests include longboarding, cooking and reading comics.
My name is Amber Streicher, and I am a member of the Class of 2016. I am originally from Strykersville, NY, near Buffalo. I majored in Biology at Nazareth College in Rochester, NY before coming to Cornell for vet school. My career interests include small animal medicine and canine sports medicine and rehabilitation. In my spare time I enjoy watching the Buffalo Sabres (win or lose), swimming, photography, hiking, horseback riding, and showing dogs in obedience, rally obedience, and agility.
My name is Samantha Tandle, and I am a first year veterinary student at Cornell University (Class of 2016). I am originally from Seneca Falls, NY, and I earned my bachelor’s degree at nearby Hobart and William Smith Colleges. I majored in Biology, minored in Environmental Studies, and studied abroad in Australia and New Zealand. At Cornell, I work at the dairy barn and in the Cornell University Animal Hospital as an Imaging technician. Although I am interested in numerous areas of veterinary medicine, I plan to pursue a career in a small animal general practice with the ultimate goal of owning my own hospital someday. Most importantly, I am the proud mother of two one and a half year old kittens, Inka and Squeakers.
My name is Jacqueline Trauterman, and I am a first year veterinary student (class of 2016). I grew up in Austin, TX but attended university at the University of North Texas in Denton, TX (Dallas/Ft Worth area), where I majored in biology and minored in chemistry, mathematics, and Spanish. I worked for 2 years as a veterinary technician at an emergency clinic in Denton, and my primary interest is in small animal emergency medicine and critical care. However, I am also interested in working with pocket pets and birds. I have previously attended Southside Queens as a student observer, and have attended a couple of the Southside clinics in Ithaca. I have had a lot of fun at previous clinics and I am very excited to be a clinician at Southside Albany!
Hi, my name is Dominick Valenzano and I am from Hillsborough, New Jersey. I attended the University of Maryland where I received a degree in bioengineering, and worked at a companion animal clinic for 3 years. While at Cornell I have participated in local Southside clinics and I am involved with research for treatments of elbow disease in dogs. In the future I hope to have a career in small animal surgery.
My name is Kyle Walker and I am currently a first year veterinary student (Class of 2016). I went to The College at Brockport for my undergraduate studies and majored in Biology with a minor in Chemistry and concentration in Pre-Veterinary Medicine. Ultimately I am interested in small animal/exotic medicine and would like to do something with zoo and conservation medicine as well. In addition to Southside, I am working in the Cornell Animal Pharmacy as a student technician and gaining clinical experience volunteering in the Cornell Companion Animal Hospital and Wildlife Clinic. In my spare time I like playing soccer, lifting weights, running, playing guitar, and doing anything outdoors.
Lindsey Waxman is a second-year veterinary student who will be graduating with the Class of 2015. She is from Brooklyn and has family in the Albany area. She graduated from Rutgers University with a major in cell biology and neuroscience in the 2010. She is interested in working with small animals, zoo, wildlife, and exotics. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, hiking, and playing with her 2 pocket pets.
My name is Cindy Xue, and I'm a first year vet student (Class of 2016). I graduated with a Bachelor's of Science from Rutgers University where I majored in Animal Science. Although most of my clinical experience is in companion animal medicine, I'm interested in doing international veterinary medicine with a focus on equine and wildlife species. I'll possibly throw conservation work in there in the future. I love doing non-profit work, and I'm extremely excited to participate in Southside Albany!
Joseph Yaros is a first year veterinary student with an interest in large animal medicine. He grew up in upstate New York on a family owned and operated sheep farm. He has a diverse background of animal experiences and hopes to use his knowledge in a dairy centered practice in the future.