I have been very fortunate to realize my childhood dreams of becoming a veterinarian. I have always wanted to be a veterinarian, even before I could even pronounce the word. In public school I knew, and some of my family said I talked about being an animal doctor since I was five. Not only has my love of animals been realized, but my love of medicine and surgery and how it is applied to the helping of animals has been realized. This love of medicine and surgery became a revelation while I was in veterinary school and it is still the same today. After 45+ years, I still look forward to practicing my chosen profession every day.
Since 1965, I have been a veterinarian in clinical small animal medicine. I built, owned, and operated the East Meadow Animal Hospital from 1969 to 2000, the Greenvale Animal Hospital from 1983 to 1995, and currently own the Locust Valley Veterinary Clinic, built in 2003. I was a New York State Board Examiner for the Veterinary Medical Boards, a test all veterinarians must pass to practice in New York State. This position was an appointed one by the State Board of Education. For many years I was an Adjunct Professor of Pathology for the New York School of Osteopathic Medicine located on the campus of New York Tech. I am also a founding member and an owner of the Nassau Animal Emergency Clinic in Westbury. After a short retirement of three years (2000-2003), I realized how much I missed my cherished profession and the actual experience of being a “hands on” clinical practitioner, so I opened my new facility in May 2003. It is a computerized, high tech medical/surgical/diagnostic clinic only. We do not offer ancillary services such as boarding and grooming. Some of my previous staff of 30-38 years of employment have returned to work with me again. In addition, I have a wonderful associate: Dr. Jason Crandall.
I met my beautiful wife the week before I entered veterinary school. We married between my sophmore and junior year and have 3 married children, 2 boys and a girl, 3 grand children and twins on the way (boy and girl).
The subjects that I have chosen to write about are either of such importance that every pet owner should be aware of, or are of new important recent information, or just of personal interest. All have been published in either North Shore Today or The Locust Valley Leader. I hope you also find these articles informative and interesting.