History

Dr. RossDuring its 37-year history, Colonial Veterinary Hospital has evolved into one of the largest and most comprehensive practices in the Fingerlakes, serving as a center for surgery, emergency services, and general medicine.

Dr. George E. Ross, Jr. founded Colonial Veterinary Hospital in 1971. He previously taught surgery at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine in Ithaca. A veterinary graduate of Kansas State University, he came to Ithaca in 1960 as an intern, later earning a residency and professorship.

As one of the country’s first board-certified surgeons, Dr. Ross wanted to test his skill and experience as a sole practitioner in the private setting. He believed every pet should be able to benefit from the latest advances in veterinary medicine. For his new practice, he purchased a 19th-century farmhouse located on North Triphammer Road and undertook the first of three building expansions, most recently the addition of exam room space and a modern surgery suite.

Although his surgical talents were in demand from the beginning, Dr. Ross was committed to providing outstanding general medicine and preventive care to all of his patients. Eventually, the practice hired associate veterinarians to help with internal medicine, surgery, and other specialties, and Dr. Ross began to limit his own practice to surgery. Although he no longer sees appointments, he continues to be an integral part of the surgical team.

J. Thomas Ross, a 1986 Cornell veterinary graduate, joined his father in practice after a surgical internship and residency, 1986-1990, at the Animal Medical Center in New York City. They are the first and only father-son team in the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.

Dr. Tom Ross took over the ownership of the practice in 1998. His passion for veterinary medicine and surgery began in his school years helping at the hospital. Dr. Ross actually lived on the second floor of the hospital during college and veterinary school—a prelude to 24-hour care. Like his father, he tries to continually improve the level of care provided by the hospital.

The practice continues to invest in state-of-the-art equipment, support continuing education for the staff, and expand diagnostic and therapeutic capabilities, including ultrasound, arthroscopy, and rehabilitation. Recently, Colonial Veterinary Hospital added board certified specialists in the areas of surgery, radiology, and internal medicine as well as a physical therapist who provides rehabilitation services. In addition, veterinarians with special interests in acupuncture, and emergency medicine have joined our staff. We are staffed 24 hours a day in order to provide close supervision of our patients and to be able to handle emergencies. We also accept referrals from surrounding veterinary hospitals from 8 am - 10 pm daily for our specialty services and 24-hour care.

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