Dr. George Ross received his DVM and Masters degrees from Kansas State University. He was an Associate Professor of Small Animal Surgery at Cornell until he founded our practice. Dr. Ross has retired from surgical practice but continues to provide consultant services to our veterinarians.
Dr. J. Thomas Ross, the owner of Colonial Veterinary Hospital, joined the practice in August 1990 after serving as an intern and surgical resident at the Animal Medical Center in New York City. During his four years there, he developed special interests in orthopedic, reconstructive, oncologic, and neurosurgery. He obtained his veterinary degree from the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1986, and became board certified in veterinary surgery in February 1993. Dr. Ross limits his practice to the diagnosis and treatment of surgical diseases. He also offers minimally invasive arthroscopic joint surgery and other endoscopic procedures.
Specialties: Surgery (including orthopedics, neurosurgery and soft tissue surgery)
Dr. Yanoff graduated from Cornell University in 1980. After three years in private practice, she joined the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps. While in the Army Dr. Yanoff completed a small animal surgery residency and became board certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners. In June 2004, Dr. Yanoff retired from the Army, at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, after almost 21 years of service. She spent a year working on a horse farm in Idaho before joining Colonial Veterinary Hospital. Dr. Yanoff's family includes a 13 year old golden retriever, a 3 year old beagle, 2 cats, 1 horse, 2 donkeys, and 6 chickens.
Dr. Catherine Hegarty joined Colonial Veterinary Hospital after graduating from the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1997. In addition to providing primary care to our general practice patients, she is also passionate about improving the level of care we offer in her role as the Director of the General Practice. She has special interests in general practice preventative medicine, feline medicine, dentistry, and oncology.
Dr. Ellen Tremante received her degree from the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Minnesota in May 2006. In June of 2007, she completed a one year rotating internship in small animal internal medicine and surgery at Long Island Veterinary Specialists in Plainview, New York followed by a year and a half of private small animal practice on Long Island. Dr. Tremante then joined Colonial in March of 2009. Dr. Tremante’s professional interests include feline medicine, emergency medicine and animal welfare. She enjoys performing volunteer work for feral spay/neuter programs as well as enjoying the beautiful countryside central New York has to offer. She currently lives in Ithaca with her four cats Franklyn, Elliot, George and Molly.
Dr. Giroux graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Montreal in 1995. Since completion of his residency at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine in 2000, Dr. Giroux has served as a Board-Certified Radiologist performing radiology, ultrasounds, and MRI consultations. Also, he led and participated in numerous ultrasound labs and lectures for veterinarians, in upstate New York and in major veterinary conferences. Dr. Giroux lives in Ithaca, NY with his two children.
Specialties: Radiology & Ultrasound
Dr. Jenneka McCarty is an Ithaca native who received her veterinary degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 2007. She completed a one-year rotating small animal medicine and surgery internship at Cornell University, followed by a year of private small-animal practice in Syracuse, New York, before joining our practice in December of 2009. Dr. McCarty lives with her husband, daughter, and two mixed-breed dogs, Homer and Nell. They are thinking of adding a few chickens, horses and goats to the family sometime soon as they recently moved to a 50-acre farm outside Ithaca. In her free time Dr. McCarty enjoys spending time with her family, hiking and skiing, and enjoying all the fun activities Ithaca and the surrounding area have to offer.
Dr. Gelzer earned her veterinary degree at the University of Bern, Switzerland in 1992, followed by a Masters degree at the University of Bern in collaboration with Novartis, Cardiovascular Biology, Basel, Switzerland from 1992 to 1994. She completed a small animal internship at the University of Georgia GA from 1994 to 1995, and a residency in cardiology at Cornell University from 1995 to 1998. Dr. Gelzer received board certification from the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, ACVIM in cardiology (1998) and also the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, ECVIM - Companion Animal (Cardiology, 1999). She then joined the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania as Assistant Professor of Cardiology for 2 years, before returning to Ithaca in 2001. For the last 10 years she was Assistant Professor of Cardiology at Cornell, where she trained 5 cardiology residents and her research efforts were focused on clinical and translational projects involving electrophysiology of arrhythmia generation and pharmacological arrhythmia management. She is the author of more than 50 scientific articles, abstracts and book chapters in the veterinary literature and recently obtained her PhD from the University of Bern. Recently Dr. Gelzer decided to launch her own cardiology specialty practice “Heart Rhythm Veterinary Specialist™”. Through clinical service, she is dedicated to providing, high-quality, cutting-edge treatments for dogs and cats with acquired and congenital heart disease as well as arrhythmias at our hospital on an out-patient basis in most cases. Dr. Gelzer currently offers appointments for patients Monday and Thursdays and plans to expand her hours as demand for her services develops. Dr. Gelzer is also available for consultation via our staff doctors as needed most days she is not scheduled to work. Dr. Gelzer’s love of animals extends to her home where she and her husband with her two young daughters take care take of a 3-year-old black Labrador named Ella and 6-year-old Fox Terrier named Luna. She also enjoys traveling back to Switzerland, competing in triathlons and horseback riding.
Area of Practice: Cardiology
Dr. Rassnick received his veterinary degree from Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. He completed his Residency in Medical Oncology at the Animal Medical Center in New York City in 1996 and then joined the Oncology Department at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine. From 2001-2010 he was an Assistant Professor of Oncology at Cornell, where his research efforts were focused on clinical and translational projects involving cancer control and pharmacological validation of new agents. Dr. Rassnick has trained eight residents to careers in oncology and is the author of more than 150 articles, book chapters and abstracts in the veterinary literature. Through clinical service, he is dedicated to providing cutting-edge, high-quality treatments for dogs and cats with cancer, while still keeping quality-of-life as the top priority.
Area of Practice: Oncology
Dr. Koch graduated from the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Veterinary Medicine. He completed his residency at the Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania where he was the recipient of the Jules and Lucy Silver Animal Bedside Manner Award. Dr. Koch is board certified in small animal internal medicine by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. Dr. Koch's professional interests include endocrinology, nasal disease, gastrointestinal disease and immune mediated disease.
Area of Practice: Internal Medicine
Dr. Newman first came to Ithaca in 2002 for her undergraduate studies at Cornell, and received her VMD from the University of Pennsylvania in 2010. She completed a one-year rotating internship at the Veterinary Specialists and Emergency Service in Rochester, New York in July 2011, and then moved to Ithaca to begin work at Colonial Veterinary Hospital. Dr. Newman’s professional interests include emergency & critical care, internal medicine, and clinical pathology.
Dr. Laura Damaske received her veterinary degree in May 2007 from the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduating, she began working at the Eastview Veterinary Clinic, a mixed animal practice in Penn Yan, NY. At Eastview, Dr. Damaske rotated between being on the road doing farm calls and being in the clinic seeing companion animals. Some of Dr. Damaske’s professional interests include soft –tissue surgery and general practice medicine. Birdie is Dr. Damaske’s beautiful Golden Retriever.
Dr. Meghan Gick received her veterinary degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 2010. She completed a one year rotating small animal medicine and surgery internship at the Regional Veterinary Referral Hospital in northern Virginia. She then worked as an emergency veterinarian for a year in Richmond, VA before joining Colonial in June 2012. Dr. Gick's professional interests are soft-tissue surgery, neurology, and emergency and critical care medicine. Dr. Gick enjoys long-distance running and hiking with her pug Finn.
About Our Technicians
Our Licensed Veterinary Technicians (LVTs) are an integral part of the team caring for your pet. LVTs perform many duties at Colonial Veterinary Hospital, including administering medications and fluids, monitoring anesthesia, performing dental cleanings, taking blood samples, running laboratory tests, and communicating with clients. All of our LVTs have graduated from an American Veterinary Medical Association accredited program and passed the national veterinary technician examination to become licensed in New York State.
About Our Staff
Our support staff is available to help care for you and your pet during their visit, no matter how long their stay may be. Our receptionists, licensed veterinary technicians, lab technicians, technician assistants, office personnel, and kennel staff work around the clock to help our doctors provide the best care to our patients. Our staff is dedicated to treating your pet just as they treat their own.