Who We Are

Veterinarians

Leslie Appel, DVM

Dr. Leslie D. Appel is the Founder and Executive Director of Shelter Outreach Services (SOS). She is also a Courtesy Lecturer at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. Prior to her current positions, Dr. Appel was a staff member at the ASPCA where she...

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Bridget Barry, DVM

Dr. Bridget Barry grew up in a small city near Albany, graduated from Cornell in 1991, and has lived in Slaterville Springs on an old dairy farm ever since. Over the years she has worked at several small animal practices and currently works at Cornerstone Veterinary...

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Christy Cable, DVM, DACVS

Dr. Christy Cable is a 1994 graduate of the University of Georgia, College of Veterinary Medicine.  Following graduation, she completed an internship and then a 3 year residence in Large Animal Surgery.  After her residency, she was a staff surgeon in the large animal...

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Brian Collins, DVM

Dr. Brian Collins grew up in upstate New York on a farm. Prior to attending the veterinary school at Cornell he worked at a wildlife rehabilitation center and managed an animal shelter. After graduation he worked in a mixed animal practice in central New York but for...

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Linda Hunter, DVM

Dr. Linda Hunter is from Albany, NY. She has a B.S. degree in Animal Science and a DVM degree, both from Cornell University. She worked as a small animal veterinarian in the Albany area, and later in Buffalo, NY. Linda left Buffalo to pursue Shelter Medicine at the...

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Annie Johnson, DVM

Annie grew up in Pittsburg PA, and graduated from Cornell in 2007. After an internship at UPenn, she stayed in Philadelphia doing emergency medicine for a few years. She then married her vet school sweetheart and moved to upstate NY, so he could work with cows. In...

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Paul Maza, DVM, PhD

Dr. Paul Maza has been working for SOS since 2004.  He is also on the faculty of the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine.  In addition to the duties he has with SOS and the veterinary college, he rus a NGO called FARVets in which he leads teams of...

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Patty Pate, DVM

Dr. Patty Pate grew up in the state of Mississippi, and as a teenager, enjoyed competing in equestrian events on her horse Lucky. She received her B.S. in education and taught high school Biology and Anatomy prior to becoming a veterinarian. She received her DVM at...

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Michael Plotkin, DVM

Dr. Michael Plotkin grew up in Rockaway Beach, NY, and has lived in central NY since 1989. After earning a BS in biology from the State University at Albany, he worked in biology research before pursuing a career in veterinary medicine. He received his DVM from...

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Holly Putnam, DVM

Dr. Holly Putnam is a 2003 graduate of The Ohio State University. After graduation she returned to her home state of New York where she practiced small animal medicine in the Albany region. In 2008 Dr. Putnam relocated to Austin, TX where she worked in a HVHQSN clinic...

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Kimberly Snedden, DVM, MS

Dr. Kimberly Snedden received her veterinary degree from Louisiana State University, after completing a Masters degree in Animal Nutrition at Cornell University. She worked several years in a mixed animal practice in New Hampshire before moving back to upstate New...

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Amy Vasquez, DVM

Dr. Amy Vasquez (previously Rauf) wrapped packs for SOS and was an occasional extra set of hands during SOS clinics while she attended veterinary school at Cornell University. After spending 5 years as a dairy practitioner in the Central Valley California, she has...

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Susan Yanoff, DVM

Dr. Susan Yanoff graduated from Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1980. After three years in private practice, she joined the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps. While on active duty, she completed a 3 year residency in small animal surgery and became board...

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Licensed Veterinary Technicians

Tesla Rich

Tesla Rich obtained her degree in Veterinary Technology from Alfred State College and became an LVT in 2013. She started working in a small animal general practice for a few years before working at Cornell University Hospital for Animals in the Community Practice...

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Sharon Garland

Sharon graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in medical technology. Her passion has always been animals and she grandfathered in as an LVT in Michigan and eventually New York.  She worked for many years at Briar Patch Veterinary Hospital and for the...

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Jen Delmar

Jennifer attended SUNY Delhi and graduated with her A.A.S degree in 2000. After becoming licensed she has worked in small animal practice for several years. Two year ago she started working part time for SOS and part time for an equine veterinarian. In her free, time...

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Linda Donlin, LVT

Linda Donlin has been a LVT since 2000. She spends the majority of her career in Emergency and Critical Care but was eager to join the SOS team and contribute more to the animals in the community. She has a beautiful daughter and they live with 2 pugs, 2 cats, 2...

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Candice Jaynes, LVT

Candice Jaynes obtained her degree in veterinary technology from Saint Petersburg College in Florida and has been in the field for over 11 years. She currently works full time at Broadway Animal Hospital, a 4 doctor small animal hospital/emergency clinic, as an LVT....

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Anne Marie McPartlin, LVT

Anne Marie McPartlin has been a vet tech for over 20 years. She is originally from Canada, but has lived in all four corners of North America. She has worked primarily in emergency and critical care, both in academia and in private specialty hospitals. Three years...

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Erin Sterner, LVT

Erin Sterner was born and raised in Corning, NY. She attended SUNY Delhi and graduated with her A.A.S. in Veterinary Technology. Following graduation she moved several times, working in areas such as research and emergency animal care before returning to her hometown....

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Student Employees

Leslie Ballard

Leslie Ballard is a first-year veterinary student at Cornell University. Originally hailing from Albuquerque, NM, Leslie has made her home in the great state of New York since 2003.  After a brief stint in the world of academic publishing, she decided to return to...

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Jennifer Fan

Jennifer grew up in Utah and went to undergraduate in California. She is currently a veterinary student and enjoys marine biology, birds and...

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