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Hooding Ceremony and Graduation

June 13th, 2016 at 12:51 pm

We are pleased to announce that our student intern, Becky Donnelly, has become our new colleague, Dr Rebecca Donnelly.  On Saturday, May 28, 2016 she was presented her veterinary graduation hood at a ceremony on the Cornell University Campus. This hood designates the wearer as a graduate of the program of veterinary medicine. On May 29th, she received her diploma.  We are excited and proud of her accomplishments!  Dr Donnelly will be participating in a small animal internship at the University of Wisconsin for the next year, as she continues to specialize and hone her knowledge.

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Student Intern on her way

January 12th, 2016 at 2:14 pm

We are pleased to announce that our student intern, Becky, a Grand Island resident, has just passed her veterinary board testing at Cornell University's College of Veterinary Medicine.  All veterinary students need to pass these tests before they can practice as a veterinarian upon graduation.  This national test is administered over several days and consists of several sections, dealing with medicine, disease states, and management of all sizes and species of animals.  We are very proud that she has completed this testing.

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New Associate

January 12th, 2016 at 2:05 pm

We are pleased to announce that Dr Melissa Mroziak, a long time Grand Island resident, has joined our staff.  A graduate of the Atlantic Veterinary College at the University of Prince Edward Island, she has worked in several local practices in the area.  She has a special interest in CT scans and fluoroscopy, which she performs at the Greater Buffalo Emergency Clinic on an appointment basis. We are happy to add this new technology to be able to help pets with the most modern scanning techniques available. She looks forward to seeing many of her friends and neighbors at our office.

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Happy Birthday Chicken Leg!

August 7th, 2015 at 6:19 pm

Happy Birthday to our good will ambassador and hospital cat, Chicken Leg! She just turned 16 years old and celebrated by taking a nap while the staff ate pie in her honor.  Sixteen years ago Chicken Leg became a member of our staff when a client brought in a new cat she had found outside called Scooter.  Scooter had a sister, and both female cats ended up having litters of kittens under the client's front porch.  Unfortunately all of the kittens became sick, and the client brought in both Scooter, her sister and 12 kittens.  The rest of the feline family were all standard orange Tabby cats, only one had a unique pale peach color.  When the client asked if we knew anyone that wanted to adopt a kitten, we decided to take in our little peach ball of fluff.  As a young cat, Chicken Leg had very prominent dark orange stripes on her legs which encouraged us adopting her name.  Over time the stripe faded a bit, so they are not as obvious now, although she still has stripes on her tail.  For 16 years Chicken Leg has greeted clients, visited with Scout troops, comforted sick animals, and always found the most comfortable chairs in the hospital.  We hope to have her for another long 16 years!

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New Staff Member

July 27th, 2015 at 6:22 pm

We are pleased to add Amanda as our new veterinary technician at the beginning of July.  A graduate of SUNY Canton, she was happy to return to her native Grand Island to care for local pets.  Amanda was a student intern at Animal Kingdom two years ago and we are all happy to see her again!  She is eager to get reaquainted with her neighbors and their pets and help keep them well.

Our previous technician for many years, Laura, is transitioning into human medical office management and only able to spend time with us infrequently. We wish her the best of luck.

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Womens Veterinary Leadership Group

May 21st, 2014 at 7:14 pm

We are pleased to announce that our student intern, Rebecca Donnelly, is one of the founding members of the student chapter of the Women's Veterinary Leadership Development initiative at Cornell University.  This organization was founded by one of Dr Ruth's classmates, Dr Karen Bradley, as a way to support women in leadership positions in veterinary organizations.  Rebecca is serving as the groups historian.  The WVLDI reports:

"The student chapters have already begun planning and hosting events designed to equip students with the leadership skills they’ll require in the future, such as negotiation workshops and public speaking exercises,” the parent organization stated. "There is also an effort underway to have a WVLDI student chapter board liaison.”

Four more veterinary schools could see student chapters formed by this fall, WVLDI reported.

Nearly 53 percent of U.S. veterinarians in private practice in 2013 were female, but the percentage is expected to grow. Women made up 78.5 percent of students enrolled in U.S. colleges of veterinary medicine in 2013, according to the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges.

We are proud that our student intern continues to distinguish herself as she makes strides towards her veterinary degree.

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New Staff Member

August 16th, 2013 at 5:28 pm

We were sad to see our receptionist Kristina leave us - but she was accepted to a prestigeous university and is busy pursuing an advanced degree in computer science. Animal Kingdom was pleased to welcome Beth to our family, she is now the friendly voice you will hear on the phone when making an appointment. Beth joined us from the human medical field where she worked for many years as a home health aide in the Kenmore/Tonawanda area.

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Student Intern Visit

August 16th, 2013 at 4:04 pm

Our student intern from Cornell University, Becky, has been back for a quick visit.  She spent part of her summer working on a research project involving degeneration of joints and the progression of disease.  While back on the Island she has been helping out with patient visits and increasing her knowledge of veterinary medicine. She will be heading back to school soon and starting her second year at the Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine.

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New Staff Member

March 11th, 2013 at 5:30 pm

We are pleased to welcome our new receptionist, Kristina.  Kristina is happy to be back in Buffalo after having lived several years in South Carolina. Apparently she just couldn't wait to get back to the ice and snow!  She is happy to meet all of the Grand Island Community pets that make our job so enjoyable and interesting.

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Why does Chicken Leg's chin look funny?

September 12th, 2012 at 2:30 am

Chicken Leg, our hospital cat, mascot and Goodwill Ambassador looks different!  Several of our eagle eyed clients have noticed that she is sporting a new type of haircut.  She recently had her chin shaved because she underwent surgery to remove a cyst from under her jaw.  During her last yearly dental cleaning, our technician noticed she was developing a lump under her chin. Testing showed a cyst and because it was small at the time, we elected to keep an eye on it.  Over the next few months, the mass continued to enlarge.  Because we thought it might cause her discomfort, we decided to remove it surgically. When shaving her chin, two other smaller cysts were also discovered under her fur.  These were all removed at the same time and Chicken Leg had an uneventful recovery.  Over the next few days she seemed to love to have her chin scratched, obviously her sutures were itchy for her.  Her skin is healed, but right now her fur is still short so she has an unusual appearance while her hair regrows.  Luckily we still all find her beautiful and she continues to adore the extra attention she gets!

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New Staff Members

April 20th, 2012 at 7:33 pm

Animal Kingdom is growing again, and we are pleased to add new staff member Rachel as our part time veterinary technician.  Rachel is a Buffalo native and is looking forward to getting to know all of the Grand Island pets.  SHe loves cats and exotic species.

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Congratulations to Christine!

April 4th, 2012 at 4:18 pm

Many clients have noticed that one of our familiar faces is missing from the front desk.  Christine was pleased to welcome her second daughter, Charlotte, into the world on March 27th.  This beautiful baby weighed 6 pounds and 3 ounces.  Thank you to all of our clients who sent will wishes for the birth and Christine's recovery. Check out Charlotte's adorable photo in the staff pages section!

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New Staff Members

January 11th, 2012 at 1:19 pm

Animal Kingdom has added some additional staff members.  We have a new assistant, MelissaNichole has also joined us as our new receptionist.  Thanks to the support of Grand Island and the local community, our hospital keeps growing.  Check out our gallery for photos of the new members!

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Student Intern Accepted at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine

January 3rd, 2012 at 4:43 pm

We are pleased to announce that our student intern, Becky, has just been offered a position in the incoming Cornell veterinary school class starting 2012.  Becky spent the summer with us learning about various veterinary procedures, watching appointments and surgery to gain more experience in the veterinary field.  Thank you to all of our clients who let her observe during their pet visits!

Becky is our second student intern who went on to be accepted right away into veterinary school at the conclusion of their undergraduate studies.  We think the supportive Grand Island Community is part of their success!

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Thrill the World Halloween Breast Cancer fund raiser

October 28th, 2011 at 6:15 pm

This Saturday staff members of Animal Kingdom will participate in a charity dance event called Thrill the World.  This is a world wide simultaneous dance to the music of Michael Jackson's song 'Thriller'.  The event will take place at the Hearthstone Manor on Dick Road in Cheektowaga at 10pm, October 29.  Please come join our staff as they shine up their dancing shoes and break out zombie costumes for the dance performance. The event is organized this year by our own technician Laura's sister - also a client of the hospital.

Donations will be collected to benefit the Susan G. Komen breast cancer research foundation.  We hope to see many Grand Island faces there! 

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Pink Glove entry is posted - Please vote!

October 5th, 2011 at 3:26 pm

The Grand Island entry into the 2011 Pink Glove contest has been posted at :

It is listed under "Huth Road School".  Due to time contraints on the contest, Animal Kingdom only has a limited dancing window.  You will also see some other local businesses featured, as well as town leaders and teachers.  Please cast a vote while you are on the page. If this video receives enough votes, there is the potential to win up to $10,000 for our sponsored breast cancer charity.

At the local breast cancer fund raiser event on October 17th, at 7:30pm in the Grand Island Highschool there will be a longer music video showing more dancing footage.  We hope to see you all there!


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Pink Glove dance filming

September 12th, 2011 at 12:25 pm

The Animal Kingdom Staff was happy to do our best version of a 'pink glove' dance to support Grand Island Sings for Hope last friday afternoon, and help raise money for breast cancer research.  Clients driving by on Grand Island Boulevard would have seen us doing our dance moves in front of the Animal Kingdom sign - we were the ones dressed up in bright pink finery!  Members of the Grand Island Sings for Hope planning committee, along with sound and fillming crew cheered us on as we attempted to stay coordinated with the music. Thereafter we also filmed inside the hospital dancing with some of our favorite patients.  Not all of the animals were thrilled with the attention they got and we're not sure who's going to be included in the final footage - some of our animal friends literally seem to have two left feet!  We hope to see our clients at the Breast Cancer fundraiser and concert on October 17th, 2011 being held at the Grand Island High school.

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Grand Island Sings for Hope 2011

August 18th, 2011 at 5:48 pm

Animal Kingdom is proud to announce that we will be supporting the Grand Island Sings for Hope 2011 campaign to help raise money for breast cancer research.  We look forward to joining other island businesses in this worthy endeavour. Our staff is busy brushing up on their dancing skills as we'll be performing in the 'pink glove dance'.  We hope that we will see all of our clients at the community chorus and fund raising event in October. Come watch the video of us dancing with some of our favorite animal patients!  We'll also post pictures of us dressed in our finest pink after the filming.

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Summer Student Intern

June 2nd, 2011 at 1:39 pm

Our new summer student intern, Becky, started with us this June. Becky is a Grand Island native and brought her pets to us for many years as she was growing up.  Now she will be graduating college and wants to pursue a career in veterinary medicine.  She'll be at the hospital during the summer months observing procedures and gaining experience in the veterinary field. Wish her luck as she applies to veterinary schools this fall - we know she'll make a great veterinarian!


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December 3rd, 2010 at 8:19 pm

Welcome to the new Animal Kingdom Veterinary Hospital, PC website.  We hope that you enjoy the updated pictures of our hospital and staff!

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