Dr. Andrew Kaplan
Dr. Andrew Kaplan completed his B.S. degree at Albany State University, graduating Summa Cum Laude in 1986. He then attended Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, graduating sixth in his class in 1990. Taking his DVM degree to the Animal Medical Center in Manhattan, he completed a one-year internship in medicine and surgery followed by a two-year residency in internal medicine.
Dr. Kaplan accepted a position as an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin's School of Veterinary Medicine, where he taught clinical medicine to fourth-year veterinary students until 1995. He then practiced in both specialty and general private practices in northern California and New York City until he opened City Veterinary Care in November of 2003. He passed his certifying examination for the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 1995, denoting him a Veterinary Internal Medicine Specialist.
Dr. Kaplan was featured in New York Magazine's "Best Vets" issue in 2002 and again in 2006, when City Veterinary Care was named the "Best Private Veterinary Practice" in New York City. He is the founder of The Toby Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating pet overpopulation in New York City.
Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine (1990)
The Animal Medical Center, Internal Medicine Residency (1993)
Diplomat, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
Dr. Anne Cloudman
Originally from Darien, CT, Dr. Anne Cloudman completed her A.B. degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Dartmouth College, graduating Cum Laude in 2002. She attended Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, graduating first in her class in 2006. She then completed a one year internship program in medicine and surgery at the Animal Medical Center. Dr. Cloudman came to City Veterinary Care in 2007 after leaving the AMC. Her professional interests include nutrition, critical care and internal medicine. She lives on the Upper West Side with her husband, their twin daughters and two adorable orange tabbies.
Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine (2006)
The Animal Medical Center, Internship (2007)
Dr. Maureen Hurson
The seventh of eight children, Dr. Maureen Hurson grew up in central Washington state and attended Washington State University as an undergraduate. She pursued a career in the travel industry before discovering veterinary medicine as her true passion.
Dr. Hurson completed post-baccalaureate training and a master's degree in Animal Science at California State Polytechnic University. From there, she attended veterinary school at the University of California at Davis, graduating eighth in her class. Joining her sister in the New York City area, Dr. Hurson completed a one-year internship in medicine and surgery at the Animal Medical Center before coming to work at City Veterinary Care in 2008. Dr. Hurson lives on the Upper West Side with her two cats, Gabby, rescued off the streets at three months of age, and Josie (aka "Fat Girl"), an orphan whom she bottle-fed from two weeks of age.
University of Califonia, Davis - School of Veterinary Medicine (2007)
The Animal Medical Center, Internship (2008)
Dr. Amelia Khan
Born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, Dr. Amelia Khan graduated Summa Cum Laude from Pennsylvania State University with a B.S. degree in Animal Bioscience in 2006. She attended veterinary school at the University of Pennsylvania in 2010. With dreams of the big city, Dr. Khan pursued a one-year internship in medicine and surgery at the Animal Medical Center and was happy to become a part of City Veterinary Care following completion. Her professional interests include emergency/critical care and internal medicine. In early 2017, Dr. Khan completed specialized ultrasound courses at the Academy of Veterinary Imaging, and she now performs abdominal ultrasounds at City Veterinary Care. She currently lives on the Upper West Side with her boyfriend, their cats, Manolo and Badgley, and their dog, Edie.
University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine (2010)
The Animal Medical Center, Internship (2011)
Dr. Nina Mohr
Born and raised in Manhattan, Dr. Nina Mohr completed her B.A. degree in Psychology at Columbia University. While in her last year of undergraduate studies, she discovered her love of science and completed the post-baccalaureate pre-medical program at Columbia to pursue her dream of becoming a veterinarian. She graduated from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2004, completed a six month internship at North Carolina State University, and then completed a one-year internship at the Animal Medical Center. Dr. Mohr joined City Veterinary Care in 2009 after several years experience in private practice and emergency medicine in multiple specialty/referral centers in and around Manhattan. Dr. Mohr is a member of the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society and her professional interests include emergency/critical care, neurology, and internal medicine. She lives in the Union Square area with her husband and their son.
Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (2004)
The Animal Medical Center, Internship (2005)
Dr. Meagan Merinder
Dr. Meagan Merinder was born in Sunnyvale, CA and lived there for 13 years before moving with her family across the country to Andover, MA in 1999. She completed her B.A. degree in Sociology and Pre-Med in 2008 at Holy Cross in Worcester, MA, where she also played four years of Division 1 women's volleyball. Dr. Merinder then worked as a technician at the Foster Hospital for Small Animals at Tufts in Grafton, MA from 2008 to 2010. She attended veterinary school at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2010 and went on to complete her clinical year at University of Minnesota in 2014. With a desire to return to her roots in the northeast, Dr. Merinder pursued a one-year internship in medicine and surgery at the Animal Medical Center in Manhattan and was happy to join City Veterinary Care upon completion. Her professional interests include dentistry and surgery. She currently lives on the Upper East Side and has three cairn terriers at home named Bronson, Maddie, and Lexi.
Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (2014)
The Animal Medical Center, Internship (2015)
Dr. Christina Romero
Dr. Christina Romero was born and raised in New York City. She attended Cornell University where she completed a B.S. in Animal Science in 2008. While at Cornell, she volunteered for several enrichment programs designed to socialize and enhance the lives of the research dogs on campus. Dr. Romero decided to pursue a career in the veterinary field and got her first job as a technician shortly after graduation. This decision eventually led to her working as a tech for three years at City Veterinary Care. While teching, she attended summer and night classes at Hunter College to complete vet school requirements. She left CVC in 2012 to attend Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and then completed her clinical year at the University of Illinois, graduating in May of 2015. Dr. Romero pursued a one-year rotating internship at the Animal Medical Center and was ecstatic to return to CVC as a veterinarian in July of 2016. Her veterinary interests include internal medicine, pathology and emergency medicine. Outside of work, she loves hiking and baking. She lives in Harlem with her chihuahua, Sangria.
Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (2014)
The Animal Medical Center, Internship (2016)
As a small business owner who was born and raised in New York City, Nicole brings her skills and compassion for animals to work as the chief financial officer of City Veterinary Care. Nicole maintains the business and fiscal end of the hospital and is available to help you with financial matters. She has two dogs (who accompany her to the hospital) and three cats, and she splits her time between the Upper West Side and the Catskills.
Contact Nicole to discuss any billing or business related inquiries.
Marina Fridman, LVT
Marina started at City Veterinary Care in 2008 after working as the head technician at a small animal hospital in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn. She graduated from Mercy College in 2009 with a B.S. in Veterinary Technology. Marina always speaks of how much she loves her job at CVC, so make sure to say, "Hi!" when you see her and you'll be sure to get a smile in return.
Marina is also the inventory manager.
Stem Cell Certified
CVC member since 2008
Pia was born and raised in San Francisco, CA and studied chemistry with a concentration in biochemistry at CSU Sacramento. In 2009 she began working in the veterinary field as a pet nurse assistant and client service coordinator at a small animal and exotics hospital in Sacramento. She moved to New York City and joined the City Veterinary Care team in 2010. Pia currently lives in Manhattan with her boyfriend and their babies--two cats named Penny and Rajah and a beagle named Coco. Outside of work, Pia enjoys playing the piano and watching hockey.
Pia also manages the CVC front desk staff and office inventory.
CVC Member since 2010
Front Desk Manager
In 2008 Bree began working in the veterinary field at a small animal hospital in Jupiter, FL as the front desk coordinator. She moved to New York City in 2013 and joined our team the very same week of her arrival. Bree currently lives in Yonkers with her boyfriend and their three cats, Cheese McCheese, Fribble, and Stella.
Front Desk Management
CVC Member since 2013
Melisa Coleman, LVT, VTS (Dentistry)
Melisa is one of only two Board Certified Veterinary Dental Technician Specialists in New York City. Her passion for dentistry began in childhood, when she helped her uncle (a human dentist) make dental impressions and models for his patients' dentures. The "dental bug" really bit Melisa when she worked with her mentor, Dr. Dan Carmichael, at the Animal Medical Center in 2000. After sitting for the AVDT board exam, Melisa became credentialed, joining the City Veterinary Care team in 2005. When she is not caring for patients' teeth on the Upper West Side, Melisa is lecturing and offering wet labs at local veterinary clinics and educational institutions, as well as mentoring other AVDT candidates. Melisa's motto is, "A happy mouth is a happy pet!"
Member since December 2005
LaGuardia Community College (1999)
Veterinary Technician Specialist (Dentistry)
CVC member since 2005
Richard Reilly, LVT
Richard worked as a machinist for 25 years before finding his true calling as a veterinary technician. He no longer feels that coming to work every day is a chore--it is his passion. He is one of our most dedicated employees.
Member since June 2009
LaGuardia Community College (2009)
Stephanie Leonardi, LVT, Adjunct Professor
Stephanie graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a B.S. in Animal Science in 2004. Her goal to go to veterinary school was put on hold when she got a job as a microbiologist in one of New York City's top analytical laboratories. After nearly five years of microbiology, Stephanie decided to pursue her dream of working with animals. She attended LaGuardia Community College and obtained her A.A.S. in Veterinary Technology, becoming a licensed vet tech in 2011. She began working at City Veterinary Care a few months later, and she now teaches Intro to Vet Tech at LaGuardia. Stephanie resides in Queens with her three cats, Piggy, Chicken and Stilts.
Member Since October 2011
University of Massachusetts, Amherst B.S. Animal Science (2004)
LaGuardia Community College (2011)
Melanie Fagundo, LVT
Melanie started with us in 2012. She graduated Mercy College and became a licenced vet tech in the Spring of 2014. She loves her job here and is particularly interested in surgery. She also loves to help with the Toby Project on her days off.
Member Since February 2012
Mercy College B.S.Veterinary Technology (2014)
Special Interests include Surgery and Anesthesia.
Carrie Covell, Veterinary Technician
Carrie moved from the Central Coast of California in 2011 and began work at City Veterinary Care in 2012. She lives on the Upper West Side with her chihuahua, Bella, who comes to the hospital with her every day.
Member Since March 2012
California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo B.S. Broadcast Journalism
Melissa Berry, LVT
Melissa moved to New York City in 2001 after graduating from the University of Florida with a B.A. in Anthropology. In 2009, she enrolled in the vet tech program at LaGuardia Community College and obtained her degree and license in August 2011. She lives in Queens with her two cats, Cosette and Cali.
Member Since June 2013
LaGuardia Community College (2011)
Special Interests include traveling to Wildlife Conservation Preserves, and disease processes.
Andrea Straker, LVT
Andrea Straker is a Bronx native whose passions include African American social issues and justice, women's rights, and advocation for the safety and well-being of animals. In 2014, after completing her internship at City Veterinary Care, she became an employee and hasn't looked back. Her favorite thing to do with patients is create voices for them. She has one ball of fur named Muffin and has mastered the art of cat whispering.
Member Since September 2014
LaGuardia Community College (2014)
Client Service Coordinators
We have a wonderful group of dedicated, caring, and skillful individuals working our front desk.
Stephanie (CVC Member Since 2014), Miki (2015), Nina (2015), Aileen (2015), Wendy (2015), Jaimie (2016), and Jennifer (2016) can be found at the front desk assisting clients and patients.
All of our friendly staff members look forward to your visit!
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