Dr. Lawrence Andrew Zola
Dr. Zola has been the director of University Animal Hospital since 1989. After earning his Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1978 from the University of Pennsylvania where he was a Dean’s List student, Dr. Zola was accepted to Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. After four years of study, he was awarded his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1982, giving him over 25 years of quality experience as a general practitioner. Following veterinary school, he was selected for an internship in medicine and surgery at the prestigious Animal Medical Center in New York City. In addition to general medicine, some of Dr. Zola’s professional interests include ophthalmology, internal medicine and pediatrics.
Dr. Zola believes in continuing education and attends several local and national veterinary medicine conferences each year. He maintains membership in the New York City Veterinary Medical Association, New York State Veterinary Medical Society and the American Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. Zola also has been appointed to the Leadership Committee for the New York State College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University.
A USDA Certified Veterinarian, Dr. Zola has the authority to issue international health certificates for pets traveling to foreign countries. He also issues certificates of travel for The Pet Travel Scheme which allows pets to enter the United Kingdom without quarantine.
Dr. Roni Yahalom
Dr. Roni Yahalom joined University Animal Hospital in May 2014. She was born and raised in Israel, where she received her BA in Animal Science from Hebrew University in Jerusalem. In 2005, Roni relocated to Philadelphia to attend University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine, where she was magna cum laude and was awarded her Veterinarian Medicine Doctoris in 2009.
In 2010, Dr. Yahalom moved to New York City to complete a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Blue Pearl Veterinary Specialists. She then joined St. Marks Veterinary Hospital as a Associate Veterinarian, providing outstanding medical and surgical care to dogs, cats, and exotic animals.
Dr. Yahalom is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and received her USDA Accreditation in 2010. Her professional interests include dermatology and internal medicine. Most of her free time is dedicated to her young daughter and baby boy, husband, and three loving cats.
Dr. Diane Bucalo
Dr. Bucalo obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in microbiology, with honors, from the Queen Mary College of the University of London. In addition to that she is also has her USDA accreditation. After graduating from the University of Florida Veterinary College in 1984 she immediately entered private practice. Dr. Bucalo had her own veterinary hospital on eastern Long Island for almost 20 years before coming to practice at University Animal Hospital. She has been an invaluable part of our team since 2011.
Besides giving the best care possible to her animal patients Dr. Bucalo is a mom to her own King Charles Spaniel, John Paul, and her African Grey parrot, Rex.
Dr. Pratikshya Patil
At an early age, Dr. Pratikshya Patil volunteered much of her free time to animal hospitals and shelters, cleaning kennels and bathing dogs. At the University of Illinois, Urbana she received a BS in Animal Sciences (1999) and volunteered at the Wildlife Medical Center, treating everything from common tree squirrels to a majestic bald eagle. After earning her undergraduate degree, Dr. Patil took some time off from her primary passion and spent a summer as an Americorps volunteer with the Maine Conservation Corps. She spent days at a time in the Maine wilderness, stumping, building cairns, and making trails (see the publication Inspirational Stories of Young Adults in America’s Service and Conservation Corps as she is one of the members profiled). A year later, she was on a plane to Poland, fulfilling a lifelong dream to pursue her veterinary degree. She did a portion of her veterinary schooling in Wrocław, a beautiful city tucked into the southwest corner of Poland, and later returned to the United States to complete her training and earn her DVM from Purdue University’s School of Veterinary Medicine (2005).
Dr. Patil is also privileged to be a member of the National Veterinary Response Team, a federal group deployed in the event of a natural or man-made emergency, whose aim is to help both domestic, farm and wild animals adversely affected.
Dr.Patil worked at Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital in Park Slope for 9 years prior to joining University Animal Hospital in 2016.
Dr. Patil has lived in Brooklyn for 11 years with her husband, a human daughter, a human son and a Rottweiler-chow mix daughter, all of whom she adores.
Dr. Sada Mosler
Dr. Sada Mosler joined University Animal Hospital in March of 2016. After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree from Rollins College in Mathematics she became a partner in an economic research firm for a hedge fund. After a few years Dr. Mosler decided to follow her dream of becoming veterinarian. She finished her pre-veterinary coursework at Colombia University and was awarded her veterinary degree at Oregon State University in 2014.
After veterinary school, Dr. Mosler returned to New York to practice small animal veterinary medicine. Outside of work, she enjoys walking her dogs Gary Elizabeth and Sweet Pea in Central Park, reading, going to the theater, learning to fly airplanes, and baking dog biscuits.
Dr. Mosler received her USDA accreditation and acquired her DEA license in 2015. She is also a member of the American Veterinary Medical Society, Veterinary Medical Association of New York City, and New York State Veterinary Medical Society.
Judy Pawlusiow – Veterinary Ultrasound and Endoscopy MS, DVM Diplomate ACVIM (Internal Medicine)
Dr. Judy Pawlusiow received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Louisiana State University in 1992. For 10 years prior to veterinary school, she was a clinical research associate in the field of veterinary respiratory physiology and pharmacology, and continued to actively work in this research area during her four years of veterinary school. She then went on to complete her internship and residency in Veterinary Internal Medicine at The Ohio State University in 1995. In 1996 she completed her specialty veterinary training in internal medicine, passed her board examinations and was awarded the status of Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.
Dr. Pawlusiow is a member of the Veterinary Honor Society of Phi Zeta, the American Veterinary Medical Association, the New York State Veterinary Medical Society, the Long Island Veterinary Medical Association, the Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association and the Connecticut Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. Pawlusiow also holds a Master’s Degree in Veterinary Clinical Science – Toxicology from LSU. Her thesis research focused on the effects of heavy metals (lead) in the American alligator in the bayous and estuaries of Southeast Louisiana (and successfully managed to complete her research possessing all of her fingers and only a few small scars!).
In addition to her veterinary specialist responsibilities, Dr. Pawlusiow works as a mobile Internal Medicine Specialist, providing consultative and diagnostic veterinary services in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania. She is founder and owner of Advanced Veterinary Mobile Diagnostics, P.C.
An avid hiker and outdoor photographer, Dr. Pawlusiow carries her camera with her so as not to miss a great nature photo-op!
William V. Bitetto DVM Diplomate ACVS (Veterinary Surgeons)
Dr. Bitetto is a veterinary surgeon who specializes in orthopedic conditions and orthopedic surgery. A renowned veterinary specialist, Dr. Bitetto was inducted as a Diplomate into the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1987.
Richard Greene DVM Diplomate ACVS (Veterinary Surgeons)
A specialist in veterinary surgery<, Dr. Richard Greene is a Diplomate of American College of Veterinary Surgeons. He is a soft tissue surgeon at University Animal Hospital.