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. 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 African Grey parrot, Rex.
Dr. Sada Grieve
Dr. Sada Grieve 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. Grieve decided to follow her dream of becoming veterinarian. She finished her pre-veterinary coursework at Columbia University and was awarded her veterinary degree at Oregon State University in 2014.
After veterinary school, Dr. Grieve 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. Grieve 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.
Dr. Joe Garcia
Dr. Garcia attended the University of Florida where he obtained a bachelor of science degree. A true Florida Gator, Dr. Garcia also earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 2019. Go Gators!
During veterinary school, Dr Garcia served as both the president of the Student Association of Veterinary Surgery and as a teaching assistant to other veterinary students in Patient Care & Clinical Skills and Small Animal Anatomy.
As part of his training, Dr. Garcia completed Surgery and Medicine externships at the Animal Medical Center in New York City, Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners in Tampa, Florida and the Animal Coalition of Tampa.
Dr. Garcia received numerous awards and certifications in Veterinary School including Fear Free Practice Certification, Clinical Small Animal Dentistry Certification, Veterinary Business Management Certification and the Horse Farm One Hundred Cycling Scholarship. He has also received his USDA accreditation.
Dr. Garcia’s professional interests include Surgery, Internal Medicine and Client Education. He is passionate about sharing information with pet parents to help ensure their pets live long, healthy and happy lives.
In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, experiencing new cultures through their food, and spending time with his family, which includes his fiancé (also a veterinarian), his terrier mix Gilly, and his cats Eli and Zoey.
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.