Manhattan Veterinarians


Lawrence Zola, DVM, USDA Accredited

Dr. Zola has been the medical director of University Animal Hospital since 1989. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in 1978 from the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Zola attended Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine where he received his D.V.M. in 1982. Following veterinary school, he completed 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, dentistry, and pediatrics.

Dr. Zola maintains current 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.As a USDA Certified Veterinarian, Dr. Zola has the authority to issue international health certificates for pets traveling to foreign countries.

Dennis Chan, DVM, USDA Accredited

Dr. Dennis Chan joined the University Animal Hospital team in 2020. Although he grew up in Queens he pursued his dream of becoming a veterinarian at Western University of Health Sciences in California. After getting his DVM in California, Dennis moved back to Manhattan and completed a small animal rotating internship at The BluePearl Specialty and Emergency Pet Hospital. Dr. Chan then moved outside of the city where he spent a year pursuing specialty training in Internal Medicine at The University of Pennsylvania: Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary Hospital. Ultimately, his love for New York brought him back to NYC!

Outside of veterinary medicine, Dr. Chan loves all things outdoors (camping, hiking, backpacking). He also enjoys music, Muay Thai, and spending time with his friends and family.

Dr. Chan joined our team at University Animal Hospital in 2020.

Jodi Weiser, DVM

Dr. Jodi Weiser’s veterinary journey began when she wrote about wanting to be an animal doctor for her 1st grade class.  She has always had a passion for strengthening the bond between people and pets and ensuring the well-being of both.

Following undergraduate studies at New York University, Dr. Weiser received her DVM from Cornell University in 2000. After practicing general medicine and surgery in the NYC area she became a Certified Rehabilitation Therapist in 2017 through the Canine Rehabilitation Institute. Jodi enjoys providing longevity and comfort through this integrative approach and she finds it especially helpful for post-orthopedic surgery and neurologic cases.

Dr. Weiser is a native Brooklynite and currently lives in Windsor Terrace along with her husband, John, and her cat, Gus. Outside of work, she enjoys traveling, hiking, exploring NYC, yoga, theater, dance, and fine arts.

Dr. Weiser joined our team at University Animal Hospital in 2016.

Grace Chen, DVM

Dr. Grace Chen received her Bachelor’s Degree from McGill University with a Major in Biochemistry. She then completed her Veterinary Medicine degree at the University of Queensland School of Veterinary Science in Australia. In 2017. Dr. Chen completed a one-year small animal medicine and surgery internship at The BluePearl Specialty and Emergency Pet Hospital in New York City, followed by a one-year surgical specialty internship at the Las Vegas Veterinary Speciality Center. Dr. Chen practices Emergency Medicine.

Dr. Chen was born in Boston, Massachusetts and was raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Ultimately, her love for Manhattan brought her back to The Big Apple after her advanced training.

Grace’s professional interests include surgery and ophthalmology. She is also fluent in Mandarin Chinese. Outside of veterinary medicine, Dr. Chen enjoys running, spinning, yoga, barre and baking. She currently lives in Manhattan with her two desert tortoises.As a USDA Certified Veterinarian, Dr. Chan has the authority to issue international health certificates for pets traveling to foreign countries.

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.