Our Doctors are all highly skilled in many aspects of veterinary medicine, surgery, and dentistry. They have varied interests which compliment each other in helping us to offer our patients a wide range of services. Each doctor is required to continue his or her education on a regular basis. That includes annual world class conferences, monthly CE Seminars with the Long Island Veterinary Medical Association, monthly Internal Medicine Conferences with other area hospitals, and regular Radiology film reading sessions with board certified specialists.
Dr. Douglas K. Wyler- Director
Founding partner of The Animal Medical Hospital and Bird Clinic, and in Queens Trylon Vet Care and Whitestone Vet Care. A graduate of Cornell University and The University of Bologna Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Wyler, residing in nearby Rockville Centre, has been practicing here over 25 years. He has had extensive post graduate training in surgery, both soft tissue and orthopedic, as well as radiology, dermatology and internal medicine. In addition, in 1999 Dr. Wyler completed the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society's course in Acupuncture. He was instrumental in computerizing the hospital in 1985, one of the first in our region. Dr. Wyler's training in laproscopic surgery in 1997 and video otoscopy in 2001 has added a new dimension to the level of care provided to our companion animals, not possible before without the latest technological advances in video endoscopy.
Dr. Wyler has played an active roll in organized veterinary medicine. He was President of the Long Island Veterinary Medical Association from 1996-1997, Chairman of the Ethics Committee, and Chairman of the New York State Board for Veterinary Medicine. He is the recipient of numerous State Society and Regional Awards for Service to the Profession, and remains an active member of The American Veterinary Medical Association, as well as the New York State Veterinary Medical Society and the Long Island Veterinary Medical Association. In addition, Dr. Wyler is a member of the American Animal Hospital Association's Leadership Advisory Council. Finally, Dr. Wyler is also an educator. He taught pet owners, like you, about pet care for over 18 years as an adjunct lecturer at Molloy College in the department of continuing education. He is also a visiting professor of Veterinary Surgery at the University of Bologna (Italy) Faculty of Veterinary Medicine since 1999.
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Dr. Katarina Valen
Dr. Katarina Valen was raised in
Jamaica Estates, where her love of animals began. After confirming her
interest in veterinary medicine, by volunteering with local animal
organizations and veterinary clinics, she applied and was accepted to The Ohio
State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Here, she focused her
training on dog and cat medicine but remained interested in birds and exotics.
She also developed a love of college football (Go Buckeyes!).
After graduating in 2008, Dr. Valen moved back to New York and currently resides in Forest Hills.
She continued her veterinary education by completing a one year
generalized small animal internship at The Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital of
the ASPCA, and then a year grant at North Shore Animal League America.
Dr. Valen's interest in the human-animal bond has brought her to private
practice. She is excited to work with owners in helping their pets
achieve longer, healthier, happier lives.
Dr. Wendy LaBella
Wendy LaBella was raised in Bellmore. While she earned her bachelor's
degree from New York University, she pursued her love of both domestic
and exotic animals by working part-time at the Animal Medical Center in
Manhattan and at the Bronx Zoo's Wildlife Health Clinic. Dr. LaBella
then worked at the Queens Zoo before attending Cornell University's
College of Veterinary Medicine. She was Supervisor and Coordinator of
Student Volunteers at Cornell's Wildlife Health Clinic, and she and her
Senegal parrot participated in Cornell's therapy pet program at local
nursing homes. Through this work, Dr. LaBella developed a strong
interest in birds and avian medicine.
She is very excited to be back on
Long Island with her parrot and her two cats, Geilie and Goober, and she
looks forward to joining Dr. Wyler, Dr. Valen and all of our staff in
lengthening and enriching our patients' and their owners' lives.
Dr. Cara Ahn
Dr. Cara Ahn was raised in Floral Park, NY. She completed her undergraduate degree at
Adelphi University with majors in Biology and Fine Art. While attending
Adelphi University, she worked for several years as a veterinary
assistant at a local veterinary hospital. After graduating from Adelphi,
she was a graphic designer for advertising and television for several
years; however, her love of animals and veterinary medicine brought her
back to our profession.
Dr. Ahn graduated from the University of Pennsylvania: School of Veterinary Medicine in 2008. She completed a one-year small animal internship at North Shore animal
League America in Port Washington, NY. She also completed an externship
in emergency and internal medicine at Veterinary Emergency and Referral
Group in Brooklyn, NY. Dr. Ahn has been practicing small animal
medicine in the New York metropolitan area for several years prior to
joining our practices. She attends yearly continuing education in
internal medicine and surgery. She is a member of the American
Veterinary Medical Association. She has special interests in soft tissue
surgery, dermatology and reproductive/pediatric medicine.
In her spare time, Dr. Ahn enjoys gardening, hiking and spending time with her family, including her husband, two year old son, Aidan, and her two German Hovawart dogs,Samson and Charlotte.