Who Makes it Possible

Leslie Appel, DVM

     Dr. Leslie D. Appel is the Founder and Executive Director of Shelter Outreach Services (SOS). She is also a Courtesy Lecturer at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. Prior to her current positions, Dr. Appel was a staff member at the ASPCA where she was the Director of Veterinary Outreach. Before joining the ASPCA, she was a full-time faculty member at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine where she was an Instructor in Small Animal Surgery. She enhanced Cornell’s shelter medicine program by teaching the students spay and neuter surgical techniques utilizing animals from local shelters. Dr. Appel is a 1994 graduate of the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. Following graduation from veterinary school, she completed a Small Animal Internship at the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois. She then spent one year as a surgery resident at the Animal Medical Center in New York City. She also has experience working in companion animal private practice. Dr. Appel’s professional areas of interest include high quality high volume spay neuter and shelter medicine. Dr. Appel was the 2013 recipient of the AVMA Animal Welfare Award. Dr. Appel lives in Ithaca, NY with her husband Keith, their two beautiful children Bailey and Boden, their beloved dog BeeBee and sweet cat Pip.

Bridget Barry, DVM

     Dr. Bridget Barry grew up in a small city near Albany, graduated from Cornell in 1991, and has lived in Slaterville Springs on an old dairy farm ever since. Over the years she has worked at several small animal practices and currently works at Cornerstone Veterinary Hospital and Meadowridge Veterinary Clinic. Dr. Barry worked at the TCSPCA for 4 years, currently works several days a month at a cat rescue/sanctuary in Franklin, NY, and volunteers with several local cat rescue/foster groups. Every year, Bridget volunteers with a spay/neuter campaign and has been to the Bahamas and Peru to do surgery. She is a member of VMAT and NRVT (national veterinary emergency response teams) and spent time in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Dr. Barry is on the executive board of the New York State Veterinary Medical Society. A good chunk of Bridget’s spare time is spent taking care of her mostly rescued menagerie which includes 4 dogs and cats, an iguana and chameleon, sheep, goats, alpacas, chickens, a goose, a llama, and a cow.

Christy Cable, DVM, DACVS

     Dr. Christy Cable is a 1994 graduate of the University of Georgia, College of Veterinary Medicine. Following graduation, she completed a one-year internship in large animal surgery, and then a 3-year residency in large animal surgery at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. After her residency, Dr. Cable was a staff surgeon in the large animal surgery department at Cornell University for one year, becoming board certificated by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1999. In 2000, Dr. Cable and her husband Dr. Ball started their own private equine specialty practice called Early Winter Equine in Lansing, NY. Dr. Cable has always had a very soft spot for cats in general, especially barn cats or ferals, so when the opportunity came in 2003, she joined the board of directors for Shelter Outreach Services and has been working with SOS when time allows since then. As of January, 2013, she joined SOS on a more permanent basis as their Medical Director, while still practicing equine medicine 4 days a week.

Brian Collins, DVM

   Dr. Brian Collins grew up in upstate New York on a farm. Prior to attending the veterinary school at Cornell he worked at a wildlife rehabilitation center and managed an animal shelter. After graduation he worked in a mixed animal practice in central New York but for the past 9 years has worked at Colonial Veterinary Hospital in Ithaca, NY focusing on small animal practice. He has been a volunteer and board member of the Tompkins County SPCA for 7 years. Brian joined SOS in July 2005. His other interests include running, biking, kayaking, hiking, gardening, and reading. His animal family includes 2 dogs, Penelope and Tofufu, 2 cats, Dulcinea and Quinoa, 2 ferrets, Frank and Frida, and 2 mice.

Paul Maza, DVM, PhD

     Dr. Paul Maza is a senior lecturer in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at Cornell University's College of Veterinary Medicine. He obtained his DVM at Ross University and his Ph.D. in science teaching at Syracuse University. Dr. Maza teaches in the problem-based learning (PBL) curriculum at the veterinary college and leads courses in gross and clinical anatomy and the natural history of felines and other carnivores. In addition, Dr. Maza serves as a faculty consultant and instructor for the Community Practice Service program for the Cornell University Hospital for Animals, and leads a program that goes to farms in the region to sterilize barn and feral cats. Dr. Maza also leads trips abroad with veterinary students to gain experience in veterinary medicine in remote and needy areas and to help animal welfare organizations in places like Mexico, Grenada, St. Kitts, and Costa Rica.

Kyla Ortved, DVM

     Dr. Kyla Ortved received her DVM degree from the University of Guelph, Ontario Veterinary College in 2006. After graduation, she completed a 1-year internship in large animal medicine and surgery at the University of Georgia followed by a 3-year residency in large animal surgery at Cornell University, College of Veterinary Medicine. She became a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons following completion of the qualifying exam in 2011. Dr. Ortved is currently working towards a Ph.D in the Comparative Orthopaedic Laboratory at Cornell University with a focus on gene therapy for equine cartilage repair. Since joining the SOS team in August 2011, Dr. Ortved has been thoroughly enjoying small animal surgery and taking part in the SOS mission.

Paula Ospina, DVM, PhD

     Dr. Paula Ospina is originally from South America, but grew up in Southern California. She attended California State Polytechnic University, Pomona where she received a Bachelor's degree in Animal Science. In 2003, she completed her veterinary education at Cornell University and returned to California to work as a veterinarian and gain clinical experience. In a few short years, she had returned to education. She obtained a Master's of Public Health from the University of California, Davis in 2008, and returned once again to Cornell to start her Ph.D. in epidemiology, focusing on dairy cattle health. Most recently, she has taken a position as a Senior Lecturer in the Animal Science department at Cornell University, but also continues to work with the Shelter Outreach Services program on a part time basis.

Michael Plotkin, DVM

     Dr. Michael Plotkin grew up in Rockaway Beach, NY, and has lived in central NY since 1989. After earning a BS in biology from the State University at Albany, he worked in biology research before pursuing a career in veterinary medicine. He received his DVM from Cornell University in 1993. His experience includes practice in small animal medicine, mixed animal practice, and emergency/critical care medicine and surgery. Dr. Plotkin has been a part of the SOS team since 2010, and is excited to be part of the effort to end animal overpopulation and advance shelter medicine. He is married and owns 4 cats and 2 dogs. His other interests include cross-country skiing, playing banjo, gardening, home improvement, and the sport of Ultimate.

Holly Putnam, DVM


Kimberly Snedden, DVM, MS

     Dr. Kimberly Snedden received her veterinary degree from Louisiana State University, after completing a Masters degree in Animal Nutrition at Cornell University. She worked several years in a mixed animal practice in New Hampshire before moving back to upstate New York. Currently she enjoys splitting her work time between Shelter Outreach Services, and Watkins Glen Veterinary Hospital. Dr. Snedden lives in Ithaca with her husband Kyle, her son Finnegan, their three dogs, and two cats.

Amy Vasquez, DVM

     Dr. Amy Vasquez (previously Rauf) wrapped packs for SOS and was an occasional extra set of hands during SOS clinics while she attended veterinary school at Cornell University. After spending 5 years as a dairy practitioner in the Central Valley California, she has returned to the area to pursue a Ph.D. in epidemiology. While she was "away," she taught veterinary technician students at her local junior college, volunteered at Alley Cat Guardians spay and neuter program, and spent one day a week working at the Stanislaus County Animal Shelter performing examinations on intakes as well as spays/neuters on shelter animals and feral cats. She looks forward to continuing her surgeries as a veterinarian at SOS. Amy currently lives on 10 acres with her husband Joe and their three dogs and four chickens. Over the next four years they hope to make it into their own little farm!

Susan Yanoff, DVM

     Dr. Susan Yanoff graduated from Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1980. After three years in private practice, she joined the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps. While on active duty, she completed a 3 year residency in small animal surgery and became board certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. She retired from the Army as a Lieutenant Colonel in 2004. After a year working on a horse farm in Idaho, she returned to Ithaca to work as a staff surgeon at Colonial Veterinary Hospital. She retired from Colonial in December 2009 and started working for SOS in January 2010. She also works at the Animal Performance and Therapy Center in Genoa, NY as a canine sports medicine veterinarian. She has two beagles, Charm (CH Wilkeep Third Time’s A Charm, UD, RE, MX, MXJ, AXP, AJP, TD) and Ivy (Wilkeep Ivy League). She trains and shows her dogs in breed, obedience, agility, and tracking.

Nadine Cross, LVT

     Nadine Cross obtained her degree in Veterinary Technology from Alfred State College and became a NYS LVT in 2010. She joined the SOS team in 2011 and has since been very dedicated to the program mission. Nadine is a student at Elmira College, where she is currently finishing her B.S. in Biology. She plans on applying to a DVM program in the coming years and is interested in continuing her career in shelter medicine. She shares her life with her dog Gordon, and is owned by two cats, Leonidas and Timber. In her spare time she enjoys running, hiking, and skiing.

Linda Donlin, LVT

     Linda Donlin has been a LVT since 2000. She spends the majority of her career in Emergency and Critical Care but was eager to join the SOS team and contribute more to the animals in the community. She has a beautiful daughter and they live with 2 pugs, 2 cats, 2 ferrets, 1 hamster and 6 chickens.

Candice Jaynes, LVT

     Candice Jaynes obtained her degree in veterinary technology from Saint Petersburg College in Florida and has been in the field for over 11 years. She currently works full time at Broadway Animal Hospital, a 4 doctor small animal hospital/emergency clinic, as an LVT. She was in the human medical field for 13 years before switching careers because of her true love of animals. She has been with SOS since August 2012 and says she "...love[s] every minute of it. It makes me feel so accomplished to be able to help SOS fulfill their goals." She is a mother of 2 teenage boys and 3 dogs. She otherwise keeps busy with the gym, hiking, camping, concerts, and any other outdoors activities.

Kathy Kirkland, LVT

     Kathy Kirkland earned her BS in Biology and herBS in Biology from University of North Florida, and her AS in Veterinary Technology from St. Petersburg College. She was involved with HQHVSN and veterinary research at the University of Florida for many years. "Coming to SOS felt like coming home" to Kathy - she is a strong supporter of spay and neuter for all pets and shelter animals! When not working with area shelters, she enjoys community theater, crafts, kayaking, photography and spending time with her cats, dog, and horse

Anne Marie McPartlin, LVT

     Anne Marie McPartlin has been a vet tech for over 20 years. She is originally from Canada, but has lived in all four corners of North America. She has worked primarily in emergency and critical care, both in academia and in private specialty hospitals. Three years ago, she joined Maddie's Shelter Medicine Program at Cornell and gained experience in many aspects of Shelter Medicine, including HQHVSN. Since 2010, she has been a volunteer and consultant for the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association - Rural Area Veterinary Services (HSVMA-RAVS) and was hired full time with them in August 2015. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking and painting. She currently owns a 3 lb. Chihuahua, named Donald, that she believes is the cutest dog in the world - although she affably admits that some might not agree.

Erin Sterner, LVT

     Erin Sterner was born and raised in Corning, NY. She attended SUNY Delhi and graduated with her A.A.S. in Veterinary Technology. Following graduation she moved several times, working in areas such as research and emergency animal care before returning to her hometown. Erin has worked at Lake Road Animal Hospital since 2006, initially as a part time technician, and now full time in a supervisory position. She has been with SOS since 2009. She lives with her daughter, and several 3 (really!) and 4 legged animals in Elmira Heights.

Jenny Whittaker, LVT

     Jenny Whittaker is a native to the Ithaca area. She attended SUNY Delhi and graduated with an AAS in veterinary science. She was licensed in NYS to practice as a Licensed Veterinary Technician in 2004. During college she worked at a humane society which she loved. After moving back to this area, she had practiced at different small animal clinics locally, but missed shelter medicine. She started working for SOS in 2009, and loves the mix between high quality surgery and shelter medicine. She and her husband have a small hobby farm where they spend most of their time, and they just welcomed their son into the world!


xectuive Board:

  Leslie Appel - Executive Director

  Brian Collins - President

  Christy Cable - Medical Director

  Trese Emm - Secretary


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