Join us to kick-off Veterinary Technician Appreciation Week with our first Vet Tech Conference offering 4 hours of NYS & RACE CE credit, networking, a moving keynote, and more!
This FREE conference is hosted by the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Institute for Postgraduate Education at the Stephen & Christine Schwarzman Animal Medical Center. For any questions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rachel (she/her) brings her passion for protecting the welfare of both animals and people to the organization. She has worked in the nonprofit sector for more than 15 years, and prior to transitioning to PAWS NY full-time in January 2012, she worked in Development at the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).
During her time at PAWS NY, Rachel has been named “New Yorker of the Week” by NY1, “Holiday Hero” by The New York Times, “40 Under 40 Rising Stars in the Nonprofit World” by NYN Media, and most recently, “Young Social Impact Hero” by Thrive Global. Rachel received her B.A. in Political Science with a minor in Crime and Justice from the University of Michigan and her Master of Public Administration from NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, where she specialized in Public and Nonprofit Management and Policy.
Rachel lived in NYC for 17 years (the last 13 in Brooklyn!), but recently relocated to Connecticut with her husband, two young daughters, and their cat Milo. Rachel’s six-year old is already excited to work for PAWS when she grows up, and both girls clearly love cats as much as their mom.
Dr. Ann Marie Zollo, DVM, DACVECC obtained her undergraduate degree from Williams College in 2009 and her degree in veterinary medicine from Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2013. Following graduation from Cornell, Dr. Zollo completed both a general internship and emergency and critical care residency at The Schwarzman Animal Medical Center. Dr. Zollo achieved board certification in emergency and critical care in 2017, and has remained at The Schwarzman Animal Medical Center as a staff criticalist since completing her residency.
Dr. Zollo is originally from the New York City area, and she now resides in Manhattan with her husband and their two cats, Izzy and Lola.
Dr. Daniel Cimino grew up in New Paltz, NY the youngest of five children. He played football and obtained his undergraduate degree at Ithaca College in 2013 after which he spent a year working in two of his hometown veterinary hospitals gaining additional experience in small and large animal practice. He then went on to obtain his degree in veterinary medicine from Cornell University in 2018, after which he completed a one year general internship at the Animal Medical Center in 2019. He elected to further his education by pursuing a residency in neurology and neurosurgery at AMC. Dr. Cimino loves all aspects of veterinary neurology but is especially interested in neurosurgery and new, up-and-coming minimally invasive techniques to help in the treatment of neurosurgical diseases in companion animals. He is excited to be joining the Neurology Service and to be able to call the AMC home.
In his spare time Dr. Cimino enjoys spending time with his ever expanding family (human and animal), cooking, exploring the New York City culinary scene, and staying as active as possible.
Dr. Doug Palma graduated from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2004 as class valedictorian. He completed his rotating internship at the Animal Medical Center from 2004-2005 and then advanced training in his Small Animal Internal Medicine residency from 2005-2007.
In 2008, he was awarded his Small Animal Internal Medicine credentials from the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.
Dr. Palma has remained at the Animal Medical Center since completion of his residency till today, practicing as a specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine.
He is the residency program director through ACVIM for the training of residents in internal medicine. He has been directly involved in the training and certification of approximately 20 internal medicine residents and over 260 interns.
Dr. Palma has contributed to multiple scientific articles and authored multiple book chapters in internal medicine and interventional endoscopy. He has been awarded multiple awards for outstanding teaching within the hospital and continues to contribute to ongoing clinical research. He has lectured at veterinary conferences throughout the US and Canada on various internal medicine topics.
His special interests include veterinary respiratory disease, gastroenterology and interventional endoscopy.
Dr. Palma is married to his wife Eileen, has one daughter Molly and a Wired Fox Terrier named Oscar.