Dr. Suzanne Patterson
Senior Large Animal Associate
Originally from New Jersey, Dr. Patterson ventured to the State of New York in 2001 for college, and has considered it her home ever since. After graduating with a BS in Animal Science from Cornell University's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences in 2005, she worked as a herdsperson on a large dairy in western NY, prior to returning to Cornell's College of Veterinary Medicine, graduating in 2010. While in vet school, Dr. Patterson worked as a student technician in the Equine and Farm Animal Hospital at Cornell, and had a summer externship with the USDA Food Safety Inspection Service at Cargill Taylor Packing, the largest cull dairy cattle plant on the East Coast. After graduating, she spent two years working for a private mixed animal practice in western NY, where she spent most of her time on dairies.
Dr. Patterson traveled abroad in college, living in Kenya, East Africa, studying wildlife management. She retains an interest in philanthropy work for developing nations. Her special interests in veterinary medicine include milk and meat quality, NYSCHAP (New York State Cattle Health Assurance Program) and preventive medicine in general. Most of Dr. Patterson’s time will be spent on the road doing farm calls, but she enjoys helping people with their horses and small pets as well!
During her free time, Dr. Patterson enjoys the outdoors, including swimming, boating, and hiking. She also enjoys exploring the state parks and making maple syrup with her husband, Luke. In 2015 they welcomed their first child, a son, and in 2018, a daughter. They share their home overlooking Seneca Lake with one Labrador, one Newfoundland dog, and one Siamese cat.