About Us



To lead the veterinarians of New York State in education, advancement and protection of animal well-being, public health, and the practice of veterinary medicine.


President Surinder Wadyal DVM
President-Elect Robert Weiner VMD
Treasurer Allan Bregman DVM
Past President Margret Thompson DVM
AVMA Alternate Delegate Eric Bregman VMD
AVMA Delegate Walter McCarthy DVM

Regional Representatives

Capital District Mark Will DVM
Catskill Mountains David Leahy DVM
Central New York Victoria Bentley DVM
Finger Lakes Robert Hamilton DVM
Genesee Valley Charles Fleming DVM
Hudson Valley Joseph D'Abbraccio DVM
Long Island Robin Sturtz DVM
New York City Allan Bregman DVM
Northern New York Jessica Scillieri Smith DVM
Southern Tier Elizabeth Berliner DVM
Westchester/Rockland Paul Amerling DVM
Western New York Jeanne Best DVM



Executive Director Tim Atkinson
Communications Stephanie Quirini
Member Services Sara Conklin
Administration Sharlana Scott

Who we are

The 2000 members of New York Veterinary Medical Society are licensed veterinarians in New York State. We are a non-profit member association which supports and represents those members through a range of programs, including advocating to the state government and providing continuing education.


The society is governed by an Executive Board which includes officers elected by the membership and a representative from each of the 12 regional veterinary medical associations that cover the state.


Our headquarters are in Albany, New York, where a small staff team provides administrative support to the members, Executive Board, Committees and our Regional associations.


The State society is affiliated with twelve regional Veterinary Medical Associations that provide continuing education programs and social events close to their member's work or home. Many also run programs that educate the public or support animal welfare programs.

What we do

Our programs include the following:

  • New York State Veterinary Conference held annually in partnership with Cornell University of Veterinary Medicine
  • Continuing education programs for veterinarians delivered by our affiliated regional associations
  • Advocate on behalf of the profession to the New York State legislature
  • Provide detailed knowledge on how to practice veterinary medicine within the laws and regulations of New York State through our online knowledge center
  • Encourage and recognize the contributions of our members to the profession through our awards program
  • Resolve complaints from the public about their veterinarians
  • Publish a print magazine, Connections, six times a year, and a weekly newsletter
  • Provide career resources including a job board, and classified advertisements for practice sales
  • Deliver savings on products and services through our affinity partners
  • Nurture a new generation of veterinary leaders through our Committee for Leadership Advancement and the Power of 10 program
  • Educate the public on veterinary care and animal health through the Hall of Veterinary Health at the State Fair.
  • Help the public find our members