What is a veterinarian (DVM)?

Veterinarians provide healthcare for the world’s pets, livestock, zoo, sporting, and laboratory animals. Most perform clinical work in private practices. Of those, the majority work with small animals or companion animals while a few work with large animals, including food animals. South Towne is a small animal veterinary hospital. Our veterinarians are New York State licensed & certified. They are also members of the American Veterinary Medical Association.

What responsibilities do veterinarians have?

On a typical day a veterinarian working with small animals, for example dogs, cats, birds and reptiles, in clinical practice will:

  • Diagnose animal health problems
  • Vaccinate against disease, such as distemper and rabies
  • Medicate animals suffering from infections or illnesses
  • Treat and dress wounds
  • Set fractures
  • Perform surgery
  • Advise owners about animal feeding, behavior, and breeding
  • Euthanize animals when necessary


Veterinarian Oath

Being admitted to the profession of veterinary medicine, I solemnly swear to use my scientific knowledge and skills for the benefit of society through the protection of animal health and welfare, the prevention and relief of animal suffering, the conservation of animal resources, the promotion of public health, and the advancement of medical knowledge.

I will practice my profession conscientiously, with dignity, and in keeping with the principles of veterinary medical ethics. I accept as a lifelong obligation the continual improvement of my professional knowledge and competence.

Find out more about our veterinarians!


Dr. Edward Gschrey

Hospital Director / Owner / Fearless leader




Tricia Scarpulla, DVM