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South Towne Veterinarians

What is a veterinarian (DVM)?

Veterinarians provide healthcare for dogs, cats and exotics. 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!

Edward J. Gschrey Jr., DVM

Job Title: Lead Veterinarian

Length of time you’ve been with South Towne: 28 years (as of 3/18)

Education/Degrees: B.S. in Animal Science Cornell University D.V.M, NYS College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell

Professional Interests: Ultrasound, general surgery & medicine

Reason for choosing this field: Certainly a love of animals and interest in medicine.  Never remember wanting to do anything else!  Pets are much better patients than we are!

What do you like most about South Towne and/or your favorite parts of the day: Our long established clients and our dedicated staff; many have been here 20-30 years or more which gives us the ability to perform high quality medicine and give our patients long happy lives.

Hobbies/interests/family/pets: Yankee, mixed breed 14 years & Rebel, German Shepard 11 years- old guys!  Odie-Goffins Cockatoo 24 years, married to wife Janie for 32 years, has two sons; Chris 28 years and Travis 24 years.


Tricia Scarpulla

Job Title: Veterinarian

Length of time you’ve been with South Towne: 11 years (as of 3/18)

Education/Degrees: Bachelor of Science Cornell University 1995, DVM 1999 Colorado State University, Internship 1999-2000 Veterinary Specialists of Rochester

Professional Interests: Small animal & pocket pet medicine

Reason for choosing this field: I enjoy working with animals and forming relationships with clients as well as pets.

What do you like most about South Towne and/or your favorite parts of the day: We have great staff! South Towne has a family like environment.

Hobbies/interests/family/pets:  Dr Scarpulla is married to husband Adam and they have 1 daughter named Lily, who she enjoys watching play soccer.  They have 3 cats; Henry, Willow & Simon and 1 dog, Brusley who is a Chesapeake Bay Retriever.



Pat Tolchin

Job Title: Veterinarian

Length of time you’ve been with South Towne: 4 years

Education/Degrees: BA in Behavioral Biology & Math ’80 Binghamton University, DVM ’84 Cornell University

Professional Interests: Medicine, surgery, ultrasound

Reason for choosing this field: I have a strong feeling of kinship with all animals, and I just like being around them.

What do you like most about South Towne and/or your favorite parts of the day: South Towne has a terrific staff-caring and skilled with the animals & their people.  Also they are supportive of each other.

Hobbies/interests/family/pets: Anything outdoors, especially with my dog Elvin-backpacking, hiking, kayaking, cross country skiing, dog sports-agility, fly ball, nose work, K9 Search and Rescue