Mission Statement | History | Why the Pineapple? | AAHA Accredited
Colonial Veterinary Hospital is a multi-specialty veterinary hospital located in Ithaca, New York. We are a progressive practice dedicated to quality veterinary medicine, patient care, and client service. The hospital is AAHA-accredited and a past Veterinary Economics Practice of Excellence.
Colonial Veterinary Hospital is owned by a board-certified surgeon who is committed to providing the latest medical and surgical diagnostics and treatments. We offer specialty services in surgery and radiology, including ultrasound, as well as acupuncture and rehabilitation services. We have a doctor in our hospital from 8 am until 10 pm every day of the year allowing us to see patients in a timely manner. Our hospital operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, providing care for our hospitalized patients and emergency service for established patients. We are supported by an experienced and dedicated staff of 52, including a team of NYS-licensed veterinary technicians.
The doctors and staff of Colonial Veterinary Hospital strive to provide quality, progressive veterinary medicine and surgery to all clients and referring veterinarians in a timely, friendly, and professional manner.
During its 45-year history Colonial Veterinary Hospital has evolved into one of the largest and most comprehensive practices in the Finger Lakes, serving as a center for surgery, emergency services, and general medicine (wellness and senior wellness exams).
Dr. George E. Ross Jr. founded Colonial Veterinary Hospital in 1971. He previously taught surgery at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine in Ithaca. A veterinary graduate of Kansas State University, he came to Ithaca in 1960 as an intern, later earning a residency and professorship.
As one of the country’s first board-certified surgeons, Dr. Ross wanted to test his skill and experience as a sole practitioner in the private setting. He believed every pet should be able to benefit from the latest advances in veterinary medicine. For his new practice, he purchased a 19th-century farmhouse located on North Triphammer Road and undertook the first of three building expansions, most recently the addition of exam room space and a modern surgery suite.
Although his surgical talents were in demand from the beginning, Dr. Ross was committed to providing outstanding general medicine and preventive care to all of his patients. Eventually the practice hired associate veterinarians to help with internal medicine, surgery, and other specialties, and Dr. Ross began to limit his own practice to surgery. Although he no longer sees appointments, he continues to be an integral part of the surgical team.
J. Thomas Ross, a 1986 Cornell veterinary graduate, joined his father in practice after a surgical internship and residency, 1986-1990, at the Animal Medical Center in New York City. They are the first and only father-son team in the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.
Dr. Tom Ross took over the ownership of the practice in 1998. His passion for veterinary medicine and surgery began in his school years helping at the hospital. Dr. Ross actually lived on the second floor of the hospital during college and veterinary school—a prelude to 24-hour care. Like his father, he tries to continually improve the level of care provided by the hospital.
The practice continues to invest in state-of-the-art equipment, support continuing education for the staff, and expand diagnostic and therapeutic capabilities including ultrasound, arthroscopy, and rehabilitation. Recently, Colonial Veterinary Hospital added board certified specialists in the areas of surgery, radiology, and internal medicine, as well as rehabilitation services. In addition, veterinarians with special interests in acupuncture, and emergency medicine have joined our staff. We are staffed 24 hours a day in order to provide close supervision of our patients and to be able to handle emergencies. We also accept referrals from surrounding veterinary hospitals from 8 am – 10 pm daily for our specialty services and 24-hour care.
Why the Pineapple?
During early Colonial days in the United States families would set a fresh pineapple in the center of the table as a colorful centerpiece of festive meals, especially when visitors joined them in celebration. This symbolized the utmost in welcome and hospitality to visitors.
Here at Colonial Veterinary Hospital, we want to make you feel right at home; therefore we share the pineapple with you as a symbol of our hospitality!
AAHA, The American Animal Hospital Association, is an international organization of more than 33,000 veterinary care providers who treat companion animals. AAHA reminds pet owners that they can help pets live healthier and longer lives by taking their pets to their veterinarian for periodic physical exams, vaccinations, and dental care as well as providing pets with fresh water, a balanced diet and exercise. Established in 1933, the association is well known among veterinarians for its high standards for hospitals and pet health care.
What does the accreditation process involve?
Our practice is inspected every 3 years and must comply with the highest standards of care created and updated by the AAHA organization. There are over 900 standards of care in 18 areas of practice.
What are AAHA Standards?
Since 1933, AAHA’s leaders and other veterinary experts have developed specific written standards of care for companion animal practices. These standards have undergone numerous changes, but none as significant as the recent enhancements, which were developed in order to raise the bar of veterinary excellence. AAHA wanted to ensure that the hospitals they accredit reflect the developments made over the past 10 years in veterinary medicine with significant contributions to the delivery of quality care and the overall success of every veterinary practice.