NEW YORK, March 31, 2008The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) today announced that Dr. Robert W. Reisman, Medical Coordinator of Animal Cruelty Cases at the ASPCA Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital, was named Veterinarian of the Year by the Veterinary Medical Association of New York City (VMANYC). Dr. Reisman was honored during the organization’s annual awards ceremony at the Water Club in Manhattan on Saturday, March 29, 2008.
Dr. Reisman was recognized for his work on behalf of animal cruelty cases at the ASPCA, where he handles a caseload averaging 300 animals each year, and for his service as president of VMANYC in 2007 and as veterinary editor of the VMANYC newsletter from 2001 to the present.
“Addressing and eradicating animal cruelty is one of our key goals as an organization,” said ASPCA President & CEO Ed Sayres. “I am very proud of Dr. Reisman’s continued excellence in the management and caretaking of cases of abuse and neglect that, unfortunately, pass through our doors every day.”
Dr. Reisman joined the ASPCA in 1988 as a clinician. As the organization’s Humane Law Enforcement program has expanded, he has provided invaluable support to the animals under his care. For 15 years, he was an associate adjunct professor at LaGuardia Community College, where he taught radiology, introduction to veterinary technology and anatomy. He also served on the school’s advisory committee.
A graduate of the New York State College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University, Dr. Reisman has contributed chapters to several texts, including Child Abuse, Domestic Violence, and Animal Abuse (Purdue University Press; 1999) and Shelter Medicine for Veterinarians and Staff (Wiley-Blackwell; 2004). No stranger to honors, he has received many distinctions for his dedication, including the ASPCA’s Angel Award, the Merit Award from VMANYC and the Maxwell Medallion from the Dog Writers Association of America.
“It is truly a humbling experience to be recognized by my illustrious peers in New York City,” said Dr. Reisman. “I accept this honor on behalf of my colleagues at the ASPCA, who work tirelessly to support the organization’s mission and commitment to animal welfare.”
For more information about the ASPCA Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital, please visit www.aspca.org.