DR. ALISSA FAIRLIE
Dr. Fairlie (Practice owner of Creature Comforts Animal Hospital, P.C.) has practiced veterinary medicine and surgery in the Hudson Valley since 2006, working with dogs, cats, birds, reptiles, ferrets, rabbits, and a variety of other exotic pets. Dr. Fairlie’s career of working with animals, however, dates back to 1991 when she began working and volunteering at animal shelters, animal hospitals, pet stores, farms and in research. Her work with animals continued throughout college, where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Small Animal Science with a focus on Research and Biotechnology from Delaware Valley College of Science and Agriculture.
Dr. Fairlie went on to receive her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 2005, from St. George’s University, Grenada, West Indies. During her veterinary training, Dr. Fairlie was one of four students selected to travel to Uganda, Africa to conduct a three-month field study of a parasitic tapeworm that affected both wildlife and humans alike. While in Africa, Dr. Fairlie also assisted a world-renowned wildlife veterinarian in the tracking, rescue, and medical treatment of wild elephants, buffalo, hyenas, lions, leopards, zebras, mountain gorillas, chimpanzees, and other species throughout the jungles and savannas of Uganda.
Furthering her special interest in exotic animals, Dr. Fairlie completed a preceptorship at the Baton Rouge Zoo, as well as an externship at one of Long Island’s premier referral centers for birds, reptiles, and other exotic pets. Dr. Fairlie has also at one time, taught and developed the courses of Exotic Animal Medicine and Care as well as Animal Handling and Restraint, at Ulster County Community College, for their Veterinary Technician program. Dr. Fairlie is currently a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Association of Avian Veterinarians, the Association of Amphibian and Reptilian Veterinarians, the New York State Veterinary Medical Society and the Hudson Valley Veterinary Medical Society which she has also held the positions of Vice President, President and now Past President.
Dr. Fairlie is the proud parent of an elderly rescued dog, 2 rescued cats, fresh water fish and some salt water invertebrates as well as her adorable newborn son. Throughout her life, Dr. Fairlie has also owned other dogs, cats and exotic pets including a uromastyx lizard, a cockatiel, a severe macaw, a chinchilla, leopard geckos, guinea pigs, hamsters, rats, mice, frogs, emperor scorpions, giant African millipedes a crayfish and many more. Dr. Fairlie is thrilled to use her lifetime of knowledge and experience with all sorts of creatures to now care for yours at Creature Comforts Animal Hospital.
DR. ZACHARY WHITMAN
Dr. Whitman joined the Creature Comforts team in 2017. Like many in this field, he has been immersed in animal care since childhood. His family home in northern NJ was shared with animals of every shape and size, from dogs, cats, and parrots, to fish, small mammals, and too many reptiles to count. Dr. Whitman attended the University of Vermont where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science in 2007. He then went on to earn his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University in 2013.
Dr. Whitman is passionate about exotic pet medicine, conservation medicine, and wildlife rehabilitation. During veterinary school he took every available opportunity to study exotics, and completed a preceptorship at the Denver Zoo. Dr. Whitman is a licensed New York State Wildlife Rehabilitator with a focus on conserving local snake and turtle species. He has volunteered with the Rocky Mountain Raptor Program caring for injured birds of prey, and also spent a season at the New England Aquarium working to rehabilitate endangered sea turtles and other marine wildlife. Dr. Whitman is active in Northeast Partners for Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (NEPARC) where he is a member of both the steering committee and the emerging disease working group. At home he maintains and breeds an extensive collection of reptiles and amphibians.
Dr. Whitman also shares his home with a cat and two rescued dogs. He is equally as passionate about providing the highest level of care possible for your canine and feline family members. Before coming to Creature Comforts, Dr. Whitman was fortunate to spend three years practicing in a busy 24 hour emergency and referral hospital in Rockland County NY, where his caseload consisted of dogs, cats, and a wide variety of exotics and wildlife. Dr. Whitman focuses on the foundation of holistic wellness care for all of his patients, regardless of species. From nutrition and husbandry, to behavior, exercise, and preventive health care, he will work with you to maximize your pets’ quality of life.
When he is not caring for pets at the hospital, or busy taking care of the menagerie at home, you are likely to find him skiing, cycling, gardening, or otherwise spending time outdoors with his wife, their young son, and the dogs.
Dr. Fairlie and Dr. Whitman strive to keep up with all of the latest advancements in veterinary medicine and are members of the following professional organizations:
American Veterinary Medical Association
Association of Amphibian and Reptilian Veterinarians
Association of Avian Veterinarians
Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians
Association of Zoo Veterinarians
New York State Veterinary Medical Society
Hudson Valley Veterinary Medical Society
Veterinary Information Network
Creature Comforts Animal Hospital could not be more proud to have Dr. Whitman as a part of our team.