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.