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Dr. Patricia Collins is a co-owner of the Valley Cottage Animal Hospital and has cared for pets at the hospital since 1992. Born in New York City but raised in Germany, Dr. Collins completed her undergraduate education at the University of Munich, Germany, and received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich, in 1988. Her professional interests include laser surgery, pharmacology, nutrition and internal medicine. After 24 years in small animal practice, Dr. Collins immersed herself in a new field of study, Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM). This brings another level of integrative veterinary medicine to Valley Cottage Animal Hospital. After receiving her certification as a veterinary acupuncturist from the Chi Institute, Dr. Collins is now pursuing a master’s degree in TCVM. Her focus will include Chinese Herbology and Food Therapy among others. Dr. Collins loves being part of a state-of-the-art hospital with a caring, supportive staff and devoted clients. Dr. Collins enjoys cooking, baking, hiking, gardening and watching her sons’ sports events in her spare time. She is active in a local Greyhound rescue organization and does pro-bono veterinary work at dog shows, and for the Hi-Tor Animal Care Center. She also volunteers at the Cornell Cooperative Extension. Dr. Collins home is filled with pets, including cats, a macaw, and a Greyhound.