Meet the friendly staff at All Creatures Great and Small!
Dr. Miccio is our Medical Director and she has been working at All Creatures for over 29 years. In her words Dr Miccio says: Many people dream of becoming a veterinarian, I was always driven to become one. All of my focus my entire life has gone towards achieving my determined goal of becoming a vet.
My earliest memory is when I was 4 years old, I was found lost and crying, I was brought to a local police station. My mom had turned away for a moment and somehow I opened the garden gate and chased a cat several blocks away.
She received her BS from Cornell University and her Doctorate from the University of Wisconsin, School of Veterinary Medicine. She has practiced at All Creatures for more than 27 years. She currently shares her home in Suffern with two cats, Max and Merlin and her dog Markeeta. Dr. Miccio has cared for a variety of animal patients including: sugar gliders, dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets, mice, hamsters, rats, lizards, turtles, & more in her years at All Creatures Great and Small Animal Hospital.
In my teen years I did all I could do to gain experience in working and caring for animals, on the way to becoming a veterinarian. I volunteered at the Rockland SPCA and fell in love. I adopted my first dog there, his name was Bo. He was 7 years old, had terrible teeth and people would ask me “why adopt an old dog instead of a puppy?” My answer was that 6 years with Bo would be worth 13 years with anyone else. I knew he was that special.
One of the defining moments of my life was when I was working at a local vet as a veterinary assistant and my mom came into the hospital carrying a bleeding and badly injured dog – my Bo. He had been attacked in our backyard by a neighbor’s dog that had gotten loose, picked him up, shook him and broke his spine. I couldn’t give up on him. I needed to support him and give every chance at life. Bo was unable to urinate on his own and needed his bladder expressed multiple times a day. He was paralyzed in both rear legs and needed physical therapy. He was pain free, happy and joyful. He would try to follow me everywhere using his front legs to drag him along.
I had many challenges with him but after 4 months he was able to stand on 3 legs and drag the 4th. I had to dress his paw to prevent him from getting ulcers and I made him a splint using a handle of a plastic milk jug to hold his paw in the anatomically correct position.
Bo lived 3 years after the incident. In that time I confirmed my passion to “fix” those who were hurt, sick or injured. I knew I wanted to make a difference in the world.
What I learned from Bo was priceless and the years we had were without regret. He made me a better human being and a better veterinarian than I would have ever otherwise been. I learned how important supportive family and friends are and how love can move mountains.
Bo with all of my other furry and feathered friends and the lessons they taught me along the way are WHY I do what I do today.