Mid Island Animal Hospital

264 West Old Country Road
Hicksville, NY 11801




Dr. Mitchell Kornet:

I became a veterinarian because of my love of animals and the challenge of making their lives better. When I was 13 years old, my pet hamster became sick, and my visit to our local veterinarian transformed my life. From that time on, I did everything in my power to become a veterinarian. I went to a high school that had special programs in agriculture and worked on dairy farms during my summer vacations. My college years were marked with intense studying. My hard work paid off as it allowed me to follow a career path that I had long dreamed of.

I earned a Bachelor of Science degree at Cornell University and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at Cornell in 1979. 

I came to Mid Island Animal Hospital in 1981 and became its director in 1983. I have worked throughout the years to expand the services that the hospital provides. 

I enjoy all facets of veterinary medicine from internal medicine, surgery and dentistry. In recent years we have added laparoscopic surgery to the services that we offer. I strive to provide the highest quality of medicine for my patients through persistent hard work. Mid Island Animal Hospital has a comprehensive continuing education program that allows its doctors to stay on the cutting edge of veterinary medicine.

My years at Mid Island Animal Hospital have allowed me to grow and serve the community in many ways. In 1993 I engaged in clinical research and helped field test a new drug for Addison's Disease, and adrenal gland disorder. The results were published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association and in Current Veterinary Therapy. 

In 1998 I became a member of the Long Island Veterinary Medical Association's Disaster Preparedness Committee. Little did we know that we would be put to the test on September 11, 2001. Suddenly I found myself part of a team responsible for sending veterinarians and assistants to ground zero at the World Trade Center site on a daily basis to care for the search and rescue dogs. We arranged for 24 hour care for the service dogs. This became my "second job" until November 3, 2001. In December 2001 I received the award of Veterinarian of the Year from the Long Island Veterinary Medical Association for my service during this critical period in history. 

I have served my alma mater, Cornell University, in many leadership positions.  Currently I am honored to be the chairman of the Dean's Advisory Council for the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine.  The council serves as an external advisory group for the dean of the College and to support the College through advice, advocacy,access and support. I also have served  Cornell University by leading the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Alumni Association. I was a board member from 2001 and President from 2007 until 2008. Cornell University has afforded me a lifetime of opportunities and I enjoy helping others attain their goals. In November of 2012 I was honored as an Outstanding Alumni Award winner  by the Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (http://cals.cornell.edu/get-involved/alumni/leadership-and-recognition/oaa/mitchell-kornet/)

Throughout the years I have invited a variety of community groups to Mid Island Animal Hospital to learn about veterinary medicine and the care of animals. We have opened our doors to nursery school groups, Brownie troops, hearing impaired students, and high school students. We are proud to educate our youth. 

At Mid Island Animal Hospital we have a rapidly growing list of students who come to shadow us and were later accepted to the finest veterinary colleges. Several of the students have come back to us to train, and some have even joined our staff. One of my passions is inspiring and mentoring students interested in veterinary medicine.  My support of students has been recognized in Veterinary Legacy, a blog written by Dean Emeritus Donald Smith of Cornell University.  The blog describes my path to becoming a veterinarian and my involvement with students (http://veterinarylegacy.blogspot.com/2011/10/dr-mitch-kornet-and-tradition-of.html)

After practicing over 30 years, I am as excited and enthusiastic about veterinary medicine as ever. In fact, I am never on time for work, I always get there early. It is my privilege to be a veterinarian.

Dr. Anne Zeifman:

Animals have always been an important part of my life. As a child, I enjoyed the usual assortment of pet turtle, newts, lizard, hamsters, rabbits, and finally cats.  I loved zoos, drawing and painting animals and above all, observing wildlife in their natural habitats (whale and dolphin watching, snorkeling in coral reefs, finding marmots and mountain goats in the Western mountains, prairie dogs and coyotes in New Mexico). All kinds of creatures have always fascinated me.

The idea of being a veterinarian, however, did not come to me until halfway through college.  I was waffling between anthropology, oceanography, and comparative literature, when I went to stay at my uncle's farm.  He and his wife, both doctors, told me if they had to do it over again, they would have been veterinarians.  The idea quickly took hold and in no time, I was immersed in pre-vet courses.

I spent the next few years studying extremely hard, working for veterinarians, and volunteering on a dairy farm.  My first job was at a practice where Dr. Kornet was an associate veterinarian in Queens.  I admired his diagnostic skills and energy and we stayed in touch after that. My hard work paid off.  I graduated from Barnard College, Columbia University, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa and was admitted to Cornell Veterinary School.

During vet school, I did externships at the Bronx Zoo and the Oklahoma City Zoo and volunteered at the Avian Clinic treating wild owls and hawks.  After graduation from vet school in 1986, I completed a one-year internship at the Animal Medical Center in Manhattan.  I rotated through many specialty areas including cardiology, neurology, nephrology, exotic animal medicine, and surgery.  It was a year of intense learning and honing of skills through many long days and nights.   Being Night Doctor - the sole veterinarian on duty all night for all of Manhattan - as a first year intern, was a trial by fire but taught me many invaluable lessons.

Soon after my internship I got back in touch with Dr. Kornet and was pleased to be able to come to work at Mid Island Animal Hospital in 1987 where I stayed until 1990.  I then worked in Westchester until 1996.  At that point I was happy to return to Mid Island and have been here ever since.

Mid Island Animal Hospital is a terrific practice because all the veterinarians and staff care deeply about the health and welfare of the patients. The doctors use a team approach, working together on all hospitalized cases and frequently sharing ideas on outpatient cases as well. This constant exchange ensures that many minds tackle any given medical problem and solutions are found even for the toughest cases.  In addition, Mid Island is a hospital with state of the art equipment and facilities.

It is a privilege to be able to help this community's pets stay healthy and to strive to overcome illnesses.  Few things are as rewarding as seeing a joyful reunion between pets and owners.


Dr. Mary Raciti:

They say that the purpose of life is to have a life with purpose.  I knew from a very young age that my purpose was to help animals through a career as a veterinarian.

My love of animals prompted me to attend John Bowne High School as an agriculture major.  During this time I devoted my summers to working on dairy farms and volunteering at animal hospitals.

I received my Associate Degree in Agriculture at Farmingdale University and a Bachelor of Science Degree at Cornell University.  In 1995, I proudly received my Doctorate Degree at the New York State College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University.

To further enhance my knowledge and skills as a veterinarian, I also completed a comprehensive one year internship program in small animal medicine and surgery at The Animal Medical Center in New York City.  During this time I worked on specialty services including oncology, dentistry, exotics, gastrointestinal and respiratory medicine.

In July of 1996, I started working at Mid Island Animal Hospital and have been here ever since.  My attraction to this particular hospital is the wonderful and caring staff, and the common goal of striving to achieve the highest quality of medicine, surgery, and dentistry.  We all take pride in our work and it shows through the eyes of the animals we care for.


Dr. Barbara Crosio:

I have always loved animals, and my heart has always gone out to animals that are sick or injured. While becoming a veterinarian had always been on my mind, my interest in the arts took over at a young age, and my dream of helping animals as a veterinarian was put aside for many years. Later in life, while earning a Bachelor of Science degree at Marymount Manhattan College, I began thinking again about becoming a veterinarian, and hoped that the opportunity had not passed me by. I majored in biology, volunteered at a local animal hospital and at the Prospect Park Zoo, and was accepted into the College of Veterinary Medicine at the Ohio State University in 2004.

Living in the Midwest, I was impressed with the variety of relationships between animals and people. Growing up on Long Island, I only really knew about companion animals. In Ohio, many of our clients were farmers who depended on the health of their animals to survive. Owners of horses, donkeys, llamas and alpacas proved to be people devoted to the health and well being of these animals. My own interests tend toward smaller species. I have a particular love of cats, and am a member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners. 

A native of Hicksville, I was glad to return after veterinary school, and felt very fortunate to be offered a position at Mid Island. My family have been clients for 30 years, and Dr. Kornet was an early supporter of my decision to become a veterinarian, offering me a job as an assistant before I started school and during breaks.

Helping animals is a rewarding and challenging job - our patients stretch my knowledge and teach me new things each day. I feel privileged to be working with such a great group of doctors and the wonderful support staff at Mid Island and to be part of the lives of our clients and patients.


Dr. Manda Kaplan:

As with many other veterinarians, I’ve always loved animals. But only when I was in my last year as a psychology major at Columbia University did I realize that I wanted to become a veterinarian. In order to learn more about the profession I began to work part-time as an assistant at a large animal hospital. I loved the job and went on to work as a veterinary assistant and technician at emergency, specialty, and teaching hospitals in three states, including Tufts University’s Foster Hospital for Small Animals in Massachusetts.

I earned my DVM at Tufts University’s Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, where I became interested in pain management and behavior medicine. It was my honor to be the recipient of the Tufts Cummings School Pain Management Award, given in recognition of outstanding achievement in veterinary studies. I was a founding member of the Tufts low stress handling committee, which endeavors to minimize anxiety for patients during their visits to this large, bustling facility. After veterinary school, I honed my clinical skills by completing an internship in medicine and surgery at the Veterinary Referral & Emergency Center in Westbury. I’m still interested in lowering the stress that animals experience during their veterinary visits, and my priority is to ensure that my patients are comfortable and calm. I’m continually working on new strategies to put them at ease during potentially stressful situations.

Although I grew up in an animal-loving family with many species of pets, short-nosed dogs have always been close to my heart. I’ve joined in my family’s English and French bulldog rescue work for as long as I can remember, and although getting animals out of bad situations can be tough, I believe the work really nurtured my sense of compassion. Pet therapy is my other volunteer passion, and I’ve brought my dogs to visit hospitals, nursing homes, stressed college students, and even the Red Cross Family Assistance Center for 9/11 victims’ families. I began a therapy dog program for Columbia University students while studying there, and I was honored to receive a Special Recognition award from the New Jersey Veterinary Foundation for my 9/11 work.

In my spare time I enjoy fiber arts and playing classical guitar and tennis. I also love exploring and photographing Long Island’s beautiful shoreline. I’m really excited to join the Mid Island team and help animals throughout all stages of their lives with compassionate and state of the art veterinary care.