Paul Maza is a senior lecturer of anatomy and primary care at the Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine. He has spearheaded programs that engage Cornell vet students in surgical experience while helping to address local feral and pet overpopulation issues. Dr. Maza earned a DVM at Ross University in the West Indies in 1995 and his PhD in College Science Teaching from Syracuse University in 2010. Paul grew up in Seattle, Washington enjoying outdoor activities like hiking, backpacking and canoeing. He studied Zoology at the University of Washington with the goal of contributing to the field of wildlife conservation, particularly carnivore species. Dr. Maza spent three years working in small animal clinical practice prior to beginning his teaching career at Cornell. Currently his interest in conservation has been turned to protecting local ecosystems through his efforts to stabilize stray and feral cat and dog populations. Traveling to new places with his family and FARVets is a passion of his, as well as running trails, marathons and triathlons.
Jami Landry is an Associate Veterinarian at Newburgh Veterinary Hospital in the Hudson Valley where she treats dogs, cats, exotic pets and wildlife. The hospital offers low cost spay and neuter and treats wildlife pro bono in partnership with local rehabbers. Dr. Landry also works regularly with the Hudson Valley Animal Rescue and Sanctuary. Dr. Landry earned her bachelor’s degree at Bard College and her DVM from the Cornell Veterinary University of Veterinary Medicine. Prior to attending veterinary school Dr. Landry spent five years as the Senior Animal Cruelty Investigator for the Dutchess County SPCA in New York. While there she developed a deeper appreciation of pet overpopulation and the need for low cost veterinary services to serve low income pet owners. Dr. Landry first joined FARVets on a trip to Chetumal, Mexico as a licensed veterinary technician. In that and subsequent trips to Playa del Carmen, Puerto Morelos, Chetumal, Nicaragua and Bulgaria Dr. Landry has redesigned and modernized anesthetic and surgical protocols and is working to make FARVets a contributor to research benefiting international aide groups. Dr. Landry primarily leads trips to new locations and looks forward to FARVets becoming ever more versatile in assisting animal rescue organizations.
Katie Emerson is a veterinarian at Pasco Animal Welfare Society and SPCA Suncoast in Florida. Dr. Emerson earned a bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University in 2009 and a DVM from Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2013. Dr. Emerson began volunteering for animal rescue groups while in college, and these experiences led her to veterinary school in the pursuit of the knowledge and skills necessary to reduce pet overpopulation, to manage the needs of dogs and cats in our animal shelters, and to bring low cost veterinary services to those in need. As a vet student, Dr. Emerson was one of the first participants on a FARVets trip, and she has helped with many clinics both abroad and domestically. She credits FARVets for helping to develop her surgical skills and for giving her a broader perspective on veterinary medicine and animal welfare in communities that are vastly different from the United States. Dr. Emerson shares her home with 3 rescue cats and 1 rescue dog. She is passionate about the mission of FARVets and currently leads the annual FARVets clinic in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.
Nadine's first FARVets clinic trip was to Grenada, and has been on several trips since. As a veterinary technician, she helped with planning, overseeing anesthesia protocols, surgery preparation, and recovery of patients. Nadine started veterinary school at Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine in the fall of 2015 and is helping to broaden FARVets reach to the southern US, in addition to continuing to participate in clinic trips abroad.