Rye Harrison Veterinary Hospital (RHVH) has been offering expert veterinary services for companion and exotic animals in Westchester County, NY; Fairfield County, CT; and surrounding communities for more than three decades. RHVH is an American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) accredited animal hospital that is open six days a week, , and is one of the very few practices whose doctors are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week—in person during the day and by telephone after hours, for emergency advice. Hospitalized patients are cared for seven days a week as well as on holidays. The hospital is a six-doctor practice with 28 support staff members. State-of-the-art medical care is provided in a modern, two-story facility that has been recently expanded and totally renovated. Dr. John Pisciotta joined Dr. Yarnell in 1992 and became a full partner in 1996. Dr. Pisciotta is nationally known as an exotic animal veterinarian and through his expertise the hospital was able to add exotic animal medicine and surgery to the many services it offers. The hospital facility has a separate, newly refurbished exotics ward, capable of safely and comfortably housing many different species of reptiles, birds, and small mammals; Dr. Blair Green recently joined Dr. Pisciotta to assist with this very busy aspect of the practice.
Dr. Blair Green grew up in Manhattan and received her Bachelor’s Degree from Vassar College (Poughkeepsie, NY) with a major in Biology and a minor in Ancient Societies. She then attended veterinary school at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she worked as a volunteer in the wildlife clinic caring for sick and injured wild animals and spent her clinical year focusing on cats, dogs, and exotic species. After graduating in 2008, Dr. Green worked as an associate veterinarian at a small animal hospital in New Jersey for two years. She then completed an internship in avian and exotic medicine and surgery at Maryland’s VCA Veterinary Referral Associates, where she received specialized training in birds, reptiles, and small exotic mammals. With an interest in avian/exotics, dentistry, and pathology, Dr. Green joined the practice in 2011. She lives in White Plains with her rabbits Arlo and Belle and her cat Polyxena, and enjoys reading, cooking, and walking through New York.
John Pisciotta, DVM
Dr. John Pisciotta is one of the nation’s leading experts on exotic pets, a category that includes everything from baby turtles to boa constrictors. At RHVH, more than 50 percent of his patients are exotics, many referrals from other veterinarians, bird clubs, and breeders. Fascinated with exotic pets since his childhood on Long Island, he grew up with a vast variety of them, including snakes, turtles, tortoises, frogs, lizards, birds, ferrets, guinea pigs, mice, rabbits, and other pocket pets. This fascination with animals led to his first job, conducting tours for a local park. After completing his undergraduate education at Muhlenberg College (Allentown, PA) and graduate studies at Purdue University (West Lafayette, IN), he served an internship at the renowned Animal Medical Center in Manhattan and became an active member of the Association of Avian Veterinarians. Having shared quarters with so many different species of animals throughout his life, Dr. Pisciotta feels very comfortable handling, examining, and discussing the proper care of all exotic pets. A major interest of his is educating people about the needs of these very special pets. Because preventative medicine is so important with exotic and other pets, he helps his clients learn as much as possible about their basic care, nutrition, and husbandry. Dr. Pisciotta lives in Croton-on-Hudson with his wife Stephanie, their four children, and an assortment of cats, dogs, birds, and exotic fish.