Ithaca Veterinarians

Jennifer Biasillo, DVM, Owner and Medical Director

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Owner and Medical Director Jennifer Biasillo came to Veterinary Care of Ithaca as an associate veterinarian in 2012. She purchased the practice in 2015.

Dr. Biasillo grew up outside of Buffalo, NY and attended Medaille College, initially earning an associate's degree in veterinary technology. "I was a licensed veterinary technician for 10 years before attending veterinary school," says Dr. Biasillo. "I was also a certified canine rehabilitation practitioner and practiced physical rehabilitation on pets for a variety of disorders. This unique experience is what ultimately led me to decide to attend veterinary school." She earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Cornell University.

Dr. Biasillo is a member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners, the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Veterinary Information Network and the USDA National Veterinary Accreditation. Her professional interests include internal medicine and promoting fear-free veterinary visits.

"As a pet owner, I understand that we all want to provide the best care and quality of life possible for our pets," says Dr. Biasillo. "I really enjoy being a part of that through education, preventative care and medical treatment. It's very rewarding to play a role in the amazing bond people share with their pets."

Dr. Biasillo, along with her husband and son share their home with three dogs: Molly, a collie mix rescue, Stella, a Yorkie rescue and Archie, a Cairn Terrier. They also have two cats, Franklin and Harrison, as well as chickens.

Elizabeth Perionnet Barnes, DVM

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Dr. Elizabeth Barnes joined the team at Veterinary Care of Ithaca in February 2009. Dr. Barnes grew up in southern California and later Illinois, where her family raised sheep. "As silly as it sounds I wanted to be a veterinarian as soon as I could say the word," says Dr. Barnes. She attended Northwestern University for her undergraduate work in molecular biology/neuro-biology, and earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, graduating valedictorian.

Dr. Barnes is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association. Her professional interests include geriatric medicine, surgery, dentistry and general veterinary medicine.

At home, Dr. Barnes has two cows: Crumb, a Swiss steer and Morsel, a Swiss heifer. She also has a mixed breed dog named Fern and 14 hens. Dr. Barnes enjoys cycling, gardening, hiking and traveling in her free time.

Sonya Lawlis, DVM

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Dr. Sonya Lawlis grew up near Bangor, Maine and attended the University of Maine at Orono as an undergraduate. She then attended Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine where she earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. After veterinary school, Dr. Lawlis completed an internship and residency in clinical theriogenology at Cornell. She is a board certified theriogenologist (reproductive specialist).

Dr. Lawlis is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Veterinary Information Network, the USDA National Veterinary Accreditation, and the Society for Theriogenology. Her special interests include feline medicine and endocrinology.

At home, Dr. Lawlis has cats, dogs, and horses. After being introduced to the breed by a client, Dr. Lawlis ended up with two Sphynx cats: a calico named Cookie Dough and a tortoiseshell named Lavender, in addition to her rescue cat Frankie. She also has two dogs, Gus and Zoe, and horses that she and her husband keep on their small farm.

Elizabeth Yousey, DVM

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Dr. Elizabeth Yousey is originally from Welland, Ontario, Canada. While she was in high school, she had a student placement at a small animal clinic that solidified her passion for veterinary medicine, which she considers the perfect combination of her love of animals and her interest in biology and problem solving. She attended the University of Guleph in Guleph, Ontario, Canada and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in 2002. After college, Dr. Yousey went on to Ontario Veterinary College where she earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2006.

After practicing veterinary medicine for 10 years, Dr. Yousey joined the veterinary team at Veterinary Care of Ithaca in November 2016. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the USDA National Veterinary Accreditation Program. Dr. Yousey's professional interests include internal medicine, dermatology, preventive medicine and pain management.

The are two aspects of practicing veterinary medicine that Dr. Yousey finds especially rewarding. "The first part is working as part of a team in this fast-paced, ever changing and evolving profession," she says. "The second part is at the end of the day, there's immense satisfaction knowing that you've helped maintain the bond between an owner and their companion."

At home, Dr. Yousey has a Leonberger dog named Madison, as well as 14 koi fish she inherited with her new home. In her free time, she enjoys boating on Cayuga Lake, camping, gardening, reading and watching Buffalo Bills games.