Ithaca Veterinarians

Jennifer Biasillo, DVM, Owner and Medical Director

Ithaca Veterinarian

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.

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.

vets in ithacaEllen Tremante, DVM

Dr. Ellen Tremante joined the doctors at Veterinary Care of Ithaca in August of 2018. Dr. Tremante is a native of Long Island, New York where she developed an interest and passion in caring for animals. One of her earliest motivations to become a veterinarian was having helped raise her childhood cat and friend, Mitzie. The two were inseparable, which helped introduce Dr. Tremante to the joys of working with animals.

Dr. Tremante obtained her undergraduate education at the State University of New York at Geneseo in 1996, obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in History. She then returned to school at the State University of Stony Brook to obtain her prerequisites for veterinary school. In 2002, Dr. Tremante began attending the University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical College. Shortly after graduating with her DVM degree in 2006, Dr. Tremante completed a one-year rotating internship at Long Island Veterinary Specialists. Currently, Dr. Tremante is working on finishing her master of science in Anthrozoology, the study of human-animal interaction. Some of Dr. Tremante's professional interests include feline internal medicine, emergency medicine, geriatric medicine and dentistry. She is also a member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners.

When asked about working for Veterinary Care of Ithaca, Dr. Tremante says,
"It is very satisfying working together with pet parents and their companion animals. I strive to provide the best and most updated medical information and emotional guidance to our clients in order to help them care for their furry family members in the best way possible. My goal is to help insure that pets have a high quality of life throughout all stages of their lives."

At home, Dr. Tremante loves to spend her free time hiking, practicing yoga, and spending time with good friends and loved ones. She is a volunteer for Big Brothers and Big Sisters, the Schuyler County Humane Society and Hospicare. Dr. Tremante lives in a farm house in Trumansburg with her four cats, George, Elliot, Franklyn, and Freddie.

Lauren Jacobsen, DVM

Dr. Lauren Jacobsen has been a welcome addition to our veterinary team since 2018. She takes a genuine passion in nurturing the bonds that pets have with their families and other humans. Dr. Jacobsen finds it especially satisfying to see her clients and their pets walking on the streets, chasing balls or swimming in the lake, having known she was able to help remain healthy and strong. She knew she wanted to become a veterinarian since she was a young child.

Dr. Jacobsen attended University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign for undergraduate school and graduated veterinary school in 2008 from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign with numerous honors, including the Dr. William Magrane Clinical Ophthalmology Award, an award earned for exceptional performance in the clinical ophthalmology rotation, and the Kremer Veterinary Sciences Award, awarded for devotion and enthusiasm in veterinary medicine through personal and community deeds.

After veterinary school, Dr. Jacobsen completed a year-long medical and surgical internship at Chaparral Veterinary Medical Center in Cave Creek, AZ. Following her internship, she practiced primarily equine medicine until 2016, when she changed gears completely to focus on small animal medicine (ie: dogs and cats). She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the International Association of Aquatic Animal Medicine, and the USDA National Veterinary Association. One of her strongest professional interests is ophthalmology, along with client education and communication.

Outside of the hospital, Dr. Jacobsen can be found participating in anything related to being outdoors. In the summertime she likes to go swimming, biking, and running. In the winter, Dr. Jacobsen finds it better to change the gears by snowboarding and cross-country skiing. She also loves to stay in and relax with a good book or a homecooked meal. While she doesn’t have any pets of her own, she is in love with her parents’ two golden retrievers, Fleury and Pilot.