Our goal as a practice is to deliver compassionate, high quality care to all of our patients. Our veterinary professionals achieve this by engaging in continuing education while always focusing on effective communication with our clients. This lends to consistent delivery of medically advanced, optimal treatment plans for each individual patient.
Stephen Zawie, DVM
Dr. Stephen Zawie (pronounced Zay-wee) is a Long Island native. His passion for veterinary medicine began by spending time at his father’s veterinary clinic from a young age. He left his home in Stony Brook to pursue his bachelor’s degree at The University of Maryland, College Park where he majored in Animal Science. He spent the next three years at Ross University in St. Kitts and finished his veterinary education at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.
Dr. Zawie was in Baton Rouge during Hurricane Katrina and like many of his colleagues, participated in the rescue and rehabilitation of the animals affected by the storm. One of those animals was badly injured and suffering from dehydration. After making a full recovery, “Pickles” quickly became the newest member of Dr. Zawie’s family.
After veterinary school Dr. Zawie was accepted into one of the most prestigious and grueling internship programs at the Animal Medical Center in Manhattan. It was during this time that he honed his medical and surgical skills. He spent the next few years as an associate Veterinarian at progressive veterinary hospitals in Manhattan & Bayridge, Brooklyn, before deciding to open his first practice in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, NY.
Dr. Zawie currently lives in Atlantic Beach, NY with his wife and his two sons Jackson and Austin.
Anthony Zaccheo, DVM
Dr. Zaccheo is a native of Bensonhurst, Brooklyn. As a child, he had developed a strong interest in science which continued to grow as he entered into high school and college. He received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from St. Francis College in Brooklyn Heights. Upon completion of his degree, he remained in Brooklyn to spend some time working as a veterinary technician assistant in the Bay Ridge and Bensonhurst neighborhoods. Dr. Zaccheo decided to pursue a career in Veterinary Medicine shortly thereafter and ultimately earned his degree, at Cornell University located in Ithaca, New York.
After veterinary school, Dr. Zaccheo completed a small animal rotating internship at Veterinary Emergency and Referral Group in the Carroll Gardens/Cobble Hill area. Dr. Zaccheo developed a strong professional interest in emergency medicine, oncology, and neurology while working with his mentors.
In his free time, he enjoys watching and playing all sports, movies, video games, kickboxing, and spending time with his family, and his handsome Golden Retriever, Butters.
Ryan Fortier, DVM
Dr. Ryan Fortier grew up in northern Rhode Island and obtained an undergraduate animal sciences and technology degree at the University of Rhode Island. He graduated from Michigan State University with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree.
Dr. Fortier is primarily interested in internal medicine and client communication, ensuring that all pet owners leave GVC understanding what is ailing their pet and what will best heal them.