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History of Terry Animal Hospital

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Over 75 years of Veterinary Excellence.

In 1933, Dr. John Wright Terry graduated from Cornell University, College of Veterinary Medicine. Before establishing the animal hospital we all visit warmly today, the original Dr. Terry first worked alongside Dr. Arthur Fallon in Auburn, New York.

Dr. Terry arrived on Long Island in 1940 & took over Dr. Lee’s practice on the corner of Sunrise Highway & Long Beach Road. He called it “Dr. Terry’s Animal Hospital.”

In 1945, he renovated a fish market into the next veterinary clinic by relocating his hospital to the corner of N.Village Avenue & Washington Street in Rockville Centre, New York. This location is just down the street from where you find Terry Animal Hospital today. The animal hospital continued to grow so rapidly that within 6 years (1951), Dr. Terry decided to build a brand new hospital at its present location on the corner of Washington Street & Center Avenue.

Dr. John Terry cared for the practice until he suffered a stroke at the age of 51 in October of 1962. Mrs. Arline Terry held the practice together until her son, Dr. John M. Terry (“Jack”) graduated from Cornell & took the practice over in 1966. Not only would this task be difficult for anyone, but Arline did so while raising all four children!

Dr. John M.Terry, affectionately known as “Jack” Terry graduated from Cornell in 1965. Dr. Jack Terry worked at Huntington Animal Hospital for Dr. Bud Wright for one year to learn everything he could before running a practice alone. He would go to Rockville Centre every Thursday & spend the day doing all of the scheduled surgeries.

Those first few years were very difficult. The practice was in trouble from not having a full-time owner/doctor for the past 3 years. Part-time doctors were in & out doing a good job but they each had their own practices to worry about. Dr. Jack Terry averaged 18 hours per day trying to build the practice alone. It was slow in the beginning but through his determination & work ethic, eventually grew the practice once again.

Within 3 more years (1969), the animal hospital was back on its feet & thriving. Business was expanding to the point where Dr. Jack Terry hired a second doctor but it did not go well. So, he went back to being the sole practitioner of “Dr.Terry’s Animal Hospital.” In 1974, Jack Terry redesigned & expanded the entire (current) hospital. The practice was growing so much that a second doctor was absolutely necessary. He got lucky when he found Dr. James Schroll who not only was a wonderful veterinarian (& still is!), but also a good friend to Dr. Jack Terry.

The practice continued to grow & eventually became one of the most successful four-doctor practices on Long Island.

In 1987, Dr. Jack Terry hired Dr. Paul Perrier (pronounced “like the water,” [perry-ay’]) who would eventually take over the practice in March of 1990. With respect to decades of hard work Drs. John & Jack Terry invested into the practice, Dr. Perrier decided to keep the name, Terry Animal Hospital. It is almost fitting, with history like this, that many loyal clients still confuse names & refer to Dr. Perrier as Dr. Terry.

The tradition continues...

Paul Perrier, DVM

Paul Perrier, DVM

Growing up in Center Moriches, Dr. Perrier was bound to succeed. He was the valedictorian of his high school class & completed two years at Adelphi University before transferring to Purdue. Here, he graduated with Highest Distinction & four years later, graduated from the Purdue School of Veterinary Medicine, Indiana. He received the American Animal Hospital Association Award for being the top clinician & surgeon in his class. His career began by focusing on cardiology & surgery.

As the owner of Terry Animal Hospital, Dr. Perrier leads by example & always does so with a smile. He is responsible for all the renovations that you have recently seen. His dedication to the hospital & every pet keeps us moving forward!

Whether running on the beach or skiing, Dr. Perrier enjoys his free time outdoors -- hoping to take his dog, Eli, along with every opportunity. He also delights in good cuisine, refueling after workouts.

John Foy, DVM

John Foy, DVM

Dr. Foy grew up in Baldwin, just a stone's throw away from Terry Animal Hospital. He attended Chaminade High School before being granted the Award in Biology from Manhattan College (1994). He was also a member of the following honor societies:

- Beta Beta Beta
- Phi Beta Kapa
- Epsilon Sigma Pi

Dr. Foy graduated from Cornell University Veterinary School (1998) where he completed an externship with the New York Zoological Society (Wildlife Conservation Society).

After veterinary school, Dr. Foy returned to Long Island & worked in Massapequa Park before arriving at Terry Animal Hospital in 1999. He continues to practice as Dr. Perrier's senior associate. His veterinary pursuits include internal medicine as well as a strong interest in feline medicine.

Dr. Foy's hobbies include restoring cars (particularly his Porsche) & visiting local zoos (especially the Bronx Zoo where he worked for 6 years). He enjoys travel (near or far) & expectedly so, can't wait until he revisits Hawaii.

Patricia Raimondi, DVM

Patricia Raimondi, DVM

Dr. Raimondi joined our staff in June, 2004. Having graduated from Iowa State University, Dr. Raimondi returns to Terry Animal Hospital where she has already been helping in a variety of capacities for the past nine years.

She began accumulating her animal experience in the kennel while working towards her Bachelors and Masters degrees in biology from Adelphi University. She continued working at Terry Animal Hospital during her summers between veterinary school semesters.

She is well-known and well-liked among staff, clients, and their pets! She brings a state-of-the-art education along with her Terry Animal Hospital work ethic to a practice with which she is already quite familiar. Her compassion and knowledge will serve her well and Terry Animal Hospital couldn't be more proud or any luckier to have her on board!

Dr. Raimondi has a dog named Lola and a cat named Stewie. She enjoys spending free time hiking and camping with Lola or, relaxing in the company of family and friends.

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