SHVH Team

Veterinarian:  Lydia Aris, VMD:

“My mom always said that I was born to be a veterinarian.  I just love animals, and I always wanted to help them.”

Dr. Lydia Aris VMD has 8 years of experience as a veterinary technician, and then 19 years2014-10-21 18.44.54

as a veterinarian. Dr. Aris graduated from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry with a Bachelor of Science, then received her Veterinary Medical Degree from University of Pennsylvania.  Prior to opening Southern Hills Veterinary Hospital, she had been working as a relief veterinarian.  This has given her a great opportunity to see and work in many different veterinary practices.

Dr. Aris was born in the Czech Republic and came to the US when she was five.  She grew up in Cazenovia.  She has lived in the Tully area for 16 years with her husband and two children.  She enjoys outdoor activities.  The whole family snowboards during the winter and hikes, swims, and camps in the summer.  Professionally, Dr. Aris has been a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, New York State Veterinary Society, and CNY Veterinary Medical Association since graduation. She is also a Nationally Accredited Veterinarian. For 10 years, she served as the CNYVMA treasurer and continues to be on the executive board. She is also a member of the American Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners, and Association of Sugar Glider Veterinarians.

Veterinary Technician:  Sarah:

“There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.” -Ben William

Sarah grew up in Paradise Valley, Arizona and moved to Cortland, New York in 1999. She lives with her son, two dogs, one cat, and a hedge hog . She has always loved animals and grew up with many dogs, cats and other fur babies.

Sarah’s favorite past times are spending time with her family, traveling, scrapbooking and crafting.

Veterinary Assistant: Tara

Tara has been working with animals and their owners since her 20s.  It’s her passion to be there for them and to help them in anyway. Tara has 1 dog and 3 cats, and 2 children. Her goal is to grow bigger and better and learn more ways to help people and their animals. She is very friendly, social and always willing to help others.

Receptionist: Dawn

Dawn lives in Otisco with her husband, son and 2 pugs. She loves working with animals and is a great addition to our team.