Briar Patch Veterinary Hospital

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706 Elmira Rd
Ithaca, NY 14850

Driving Directions

(607) 272-2828


  • Hours:
  • Mon - Thurs: 8:00AM-7:00PM
  • Fri: 8:00AM-5:00PM
  • Sat: 8:00AM-1:00PM
  • Sun: Closed
  • After Hours Emergency? Call: Cornell 607-253-3060

At Briar Patch Veterinary Hospital all of our staff share the love you have for your animal companions by providing them with the highest caliber of advanced medicine and compassionate care throughout each stage of life. As partners in providing for your pet's well-being, we invest the time to listen and converse with you about your pet's individual needs in order to provide the best medical treatment, advice and education to keep them in optimal health. Our focus on total quality inhabits every aspect of the practice - from our investment in becoming AAHA accredited, to the medicines and equipment we use to treat your animal companions. From birth through end-of-life issues, we are there with you, your pet and your family.

New patients are always welcome! Give us a call or email us to request an appointment. Briar Patch Veterinary Hospital in Ithaca, NY is a full service, AAHA accredited small animal hospital offering complete health care for dogs, cats, birds, pocket and exotic pets.

Our hospital is well-equipped to handle laboratory, surgical, x-ray and dentistry services. All of our equipment utilizes state of the art technology, including digital whole body and dental x-ray.  We believe in providing state of the art pain management, using various modalities including acupuncture and laser therapy.  Additionally, our staff is able to provide behavioral and nutritional counseling. We are fortunate to have the Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine minutes away and utilize the resources readily available to our professional community.

We offer our medical services by appointment Monday through Saturday, including four evenings. For your convenience we accept payment in the form of cash, check and credit cards.

 At Briar Patch, you and your pet are part of our family.

Briar Patch Veterinary Hospital Services

  • Behavioral Medicine
  • Dental Care
  • Emergency and Critical Care
  • Fully Stocked Pharmacy
  • Hospice and Euthanasia Services
  • Laser Therapy
  • Microchipping
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Pain Management
  • Parasite Prevention and Control
  • Puppy and Kitten Care
  • Rabbits and Small Mammals
  • Radiology (X-Rays)
  • Senior Care
  • Surgery
  • Vaccinations
  • Wellness Exams

Briar Patch Veterinary Hospital Staff Profiles

Dr. Ingrid Rhinehart

Dr. Ingrid Rhinehart is a Western New York native who is happy to call Ithaca home.  She is a Cornell Vet School alumna who just couldn’t stay away.  She has previously practiced in Western New York and Western Pennsylvania before moving back to Ithaca and joining Briar Patch.  

Dr. Rhinehart earned her Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Oberlin College and her Master’s degree in Agricultural Economics from Cornell.  After working as a development economist with farmers in East Africa, she returned to Cornell and earned her veterinary degree in 2011.  Additionally, she earned certification in Veterinary Acupuncture from The Chi Institute in 2011.  She continues to immerse herself in the study of Chinese Herbal Medicine, Chinese Food Therapy and other aspects of integrative medicine. She has recently earned certification as a Fear Free Practitioner, concentrating on considerate approach and gentle control techniques used in calming environments.

Dr. Rhinehart shares her life with her husband, two senior Great Danes, one elderly Doberman, one feisty kitty, two budgies and a tortoise. When not busy seeing patients or furthering her studies she enjoys quilting and traveling.
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Years in Practice: 5

Oberlin College, Cornell University

Dr. Katherine Vissio

Katherine (Kat) Vissio, DVM graduated from Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2015 and has remained at the college for a year of advanced training as a small animal rotating intern. She is interested in general wellness care, complete medical work-ups, surgery and post-operative care. She has enjoyed her time at a large teaching hospital and looks forward to developing long-term relationships with patients and clients in a more personal practice environment. Her honest and empathetic communication style creates a strong partnership with her clients that allows for the best possible patient care.

She is originally from Austin, Texas but has lived in the northeast since college. She earned her undergraduate degree at The George Washington University in Washington, DC. There she was able to delve into evolution and cultural studies with a major in Biological Anthropology. Dr. Vissio finds Ithaca has a similar vibe to Austin, on a more intimate scale. In her time off she loves to dance, sing, travel and practice yoga. She also enjoys hiking and camping in the rain, snow or sunshine with her husband, Emmanuel, and their dog Zoe. They enjoy Ithaca’s festivals, active community involvement and outdoor activities. She is excited to become part of the Briar Patch family and more deeply connected to the people of Ithaca.
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Years in Practice: 1

George Washington University, Cornell University