Dr. Patricia A. Wagner was born and raised on Long Island, NY. She obtained a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from Cornell University, and a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Ross University, with a clinical year completed at Louisiana State University. She also holds Advanced Certifications in Veterinary Medical Acupuncture through Colorado State University, Veterinary Pain Management through the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management, and is a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist through the Canine Rehabilitation Institute. She is the only veterinarian animal rehabilitation specialist in this area and provides a very comprehensive skill set as the only veterinarian with a combination of pain management, acupuncture and rehabilitation.
Dr. Wagner has a passion for and focus in pain management and quality of life concerns. She is available for pain management consultations and is on the forefront of advancements in pain management for all species. She has participated in Pain Management Boot Camp given by the renowned Dr. James Gaynor, as well as LocoRegional Anesthesia Wet Lab with Dr. Luis Campoy and his team (veterinarians who have pioneered and advanced local anesthesia in veterinary medicine) and has attended the Veterinary Pain Short Course (collaboration with veterinarians and MD/PhDs at UCSD) every 2 years and plans to continue on doing so.
Dr. Wagner has 20 years’ experience in veterinary medicine, in general practice, emergency and shelter medicine. Beyond pain medicine she has a love for feline medicine (even the most irate feline patients!!), has advanced knowledge in infectious disease, large scale rescue and sheltering. She volunteered as an on site veterinarian for the search/rescue/recovery dogs at the World Trade Center collapse site of 9/11. She was a recipient of the prestigious Angel Award for compassionate care at the ASPCA. She has fostered over 250 kittens and cats for various shelters over time (a handful have remained!) She treats patients ‘wholistically’ (different than ‘holistically’) – meaning she takes into account all aspects of the pet’s life, environment and care takers devises plans to fit owner and pet.
She has career long active affiliations with the American Veterinary Medical Association, American Academy of Feline Practitioners, The Cornell Feline Health Center, The Winn Feline Foundation and the International Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society. She is also a member of the American Association of Rehabilitation Veterinarians, International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management, International Association for the Study of Pain and a member of the Non-Verbal Species Special Interest Group with IASP, as well as a member of the Academy of Integrative Pain Management. She is licensed in New York, New Jersey and Nevada.
Dr. Wagner is also a lifelong equestrienne, and lived for 6 years in a barn (literally!) managing a farm of retired Standardbreds during her career.
In her spare time Dr. Wagner loves doing anything outdoors, including running, cycling, hiking and riding dressage. She has lived in a variety of places, including 1 year in Reading, England and loves to travel. Dr. Wagner has many pets! She shares her home with cats named Edison, Gracie Loo, Gloria, Mae, Liam, Ned, and birds named Henry (English Budgie) and Alfred (Parakeet).