Since 1975, Dr. Borzio has owned and operated Northside Animal Hospital, a fully computerized 4-year AAHA Accredited Hospital where animals as small as hummingbirds or as large as lions have been treated. Northside Animal Hospital also provides medical services for United for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center and the Parks Dept on Staten Island free of charge. The Veterinary Medical Society of New York City awarded Dr. Borzio ‘Veterinarian of the Year’ for the year 2000. This was given for his many years of caring for the wildlife on Staten Island and for his work at the Staten Island Zoo.
As President of the New York City Veterinary Medical Association in 1992, he was involved with New York City emergencies and politics, especially with the rabies epidemic where he was a member of Staten Island Rabies Task Force working with the Board of Health. He also lectured for the NYC Department of Health on exotics pet care.
He has been a member of the Association of Zoo Veterinarians since 1975, the American Veterinary Medical Association since 1972, the American Amphibian and Reptile Association since 1999, and the Association of Avian Veterinarians since its inception in 1980.
Experience in Zoo Animal Medicine started in 1973 at Cornell where he worked with the Ornithology Department. There he treated a variety of wild animals, primarily raptors and snakes. Dr. Borzio was the Veterinarian for the Staten Island Zoo from 1985 through 2000 and now is a Consultant Zoo and Exotic Veterinarian for the NY, NJ, CT Tri-State area.
Dr. Mark Salemi earned his D.V.M from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine after earning his degree in biology from St. John’s University in Queens, New York. At Ross, his training included large animal medicine and surgery at England’s University of Liverpool School of Veterinary Medicine and small animal medicine and surgery at Ontario Canada’s University of Guelph Veterinary School. He additionally held a preceptorship with the New York State Conservation Society at the Bronx Zoo prior to his graduation with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in January 1987. His family consists of his wife Ann, 2 children Mason and Nicholas.
He is a member of the New York State and New York City Veterinary Medical Associations, Association of Avian Veterinarians and the American Veterinary Medical Association.
Dr. Salemi is owner and partner of Northside Animal Hospital, specializing in wild, zoo, and exotic animals, and served as one of the staff veterinarians at the Staten Island Zoo for over 10 years. Northside also maintains a close working relationship with the New York City Parks Department, caring for injured wildlife and the New York City Board of Health.
Dr. Salemi was heralded for his volunteer work with rescue dogs after September 11th at Ground Zero and is now a member of the Board of the New York City Veterinary Disaster Preparedness Committee as well as a founding board member of the NYC Veterinary Emergency Response Team (NYC VERT).
In 2002, after four years as an Executive Board member and officer, Dr. Salemi was elected President of the New York City Veterinary Medical Association. He has received many awards from the association including:
Dr. Salemi is presently an active member of the VMA of NYC as a member at large and acts as a liaison to the board as an NYC VERT member.
Dr. Salemi is very active in his home community as past President/Vice President of his town’s Board of Education (a publicly elected official), both Health and Office of Emergency Management, a CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) member, and Boy Scout leader. In 2008 he was named president of Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine’s Alumni Association and continues as an active member of the Alumni Council.
Dr. Salemi’s goals include promoting Ross as a primary university to achieve the dream of becoming a veterinarian, facilitate communication between prospective as well as current students and alumni as well as keeping alumni actively involved in that support. He strives to be active in both his professional and private communities while continuing to promote veterinary medicine as a career and facilitating the roles of practitioners in organized veterinary medicine.