Our Veterinarians

The West Village Veterinary Hospital team of skilled veterinarians welcomes you to our practice. Proudly serving the New York area. At West Village Veterinary Hospital, it is our daily privilege to provide quality vet care to your cherished pet, with compassion and competence. We hope to ensure a positive impact on our patients, pet owners and the local community.

Lucy O'Byrne, DVM, CVA


Dr. Lucy O’Byrne joined the Downtown Veterinary Medical Hospitals group in 2006 and now serves as the Managing Veterinarian for our West Village and Battery Park locations. She practices primarily in the West Village. Growing up in suburban New Jersey, Dr. O’Byrne always knew she wanted to become a veterinarian. In high school she began working with animals as a veterinary assistant at the local animal hospital – and hasn’t stopped caring for animals since. She graduated magna cum laude from Tufts University with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biochemistry, then went on receive her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Tufts University’s School of Veterinary Medicine in 2005. After graduation, she was awarded an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at NYC’s prestigious Animal Medical Center. Dr. O’Byrne is passionate about all aspects of veterinary medicine – from wellness care to complex medical conditions. She has advanced training in Dentistry from the Animal Dental Center in Baltimore, Maryland. She is a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist from the Chi Institute in Reddick, Florida, bringing integrative “alternative” aspects into her daily practice, especially chronic conditions and senior pets. In addition to being an accredited USDA veterinarian, she is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the New York State Veterinary Medical Society, and the Veterinary Medical Association of NYC. Dr. O’Byrne lives in NYC with her husband, son, and her loving English Springer Spaniel, Aloha. When she is not at work, she enjoys curling (yes, the ice sport with brooms) and exploring NYC with her family.

Jessica Lee, VMD


Dr. Jessica Lee developed her passion for animals and medicine while working at her hometown clinic in New Jersey. She continued to pursue her interests by majoring in Animal Science while attending Rutgers University. After a backpacking trip in Australia, she went on to earn her Veterinariae Medicinae Doctoris (VMD) from the University of Pennsylvania. During her time at Penn, Dr. Lee participated in researching genetic diseases affecting dogs through the NIH/Merial Veterinary Scholars Program. In addition to the regular veterinary curriculum, Dr. Lee also spent time abroad in China training and translating for local dairy veterinarians. After graduation, Dr. Lee was awarded a small animal rotating internship at the Veterinary Emergency Referral Group (VERG) in Brooklyn, NY. Her professional interests include emergency and critical care, internal medicine, and soft tissue surgery. Dr. Lee currently lives in Brooklyn Heights with her spaniel mix, Indie. Her favorite activities include traveling abroad, exploring good eats around the city, running and playing intramural sports, and hiking with her dog.

Angela Hildenbrand, DVM


Angela received her Bachelor of Arts in Biology from New York University and her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University. After graduation, she completed a small animal rotating internship at Veterinary Emergency Referral Group in Brooklyn, NY. She then spent 3 years working at a small animal general practice in Brooklyn prior to crossing the bridge into Manhattan. Prior to moving to Colorado for vet school she worked at West Village Veterinary Hospital for several years, and is very excited to return to help care for New York City’s pets. Angela’s professional interests include practice management and internal medicine, and she is a member of the New York State Veterinary Medical Society, the American Veterinary Medical Association, and both the New York City and Colorado State Veterinary Medical Reserve Corps if help is needed during state or federal emergency situations.

Originally from Long Island, Angela uses her free time to catch up with friends and explore the city that she grew up beside but never had the opportunity to truly experience. She also spends time with her cat Elle, a Brooklyn street native with a very ladylike mustache.

Daniel Smith, DVM


Dr. Dan Smith is originally from South Florida. He received his undergraduate degree in Biology from Northwestern University. After school he moved to New York City for a few years and fell in love with city life. He went on to obtain his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at St. George's University and finished his training at Cornell University. Upon finishing his degree he began working at Tribeca Soho Animal Hospital and West Village Veterinary Hospital. A few months later he was awarded an internship at Veterinary Emergency and Referral Group (VERG) in Brooklyn where he developed an interest in Internal Medicine, Cardiology, and Primary Care. He is very excited to return to the great teams at both Tribeca Soho and West Village! Dr. Smith is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the New York State Veterinary Medical Society. Dr. Smith lives in Manhattan with his wife and mischievous cat, Chairman Meow. In his down time he likes to run, cook, and chase his cat around the apartment.

Jill Elliot, DVM


Dr. Jill Elliot has been practicing veterinary medicine since June 1995. Besides practicing conventional veterinary medicine, she has extensive training in many complementary medicines including Veterinary Orthopedic Manipulation (VOM), Low Level (cold) Laser (LLLT) and homeopathy. She trained with the renowned Richard Pitcarin, DVM, Ph.D. in advanced homeopathic treatment with animals. She then went on for advanced training in homeopathy in England and New York City.

To learn the VOM and LLLT technology she trained with the leading veterinary neurologist, William Inman, DVM.

Over her years of practice she has successfully treated and cured many acute and chronic diseases. The advantage Dr. Elliot has is that she has all the knowledge and tools that conventional medicine can offer, and additionally has a variety of tools to reach for from the complementary side. She tends to use the complementary medicines first when treating problems in her practice.

Dr. Elliot has lectured extensively. She has been a guest on many television shows, on news programs and public radio.

In her free time she loves to travel and has been to 17 countries in the past 6 years, loves horses and horseback riding, seeing films and reading mysteries.

Jean-Paul Petrie DVM, ACVIM, Specialist in Cardiology


Dr. Jean-Paul Petrie is a clinical cardiologist with Hudson Valley Veterinary Cardiology. He sees patients at our West Village and Tribeca-Soho hospitals. Prior to this current position, Dr. Petrie was a staff cardiologist in the Department of Medicine at The Animal Medical Center in New York. Dr. Petrie received his DVM degree from the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada in 1994. Following veterinary school, he completed his internship at Michigan Veterinary Specialists and a fellowship in cardiac physiology and interventional cardiology at the Robarts Research Institute, University Hospital, London, Ontario, Canada. Dr. Petrie then came to New York for a residency in veterinary cardiology at The Animal Medical Center. He has been board certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in Cardiology since 1999. Dr. Petrie has specific interests in echocardiography and feline cardiomyopathies. He lectures both nationally and internationally and continues to be actively involved in clinical research projects. He has published several articles and book chapters during his clinical veterinary career.

Alexandre Rousseau, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM and ACVECC; Nomad Veterinary Specialty Services


After years of practice in well-established multi-specialty referral hospitals in Manhattan, San Diego, Westchester and Fairfield County, Dr. Alex Rousseau founded Nomad Veterinary Specialty Services. In March of 2014, Nomad Veterinary Specialty Services began working with Downtown Veterinary Medical Hospitals to provide on-site diagnostic, therapeutic and consultation services within each of our hospitals. Prior to the creation of Nomad VSS, Dr. Rousseau has served as staff Criticalist and head of the Emergency and Critical Care Department in multi-specialty practices in San Diego, CA (2005-2008), Yonkers, NY (2008-2011) and Stamford, CT (2011-2014). He has been involved in the training of numerous interns and residents, and was honored with The Animal Medical Center Teacher of the Year Award in 2005. Outside of the hospital, Dr. Rousseau enjoys photography, ice hockey, and working on his old house with his wife and his young children.