8 Questions With LIVS Chief of Staff Dr. Dominic J. Marino

There isn’t much in the way of animal health the 150 medical and support professionals that work at Long Island Veterinary Specialists (LIVS) haven’t seen. Established in the 1990s as a place for Long Island residents to take their pets for advanced veterinary care, LIVS treats an average of 150 patients a day, including dogs, cats, birds, reptiles and other exotic animals. Pulse chatted with Dr. Dominic J. Marino, chief of staff at LIVS about the history of LIVS, what they look for in hiring a vet and more.

Dominic J. MarinoLong Island Pulse: Tell us a little bit about Long Island Veterinary Specialists?
Dr. Dominic J. Marino: Long Island Veterinary Specialists (LIVS) is a premier veterinary specialty hospital and treatment center located in Plainview. We provide emergency, trauma and advanced care by board-certified specialists. We serve other area veterinarians and pet owners in the NY metro area, and often receive patient referrals from across the United States due to their expertise, sophisticated equipment and pioneering procedures offered in their hospital, which is fully staffed 24-hours a day, 365 days a year.

Pulse: Why was LIVS created here on Long Island?
Marino:  In the 1990s, Long Island Veterinary Specialists was created as a place where area residents could take their pets for advanced veterinary services that were not otherwise available on Long Island. When LIVS was founded, it was the first 24-hour critical care and trauma center equipped with CT and MRI technology on Long Island.

Pulse: What are some of the services LIVS offers?
Marino:  In addition to 24/7/365 Emergency Care, LIVS offers advanced care in Behavior Medicine, Dermatology, Integrative Medicine, Internal Medicine, Neurology/Neurosurgery, Oncology, Ophthalmology, Radioiodine Therapy (I-131), Rehabilitation and Sports Therapy and Surgery.

Pulse: Give us some numbers: how many animals does LIVS see in a day? Any other interesting stats we should know?
Marino:  Between dogs, cats, birds, reptiles and other exotic animals, LIVS treats an average of 150 patients a day. Our fully equipped, modern facility is the largest on Long Island at 30,000 square feet and we employ a team of more than 150 medical and support professionals.

Pulse: What does LIVS look for in hiring vets?
Marino:  Long Island Veterinary Specialists is dedicated to bringing healing to animals and peace of mind to those that love them. Thus, we seek medical professionals with advanced education and a passion for their work—veterinarians who will provide compassionate medical care for patients and their owners while helping to foster a culture of collaboration, respect and excellence.

Pulse: Tell us a bit about what’s in store for LIVS for the next three to six months?
Marino:  LIVS is excited to bring the practice of Eastern Medicine to complement our existing Western Medicine program, thus pioneering the development of Integrative Medicine on Long Island. Integrative Medicine combines Western and Eastern Medicine to leverage the advantages of each technique when treating pets. Techniques such as acupuncture and Chinese herbology are gentle, minimally invasive and incorporate patient well-being and stress reduction.

LIVS is also approved as a New York State sponsor of continuing education for veterinarians and veterinary technicians. We’ll be hosting a number of continuing education teaching lectures throughout the year, allowing other area veterinarians and technicians to earn their required educational credits.

Pulse: What do you credit as the secret to LIVS’ success?
Marino: LIVS has always been a pioneer in the field of veterinary medicine. The facilities at Long Island Veterinary Specialists are the most advanced in veterinary medicine today. Much of the equipment can be found in human medical centers, delivering the same high-level care. We employ a team approach, working closely with each patient’s primary family veterinarian, sharing valuable information to provide optimal care for pets.

Pulse: What makes LIVS different from other vets?
Marino: Accreditation is important because when people have to decide where to take their pet for emergencies or advanced care by a specialist, they should be sure the hospital they choose meets certain standards (and not all do).

A commitment to innovation and technology also differentiates LIVS. Did you know?

  • LIVS has the only Behavioral Medicine department on Long Island, ready to treat aggression, anxieties, compulsive disorders and unruly behaviors with personalized treatment plans
  • LIVS has a comprehensive physical and sports rehabilitation department that includes advanced expertise in eastern medicine, paralysis therapy and integration of mobility support equipment
  • LIVS uses neurosurgical equipment that includes a stereotactic brain surgery system that allows for minimally invasive biopsies to obtain samples of brain tissue for the treatment of tumors once deemed non-treatable
  • They are pioneers in cataract surgery–one of LIVS’ ophthalmologists, Dr. Sapienza, was the first to implant an injectable, foldable intraocular lens in dogs to remove a cataract and also performed the first successful corneal transplant on dogs and cats on Long Island
  • Since June 1, 1998, LIVS has never closed its doors regardless of holidays, inclement weather or other natural disasters–that’s over 6,500 consecutive days of serving Long Islanders’ veterinary needs!