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New members join Alumni Association Executive Board

Please join us in welcoming the newest at-large members of the Alumni Association Executive Board :

Dr. Wm. James Brown ’86Dr. Wm. James Brown ’86

Blue Cross Small Animal Clinic, Buffalo N.Y.

 The Blue Cross Animal Hospital is a five-doctor, AAHA-accredited companion animal hospital in Western New York State. The practice was founded in 1939, and Dr. Brown bought it in 1991. It has grown steadily using AAHA accreditation standards as its guide. Before Brown attended Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, he taught history at an independent school for eight years.

Brown also owns a small share of a veterinary practice in the Turks and Caicos Islands. His desire to travel has also allowed him to serve as a locum (relief) veterinarian in both New Zealand and Tasmania.

Guided by the fact that decisions are made by those who show up, Brown has taken leadership positions in the WNY Veterinary Association, Niagara Frontier Veterinary Society, Greater Buffalo Emergency Hospital, Turks and Caicos Veterinary Associates, Veterinary Management Group, and the National Ski Patrol. Brown serves AAHA as the Student Advocate for Cornell. James’ little free time is filled by restoring WWII military vehicles. The current project is a 1942 Harley Davidson.

Dr. Tim Butterfield ’73Dr. Tim Butterfield ’73

Windham Animal Hospital, Windham N.H.

 Dr. Timothy J. Butterfield ‘73 is the owner and director of Windham Animal Hospital in Windham, N.H., where he was born and raised.  He gained a great deal of early animal experience through the many opportunities afforded him by growing up in a sporting family and living in a rural community. His early career in mixed practice has evolved into a six-doctor small animal practice as the community demographic has changed.   

Butterfield is extremely active in his community:  long-time membership and service in the local Rotary Club, lifetime trustee for Pinkerton Academy, incorporator for the Alexander Eastman Hospital Corporation, and Cornell University Alumni Admissions Ambassador.  He has had a commitment to the indigent animal population throughout his professional career, and is currently assisting over thirty shelter and rescue organizations. Butterfield has also served as a mentor at his clinic and has been proud to encourage many young men and women through their successful vocational journeys into veterinary medicine.  In addition, Butterfield is an avid 4-in-hand coachman, a pursuit that has carried him throughout this country, Europe, and the British Isles.  His primary love and long-term focus is his family:  his wife Sharon of 46 years, his three children, and four grandchildren.

Dr. Richard Reid '92Dr. Richard Reid ’92

Mobile Advanced Veterinary Diagnostic Service, Smithtown N.Y.

 Dr. Richard Reid received his BS with honors in animal science from Cornell College of Agriculture and Life Sciences in 1988 and his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1992. After graduating, he joined a progressive small animal hospital in North Tonawanda, N.Y., outside Buffalo for one year before completing his internship and residency in small animal internal medicine at Michigan State University.

While a resident, Reid was director of the canine and feline blood donor program and was active in ongoing research that attempted to identify familial cancers in purebred dogs. He was one of the initial members of the Comparative Urology and Nephrology Group, a group that performs kidney transplants in cats. After both completing his residency and becoming board-certified in 1997, he moved to Long Island, N.Y. to become the chief internal medicine clinician at one of the area referral hospitals where he worked for nearly three years. Reid currently is the owner of his own mobile advanced veterinary diagnostic service that works in association with Mobile Veterinary Ultrasound and Endoscopy, Long Island’s premiere mobile advanced diagnostic and consultation service.  In his free time, Reid is an avid traveler and a true adventure gastrophile.

Dr.  Brett Tillou ’04Dr. Brett Tillou ’04

Tillou Veterinary Hospital, Hamburg N.Y.

 In May of 2004, Dr. Brett Tillou became a third generation Cornell Vet graduate (Don ’44, Guy ’78). At that time, Tillou and his wife (Erin Klene – Cornell Vet ’04) moved to Western New York where he started working at Tillou Veterinary Hospital in Hamburg. Brett bought the practice in January 2012, and finished a major renovation in 2014. Currently it is a two-doctor companion animal practice where Tillou works side by side with his father, Guy.

Brett and Erin have three children: Liam, Elliott and Blakely. They reside in Hamburg, with work and family keeping them quite busy. In his free time, Brett enjoys golfing and other outdoor activities. Cornell has provided Tillou and his family with numerous opportunities, and he is excited to maintain and enhance that connection as part of the Alumni Association.