Dr. Margot Weissman was born and raised in Westchester County, New York. Growing up with a dog and an immense love for animals, it was clear that she would find a way to pursue her passion for caring for animals. Dr. Weissman graduated with honors from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and a focus in Public Health. After graduation, she went on to enlist in the Israeli Defense Forces, serving in Oketz, the elite K9 unit of the Israeli army. She served as a dog trainer and caretaker for search and rescue dogs, attack dogs, and weapon-detecting dogs. Following her service, Dr. Weissman received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, focusing on small animal medicine and surgery. During her studies at Cornell University, she spent a summer in Bolivia volunteering for a clinic responsible for the wellness of the local community’s dogs and cats. She participated in clinical and data research for cancer and endocrine diseases throughout undergraduate and graduate school. After graduation, she completed a one-year internship in surgery and medicine with a unique focus on animal cruelty and shelter medicine at the ASPCA animal hospital in Manhattan. Dr. Weissman believes in prioritizing patient and client care and comfort. She enjoys traveling, hiking, painting, and exploring fun areas in NYC when she is not at the hospital.