Dr. Cesar Tello, DVM
1997 Alumnus of
Cornell University College
of Veterinary Medicine
Dr. Cesar Tello was born in Lima, Peru and his family immigrated to the United States when he was a toddler. Since both his parents are also veterinarians, he was exposed to the world of veterinary medicine from a very young age. While growing up in Jackson Heights he had many pets - 4 cats, 2 dogs, 2 hamsters and 2 birds. He studied at St. Joan of Arc and then attended Brooklyn Technical High School where he majored in Aeronautical Engineering. He graduated from Cornell with a bachelors degree in Animal Science in 1993 and received his veterinary degree in 1997... continue
While at Cornell, Dr. Tello participated in the Big Brother-Little Brother Program and was heavily involved with student organizing. During the summer between undergrad and grad school, Dr. Tello was a New York City Government Scholar at CUNY. While in vet school, Dr. Tello worked in the Cardiology department as part of a team studying Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. He also had a special interest in public health and completed an independent study project on intestinal parasites at Bakers Institute for Animal Health. He also externed at the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta, Georgia on a Malaria project and at UNAM in Mexico City on a Tapeworm project.
After graduating from vet school, Dr. Tello worked for two years as a staff veterinarian at a multi-doctor, multi-practice veterinary clinic in Staten Island and then worked as an overnight emergency medicine veterinarian in Long Island and in Westchester before establishing Noah's Ark Pet Clinic in 2000.
Dr. Tello feels very fortunate to have come back to his home town to practice a profession he is very passionate about. In addition to helping pets and their families, Dr. Tello mentors high school and college students who are interested in becoming veterinarians. He has a long standing relationship with students at John Bowne High School and Cornell University, and has mentored students from numerous other institutions including La Guardia Community College and Queens College. Whenever possible Dr. Tello participates in career day at local schools throughout the city.
Dr. Tello was one of the first participants in Leaders 2000, an initiative by the NYS Veterinary Medical Society to engage young veterinarians in organized veterinary medicine. In that spirit, Dr. Tello has maintained active in his participation with veterinary and non-veterinary organization. He was a founding member of NICE - New Immigrant and Community Empowerment - whose mission is to socially, politically, and economically empower new immigrants. He served on the board of the Luz C. Colon Memorial Fund whose mission was to provide educational scholarships to young Latinas who want to pursue a career in community development. He has served on the Cornell University Council and was a board member on the La Unidad Latina Foundation. Currently, Dr. Tello is a member of the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine Alumni Association Executive Board and the Alumni Trustee Nominating Committee.
When not at work Dr. Tello enjoys spending his free time with his daughter and extended network of family and friends. He plays the piano, enjoys cooking, is an avid gardener, loves to travel and watches off-Broadway plays. To relax, he loves to sketch, read short stories, historical documents, poetry and plays; and attempts to write short stories whenever he has the energy.
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