Dr. Kellie N. Barreto was born and raised in sunny Miami, FL. After graduating from Southwest Miami Senior High, she attended Florida International University and Florida State University and obtained degrees in health sciences and biological sciences, respectively. After spending some time in France, she was accepted into the University of Glasgow School of Veterinary Medicine, home to the most advanced small animal hospital in Europe and rivaling any in the world. She began the 5 year course in 2008 and, during those five years abroad, she performed 26 weeks of required clinical studies outside of the University's teaching, and worked with a wide range of animals, including sheep, cows, poultry, horses, wildlife, and exotics, in addition to small companion animals, at various locations in the states as well as abroad.
In 2012, she volunteered with Paphiakos Animal Welfare in Cyprus where she performed surgeries and participated in a vaccination and release program for feral felines. She then volunteered with the Dogstar Foundation and Tsunami Animal People Alliance in Sri Lanka where she assisted with both fixed and mobile vaccination and treatment clinics and performed surgeries on underprivileged and abandoned small animals, as well as assisted with a children's educational program at the local schools with a educational focus on animal care, rabies, animal handling and safety.
Dr. Barreto graduated with her BVMS in 2013 and is eligible to practice veterinary medicine world-wide, as Glasgow vet school is accredited by American, UK, European, and Australasian standards. Dr. Barreto is a member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and is currently licensed in the UK, New York and Texas.
After graduation, she completed a one year rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the Veterinary Emergency Clinic and Referral Center in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She then completed a one year specialty internship in small animal internal medicine and critical care at Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists in Houston, Texas. Her main interests include immune-mediated disease, cardiology, and hematological disorders. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, kayaking, college football (go Noles!), fishing and spending time with her friends and family. She is excited about new challenges that lie ahead and working with the great staff at the ASC, and looks forward to exploring all that New York has to offer. She has one cat named Joon, a previous blood donor who has been enjoying the retired life since 2014.