Long Island City Veterinarians
Dr. Keith Manning, DVM
Dr. Keith Manning is a general practitioner and is also the owner and director of Long Island City Veterinary Center.
Asked what first inspired him to become a veterinarian, Dr. Manning says it was his first pet, a dog named Happy. “Her unbounded love and playfulness were always a part of me,” he says. “Now that I am a veterinarian I really enjoy improving a pet’s health and quality of life, so it can more fully enjoy the human and pet bond.”
A native of Westchester, New York, Dr. Manning attended the State University of New York at Stony Brook for his undergraduate studies where he earned a bachelor’s degree in biology in 1978. He then went on to earn his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Araneta University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1983.
Dr. Manning’s areas of particular professional interest include diagnostic medicine, wellness care, geriatrics, and pain management. He is a member of the Executive Board of Directors for Bideawee, one of the oldest humane adoption societies in the United States. He is also a member of the New York State and New York City Veterinary Medical Associations, American Veterinary Medical Association, and the American Animal Hospital Association. Dr. Manning is the president of New York Save Animals in Veterinary Emergency, and he sits on the Advisory Board of the Veterinary Technician Program at LaGuardia Community College.
Dr. Manning was also named Veterinarian of the Year in 1998 by the New York City Veterinary Medical Association.
He and his wife have a teenage daughter who enjoys acting and singing. At home, the family has two dogs – a mini goldendoodle and a Havanese. Dr. Manning’s hobbies include tennis, cross-training, theater, dining out and reading.
Dr. Erin Taylor Kulick, DVM
Dr. Erin Kulick is a veterinarian at Long Island City Veterinary Center. She joined our practice in April, 2014.
Dr. Kulick grew up in a small town in the mountains of Virginia where she was surrounded by animals: Pets, farm animals, and wildlife. She began volunteering at a mixed animal practice at 12 and soon realized that veterinary medicine was her calling.
Dr. Kulick attended Roanoke College where she majored in biology. She graduated in 2006. She then attended Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, graduating in 2010. She is a member of the New York State Veterinary Medical Society, the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Veterinary Medical Association of New York City. Her professional interests include internal medicine, geriatric medicine, soft tissue surgery, ophthalmology and general veterinary medicine. “I’m fortunate to have a career where I enjoy going to work every day” says Dr. Kulick. “I can use skills I’ve acquired over the years to improve the health of animals, thus strengthening the human-animal bond, which in turn improves the lives of people in my community.”
During the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Dr. Kulick had the opportunity to volunteer with the New York City Veterinary Emergency Response Team (NYC VET). This organization worked with assorted groups and organizations to provide mobile vet care, pet food, and emergency boarding to Hurricane Sandy victims. Dr. Kulick was also involved with intake and care of pets at the emergency boarding facility in Brooklyn after Hurricane Sandy.
Dr. Kulick has a dog, Heifer. She lives with her husband Scott, a jazz musician. In her free time she is enjoys playing ultimate Frisbee and basketball, and performs in the Queer Urban Orchestra, a community orchestra in New York City.
Dr. Shelby L. Freda, VMD
Dr. Shelby L. Freda is a General Practitioner from Short Hills, New Jersey, who joined the medical staff of Long Island City Veterinary Center in August 2011.
When asked about her early veterinary influences, Dr. Freda says she has been fascinated by animals as far back as she can remember. “At one point, I brought home multiple stray cats from my neighborhood and hid them in our basement, hoping my parents wouldn’t notice, but they did, or course,” she says.
Now that she’s a veterinarian in New York, Dr. Freda says she gains great satisfaction from improving the lives of people by caring for the pets that bring them so much unconditional love and loyalty.
For her undergraduate studies, Dr. Freda attended the University of Michigan. During her time in college she started the University’s pre-veterinary club. In 2003 she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. The following year she enrolled in the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine and graduated in 2008 with a Veterinary Medical Doctorate. Dr. Freda is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and her professional interests include internal medicine and dermatology. She has been published in the veterinary reference text Canine and Feline Gastroenterology, providing her expertise for an article on GI neoplasia.
Dr. Freda has a Tortie cat named Pinot that she found stuck in a tree while trying to escape a pack of raccoons. Outside her work at our Long Island veterinary office, she enjoys biking, rollerblading, skiing, and golf.
Dr. Maria Racioppo, DVM
Dr. Racioppo is a native New Yorker who is back after years of being a self-proclaimed nomad. In the past 10 years she has lived in 9 different cities in 4 different countries. She graduated from Ross University in the Caribbean and finished her clinical rotation at North Carolina State University. Throughout her travels she knew that there really was no place like home and is happy to be back in New York.
Before veterinary school, Dr. Racioppo was a veterinary technician in Westchester County. After over 15 years in the field, she stills loves the diversity and problem solving that the profession offers. Her love of animals started with her pet turtle named Norman who taught her to appreciate all animals (not just the fuzzy ones).
She is an experienced doctor with a special interest in surgery, dentistry, and exotic medicine. That’s right, EXOTICS! So not only does she treat dogs and cats but she also treats hamsters, rabbits, reptiles, and pigs too. When she isn’t in the office she enjoys exploring the city, painting and running.
Dr. Patrice Whittington, DVM
Dr. Whittington is an accomplished veterinarian. She graduated from the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Missouri-Columbia after completing her undergraduate studies at the University of Missourti-Kansas City. Dr. Whittington is a companion animal veterinarian who was a partner in a practice for 15 years. She then went on to own her own animal hospital for 15 years. In 2011, Dr. Whittingon completed a Masters in Public Health at Columbia University. She brings years of experience and knowledge to LIC Veterinary Center in both medicine and surgery.
When not helping animals, she enjoys spending time with her family and traveling.