Our Veterinarians have made the news! Learn more about the emergency c-section completed by Dr. Tyson Benson at the New York State Fair!
Dr. Tyson Benson grew up on a dairy farm in Lansing, NY. In order to capitalize on the farm life experience, his parents populated the dairy farm with various other species including a pony, pigs, goats, a rabbit, ducks, dogs, cats, a donkey, and chickens. It is therefore no surprise that Tyson was inclined to work with animals as a career. Cornell Vet School was graced with his presence until 2009, at which time he took a job in New Mexico. It wasn’t long before he missed the snow and overcast skies of upstate New York and therefore had to return; initially taking a job as a mixed animal vet with Brookside Veterinary Clinic. In July of 2013 Tyson bought half the business and rechristened it Homestead Large Animal and quit seeing dogs and cats in order to focus on the horses, cows, alpacas, llamas, goats, and sheep. After a workday filled with farm animals, Tyson returns home to spend time with his wife, Victoria, and some truly wild things: his five kids.
Dr. Kaitlyn Kremer is a New York State native hailing from Otsego County and a 2015 graduate of Cornell Veterinary School. Interested in veterinary medicine from a young age, she got hooked on large animal medicine in high school, where she spent much of her summers working on farms and riding with a local vet. She attended SUNY Geneseo for her undergraduate degree, majoring in biochemistry with an un-official minor is Spanish. In veterinary school, she pursued advanced experience in dairy production medicine while maintaining interest in equine and small ruminant work. She is a graduate of the Cornell Summer Dairy Institute.
Following graduation from vet school, Dr. Kremer spent a year working as an intern with the Farm Animal Service of the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital, where she worked with all variety of farm animals including cattle, swine, goats, camelids, and veterinary students. Homesick for hills and trees, she returned to New York and joined the team at Homestead Large Animal in June of 2016.
Dr. Kremer’s professional interests include dairy production medicine with a focus on transition cow health and milk quality, employee training and education, and providing quality services for all farm animal species. Outside of work, Dr. Kremer is a classically trained singer and an avid knitter. She also enjoys gardening, hiking, boating, and, in general, working with her hands. She currently lives in Auburn and is owned by a fifteen-year-old tabby cat.
Karen Coates is an integral part of the Homestead team. She has been working in the large animal business for over 30 years, starting with Dr. John Flynn, in 1985, then working with Dr. Tom Gill, and most recently for Dr. Tyson Benson here at Homestead. She handles scheduling for all the large animal clients as well as the clinic’s book keeping. Karen enjoys spending her free time with her husband Kevin, their 5 children and their grandchildren. She also enjoys traveling, camping, reading, baking, and working in her yard and garden.