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79-18 Eliot Ave. - Middle Village, NY 11379

Tel: 718-416-2282


Our Veterinarians

Dr. Jay Luger

Dr. Jay Luger

Some of the earliest and fondest memories of my childhood involve the pets that I have enjoyed over the years. Dogs and cats naturally but also lizards, chameleons, birds and fish. As a teenager I also owned five rabbits. At that time I believed that breeding my rabbits was my ticket to fame and fortune. I am embarrassed to admit but retrospectively happy to recall that I was unsuccessful in the “simple” enterprise of breeding rabbits. I graduated the New York State Veterinary College at Cornell University in 1969 fulfilling my life long ambition to become a veterinarian. In 1970 I adopted my very first cat who I named Vashti. Vashti was a beautiful black female short haired cat with gorgeous golden eyes. She was the very first cat for whom I was solely responsible. Vashti converted me from a dog person (I also owned a dog named Spock at that time) to an ailurophile (cat lover).

I spent the first five years of my career working for other veterinarians in the metropolitan area, with both dogs and cats as my patients. In 1972 with my cat Vashti as my inspiration, I decided that I could be a much better veterinarian if I limited my practice just to cats. In pursuit of this objective, I devoted the next two years of my leisure time reading feline literature both professional and non-professional. In August 1974, I opened the Forest Hills Cat Hospital on Austin Street in Forest Hills. Shortly after I opened the office, my staff and I adopted our first office cat, Puss-Puss (not a name of our choosing) a 2 year old long haired female cat. Puss-Puss shared with us the early and difficult growing years of our practice and many, many lunches. Puss-Puss graced our office for nearly twenty wonderful years.

Over the years both the numbers of our patients grew as did the size of our staff. In July 1998 we moved from Forest Hills to our current roomier and better equipped facility in Gendale.

I am currently a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP). For more than twenty five years I have been a member of the Research Committee of the AAFC and for more than twelve years, I served as chairperson of that committee.

My wife, Dr Zita Goldfinger is also a Veterinarian. Unfortunately she has developed allergies to dogs and cats. Thus other than our daughter and son we have no mammalian pets in our home. However, of the non mammalian variety of pets, we own two Sun Conures and a Bearded Dragon.


Helen Tuzio, DVM,
Diplomats ABVP (feline practice) - Senior Associate

Dr. Helen Tuzio Dr. Tuzio has been an Associate at the Forest Hills Cat Hospital since 1991. She was graduated with Honors from Ross University, then completed a post- doctoral clinical year at Purdue University before entering private practice. She was appointed Associate Dean and Clinical Program Director of the Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine - a position she held from 1991 until 2003. Dr. Tuzio is a board-certified specialist in cat medicine and surgery having gone through an intensive process of credential approval, continuing education, publishing requirements and testing. There are still fewer than 100 Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP) Certified Feline Practitioners worldwide.

Dr. Tuzio is a Fellow of the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP), A Fellow and Founding Member of the International Association of Cat Doctors (IACD), and a contributing author of several feline medicine textbooks. She is an active member of AAFP’s Feline Practice Guidelines Committee and served as their Chairperson from 2001 until 2005. She has coauthored the Senior Care Guidelines of both the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) and the AAFP, as well as the Guidelines for the Judicious Use of Antimicrobials published by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). She has contributed to the development of licensing examinations for veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and Feline Practice specialists. In the fall of 2007, Dr. Tuzio was appointed to the Examination Development Advisory Board of the National Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners (NBVME) – a position open to only 2 people in North America to oversee the development of the Feline section of the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE). She credits her first cat `K.C.' who lived to the tender age of 23, with teaching her the intricacies of feline medicine.
Dr. Matthew Nebel

Dr. Matthew Nebel

Dr. Nebel received a BS degree from Syracuse University and studied Veterinary medicine in Parma, Italy where he earned his DVM degree in 1984. He then did an internship at the Animal Medical Center in NYC and studied surgery with Dr. Martin DeAngelis who was the staff orthopedist at the Animal Medical Center for 13 years.

Dr. Nebel has been practicing veterinary medicine for over 23 years and has attained a broad base of practical knowledge in both medicine and surgery. His particular interests lie in orthopedics and cardiology and his love of cats brought him to the Forest Hills Cat Hospital where he has been on staff for over 11 years.

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