Referring Veterinarians


When referring a patient to Dr. Van Ee or Dr. Hall, please be sure to fill out a patient referral form (below). Include any recent blood work or lab work that may have been done and vaccine history. All patients being referred to Veterinary Specialists of Western New York must be current on vaccines to have a procedure performed at our facility.

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About Our Referring Veterinarians

Rene_testRene T. Van Ee, DVM, Diplomate ACVS

Board Certified in Surgery by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons

Dr. Van Ee is a native of Detroit and attended Michigan State University where he majored in physiology.  He graduated from the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine with honors and then completed a 1 year small animal surgery internship at Oradell Animal Hospital in New Jersey. His internship was followed by a small animal surgery residency at the University of Tennessee. Following his residency, Dr. van Ee was an assistant professor of small animal surgery at Louisiana State University.  He has authored more than 30 scientific publications related to surgical topics.

Currently, he serves on the advisory board of the veterinary technician program at Medaille College and was President of the New York State Veterinary Medical Society in 2010.  He is an advisor for Explorer Post 26 “Exploring Veterinary Science” program. Recent professional recognition includes the William H. Spurgeon III Award by the Greater Niagara Frontier Council, Veterinarian of Year (2012) by the New York State Veterinary Medical Society, and the ImproMed Community Contributor of the Year Award for 2013.

He and his wife Pamela, have been married 34 years and have 3 children.

Dr. Van Ee’s practice is limited to consultations and surgery on a referral only basis.

MelanieHall_DVMMelanie J. Hall, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVIM-Small Animal

Board certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine

Dr. Hall graduated with her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Atlantic Veterinary College on Prince Edward Island in Canada. She completed a small animal rotating internship at Cornell University Hospital for Animals, and then went on to a three-year residency program in Small Animal Internal Medicine at The Ohio State University. In addition to completing her residency, she completed a Master’s of Science degree in Comparative and Veterinary Medicine. Her research interests over the past few years have involved treatment of chronic kidney disease and diabetes in cats. Don’t get the wrong idea, though, she loves dogs too! Dr. Hall entered veterinary school with the goal of becoming an internist, and feels extremely lucky to have trained and worked with many wonderful and talented specialists. This specialized training has prepared Dr. Hall for diagnosing and treating disorders such as: anemia or other bleeding disorders, chronic gastrointestinal disease such as vomiting, diarrhea and weight loss, complicated pancreatic disease, coughing and other breathing problems, endocrine diseases such as adrenal disease (Cushing’s disease, Addison’s disease, and adrenal tumors) as well as complicated diabetes and thyroid disorders. She has undergone additional training in diagnosing and treating infectious diseases, kidney or bladder disease, and liver disease. Dr. Hall has a passion for managing chronic illness and multiple concurrent illnesses, with the ultimate goals of preserving and maintaining her patients’ quality of life and joy in life.

Dr. Hall was born and raised in Hannibal, New York, but has called Buffalo home for over thirteen years. She and her partner live in the city of Buffalo and share their home with a Flat-Coated Retriever mix, Tessa, as well as their cats Xena, Idgie, Meow-Meow, and Mr. B.

In her spare time, Dr. Hall loves going on walks with Tessa, hiking, running, cycling, camping, canoeing, and hanging out with her pets. She cannot wait to attend all of Buffalo’s famous festivals this year, and to once again become immersed in Buffalo’s amazing culture. She is so excited to finally be home for good, and to join the dedicated team at Sheridan Animal Hospital!