Pets are our passion

Brookside Veterinary Clinic

Katie Hockey

Client Service Representative

Katie originally hails from Watertown, but now lives in Seneca Falls with her husband Joe and son Ryan Everett. She has a bachelor's degree in Theatre from SUNY Plattsburgh, and still dabbles on stage in local productions.

After moving to the CNY region, she decided to pursue a career in Veterinary Medicine as a technician. This new pursuit brought her to Brookside for her internship. She was hired on a few months after completing her internship, and continues to advance her knowledge and education working in the clinic until she can graduate as a licensed technician.


Katie and Joe have a furry brood made up Boomer (pictured), Lola the beagle, Bella the tortie cat, Gus Gus the dwarf hamster and finally Lucy and Desi their parakeets.


Patty Tankus

Front Desk Supervisor

Originally from New Jersey, Patty moved to the Central New York area in 2004. Prior to working at Brookside, Patty worked in Manhattan for the Port Authority of NY and NJ for ten years, and then for AT&T for five years.

After adopting her daughter, Patty took a position at a veterinary clinic in NJ. She worked at the front desk and also assisted the doctors and technicians.

Patty lives in Elbridge with her daughter, Alley.  Also at home are her dogs Finley, a Catahoula Leopard Dog, and Daisy, a mixed breed.  Her cat Gemma, a big and fluffy girl, rules the house.


Cecelia Gill

Practice Owner & Business Manager

​​Cecelia has worked along side her husband, Dr. Thomas Gill since he began veterinary college in 1980. Since opening Brookside with her husband, she has worked in every area of the practice, including veterinary assistant, lab technician, inventory manager, financial officer, and now practice manager, while raising seven children in the process!

She has a degree in Art History and a Museum Minor from SUNY Geneseo and continues to have a strong interest in the areas of historic architecture and historic preservation. Locally she is a member and supporter of the Seward House and the Auburn Historic Preservation Society.

She and her children fight over who will walk the family dog “Millie”. Additionally, when Cecelia dies she would like to come back as one of the family’s cats, “Stella” or “Fat Sally”, as they seem to work less, relax more, and eat better than Cecelia is able to do at the present time!

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