Dr. Tanya Battiston graduated Cum Laude from the University of Rhode Island in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science and Technology. During her undergraduate studies she gained experience as a veterinary technician in a small animal hospital. She worked as a caretaker both on a large duck farm and a dairy goat farm. She was an active philanthropic member in her sorority, and a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, The National Honor Society, and Order of Omega. Upon graduation, she received the "University of Rhode Island Award for Academic Excellence" in Animal Science, College of Resource Development.
Dr. Battiston attended Kansas State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, graduating with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1998. She was consistently recognized on the Dean's Honor list, and was elected into the Society of Phi Zeta, the Veterinary Medical Honor Society. She worked in Dr. Michael Dryden's parasitology research laboratory while a veterinary student at Kansas State, supervising field studies involving efficacy of flea preventatives, including Frontline and Program. She received extended and specialized externship training in ophthalmology with Dr. Ken Abrams in 1997. Ophthalmology continues to be a special interest for her.
During her first six years, she practiced small animal medicine and surgery in both East Hartford and Vernon, and became Chief of Staff in East Hartford in 2002. She is currently the Chief of Staff and a veterinarian at Star Meadow Animal Clinic, practicing here since 2004.
Her special areas of interest include ophthalmology, multi-modal prevention and management of osteoarthritis, management of endocrine disease, laser therapy, soft tissue surgery, and client education to enhance pet wellness at all life stages. Since 2008, Dr. Battiston has served as the veterinary correspondent for Fox 61 Connecticut. She appears regularly on the Fox 61 Morning show in her segment, "Ask the Vet." She enjoys working with small mammals, such as rabbits and ferrets. She is the veterinarian to the Westfarms Portrait Simple "Easter Bunnies" each year. She routinely works with local schools during career days, outreach programs, and provides shadowing opportunities for aspiring youth. Dr. Battiston is the Connecticut veterinarian for Long Island Bulldog rescue. She is also recognized as a member of the National Register's Who's Who in Executives and Professionals, and the Manchester Who's Who.
Dr. Battiston lives in Farmington with her two boys, Blake and Brooks, her dogs, Berkeley and Boomer, and her three cats, Emma, Baxter and Panther.