Dr. Tanya Battiston graduated Cum Laude from the University of Rhode Island in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science and Technology. She Was elected the philanthropic chairperson in her sorority, fundraising for National Kidney foundation and RI Project AIDS, she was 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. At Kansas State University, Dr. Battiston worked in the parasitology research laboratory while studying for her doctorate. During her clinical year, she received extended and specialized externship training in ophthalmology and exotic mammals. She continues to be passionate about ophthalmology and small mammal (especially rabbits) medicine.
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, parasite prevention and control, and soft tissue surgery including medial canthoplasty, entropion, cherry eye and episioplasty surgeries. From 2008-2015, Dr. Battiston served as the veterinary correspondent for Fox 61 Connecticut in her morning segment, "Ask the Vet." She absolutely adores rabbits and works with rabbit rescues, including Every Bunny Counts as well as being the veterinarian to the 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 has a special interest in bulldogs, as well as other brachycephalic breeds working with many bulldog owners and rescues such as 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 currently lives in Farmington with her husband, two sons, three dogs, two cats, and seven rabbits.