About Us


At the Riverdale Veterinary Group, our mission is to offer the finest veterinary care possible, while being compassionate and understanding of all the patients that come through our door. Veterinary clinics should be staffed only by animal-lovers. At our practice we insist that everyone treats the animals the way they would treat their own pet. We are committed to animal owner education and we hope visitors to our site will consult the pages to find out more about our practice and other available resources.

The Staff

Dr. Derek Fried VMD


Derek Fried was born in The Bronx and raised in Riverdale, New York. After attending The Bronx High School of Science, Derek stayed local for his undergraduate studies at Queens College. In addition to the pre-veterinary science courses, Derek majored in both anthropology and the humanities. Derek continued his education at The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, where he received his V.M.D. in 1995.

After working for a group of veterinarians in Brooklyn for four years, Dr. Fried convinced his partners to help him start The Riverdale Veterinary Group in 1999. It was always Derek's vision to open up a small animal clinic in his home town of Riverdale. RVG has grown into a full service veterinary hospital, open seven days a week, employing about fifteen people.

When not working at RVG, Derek spends most of his time these days with his wife Jen and their two small children: Julia, future leader of the free world, and Jacob, future New York Yankees starting pitcher. When he can escape, Derek still enjoys cruising down a lazy country road on a sunny day aboard his motorcycle, listening to the wind.

Dr. Jennifer Emmerich DVM



Bio coming soon.

Dr. Jennifer Tucker DVM



Bio coming soon.

Dr. Jessica Palmeri DVM



Dr. Jessica Palmeri is a graduate of Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in St. Kitts, West Indies. She received her undergraduate degree in Anthropology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Originally from Brooklyn, NY, Dr. Palmeri has returned to NYC to join the Riverdale Veterinary Group staff.

Her primary veterinary interests are feline internal medicine and preventative medicine. Dr. Palmeri is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and is a contributor on the forums of the Veterinary Information Network (VIN).

Dr. Palmeri enjoys traveling, cooking, knitting, and participating in various activities around New York City, where she lives with her husband and their dog, Kitt, as well as their three cats, Forrest, Salem, and Lenore.

Veterinary Assistants



It takes a special person to be a veterinary assistant. Animal assistants need to be skilled at secure restraint in order to achieve safety, while being gentle so as to always maintain animal comfort. At RVG, our animal assistants are trained to learn how to strike this delicate balance. Please don't hesitate to ask for their help, and to tap into their experience and knowledge at treating animals. Whether it be tips on how to successfully pill your cat or dog (not always easy!), or advice on things like flea, tick, and heart worm prevention, these are the folks to ask.

Reception Staff

The first friendly faces you see when you walk through the front door; these are the people who run our front desk and waiting room at RVG. Responsible for all scheduling and organization, our receptionists are also compassionate individuals who know how devoted owners are to their pets. No concern is trivial and no detail is too small for them to address.


Whether you need a bowl of water for your pet (or a cup for yourself!), or you would like the channel changed on our waiting room flat-screen TV, just ask !