Dr. Susan Wylegala tells us what the Niagara Frontier Veterinary Society does. She says the NFVS is made up of small animal practitioners and hospitals in Erie and Niagara County. It represents over 75 small animal clinics and over 200 small animal practitioners. One of the most important things the Niagara Frontier Veterinary Society does is it promotes public awareness and understanding of veterinary medicine and pet care. There are a number of services that the Niagara Frontier Veterinary Society is known for. One of them is the free first pet exam certificate. If you get a pet from a local shelter, the SPCA, the Buffalo Animal Shelter and many other places that adopt out pets ask for a free first pet exam certificate. It does not include vaccinations, fecal or deworming or anything else but your first exam by a local veterinarian will be included for that free pet certificate.
The Niagara Frontier Veterinary society is intimately involved with the pet emergency fund. This was designed to meet the needs to supplement for emergencies for families that are in financial hardship and they have a pet that has an emergency situation that they need help for. Dr. Waylegala says it’s a wonderful program that was started several years ago by a local veterinarian and many hospitals take advantage it. Many clients and pets have benefitted from it.
In companionship with the Erie County Health Department, the NFVS runs free rabie clinics throughout the year. Now this year with COVID it was very modified and there were only a couple but they plan on continuing it in the future. It is a free service to help animals get their required by law rabies vaccinations.
The Explorer post, again modified by COVID, won’t be happening this fall but it is an organization that helps young people ages 14 – 21 years of age explore their interest in veterinary medicine and veterinary science.
One of the newer things the Niagara Frontier Veterinary Society does is partnering with Crisis Services, Haven House and the SPCA to assist victims of domestic violence that have pets to potentially be able to give them the opportunity to keep themselves and their pets safe.
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