Free First Exams

The Niagara Frontier Veterinary Society strongly believes in starting pets out with an examination as part of a life-long program of regular veterinary care. To this end, the organization established the Free First Exam and Health Pet Programs for new pet owners.

When you adopt a pet from the Erie County SPCA, the Buffalo Animal Shelter, Rainbow Animal Shelter (Niagara County), Second Chance, or various other adoption programs, as well as most area pet stores, ask for a Free First Exam certificate. The certificate entitles the adopted animal to a free physical examination. (Any medical or diagnostic procedure that may be required is the owner’s responsibility.) The certificate must be used within 10 days of the date of adoption. Owners should make an appointment at any one of the participating veterinary hospitals listed on the back of the form and bring the form and receipt for pet purchase with them to the appointment.

NFVS veterinarians provide this service without any charge to the new owner. In the interest of quality pet care, NFVS members annually provide more than a quarter of a million dollars worth of free and reduced cost services to the community.

For Cats and Dogs, refer to the NFVS member list.
(Note: Summer Street Cat Clinic does not offer services for dogs or birds.)

NFVS Hospitals that treat Avian & Exotic Animal Pets and Wildlife
Current January 2018 – See below (cross-reference table) for clinic abbreviations and special notations/exclusions*
For additional species not listed (i.e. prairie dogs, hedgehogs, etc.) call for specifics.

Birds

  • Parrots – ALA, ALC, ALD, ANK, CCR, ELL, LAN, NAC, NIC, SEN, SPC, VEC*
  • Finches/canaries – ALA, ALC, ALD, ANK, CCR, ELL, LAN, NAC, NIC, SEN, SPC, VEC*
  • Doves/pigeons – ALA, ALC, ALD, ANK, CCR, ELL, LAN, NAC, NIC, SEN, SPC, VEC*
  • Chickens/ducks – ALC, ALD, ANK, CCR, ELL, LAN, NAC, NIC, SEN, SPC, VEC,*
  • Ratites (emus, etc.) – ALC, CCR, LAN, NAC, SPC
  • Wild birds – ALC, ALD, ANK, CCR, ELL, LAN, NAC, NIC, SEN, SPC, VEC*

Mammals

  • Ferrets – ALA, ALC, ANK, CCR, CON, CPC, ELL, ELM, GEO, GRN,* LAN, MCL, NAC, NAH, NIC, SEN, SPC, SUM,* TRA, TRV VEC*,
  • Rabbits – ALA, ALC, ALD, ANK, CCR, CON, CPC, ELL, ELM, GEO, GRN,* LAN, MCL, NAC, NAH, NIC, SEN, SPC, TRV, VEC*
  • Guinea pigs/chinchillas – ALA, ALC, ALD, ANK, CCR, CON, CPC, ELL, ELM, GEO, GRN,* LAN, MCL, NAC, NAH, NIC, SEN, SPC, VEC*
  • Mice/rats/hamsters/gerbils – ALA, ALC, ALD, AFT, ANK, CCR, CPC, CON, ELL, ELM, GEO, GRN,* LAN, MCL, NAC, NAH, NIC, SEN, SPC, VEC*
  • Pot-bellied pigs – ALA, ALC, ALD, CCR, LAN, SPC, TRV, VEC*
  • Primates – ALC, CCR, ELL*, LAN
  • Zoo/Exotic (kangaroo, etc.) – ALC, CCR, LAN, SEN
  • Large cats (tigers, etc.) – ALC, CCR, LAN
  • Wild non-rabies vector small mammals (squirrels, opossum, etc.) – ALC, CCR, ELL, LAN, NAC, SEN, SPC, VEC*
  • Wild rabies vector mammals (bats, raccoons, fox, skunks) – ALC, CCR, LAN, NAC, SEN
  • Wild large mammals (deer) – LAN

Reptiles/Amphibians

  • Lizards – ALA, ALC, ALD, ANK, CCR, ELL, ELM, LAN, NAC, NAH, NIC, SEN, SPC, VEC*
  • Turtles – ALA, ALC, ALD, ANK, CCR, ELL, ELM, GRB,* LAN, NAC, NAH, NIC, , SEN, SPC
  • Non-venomous snakes – ALA, ALC, ALD, ANK, CCR, ELL, ELM, LAN, NAC, NAH, NIC, SEN, SPC, VEC*
  • Non-venomous amphibians – ALA, ALC, ALD, ANK, CCR, ELL, ELM, LAN, NAH, NIC, SEN, SPC, VEC*
  • Wild reptiles/amphibians – ALD, CCR, ELL, ELM, LAN, NAC, SEN, SPC, VEC*

Other

    • Fish – ELM, LAN, SEN, SPC,*
    • Arachnids (tarantulas, etc.) – ALC, ELM, SEN
    • Terrestrial/Aquatic Invertebrates – ELM

NFVS Hospitals List

 

ALA Alliance Animal Hospital

716-681-4440

5915 Broadway, Lancaster | Susan Mineo DVM


ALC All Creatures Animal Hospital

716-636-3600

6429 Transit Rd., E. Amherst

Sandy Adamcak DVM ABVP, (Av)James Albert DVM, Sarah Anger DVM, Melissa Andritz, DVM, Jennifer Zagst DVM


ALD Alden Small Animal Hospital

716-685-3168

11076 Broadway, Alden | Mike Wilson DVM, Kimberly Hitt DVM


ANK Animal Kingdom Animal Hospital

716-773-5242

2725 Grand Island Blvd., Grand Island | Teresa Rupert DVM


CCR City Creatures Animal Hospital

716-873-7000

2113 Delaware, Buffalo | James Albert DVM, Melissa Andritz, DVM


CON Concord Veterinary Center

716-592-2588

8 W. Main St., Springville | Louise Lango DVM,
No reptiles or birds


ELL Ellicott Small Animal Hospital

716-852-8276

517 Ellicott St., Buffalo | Jen Garafalo DVM ACLAM,
New world primates only


ELM Elma Animal Hospital

716-656-7387

3180 Transit Road, West Seneca | Helen Sweeney DVM
No birds


GEO Georgetown Animal Clinic

716-633-7123

5155 Sheridan Dr., Williamsville | Harry & Scott Newman DVM, Doreen Harris DVM, Kim Leys DVM
No longer accepting new avian patients


GRB Veterinary Emergency Clinic

716-839-4043

4821 Genesee St., Cheektowaga | Drs. Adamcak, Albert, Anger, Wade, Zagst
After-hours care only. Rotating on-call area exotic veterinarians


GRN Green Acres Animal Hospital

716-694-0122

2060 Niagara Falls Blvd., Tonawanda | Sara Bernat DVM, Kim Parkhill -Brown DVM
Wellness visits only


LAN Lancaster Small Animal Hospital

716-681-3033

5156 Genesee St., Bowmansville | Kimberly Dusza DVM


MCL McClelland Small Animal Hospital

716-847-0181

455 Ellicott St., Buffalo | Matthew Souza DVM


NAC Nachbar 716-592-7387

459 E Main St., Springville | Scott Nachbar DVM


NIC Nickel City Animal Hospital

716-847-1000

473 Niagara St., Buffalo | Heather Sacks DVM


NAH Northtown Animal Hospital

716-834-8387

839 NF Blvd., Amherst | Jean Schaedler, DVM, ABVP (Ca/Fe)


SEN Seneca Animal Hospital

716-652-6120

7441 Seneca St., East Aurora | Carl Tomaschke DVM


SPC Specialized Care for Avian and Exotic Pets

716-759-0144

10882 Main St., Clarence | Laura Wade DVM ABVP (Av), Evan J Reed DVM Fish- Dr Reed


SUM Summer Street Cat Clinic

716-689-2287

2323 North Forest Rd., Getzville | Timm Otterson DVM
Ferrets only (routine/wellness)


TRV Transit Valley Animal Hospital

716-688-1737

7591 Transit Rd. E. Amherst | Louis Budik DVM

Data compiled by Laura Wade, DVM, Dipl. ABVP, Courtesy of the Niagara Frontier Veterinary Society