Programs and Services

The Niagara Frontier Veterinary Society has numerous programs and offers advice to those seeking to learn about companion animal care. Annually the NFVS donates more than a quarter of a million dollars in free and reduced cost services to the community through such vehicles as the free rabies clinics, low-cost spay and neuter programs, and its Free First Exam program through the Erie & Niagara County SPCAs and area pet stores. Following are some of the programs that the organization provides.

Free First Exam

The Niagara Frontier Veterinary Society has established the Free First Exam and Health Pet Programs for new pet owners.

The Pet Emergency Fund, raises money to help cash-strapped families pay for veterinary care when an emergency strikes. Visit for information.

Mini-Vet School

The Mini-Veterinary program is where you can learn about the causes and treatments of the conditions that affect your pets.

Rabies Clinic

In cooperation with the Erie County Department of Health free rabies clinics are provided during the year.

The first Rabies Clinic for 2019 is set for Wednesday, February 27 from 3 to 7 pm at the North Buffalo Community Center, 203 Sanders Road, Buffalo, NY 14216 (located off Colvin Blvd. south of Kenmore Avenue.)

Explorer Post

2019 Explorer Flyer/Registration
This Veterinary Explorer Program meets the first and third Wednesday of each month through May at Medaille College, Alumni Room, Main Building, Medaille College, 18 Agassiz Circle, Buffalo

This is a “hands on” program for high school students thinking about a career in veterinary medicine, veterinary technology, or anyone who is interested in animals. Conducted by a team of veterinarians led by led by Timm Otterson DVM.

Program Topics:
Animal care and handling, veterinary physical exam, surgical procedures, large and small animal medicine, exotics, radiology, feline/canine topics, aquatics, pet first aid, dentistry, pain management and more.

Field trips may include Buffalo Zoo, SPCA, and Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph.
For high school students & young adults, ages 14-20.

For more information, call Dr. Otterson at (716) 689-2287 or call Exploring at 891-4073.

Speaking Engagements

If your organization would like a veterinarian to speak on a pet health related topic from first aid to choosing a pet, please call (716) 649-8903. Requests should be made at least three weeks in advance for this free service.

Pet Talk Tuesday

Look for NFVS veterinarians each week on WKBW TV’s AM Buffalo program in the Pet Talk Tuesday segment. NFVS members discuss timely issues, general and specific pet care topics with host Linda Pellegrino.

Therapy Animals

The NFVS believes that animals are a good source of therapy and companionship. The organization helped found the Therapy Animals of Western New York with the goal of increasing awareness of the incredible value of the use of animals in therapy. TAWNY helps connect people with resources to get their animal certified, and then find locations for therapy animal visits.

A therapy animal is a well trained, well behaved animal that has been deemed healthy by a veterinarian, is clean and enjoys regular social activities. Therapy animal species may be dogs, horses, cats or birds, although therapy dogs are the most common. A therapy dog should be certified by one of several national organizations.

For more information about this program:

Phone: leave a message at (716) 655-5993