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Pet Owners and Animal Lovers invited to attent Mini-Veterinary School

I’ve had dogs, cats and fish my entire life (mostly dogs and fish). I am an animal lover through and through. So when I heard about a series of classes at a Mini-Vet School that was open to the public, I thought to myself, “Now that’s something different.” For years I have tried my hardest to bond to my animals by trying to communicate with them the best ways that I know how. It’s so hard when a pet is sick and you’re trying to figure out what it is that’s wrong. You know that he or she is in pain, and you do your best to pinpoint the root of the problem. Then, when it comes to a certain point, it’s time to rely upon a vet’s guidance. But what if there was a way to learn more about a pet’s health than simply by trial, error and love?

If you live your life surrounded by animals, these classes will not only be very helpful in understanding your furry friends better, they will also provide you with lots of useful information that will come in handy on a regular basis. It’s time to get to know our pets on an entirely different level.

The Niagara Frontier Veterinary Society is comprised of more than 75 small animal hospitals and 175 practitioners in Erie and Niagara Counties.

This Mini-Vet School, presented by the Niagara Frontier Veterinary Society, encompasses one semester of classes that runs five consecutive Tuesday evenings (7pm – 9pm). These sessions are being taught by notable members of the vet community here in Buffalo. This is not a course to become a vet tech or a vet for that matter. This is a course that will teach you things about your pets (and other animals) that you never knew before. 

These classes can be taken as whole for $60, or as individual classes for $20 (see below for details). Each lecture is considered a “course” in a subject covered in veterinary school.  

Session titles and topics are as follows:

October 4

Joshua Bruzgul DVM – Where does it hurt? Translating how pets feel

Tribetta Spires DVM – The Cat’s Pajamas | It’s all about the cat (Feline care)

October 11

Jen Stachnik DVM Achoo! Pets have allergies too

Claudia Gray DVM Test tube pets? Reproductive medicine

October 18

Marcia Ritchie LVT – A Pup-Purr-ee Event Part 1 | Solving common cat and dog behavior problems

Miranda K. Workman, MS, CABC, CCBC-KA, CPDT-KSA | A Pup-Purr-ee Event – Part 2

October 25

Kathleen Makolinski DVM Cats on the Run – Humane management strategies for community cats

Kurt Volle DVM Walk on the Wide Side – Zoo Medicine

November 1

Helen Roberts Sweeney DVM Fixing Nemo Aquatic medicine

Wendy Clark DVM Bleeding vomiting, poisoning – what should you do? Pet first aid

Mini-Veterinary School presented by the Niagara Frontier Veterinary Society

Tuesday evenings (7pm – 9pm)

Medaille College’s Main Building, 18 Agassiz Circle, Buffalo, NY 14214

Registration is required.  Cost for the series is $60 per person, with reduced senior and student rates.   Individual dates are $20.  To register call (716) 880-2306 or email  Registration is limited to 250 people.

The Niagara Frontier Veterinary Society is comprised of more than 75 small animal hospitals and 175 practitioners in Erie and Niagara Counties. It serves to advance public awareness and understanding of proper pet health care, veterinary services and the veterinary profession.

Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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