Skaneateles' Clear Lakes celebrates first year

The Clear Lakes Animal Wellness Center of Skaneateles proudly celebrated its first anniversary this month.

Veterinarians Linda Meier and Megan Williams, both graduates of Cornell University, met through a mutual friend who knew of their interest to open a veterinary practice in the Skaneateles area. Dr. Meier owned and operated the Clear Lakes Animal Wellness Center in Brewerton for several years before joining forces with Dr. Williams to bring a similar pet clinic to Skaneateles.

"We both lived nearby for many years," explains Dr. Williams. "[We] admire Skaneateles for all of its obvious attributes."

The vets enjoy the small-town atmosphere of the town where they have built their mutual practice. "It has been wonderful to be a part of the community and provide a service," says Dr. Williams, "I really enjoy going to the library now and being identified as 'the vet!'"

Both Dr. Meier and Dr. Williams share in the philosophy that a pet is an important member of a family structure, and therefore deserves a knowledgeable advocate in a veterinarian. "In order to stay current [on veterinary practices]," explains Dr. Meier, "We both voluntarily far exceed the recommended number of hours of continuing education each year." Dr. Meier has been the co-chairman of the Central New York Academy for Continuing Education for many years, and is proud that the Academy she contributes to has been "able to bring nationally-recognized [veterinary] experts to Syracuse to speak on 6 pertinent topics each year."

The Animal Wellness Center provides services above and beyond those of many veterinary clinics, including the unique approach to animal treatment taken by both doctors. "We try to look at the 'big picture' as far as preventing illnesses as much as possible," says Dr. Williams. Preventative measures including pet vaccinations supplement other Wellness Center services like treatment of sick animals and surgical procedures for pets.

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