Pet clinic to offer services in Albany March 30

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The March 30 event is part of the College of Veterinary Medicine's Southside Well-Pet Clinic.

The Southside Healthy Pet Clinic will offer subsidized veterinary care for dogs and cats March 30 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Albany YMCA, 616 North Pearl Street in Albany, N.Y.

For $20, pet owners can have their animals examined, vaccinated and provided with a one-year supply of medication to ward off heartworm, fleas, ticks and internal parasite. For an additional of $15, the pets can have a microchip implanted in case they are ever lost.

Veterinary students will provide the services under the supervision of veterinarians.

"These outreach clinics are great not only for the community but for the students, too," said Christine Armao, a veterinarian with the Ithaca-based Cornerstone Veterinary Clinic and regular volunteer at the Southside Healthy Pet Clinics. "They teach students how to interact with clients and their pets. A big part of medicine is being able to communicate with the owner."

Owners are required to bring proof of rabies vaccination for pets over four months of age and to bring all pets on leashes or in carriers. Proceeds from the event will go to the Albany YMCA.Pet owners are strongly encouraged to make appointments by phone at 347-620-4738 (347-620-4PET) or via email at

This event is part of the College of Veterinary Medicine's Southside Well-Pet Clinic, a monthly walk-in clinic that is run by veterinary students and provides health care for about 500 pets annually in downtown Ithaca.

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