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Getting to know your neighbor: Scott G. Nachbar Veterinarian continues to care for local animals

ANIMALS WELCOME — Veterinarian Scott Nachbar has run his animal hospital in Springville since 2001. Photos by Leo Mrugala.
SPRINGVILLE — Scott G. Nachbar’s veterinary hospital opened its doors in Springville in January 2001. More than a decade later, Nachbar is still caring for the community’s animals.

Nachbar and his staff members operate out of the hospital’s 459 East Main St. location, in Springville. According to the veterinarian, he and his employees are committed to providing pet owners and their animals with their best care and service. He added that he feels it is his duty to help pet owners understand their pets’ conditions and to guide them in making the right decisions for their pets’ well-being.

Nachbar said that he knew he wanted to be a veterinarian, from an early age. “I have always liked science and animals, so, at around age 6, when I learned what a veterinarian did, I decided that’s what I wanted to do,” he said.

The local veterinarian attended Cornell University to learn about the nature of this business, while studying under many experienced professors. “When I learned about Cornell University, in my early teens, I thought that it would be a good place for me to go,” he said. “I had a guidance counselor, when I was in high school, that always taught us to have goals, both short-term and long-term goals. His advice has proven absolutely true for me, as I’ve always set goals for myself and worked hard, to achieve them.”

He spent the summer of his third year of veterinary school with Dr. John Laurie and the veterinarians at the Orchard Park Veterinary Medical Center. Nachbar said that he saw that wonderful things could be done for pets and their owners, both medically and surgically.

“I knew that, one day, I would like to open my own practice and provide a similar service, for my clients,” he said. “After graduation, I worked with Dr. Harry Newman in Williamsville. Later, I worked again at the Orchard Park Veterinary Medical Center and, eventually, began my own practice, as a relief veterinarian, for over three years. I would take over another doctor’s practice for a short time, if they needed time away. I learned many great skills and techniques, through my first 10 years of work, with many wonderful doctors.”

Nachbar purchased an old farm on Main Street in Springville, in 2000. In April of that year, he began building his own practice to, as he put it, help him achieve one of his lifelong goals.

“My staff and I are honored, by all who trust their pets’ care and well-being to us,” he said. “Our practice continues to grow, in patients and ability, each year.”

Nachbar, who was born and raised in Springville, said that he has came to appreciate the small town feel that this community offers.

“I love Springville because it is home for me,” he said. “I grew up loving the hills and nature, just outside these doors. Springville feels more like a community and less like a suburb. People here seem to connect, on a more personal level. Everyone is generous with their time and talents. I like being part of such a community.”

The veterinary hospital’s clinic is open 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Wednesdays.

Nachbar said that he and his staff members strive to abide by their practice philosophy. “People have owned pets since history was first recorded,” he said. “The benefits of pet ownership are myriad, but all focus around the human-animal bond. Our objective is to nurture the human-animal bond, by speaking for the pet, educating his owner about his condition and working to return him to health.

“We will provide premium service, accurate diagnoses and modern treatments, based on solid medical principles,” the veterinarian said. “We will practice both the art and science of veterinary medicine, to the best of our ability.”

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