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Lakeside Veterinary Services is a Corning SBDC Success Story

Lakeside Veterinary Services

Dr. Martha Hawksworth and Dr. Margaret Ohlinger
Lakeside Veterinary Services
Corning SBDC

Dr. Martha Hawksworth and Dr. Margaret Ohlinger are the proud owners of the Lakeside Veterinary Services located in the small town of Montour Falls, and it is obvious they really love what they do. The partner’s friendship began with their love for animals and their dream to provide alternative veterinarian services, including care for large and small animals. Lakeside Veterinary Services provides animal lovers with many unique services such as surgery, radiography, dentistry, pharmaceutical, acupuncture, homeopathy, and chiropractic services, to name a few. They also can make farm visits with their ambulatory unit, and they offer 24/7 emergency service. The partners began their entrepreneurial adventure by visiting the SBDC for assistance in developing a business plan for the purpose of obtaining financing. They were pleasantly surprised to find that Business Advisor Susan Buchanan was a fellow animal lover and had just been appointed to the Finger Lakes SPCA Board. Due to Susan’s belief for the need for their special type of services, she was almost as excited as the partners themselves when they received $141,000 to start their business from Chemung Canal Bank, the Regional Economic Development and Energy Corporation, and Schuyler County Partnership for Economic Development. The ribbon cutting ceremony in June, which was promoted by the Watkins Glen Chamber of Commerce, was very well attended.