Seneca Lake Vet
Barbara Kauffman, DVM
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Dr. Barbara Kauffman, DVM
As a daughter of a conservation officer and a nurse, growing up raising orphaned wildlife would seem to simply lead straight into a career in veterinary medicine.
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However, it was a varied and meandering route - involving majoring in Physical Education, competing in diving for the U of M Women's swim team, teaching Physical Education in Australia, working with The Youth Conservation Corp at Crater Lake National Park, VisionQuest in Arizona counseling at-risk teens and even being a crew member of a sailboat - that finally led to a veterinary degree from Michigan State in 1993.
Dr. Kauffman began her veterinary career in a rural, mixed animal practice in Colebrook, NH where she worked for 5 years before moving back to NY to be closer to her family. In 2000, she took a position at Seneca Animal Hospital as the sole practicing veterinarian, rebuilding the practice that Dr. Buell had started in the 1950's. Dr. Buell sold the practice in 2011, and Dr. Kauffman was faced with a decision of looking for a job out of the area or taking a chance. She chose the latter, and set about forming Seneca Lake Veterinary Care where she could continue to serve the Geneva community.
What she's come to like best about veterinary medicine is being an "advocate" for the care of a family pet. Dr. Kauffman feels that there is so much value in having the whole family involved and invested in the good care and well-being of the 4-legged members. She gets immense satisfaction in seeing exuberant dogs happy to come in for a veterinary check-up and cats and kittens who "acknowledge" that coming to see the vet might not be such a terrible adventure after all!
In her spare time, Dr. Kauffman still enjoys staying physically fit, even if she is no longer competing! She gets out on her windsurfer whenever possible, and enjoys anything that gets her outdoors or on the trails. She is also becoming (by necessity) an experienced home remodeler, though she would be happy if there was more time for gardening instead of remodeling. Her family includes 3 down-on-their-luck pets in need of a second chance - one dog and two cats all gettin' along. When she gets a chance, she still loves to travel.
105 Washington Street,
Geneva, NY 14456
Stacy grew up in the Canandaigua area. At a young age she discovered her love of animals, both wild and domesticated. This love and passion is what lead Stacy to be a hobby farmer. From horses to goats and chickens, Stacy learned how important animals were to her. Her love of animals and dogs particularly, led her to work at a kennel, continuing to allow her passion to blossom. With the handling and training skills learned at the kennel, Stacy became a foster/trainer for the National English Shepherd Rescue.
Stacy graduated from Finger Lakes Community College with degrees in Natural Resource Conservation, and Fisheries and Wildlife Technology. Upon graduating, she found herself working at Buenos Aires Wildlife Refuge in southern Arizona as a Biological Science Technician. She was part of an integral team tasked with breeding and conservation of the rare, endangered Masked Bobwhite Quail. Stacy is also a licensed falconer and can often be found flying her hawks deep in the woodlands or fields of the finger lakes.