PLATTSBURGH — You could call it "Veterinarians: The Next Generation," as grandfather, father and son have all shaped the care at Palmer Veterinary Clinic.
The practice was founded by the late Dr. Lynn Palmer over 60 years ago, and his son, Dr. George Palmer, has worked there since 1981.
And this spring marked the arrival of his son, Dr. Glenn Palmer, who graduated from Cornell University last year.
“I’m happy to be returning home,” he said.
Although the homecoming might seem inevitable now, that’s not the way it felt along the way. In fact, neither Glenn nor George grew up expecting to follow in his father’s footsteps.
And neither Glenn nor George decided on the career until he was in college.
“It’s an interesting similarity between my father and I,” Glenn said.
George agreed, noting: “I never had a predetermined career path."
He was in pre-med before he came to the conclusion that veterinary medicine was where he really wanted to be.
“I think it was heritage as much as anything.”
Likewise, Glenn started college unaware that veterinary medicine was in his future.
However, his past was certainly immersed in it. For years, the clinic was run from the family home — a brick house on Route 22 in Beekmantown dating to the 1850s.
“I literally grew up with the clinic.”
In 1990, the current facility was built on Route 22 closer to Plattsburgh.
As a child, Glenn would feed and walk the animals in the kennels and restrain small animals when his father or grandfather needed to give vaccinations.
“I would come in after hours and help my father de-quill dogs that had encountered porcupines.”
He would also go on large animal calls with his father.
“A lot of times I was just trying to stay out of the way, but sometimes I was able to be helpful.”