Oakfield native to steer state veterinary society | Prime Story

Mark E. Will, an Oakfield native and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, will become President of the New York State Veterinary Medical Society effective January 1, 2021.

Will attended Cornell University’s School of Agriculture and Life Science, graduating in 1989. He then continued his education at Purdue University and received his doctorate in veterinary medicine in 1993.

Upon graduation, Will accepted a position at the Parkside Animal Hospital in Albany. He was an Associate Veterinarian at Parkside for five years. While at Parkside, Will became a member of the Capital District Veterinary Medical Society. From 1998 to 1999 he was President of the Society and from 2001 to 2012 Chairman of the Ethics Committee. In 2013 he was named regional representative for the Capital District VMS to the New York State Veterinary Medical Society. As a board member of the state VMS, Will served on several committees.

In 2000, Will bought the Glove Cities Veterinary Hospital in Gloversville. Shortly after acquiring the practice, he joined the Glove Cities Rotary Club. During his longstanding tenure with Rotary, he served as secretary from 2006 to 2013 and president from 2017 to 2018.

Will grew out of the dual exam facility on Steele Avenue Extension in Gloversville and moved the practice to a larger, state-of-the-art building on Harrison Street in Gloversville in 2008. This enabled the Glove Cities Veterinary Hospital to be expanded to five -doctoral practice. In 2020, Dove Creek Animal Hospital in Amsterdam was established as a partner hospital for clients and patients in Montgomery County.

Will has a strong commitment to community engagement. Will also served on the board of directors and president of his local Cornell Cooperative Extension and the Fulton County YMCA. He is an Eagle Scout and a volunteer advisor to the Naxa Nimat Chapter of Order of the Arrow, the Boy Scouts’ honor society.

The New York State Veterinary Medical Society is a professional body representing the more than 2,500 licensed veterinarians in New York State. The mission of the NYSVMS is to guide New York State veterinarians in the education, promotion, and protection of animal health, public health, and veterinary medicine.

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