BY Cady Kuzmich
Clifton Park — Simone Nadeau’s veterinary training began when her family’s goose developed a rather peculiar craving.
Nadeau grew up in Albany with a backyard full of chickens, ducks, geese, dogs and horses. “ It was a like a menagerie right in the middle of Albany,” she said. “I had a goose that ate a lot of coins and nails and things,” said Nadeau. When she was about 10 years old, the goose had a surgery and Nadeau acted as the at-home nurse, following up with injections and medicine.
The Animal Health Center located on Route 9 in Clifton Park announced the addition of Nadeau to its veterinary practice on August 18.
“I’m excited to meet all the new faces, and bring back some exotic care to the practice,” said Nadeau. Her major interests include internal medicine, surgery and exotic animals.
Nadeau earned her bachelor’s degree in science from SUNY Cobleskill. She later earned her degree in Veterinary Medicine from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine which is located on St. Kitts Island in the Caribbean. Nadeau completed her training at Cornell University.
“I’ve always known what I wanted to do since I was a little girl,” said Nadeau. Working with animals was always the goal for Nadeau. “It was the dream ever since I was young,” she said.
Nadeau has worked with a wide variety of animals ranging from cats and dogs to llamas, guinea pigs, birds, chinchillas and horses. “Someday down the road I’d like to get more into reptiles.That would be interesting,” she said.
For Nadeau, the most rewarding part of her job as a veterinarian is figuring out tough cases and sending home a happy client and a healthy animal.
When she’s not caring for other people’s animals, Nadeau is at home taking care of her two dogs, a yellow lab retriever mix named Tebow and a golden retriever named Cora.