Annette Otis, DVM

Dr. Otis grew up with a plethora of pets: dogs, cats, rabbits, gerbils, etc. When they became sick she was often told there was nothing that could be done for them.  After working as a kennel assistant for a local veterinarian in high school she learned there was indeed more that can be done for them in time of illness and a lot that can be done for prevention of disease as well.  This knowledge combined with a love of science and the natural world led her to completing an Animal Science degree at Cornell University.  

Effie, Dr. Otis, and Keene

Effie, Dr. Otis, and Keene

During her undergraduate studies she worked with a professor who did nutritional studies on working sled dogs and became hooked on the sport, leading her to Alaska and Colorado to compete with her team of dogs. 

Between undergraduate and veterinary school she joined an AmericCorps program in Denver CO to improve youth literacy in under-served school districts and completed at Master's degree in Anatomy and Neurobiology at Colorado State University.  She returned to her beloved native New York to attend veterinary college at Cornell.

After graduation Dr. Otis completed a rotating small animal internship at SouthPaws Veterianry Referral Center in Fairfax VA.   As a self-professed adrenaline junkie, she decided emergency medicine was the path she wanted to take and worked in Alexandria VA for five years as an ER doctor before the traffic, soaring real estate prices, and lack of snow drove her north to the Veterinary Medical Center of CNY. 

She is very happy to return to her beloved Finger Lakes region and currently resides in Skaneateles with her spicy Catahoula leopard dog mix Effie, her devoted Border Collie mix Keene, her cats Gonzalo and Hubris, and her chickens Beyonce, J Lo and Shakira.  Dr. Otis loves emergency medicine because she feels that she can help people and their pets at their most urgent times or through their most difficult situations.   When she is not at work she likes to kayak, bike, hike, climb and competes in agility and lure coursing with her two dogs.   She also loves to garden, cook, eat, and seek out new craft beers to try.