LINCOLNDALE, N.Y. - Megan Dundas grew up around animals, so her decision to have a career in veterinary medicine only seemed natural.

Dundas took over the Lincolndale Veterinary Center in Lincolndale Plaza last month and is ready to bring the latest cutting-edge technology to help care for your cats and dogs.

Dr. Dundas spent her early childhood in Rye before moving to Port Leyden in upstate New York where she was surrounded by farm animals and wildlife.

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“We always had animals,” she said. “We would go to the local farms and see the animals. We rescued animals, too. If we found an animal that was injured, we would try to help. It was a big part of my life. It was a rural community and we were always near farms and dairies and we loved being around the animals.”

Still, Dr. Dundas’ path to becoming a vet was somewhat circuitous.

“I went to SUNY Potsdam and got a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and literature,” she said. “I graduated and moved out west and got a job working at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Colorado. It wasn’t my passion, but I could see what science could do and it was inspiring. So, I started to think that maybe I really could do it (become a vet).”

After getting married, she moved to California with her husband and enrolled in Western University in Pomona where she earned her degree in veterinary medicine.

In 2012, she moved back to New York and landed her first job at the Rhinebeck Animal Hospital in Dutchess County.

“The hospital has a great reputation,” she said. “The quality of medicine is fantastic, and I really wanted to work there when I came back. It’s an eight-doctor, small-animal practice.”

Dr. Dundas learned a lot in Rhinebeck, but she had a longing to start her own practice.

“I always wanted to be owner and have my own practice,” she said. “Even in school I dreamed of owning my own practice.”

She began looking for opportunities that were closer to New York City in a town that was family-orientated.

“We wanted a good place to raise our two boys,” she explained. “I learned about the [Lincolndale] practice going up for sale and it was a right fit on many levels.”

She took over the practice, which has been around for more than 20 years, in January and the entire staff decided to stay with her.

“It was overwhelming,” she said, “but the staff was eager to help and make it work. Everyone stayed and seemed to embrace the change. It’s been a lot of work but it’s worth it.”

Dr. Dundas notes that the Lincolndale Veterinary Center is a small, solo practice, but her goal is to grow it and perhaps add another vet or two.

“I strive to practice quality medicine,” she said. “We have been updating things, including adding a digital dental x-ray machine, and we also offer ultrasound.”

She called the practice “a place of high-quality medicine.” Some of the services Lincolndale provides include:

Wellness exams

• Microchipping

• Vaccinations

• Dental care

• Health certificates (They have experience filling out required paperwork for pets to travel internationally.)

Dr. Dundas said that if her practice can’t deliver what the four-legged patient needs, she will provide the necessary referrals.

“We will find the resources to give the pets their best care,” she said.

Lincolndale Veterinary Center focuses on small-animal medicine, primarily cats and dogs. Dr. Dundas said the care she her staff provide is in a stress-free environment. In fact, she is a certified Fear Free veterinary professional.

Founded in 2016, Fear Free provides education to veterinary professionals, the pet professional community and pet owners. By closely listening to the needs of the profession and those of pet owners, Fear Free offers education on emotional wellbeing, enrichment, and the reduction of fear, anxiety, and stress in pets.

At home, Dr. Dundas still carries on her youthful endeavor of rescuing animals. She owns a cat named Pete who had been run over by a car that she rescued when she was at the Rhinebeck Animal Hospital. She also has a deaf boxer named Ollie, and a leopard gecko named Cutie.

Meanwhile, she is excited at how her new practice is progressing at Lincolndale, noting her clients have welcomed her to the community.

“It’s going well. Everyone seems to be clicking,” she said. “[The clients] are asking a lot of questions but they see I am easygoing and willing to work with them. The clients are nice, lovely people who seem down to earth and have been very welcoming.”

The hours at Lincolndale Veterinary Center are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. They’re closed Sundays. Call 914-248-5050 for more information or to make an appointment.