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In Memoriam of Our Founder Dr. Doug Ayers

Dr. Doug Ayers was one of those people who truly changed the world for the better… one person, one pet at a time. Dr. Ayers opened Plains Animal Hospital in 1995 and developed it into a reputable, small animal general practice. In 2008, he also created the Northeast Veterinarian Referral Hospital to provide 24/7 cutting-edge advanced care.

Both of the businesses are housed in an environmentally friendly, green building. Dr. Ayers took great pride in designing the building to have as small an eco-footprint as possible. Additionally, he created both businesses to be managed on a foundation of compassion and integrity. That’s just the kind of person he was because Dr. Ayers cared deeply about people, animals, and the environment.

Dr. Ayers grew up in both Noxen and Wilkes-Barre. He graduated from Coughlin High School, King’s College, and the University of Pennsylvania. He was well-regarded as possessing a wealth of knowledge about gardening, barns, cows, medicine, history, and just about everything in between. Dr. Ayers loved to teach others and improve their lives. Just as notable was his kind demeanor. Dr. Ayers was a Christian and exemplified what it means to "love thy neighbor." He made everyone around him feel important.

In addition to providing the NEPA area with outstanding veterinary care, Dr. Ayers made a huge impact on this area’s natural resources. In 1993, he helped establish the North Branch Land Trust to conserve rural scenic lands from becoming over-developed.

In 2009, Dr. Ayers created The Lands at Hillside Farms which is a non-profit educational dairy farm. He was able to save the 412 acre, historic farm which now teaches sustainable life choices. Dr. Ayers orchestrated many complex business deals, yet was not afraid to get his boots muddy.

Dr. Ayers passed away in 2017 after a long illness. His absence leaves an empty space in the lives of the many people who loved him. His legacy is truly stunning. If we all worked as hard as Dr. Ayers, and cared about others and our resources the way he did, our world would truly be a remarkable place.