Dockside Veterinary

Dr. Margaret Shively offers veterinary services to island communities in and about Penobscot and Frenchman Bays.   F/V Sea Keeper is equipped as a floating veterinary clinic for routine care and diagnosis of companion animals, sheep and horses. Read the story

Watch Maine Public Broadcasting video of Dr. Shively on her rounds in the Cranberry Islands.

2016 Summer Schedule

Swans Island at Mackerel Cove ferry dock

  • Friday, July 8 – 12:30 to 4pm
  • Friday, August 26 – 12:30 to 4pm

Great Cranberry town float

  • Saturday, July 9 – 9:00 to 11:00am
  • Saturday, August 27 – 9:00 to 11:00am

Islesford ferry dock

  • Saturday, July 9 – 12:30 to 4:00pm
  • Saturday, August 27 – 12:30 to 4:00pm

Frenchboro at Dockside Deli pier

  • Sunday, July 10 – 11:00am to 3:30pm
  • Sunday, August 28 – 11:00am to 3:30pm

Isle au Haut at the public float

  • Monday, July 11 – 9:00am to noon
  • Monday, August 29 – 9:00am to noon

Email  shively.ma@yahoo.com or call 207 294-2448

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5 responses to “Dockside Veterinary”

  1. Andrea Bond

    Hi Dr. Shively,

    I have been living on Swan’s Island for the past three years. I recently moved off to return to school to pursue my dream of being a veterinarian. I plan on offering house visits to farm and small animals and also holistic services. Not two weeks ago I mentioned to my boyfriend how nice it would be to have a vet traveling to the islands to offer services to those who would otherwise have to give up a large chunk of time/money in order to have an appointment off-island. Then he called within the week and told me about the announcement you had posted in the Swans Island post office offering these very services. How wonderful and coincidental! Just wanted to let you know that I think what you are doing is great, and an amazing benefit to the island communities. I still have two to two and a half years left to my undergraduate before going to veterinary school. In this time I need to put in at least 300 hours working with a veterinarian. I am wondering if I might be able to work with you next summer on the islands. This would allow me to be a part of something I believe in and also be able to live on the island for the summer. Just something to think about for next summer, I am currently taking summer classes at UMaine this summer, so don’t have a lot of free time now, although I try to make it down at least every other weekend. Perhaps I will be able to meet up with you sometime and discuss things further if you would be interested in having another set of hands to help out next summer. My contact information is :
    Andrea Bond

    Thank you very much, and also thanks for offering the island folk a much needed service!

  2. Ann Fernald

    Greetings.
    My name is Ann Fernald and I live out on Frenchboro. We have an 8-10 yr.old cat, Honey Bunches,who in May was due for her Rabies,Leukemia and Fel. Distemper shots. For years we have taken her to the Small Animal Clinic in Ellsworth for these but would love to take advantage of your dockside services out here. She had already gotten her shots last year before we knew of you and the Sea Keeper.If possible, we would like to make an appt.for her on July 3rd but I do need to be at work at 11:00 on that day(island P.O.). Is there a time available before 10:30? She is a lazy somewhat outdoor cat and she does usually get a pill for intestinal parasites since she might decide to munch on a mouse and has been known to snag a bird.
    If there is not a time available on the 3rd, then perhaps the 26th?
    Thank you and hope you are having a glorious beginning to Summer.
    Ann

    P.S. I tried emailing directly to you but it failed stating that I had an invalid domain name. Is your email address:shively.ma@yahoo .com? Or perhaps I didn’t write it down correctly.
    Thank you in advance for your reply.

    1. Korbyn

      Hi Dr. Shively,I have been living on Swan’s Island for the past three years. I reltency moved off to return to school to pursue my dream of being a veterinarian. I plan on offering house visits to farm and small animals and also holistic services. Not two weeks ago I mentioned to my boyfriend how nice it would be to have a vet traveling to the islands to offer services to those who would otherwise have to give up a large chunk of time/money in order to have an appointment off-island. Then he called within the week and told me about the announcement you had posted in the Swans Island post office offering these very services. How wonderful and coincidental! Just wanted to let you know that I think what you are doing is great, and an amazing benefit to the island communities. I still have two to two and a half years left to my undergraduate before going to veterinary school. In this time I need to put in at least 300 hours working with a veterinarian. I am wondering if I might be able to work with you next summer on the islands. This would allow me to be a part of something I believe in and also be able to live on the island for the summer. Just something to think about for next summer, I am currently taking summer classes at UMaine this summer, so don’t have a lot of free time now, although I try to make it down at least every other weekend. Perhaps I will be able to meet up with you sometime and discuss things further if you would be interested in having another set of hands to help out next summer. My contact information is :Andrea BondThank you very much, and also thanks for offering the island folk a much needed service!

  3. Ryan Kellman

    Hello Dr. Shively,

    I’m working on a documentary project this summer regarding the working waterfront communities on the coast of Maine. This past fall I photographed for a few days for a school assignment on the subject. Three of those days were spent on Swan’s Island, which really sparked my interest in waterman communities. I am headed back to the coast this summer with my wife to work on this project. I’m looking to photograph everything I possibly can in the world of coastal life in Maine right now. Dockside Veterinary Services I think would be a great thing to photograph to show some of the everyday successes and resource issues of island life. If you are open to it I’d love to speak with you and possibly photograph if you are doing some more services this summer.

    I’ll be on Swan’s Island from May 22nd to the 29th and after that just generally on the coast. Let me know if there is something that works for you.

    Best,
    Ryan Kellman

  4. lanie Frisbee

    Greetings,
    Just heard you guys on MPBN. What a great piece! Glad to hear you are doing well and combined both your loves together.
    regards,
    lanie

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