NORWICH – Dr. Robert O’Keefe is retiring and closing down his veterinary practice after 45 years of caring for local pets and livestock.
Dr. O’Keefe has operated or co-owned half a dozen practices in that time, but it’s his office and adjacent home on Rt. 23 in Norwich that most people will recognize. In fact, he has actually operated out of that location twice, first from 1980-90 with John Mason, and then on his own from 2000 until this week.
“This job keeps you very busy,” said O’Keefe with a smile. “If you’re a single practitioner you might have to be out at one, two or three o’clock in the morning when someone has discovered a disaster in the barn ... after 45 years I decided, well, that’s about enough.”
O’Keefe was born in Flushing, but moved to Norwich as a young child when his father was hired by Norwich Pharmacal as Chief of Process Development. He graduated from the New York State College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell in 1967.