Dr. Jennifer Safford (nee Smith) hails from the Southern Tier region of New York State. Jen grew up having “backyard” horses both at home and at her grandparents, and has been a horse lover ever since. She even took lessons one summer specifically to learn how to get on a horse without jumping on their backs from a picnic table. Until recently, Jen’s family trained and raced Standardbred racehorses. Although they currently do not actively train, she and her father still dabble in the breeding industry with their broodmare, Diva. Jen is a third generation veterinarian—her grandmother, grandfather, and father are all graduates of Cornell’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Jen continued the tradition and received her DVM from Cornell in 2006!
Jen’s husband, Adam, and their daughter, Kennedy, will occasionally ride along for calls, albeit usually on weekend emergency duty. They have a Standardbred broodmare and yearling colt at a nearby boarding facility, and two dogs at home. When time allows, Jen and Adam enjoy riding their Harley-Davidsons, snowmobiling, and spending time with family and friends; although these days, they are often hanging out and playing with Kennedy. You will see Jen mainly in Columbia and Rensselaer Counties in New York and Berkshire County in Massachusetts.