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I have wanted to be a veterinarian since grade 2. Unfortunately, it turns out that you can’t be a veterinarian in grade 2… To compensate, I embarked on acquiring a massive toy horse collection, spent a lot of time communing with and dressing up our cats, and attended many animal-based day camps.
As I grew older, I was able to seek out opportunities to volunteer with animals. I was privileged to volunteer with the Community Association for Riders with Disabilities and saw first-hand the importance of the bond animals can create with people. This experience really honed my drive to become a veterinarian and care for those which enrich our lives in so many ways.
I completed a year of undergraduate studies at the University of Guelph before entering the Ontario Veterinary College where I received my DVM in 2002. I returned to my home town of Toronto after graduation and worked at a clinic in midtown before settling at a clinic in North Toronto for many years. In fact, Dr. Spence and I worked together at this clinic for several years before she moved on to open her current practice. I am delighted to be working with her again!
I love being a veterinarian because I’m able to meet interesting, caring people and have the opportunity to spend time with many pretty amazing pets! Learning and continuing education are an important part of veterinary medicine and are something that I enjoy immensely. Talking with owners and providing them with the information they need in order to make the best health-care decisions for their furry family members is gratifying. I find internal medicine very rewarding and am a huge proponent of preventative health care. I appreciate the team approach at Islington Village Animal Hospital and look forward to meeting the larger, client family.
My husband, two daughters, and I live in the Junction neighbourhood. We also share our home with our cat Pineapple (who is very particular and enjoys having the house to himself). In my spare time, I like to read, rug hook, swim, attend the theatre, spend time with family and explore small towns in Ontario searching for antiques and vintage collectibles.