Our team continues to be here for you and your cherished pets. We are OPEN and are now able to provide a wide range of services. To learn more about the changes we have implemented in response to COVID-19 and what to expect during your next visit, click here.
Growing up with a nurse for a mom, the medical field was always fascinating to me. I have always enjoyed working with and looking after animals, so animal medicine was what I wanted to learn. After high school, I completed a diploma in Equine Studies at Kemptville College and then went on to do a Veterinary Technician program at Ridgetown College, graduating in 2005. Shortly after graduation, it was time to start my career. I dropped off my resume on a busy day at Manitou Animal Hospital and ended up staying for an hour to help out. I started working a week later. When I first started my career as a veterinary technician, talking to clients was intimidating. As my knowledge and confidence grew, I learned that I quite enjoy talking to clients and helping them make their pet's lives as good as possible. I particularly enjoy discussing nutrition. As with many aspects of veterinary medicine, this area is continually growing as we learn more and more about what our pets need nutritionally.
The thing I love most about working at Manitou Animal Hospital is that I get to go to work every day and do something I enjoy doing - caring for animals as well as helping people to care for their pets. The staff at this hospital feel like my 'other' family. The first pet was a budgie named Buddy. My favourite memory of Buddy was letting him out of his cage every morning so that he could join me for breakfast. He used to sit on the side of my cereal bowl and eat my cereal. My husband and I live with a few fur-children. Barley, our Rat Terrier-Miniature Poodle and Miley, our Yorkshire Terrier-Miniature Poodle; three short-haired cats, Domino, Sunshine, and Bella; and a green singer finch, Frankie. I also have a horse, Teddy, but unfortunately, he doesn't live at home.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 15, 2020 some restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.
1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!
2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE
Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call 519-893-1360. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication. We are asking that all food and medications are pre-paid at the time of ordering it. If your food is not prepaid, we unfortunately cannot hold it for you for longer than 1 day at this time. If you are paying Debit, we will be allowing one client at a time to enter the clinic to pay. We have stopped taking cash payments for the time being.
Our online store is available to have your order delivered directly to your home. To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE
If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.
4. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
- Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Saturday: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm (food and medication pickup only)
- Sunday: CLOSED
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
- Your dedicated team at Manitou Animal Hospital Team