March 2010

March 2010

Welcome to our new website!  We are excited to be able to use this tool to share information about our clinic with you.  As we continue to build the contents of the site we hope you will visit often to read new articles on pet health, check out the latest video from our video archive, find out what's happening at the clinic, and much more. 


We are looking forward to hosting our 3rd annual Easter Bunny Pet Photos and Open House on Sunday, March 28 from 2 pm - 4 pm.  This year, we are raising funds for Vets Without Borders in support of the Nepal Veterinary School Project.  For a donation, pet participants can receive a nail trim, pet photo, tour of the clinic and some treats, while their human family enjoys some coffee and donuts.

Staff News

Congratulations to our staff members who have welcomed a new baby to their families recently!

Dr. Alison Hamilton and her husband B.J. were thrilled to announce the birth of their baby boy Bobby on August 16, 2008.  Bobby is now 1 & 1/2 years old, and is already best buddies with Mango & Chilly, the family's West Highland White Terriers.   Dr. Hamilton started back on a regular schedule at Bay Cities in September and is really enjoying her days at the clinic. 

Dr. Shannon Noorlander and her husband were excited to welcome their new baby girl Ava who was born June 16, 2009.  Although we know she is very busy as a new mom, we will be glad when she comes back to work with us in July of this year.   

Kellyanne Yikilmaz and her husband Gokcen are proud parents of a baby boy named Taylin who was born on October 16, 2008.  Taylin is growing up fast and loves to come and visit the pets at the clinic.  Kelly-Anne started back on a regular schedule in September and we were glad to see her smiling face at reception once again.

Dr. Kim Stewart and her husband and daughter Bridget welcomed twin girls Kennedy and Taylor to their family just before Christmas.  The girls were born on December 21st, with each weighing over 7 lbs!  Way to go Dr. Stewart!!  Our staff and clients will miss her as she is now on maternity leave and wish her best of luck with the girls. 

We would also like to congratulate both Sarah and Kyna who are engaged to be married and are busy planning their weddings that will take place in 2010.

Our veterinary team has expanded again

We would like to welcome Dr. Kourtney Rivers to our staff.  Dr. Rivers graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in spring 2009 and has been working at the Burgess Veterinary Emergency Hospital.  She has joined us on a full time basis and we are excited to have her.

In the month of February, we were pleased to have veterinary technician student Vanessa join us from Northern College for her externship.  She did a wonderful job assisting our busy veterinary technicians and was able to learn from several complicated medical and surgical cases during her time with us. 

The 2010 winter/spring high school semester has brought us two co-op students.  Tina attends Assumption High School and spends the morning with us, while Carolyn attends Central High School and spends the afternoons with us.  Both students have been very helpful and we are glad to have them. 

Exciting Continuing Education Events

Several of our veterinarians spent time travelling this past fall to attend Continuing Education seminars.

Dr. Burtis, Dr. Fox & Dr. Winslow travelled to Peru in September and learned about orthopedics as they trekked the well-known Manchu Pichu trail.  Dr. Anne Sylvester, Veterinary Surgeon at the Mississauga Oakville Veterinary and Emergency Hospital, led the seminars.

Dr. Hamilton travelled to Topeka, Kansas to the Hill's Veterinary Nutritional Headquarters.  This exciting opportunity gave her new insight to the world of pet foods and nutrition.  The Hill's research center is a state-of-the-art facility that employs over 150 veterinarians, PhD nutritionists, and food scientists.  The trip allowed her to see first hand the kind of quality work that is done by this company.  This spring, Dr. Fournier and Dr. Rivers will also travel to Topeka for this educational workshop. 

In January, our veterinarians attended the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association Conference in Toronto.  Seminars included Dermatology, Cardiology, Neurology, Ophthalmology and Stem Cell Research.  This annual conference provides us with an opportunity to learn about the latest developments in veterinary medicine, as well exposure to the newest products available to clients.