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Jamie Heap
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Amherst Veterinary Hospital hosts open house

Eleven-year-old Caroyln Hollis (right) receives a Movember mustache Saturday from part-time Amherst Veterinary Hospital employee and grade 12 student Renee Cole (left), who was recently accepted into Oulton's College two-year veterinary technician program, Saturday during the aforesaid animal health care facility's first open house since owner Dr. Tanya Sparling took over the hospital a year-and-a-half ago. 

AMHERST-Passionate. That’s the word that best describes Dr. Tanya Sparling and her dedicated staff’s commitment to each and every animal that enters the Amherst Veterinary Hospital that she has owned for the past year-and-a-half.

“We’ve had a fantastic turnout today,” exclaimed Sparling. “We have a teddy bear clinic, as well as face painting, that kids are having a lot of fun with. The adults are commenting that it is nice to see what is going on behind the scenes,” she added.

Complete tours of the Amherst Veterinary Hospital were provided to anyone who was interested in learning more about the medically advanced animal health care facility that contains an animal pharmacy, three exam rooms and an x-ray room.

“Our laboratory is state-of-the art,” stated Sparling. “Ninety-per-cent of our veterinary hospital’s urinalysis is completed in house for faster results,” she added.

One of the reasons that the Sparling and her staff are so passionate about animals is the fact that they are pet owners as well. Case in point, employee Natasha ‘Tasha’ MacIntosh utilized her own dog Carma, a Valley Bulldog, during the Ear Cleaning 101 demonstration. Other demonstrations included a live ultrasound demo, surgery videos, as well as talks on such topics as flea and tick treatments and nail trimming.

“I started working here as a volunteer in April of 2012,” stated part-time employee Renee Cole, a grade 12 student who was recently accepted into a two-year veterinary technician program at Oulton’s College. “I worked as a receptionist during the summer. Now I’m back to part-time. I work mostly out back doing maintenance, but, I have gotten to watch some operations and help with taking temperatures. I love it here it; I like the people I work with and I love the animals.”

Another word that can be used to describe the aforesaid facility is compassionate: there is a separate entrance for pets requiring euthanasia as well as a comfort room.

“On behalf of the Amherst Veterinary Hospital, I would like to thank you all for coming out today,” stated office manager Jen Carey. “Thanks to the staff as well.”

“It’s been a very enjoyable experience,” stated Sparling. “I hope that our staff took something away from the open house as well, the first one since I took over a year-and-a-half ago. I’d like to have one every year or year-and-a-half,” added Sparling.


Organizations: Amherst Veterinary Hospital

Geographic location: Oulton

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