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St. John’s Vet Centre Wins National Award
News Release July 16, 2019

St. John’s Vet Centre Wins National Award

News Release | July 16, 2019

The Veterinary Specialty Centre of Newfoundland and Labrador (VSCNL) is the 2019 recipient of the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) Practice of the Year Award. This prestigious award is given annually to a Canadian veterinary practice for outstanding achievement within their local community. The award was presented on July 16 during the CVMA Annual General Meeting and Awards Ceremony held during the CVMA’s annual convention. This year’s convention held in Toronto, Ontario, was executed as a joint congress in partnership with the World Small Animal Veterinary Association.

“It’s a great honour to be recognized by the CVMA,” said Dr. Trina Bailey, co-owner of VSCNL. “Our vision was to create a centre of excellence to provide specialty and emergency care allowing pets and pet owners to remain in the province. It was also incredibly important for us to build a team who was committed to the community in which we live and work. It’s a wonderful feeling to see this dream in action.”

The Veterinary Specialty Centre of Newfoundland and Labrador is the only referral hospital and 24/7 emergency facility in the province. The VSCNL team provides surgical, radiology, rehabilitation, and chemotherapy services; visiting specialists are brought in throughout the year to expand the circle of care. In addition to providing industry-leading services and care, VSCNL also works to give back to the community through numerous charitable activities throughout the year including sponsorship of local amateur sports, the SPCA St. John’s, St. John’s Regatta, and local food banks.

“The CVMA Practice of the Year Award, established in 2013 and sponsored by Scotiabank, is just one of the CVMA’s annual awards recognizing outstanding contributions to the Canadian veterinary profession,” expresses Dr. Terri Chotowetz, CVMA President. “The VSCNL is the only hospital in Newfoundland and Labrador providing access to advanced specialist, diagnostic and treatment options 24-hours, 365 days a year, lessening the financial impact of travel for pet owners as well as the stress of travel for both the pet and pet owner.  The glowing letters of support provided in VSCNL’s nomination package, highlighting the care, compassion, and skill Dr. Bailey and her team provides, as well as outlining the centre’s community engagement and educational programs, made it an honour to select VSCNL as the 2019 CVMA Practice of the Year Award recipient.”

“We would like to thank the CVMA for recognizing the efforts of the VSCNL team,” said John Mackenzie, co-owner of VSCNL. “Dr. Bailey and I would also like to thank our incredibly talented and caring team. Our staff work hard to care for each patient that comes in and they never hesitate to give back to our community.”

Visit vscnl.ca or call 709-221-7838 to learn more about the Veterinary Specialty Centre of Newfoundland and Labrador. Please visit canadianveterinarians.net for additional information on the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association,.

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About the Veterinary Specialty Centre of Newfoundland and Labrador (VSCNL)
The Veterinary Specialty Centre is home to a team of highly trained veterinary professionals. Lead by Newfoundland and Labrador’s only board-certified surgeon, Dr. Trina Bailey, the VSCNL team consists of a board-certified radiologist, emergency veterinarians, an occupational therapist, veterinary technicians and assistants, and administrative staff. VSCNL is the only facility in the province providing 24/7 emergency services, diagnostic imaging, surgical, blood donor, and rehabilitation services.

The Veterinary Specialty Centre works collaboratively with veterinary practices across the province and is an extension of the primary care veterinarian’s ability to provide advanced, quality care. Through this collaboration, and the expert level of care offered at VSCNL, pet owners in the province can remain in province to access the specialty care they require for their pets.

About the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association Practice of the Year Award
Each year, through its awards program, the CVMA proudly recognizes individuals who have demonstrated significant accomplishments, exemplary leadership, and tireless commitment to Canada’s veterinary community. Established in 2013, the Practice of the Year Award consists of $1,000 and a plaque and is sponsored by Scotiabank, a leader in banking services for professionals. The award recognizes a veterinary practice team for outstanding achievement within their local community. Such achievements may include innovations in provision of veterinary services, commitment to work-life balance, meaningful community or charitable involvement, or implementation of ‘green’ practice procedures. Nomination packages submitted for all CVMA Awards undergo a rigorous review process by the CVMA Awards Selection Committee after which the recipients are approved by CVMA Council.

Does your pet need to see an ophthalmologist?

Does your pet need to see an ophthalmologist?

The Veterinary Specialty Centre of Newfoundland and Labrador will welcome Dr Tara Richards for a visit in July 2019. Dr. Richards is an ophthalmologist who will be visiting our province and will be accepting consultations and limited surgical services the week of July 8th (Monday to Thursday)

How can you see Dr. Richards?
Please ask your family veterinarian to have a referral sent. Once we have the information  you will be contacted with your appointment date and time.

For further information: Please contact our referral coordinator Barbara, by phone at (709) 221-7838 or e-mail at referrals@vscnl.ca.

Learn more about Dr. Richards:
Dr. Tara Richards is a board-certified Ophthalmologist, currently working and living in Ontario. Dr. Richards completed her Bachelor of Science at Waterloo and then earned her DVM degree at OVC in 2004. She completed her Ophthalmology Residency and a PhD at OVC and was board-certified in 2010 by the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists.

Dr. Tara Richards, Opthamologist

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VSC and SPCA Working Together to Support Paws on the Pond

It’s not summer until you make your way around Quidi Vidi lake with your pet! So, join us on Saturday, July 13 for the SPCA St. John’s annual Paws on the Pond fundraising event. The Veterinary Specialty Centre of Newfoundland and Labrador (VSCNL) is proud to be the presenting sponsor.

The event runs from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and there’s a tonne of family and pet-friendly fun. To participate, individuals or teams should register here. There will be local vendors, entertainment for the kids, and a microchip and nail trim clinic.

Join us for a great time and help raise money for the SPCA St. John’s. We can’t wait to see you and your pets down at the pond!

Veterinary Specialty Centre Offers Blood Donation Program for Pets | Feb 2019

VSC Offers Blood Donation Program for Pets

Feb 2019

Did you know your pet can be a blood donor? Dogs or cats who have had an accident or illness often need access to donated blood. Thankfully, a blood donor service is available through the Veterinary Specialty Centre of Newfoundland and Labrador (VSC).

The Veterinary Specialty Centre was founded by Dr. Trina Bailey, who is the province’s only board-certified veterinary surgeon. Dr. Bailey felt it was important to offer this blood service here. “In the past, pet owners would have to seek advanced medical care and services for their pet outside of the province and that had time and financial implications,” said Dr. Bailey. “We’re offering specialty care services, like the blood donor clinic, here at home. These services are an extension of the care pets receive from their primary care veterinarian.”

In order to offer specialty and emergency services to treat pets for such conditions as severe trauma, life threatening infections, and cancer, the VSC requires access to donor blood.

“Our blood donor pets help by keeping our in-house blood bank continuously stocked to save the life of another pet,” said Dr. Bailey. “They become our pet heroes.” 

It’s a service that saves lives. Carmel Doyle’s cocker spaniel Katie require two blood transfusions. Thankfully, the blood was available. The dog recovered quickly and is now back to her playful, energetic self. “My sincere thanks to the donor and pet owner who took the time to give the gift of life as well as to my own Vet - Dr. Colleen Simms and all the Vets and staff at VSC.” You can learn more about Katie’s story here.

Royal Newfoundland Constabulary Constable Bill Kennedy works with the K-9 unit. He says, “it’s very important for his unit to know there’s access to the blood supply in the city should one of the dogs need it.” Hear more from Cst. Kennedy about blood donation and meet his dog Gunner.

Once it has been determined your pet can be a donor, blood is collected. It takes approximately two hours for the assessment and donation process. Donor animals receive free laboratory testing including a full blood work-up during the first donation, health assessment, and a unit of blood or plasma transfusion for each unit donated, should the pet require it at a future date.

Your pet must also meet the following criteria:

  • Age of your pet 1 to 8 years
  • Vaccinations are up to date
  • No history of blood or plasma transfusion
  • Not currently on any medication
  • Healthy weight
  • Even-tempered

Pet owners interested in participating in the blood donor program are asked to contact the clinic for more information. You can also learn more by visiting our website at www.vscnl.ca.


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860 Topsail Road

Mount Pearl, NL

Canada

A1N 3J7

Contact

(709) 221-7838

info@vscnl.ca

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860 Topsail Road

Mount Pearl, NL

Canada

A1N 3J7

Contact

(709) 221-7838

info@vscnl.ca

Social

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Emergency Services Partnership

Oct 5, 2018

Emergency Services Partnership

The staff and management of the Veterinary Specialty Centre are pleased to partner with nine veterinary clinics in St. John’s and Mount Pearl to offer their after-hours emergency care services.

What does this mean?

Every clinic is provincially mandated to offer emergency services.  To ensure consistency in the delivery of service, the clinics have partnered with VSC. So, if your pet needs emergency care outside of your primary vet’s normal business hours, you will be referred to VSC.

Here’s a list of the clinics partnering with VSC:

If you have questions, please contact 709-221-7838 or info@vscnl.ca

Expert Care, Right Here

Address

860 Topsail Road

Mount Pearl, NL

Canada

A1N 3J7

Contact

(709) 221-7838

info@vscnl.ca

Social

Address

860 Topsail Road

Mount Pearl, NL

Canada

A1N 3J7

Contact

(709) 221-7838

info@vscnl.ca

Social

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