One food source to stay away from are sunflower seeds, which are generally believed responsible for significant feather plucking problems. Speaking of which, gang gangs should be kept well supplied with fresh branches of eucalypts and other native trees to help avoid boredom which leads inevitably to feather plucking. This is a problem pet gang gangs are particularly prone to.TOP Housing - It used to be that when you bought a cocky, you automatically bought a large cage of galvanised iron wire at the same time.
And that was that. However, there are several important factors to consider when buying a cage for a cockatoo. First, it must be large enough to allow your bird to flap its wings without hitting the bars. There should be adequate room for it to move about and jump from one perch to another and climb the (horizontal) bars. Ideally, the cage should be wider and deeper rather than taller. The minimum size for a small cockatoo like a galah or corella is 70 x 70 x 100 centimetres.
For larger cockatoos you should get a larger cage. It should be strong, too. Very strong. A cockatoo's beak is powerful enough to bend bars and pop joints. Basically, you have the choice of stainless steel or iron. Not only does stainless have the advantages of being strong, easier to clean and free of paint that can chip off, they look pretty good as well. Unfortunately, stainless steel cages are pretty dear.
However, because they'll outlast several iron cages, you should come out ahead in the long run. And, as we've pointed out, owning a cockatoo is invariably a long-run thing. Finally, the cage should be secure. Cockatoos are fiendishly clever and have been known to undo bolts and locks and even dismantle their cages. If the cage features feeder doors, they'll need to be protected as well. Look for a design that prevents your bird from either reaching the doors or being able to open them.
Furnishings. Perches should be native branches of varying thicknesses to exercise the feet and help prevent foot problems. The natural roughness of such branches also helps your bird keep its beak and nails trim. If you use a cement perch instead, make sure it's not the one your cocky sleeps on. (Do not use sandpaper perches; they're harmful to a bird's feet.) Position the perches so that your bird can jump from one to another but not where the droppings can fall onto food bowls or other perches.
Most birds like a high perch for sleeping, so you should put one towards the top, rear of the cage. It's the rare cockatoo who also doesn't enjoy a swing to play on. You should use at least three food dishes: one for soft foods and treats, another for dry foods and the third for water. You'll discover it's much less hassle to change food and water when there is access from the outside. This way you avoid opening the main cage door and disturbing your bird, and you don't have to clean up after he or she overturns the food and/or water dish.
(Which he or she invariably will do.) You only have to watch a cockatoo eat once to realise that their table manners are deplorable. Food goes everywhere. Some cages come with devices which surround the outside of the cage and are designed to catch food and debris. But as you've probably surmised by now, cockatoos only see that as a challenge. So even if you do opt for a seed catcher, be prepared to tidy up around the cage on a regular basis.
Toys. From a physical standpoint, cockatoos are active birds and need regular exercise to keep their muscles in good condition. From the psychological side, cockatoos are also very intelligent and need diversions to keep them from becoming bored and distressed which, in turn, leads to screeching and feather plucking. This is especially true when a bird is left alone for a good part of the day. The solution is pretty simple.
Provide your cocky with lots of activities in the form of ladders, swings, ropes and large link chains, as well as fresh branches for gnawing and chewing. To help keep your bird even more interested, rotate the toys on a regular basis. It's fun to watch your bird when you introduce a new toy. He or she will approach warily then cautiously examine it from all sides. Once satisfied, a cockatoo will play with the toy for hours and hours with only short time-outs to rest.
Because cockatoos are so social and inquisitive, you should put the cage in a room that sees a lot of activity. The best location is a quiet, sunny area away from drafts, sudden temperature changes and cooking fumes. Birds also feel safer being able to look down on things, so placing the cage at eye level or higher will increase its comfort zone, as will covering the cage at night. Maintenance. There are a number of chores which must be carried out on a regular basis.
Every day you should clean the water and food dishes and wipe feather dust from the bars and perches. Twice weekly you should change the bottom trays and replace the soiled litter. Once a week you should wash all the perches and dirty toys. Then every month you should clean the entire cage. If you have an aviary and flight, you should thoroughly hose and disinfect it twice a year, replacing anything that needs replacing, such as old dishes, toys, perches and, of course, the sand on the floor.
Grooming. A cockatoo should have a shower or bath of luke-warm water every week to get rid of its accumulated feather dust and keep its plumage in good shape. You can use either a hand-held plant spray or a hose with a fine-spray head to gently mist your bird. Alternatively, you can put a heavy ceramic dish (30-35 centimetres in diameter) on the bottom of the cage. Your cocky will know what to do from there.
To discourage flight and to prevent escape through an open window or door, it's a good idea to trim both your bird's wings. The beak and claws should also be trimmed if they haven't worn down naturally from climbing and chewing. Forget mineral blocks, lava blocks and other such commercial beak-grooming products. They'll be demolished way too quickly to do any good.TOP Feeding - We've already given you an idea of what the different cockatoo species should be fed.
Along with a good quality mix that has been specially formulated for cockatoos or large parrots, you should add sprouted seeds and all sorts of fresh fruit and vegetables. Apples, pears, plums, sultanas, oranges, bananas, peaches, carrots, broccoli, lettuce, chickweed and dandelions are just a few suggestions that should go down well. And now you can even buy assorted native nuts like those shown here.
On occasion you can also offer proteins such as cottage cheese, bits of cheese, hard-boiled eggs, canned dog food, and cooked meat bones. Stay away from highly seasoned, fatty processed meats. When you do give your bird human food, be very careful about temperature of the food. As long as you're providing a good, varied diet, vitamin and mineral supplements shouldn't be necessary, except in times of change or stress.
Instead of calcium blocks, which cockatoos destroy in no time, you can sprinkle this mineral on your bird's food about once a week. And make sure they always have a fresh supply of water available. Important! Avocado, chocolate and caffeine are poisonous to all birds. Aerosols, tobacco smoke, Teflon and other chemical fumes can also prove fatal. The same goes for some house plants. Behaviour - Highly social birds, cockatoos can be quite demanding when it comes to companionship.
The best way to keep yours from becoming too dependent on his or her principal human and monopolising that person's time is to add a second bird, either another of the same species or one of a similar size. While doing this might seem to double the potential for noise, the fact is contented cockatoos are much less likely to indulge in that sort of continuous, ear-splitting shrieking symptomatic of cockies who feel slighted and unloved.
If you have other pets like dogs and cats, it's possible your cockatoo(s) could establish friendly relations with them. Then again, they might not. You'll just have to wait and see. However, you definitely should keep smaller animals such as rodents and small birds away from any cockatoo. That beak can be fatal. Because of their sensitivity, cockatoos can become extremely jealous of babies and small children.
Never, ever leave them together unattended. In most cases, cockatoos do fine with older children, but you won't know for certain until the relationship has had time to develop. As we explained above, exercise and play are important activities for the physical and psychological health of all cockatoos. One sure sign that your cockatoo is both fit and happy is when he or she spends most waking hours performing, or examining and manipulating toys and other cage objects and inventing new games.
Contented cockies also love to show off by dancing, bobbing their heads, hanging upside down with outspread wings and calling loudly. As well as being highly active, cockatoos are very curious about their environment. The problem is, once free of the confines of their cages, they can be powerful flyers. And unlike other pet birds you might be used to, cockatoos have short tails and therefore are unable to stop quickly when flying.
The risk of serious injury from crashing into walls or windows provides another good reason to have its wings clipped. If you don't feel comfortable doing this yourself, we can do it for you. The feathers will regrow in about a year. Training - You won't get very far until your cockatoo trusts you. Implicitly. Buying a hand-raised baby means your bird will already be used to human contact, and training will be that much easier.
Otherwise, you'll probably have to spend time just to get over a new cockatoo's tendency to jump off its perch and retreat to the most distant corner of the cage whenever you approach. Besides time, taming and training take patience. Lots of it. As with most animals you should move slowly and not make any sudden movements. Start by talking with your new friend until it lets you approach the cage without taking evasive action.
Next comes hand taming. Offer treats from outside the cage until your bird becomes used to your hand. Then open the cage door, slowly reach in and do the same thing. At no point should you ever punish your pet; this will just undo the rapport you've spent so much time building. Once you've earned its trust, your cockatoo will begin climbing on your hand and allowing you to pet him or her. Cockatoos form such strong bonds with their human(s) that they will work for love rewards.
In return they expect lots of attention. Even if you go out for just a short while, your cockatoo will expect to be greeted and/or scratched as soon as you walk back in the door. You should consider cockatoos who talk a bonus. Aside from some individual corellas, cockatoos are not usually the best talkers of the parrot family. Those who do learn tend to have limited vocabularies and poor enuciation.
Chances are though, yours will provide so much entertainment performing tricks that you'll never miss a bit of chat. Health - Well-cared-for cockatoos seldom become ill. Those that do will most likely be bothered by parasites, intestinal inflammation, coccidiosis or respiratory ailments. You've also probably heard of parrot fever (psittacosis). While cockatoos are susceptible and the disease can be both dangerous and contagious to humans, it is not common.
Conversely, a healthy cockatoo can pose a threat to some people. The bird's skin produces a fine, white powder which causes reactions with some allergy sufferers. If your cockatoo does become ill, telltale signs include plumage that loses lustre, looks ruffled or shows bare areas; loss of appetite; sneezing or discharge from the nostrils; slitted eyes plus excess sleeping, using both feet instead of tucking one up.
Some sick cockies will start to pluck their feathers, move oddly and start screaming neurotically. Any change in the feces can also be a sign of illness. If your bird shows any of these symptoms, isolate it in a hospital cage with an infrared lamp placed about 60 centimetres away. If it does not perk up within 24 hours, bring your cocky to us for diagnosis and treatment. Psittacine Beak and Feather Disease (PBFD).
Although strains of the virus affect pigeons, doves, finches and seagulls, this is predominately a disease of parrots, in particular sulphur-crested cockatoos and lorikeets. Younger birds tend to be more susceptible than older birds. In the wild as many as 30 to 40% of parrots may carry PBFD. Affecting the skin and immune system, the disease manifests itself through a host of feather abnormalities including loss, breakage, discolouration and pinching or narrowing.
Loss of feathers not only means the birds cannot fly, they also lose insulation. In many - but not all - cases, beaks may be overgrown, deformed or fractured. In time these birds will starve or succumb to secondary infection. Because feather abnormalities can have many causes, the only reliable method of diagnosing PBFD involves blood tests. However, positive results don't necessary indicate the bird has developed the disease; it still could be shedding the organism.
Some birds can either clear the virus from their systems or continously shed it. But almost all birds with clinical symptoms testing positive will eventually die from the disease or secondary infections. A few, usually lorikeets, recover. While the actual virus can be killed by chlorine disinfectants, there is no treatment for the disease. If you haven't already been to our Birds page, you'll discover plenty of useful information about birds in general there.
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Dr. Kathy Hrinivich Opened practice April 2004Dr. Kathy graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1995. She also has an Honors Bachelor of Science Degree in Biochemistry, and worked for two years in Lung Cancer Research. She has been working in a Veterinary Hospital for over 30 years and still enjoys every day she spends with animals. Her passions at work include: helping people and their animal families; constantly striving to create the best work atmosphere for our awesome staff; and helping as many strays and orphaned pets as humanly possible with the resources she has.
Her free time is spent entirely with her husband Neil, her beautifuldaughters, her horses, her beautiful Maine Coon kitties, and her small pack of dogs. She also tries to sneak away to the Kitchener Stockyards as frequently as possible to rescue horses and ponies. Keep your eye on our new website for some beautiful pictures taken by Dr. Kathy - a new budding photographer! Dr. Neil Kennedy Opened Practice April 2004Dr.
Neil graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1995. His passions at work include surgery, dentistry, and unraveling difficult medical cases. He has completed surgery courses for Cruciate Ligament Repair, Luxating Patella, Perineal Urethrostomy and Prolapsed Third Eyelid Gland, and is constantly working to excel in this area. His hobbies include: woodworking; sports; trail riding; and swimming.
He also enjoys spending as much free time as possible with his beautiful daughters and has become quite talented in toenail painting! Dr. Sarah Thompson Start date: 09/27/2009 FEB 2014 Appointed to Council for the CVO The College of Veterinarians of Ontario Continuing Education: OVMA Conference 2014Dr. Sarah lives in Guelph with her husband Andres, daughters Paloma & Isabel, and son Jose.
Also included in her family are her microscopic rescue dog Jack and 3 wonderful cats: Kitteny, Bebe and Oliver. After a not-so brief detour through Architecture School, Sarah attended the University of Guelph where she earned her BSc (Biomedical Science) in 1999, and her DVM in 2003. She began her career as a veterinarian working in a clinic in Nelson, BC, and returned to Ontario in 2006. Sarah enjoys volunteering as a communications coach with students at the Ontario Veterinary College.
However, most of her spare time is devoted to hanging out with her family (at thrift stores and good lunch spots in the Tri-Cities). Sarah also enjoys reading (mostly poetry and non-fiction) and sewing items of questionable usefulness, such as stuffed animals and quilts. Dr. Simone van der Weele Start date: 05/10/2010Languages: English / Dutch Continuing Education: OVMA Conference 2014 Dr.
Simone graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1995. Since 1995, she has practiced both small animal and exotic medicine throughout southern Ontario. In 2010, Simone returned to Cambridge and joined AHC due to the Hospital's compassion and dedication to the rescue of stray animals within the community. Residing in the countryside of Guelph with her two children and husband, she also likes to spend all of her free time hiking and boating among the islands of Georgian Bay.
Dr. Ellie Baird Start Date: 07/02/2013 Languages: English/ French Continuing Education: OVMA Conference 2014 Dr. Ellie graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2010. She also has an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience, with minors in Genetics and Anthropology. Clearly, her interests have always been in how science helps to explain and improve the lives of all animals -- two- and four-legged! Her passion for veterinary medicine is driven by the human-animal bond: the profound impact that loving, furry family members can have on our lives.
Her interests include: nutrition, emergency care, ophthalmology, and behaviour.Her free time is spent with her son Henry and her loving husband Alex, who -- despite his allergies -- not only puts up with the parade of rescued animals coming into their home, but welcomes them with open arms. She enjoys gardening, camping, and outdoor adventures with dogs Quiggley and Scotty, and reading under a cozy blanket held down by cats Ava and Zambuca.
Dr. Luci Rosca Start Date : 01/2011 Languages: English / Romanian Dr. Luci is a very caring veterinarian. Her compassion shines through every weekend while looking after the many cats and dogs who visit us. She strives to make the best pet health recommendation and works with each owner to choose the best treatment for their pet. Dr. Anne Sylvestre, BSc, DVM, DVSc, CCRP, Diplomate ACVS/ECVS Dr.
Sylvestre brings her surgical skills to help the patients and pets in our Safe & Sound Rescue Project at Animal Hospital of Cambridge. Dr. Sylvestre is a board certified surgeon with the American and European Colleges of Veterinary Surgeons. She was on faculty at the University of Pennsylvania and then the University of Guelph for several years before leaving academics for private practice.
She spent seven years in a busy mobile surgical practice in Southwestern Ontario. During this time she was able to really appreciate what the challenges are that general practitioners deal with on a daily basis. In 2004, she joined others to create a full service, 24/7 referral hospital in Oakville, allowing her to open a rehabilitation centre and service a far greater number of animals. For the past several years, Dr Sylvestre has also spent a lot of time at the Animal Hospital of Cambridge, helping out with the client-owned and rescue animals.
In 2002 she formed a continuing education business with the focus being on practicality and hands on learning for veterinarians, with some workshops being applicable to technicians as well. Dr. Sylvestre has since given well over 60 workshops through Focus and Flourish. She has been invited to speak to many international and regional meetings. She has published research and clinical papers, book chapters and, electronic books on veterinary surgery and rehabilitation.
Dr. Sylvestre is also a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practition Dr. Renee Bourque Started: Oct. 2016 Dr. Renee Bourque graduated from the Atlantic Veterinary College in Charlottetown, PEI in 1992. After working in the Maritime provinces for a few years, she decided to make the Dundas area her home! She will join us at Animal Hospital of Cambridge bringing with her a lot of experience.
Over the years she has enjoyed working in both general veterinary practice as well as within veterinary emergency hospitals. Dr. Renée shares her home with two cats, both are Bengals. One of them plays fetch, just like a dog! Both of these cats were adopted through rescue agencies. Her hobbies include long distance cycling (look for her in the Ride for Farley), culinary pursuits, yoga and gardening.
Dr. Renée is looking forward to meeting you and your pets, and working together to keep them healthy! Dr. Luke VanRooy Started: April 2016 From a young age, Dr. Luke fostered his love of animals while growing up on a small dairy farm in the Niagara Region. Perusing this passion, he graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2014. He started practicing in the Hamilton area after graduation, and then joined the Animal Hospital of Cambridge team in April 2016.
At work, he enjoys teaching pet owners about preventative medicine topics: vaccines, dental health, weight maintenance and environmental enrichment. Outside of work, he enjoys hockey, portaging, cycling. Dr. Luke is an avid fan of all things science fiction and fantasy. He has three pets: Daphne the dog, Ness the cat and Eevee the rabbit. Dr. Kristi La Pointe Started: 08/2015Dr. Kristi grew up just outside of Montreal, Quebec.
She has always had a love for animals big and small growing up with cats, dogs and horses. She completed a bachelor of Science and then went on to work for a pet nutrition company for 3 years prior to going back to school for veterinary medicine. She is a 2012 graduate of the Ontario Veterinary College. Her special interests are veterinary nutrition and dermatology. In her free time, Dr.
Kristi enjoys spending time with her husband, young son, and their 2 dogs Tucker and Toby. She has also kept her love of horses and enjoys horseback riding. Robin is her equine partner of over 15 years at her family's farm in Erin. Dr. Anna Skorobohacz Started : 10/21/16 Dr. Anna graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2012 and began practicing small animal medicine in Burlington shortly thereafter.
Her passion for animal welfare began at a young age and has only intensified in her years as a veterinarian. Dr. Anna’s hobbies include bee keeping, hiking, and bird watching – she has had the opportunity to visit China, Colombia, and the Caribbean to catch a glimpse of her feathered friends! She enjoys spending time with her husband and family, and makes sure to head north to cottage country every summer.
Dr. Anna also loves to spoil her two kitties, Lyla and Charlie, making sure there is a cat tree in every window and a comfy bed in every room of the house (much to her husband’s dismay). Dr. Kaitlyn Krizmanich Dr. Kaitlyn Krizmanich graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2016. After graduation Kaitlyn completed a one-year small animal internship at a Veterinary Emergency and Referral Hospital.
Ever since she was young Kaitlyn has had an innate love for all animals and an interest in the sciences. She completed three years of the Arts and Science Program at the University of Guelph and then attended the Ontario Veterinary College to pursue her dream career of becoming a veterinarian. While in veterinary School Kaitlyn had the opportunity to participate in Global Vets. She traveled to Thailand and volunteered at an Elephant Sanctuary and Rehabilitation Center and at a dog and cat rescue.
Kaitlyn ended up bringing back her dog, Sami, from Thailand who now much enjoys her new life! In her spare time Kaitlyn enjoys hiking, camping, the outdoors, running, cycling, playing volleyball, traveling, and walking her dog Sami. Dr. Meredith Murphy Dr. Meredith Murphy joined the Animal Hospital of Cambridge in September of 2017. Her desire for building and strengthening the human-animal bond developed during her adolescent years working at a petting zoo on a local apple farm.
This laid the groundwork for so many of her life adventures which included: working with conservation teams in Botswana Africa, studying endangered dolphins off of the coast of China, to wrangling horses in the Colorado mountains. Dr. Murphy’s love for animals and their ability to vastly enrich the human experience is what drew her to a career in Veterinary medicine. She joins the Animal Hospital of Cambridge thankful to be a member of such a welcoming and inclusive team in a constantly diversifying community.
During her spare time Dr. Murphy enjoys woodworking and hiking. In the summers you can find her camping with her family and their 7 year old Golden Retriever "Henry". Dr. Nate Tyndall I think I was four years old when I decided my primary goal in life was to become a veterinarian. I never seriously considered doing anything else. Graduating from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2015 was a lifelong dream coming true for me- and during each and every day in clinical practice since then I have found another reason to love this profession.
The opportunity to work with a wide variety of animals, to promote good health, long life and happiness for both my patients and their human family members; these are the privileges I hold dear. I have a few goals with each and every visit, from a joyful experience like a puppy’s first visit to the clinic, to sorrowful occasions such as the euthanasia of an old friend whose time has come. It is my aim to ensure that every owner I meet with is informed of and educated regarding all reasonable options for their best friend’s care, from diagnostics to treatment options, and has the chance to have all their questions and concerns addressed with patience and a compassionate ear.
I do everything in my power to make appointments as minimally stressful as possible for patients and owners alike, and ensure the best possible outcome in each individual situation. When I’m not on clinic duty, I tend to spend my free time at the gym, indulging in my various nerdy hobbies, or in bed cuddling with my pug, Juno. Veterinary Technicians Stacey, RVT, CVDT Start Date: 04/15/2004 Continuing Education: AAHA Conference Nashville 2017 Practice Management Track Stacey graduated from Seneca College in 1995 and became a Registered Veterinary Technician the same year.
She completed the Canadian Veterinary Dental Technician program through St. Lawrence College, by Dr. Fraser Hale, DVM, in 2000. Stacey helped open our clinic in 2004. She is also one of our Hospital Managers who strives on a daily basis to ensure that Animal Hospital of Cambridge is providing the best care for your animals. Adding to her fur family (which was one cat named Jeter), she has adopted 3 pets from our rescue program: Shelby, a shepherd cross, and 2 cats, Mats & Crosby.
Elaine , RVT Start Date: 04/15/2004 Continuing Education: OAVT Conference 2014 Elaine graduated from Seneca College in 2001 as a Registered Veterinary Technician, and also holds a diploma in Fish & Wildlife from Sir Sandford Fleming College (1999). Elaine is a wonderful technician who has a special interest in birds and exotics. She works hard on a daily basis to ensure that your animals are happy and comfortable while in our care.
She is a self-professed bird fanatic, and is currently owned by several birds, including: 2 brown-throated conures named Loki and Boo, and Clementine, a green-cheeked conure. Also keeping her company at home are two Siamese cats, and Paris the dog (who, incidentally, was a rescue through our clinic!). Elaine and her husband enjoy spending time with their two son's and hope to survive the toddler years ! Kayla, VT Start Date: 05/25/2010 Continuing Education: OAVT Conference 2017 Kayla graduated from Ridgetown with a VMOA (Veterinary Medical Office Administration) diploma in May 2008.
She then went on to Georgian College and graduated from their Veterinary Technology program in 2010. In the fall of 2015, she accepted a new role as one of our hospital managers. Kayla has a vast array of animals living in the country, including 2 goats named Cookie and Sugar. She has 3 cats, Kyler, Autumn and Sassy, as well as a Weimaraner named Prue who is always up to no good ..... She is so cute .
.. she get's away with it. She was a rescue from our rescue program in 2012. Michele, RVT Michele joined our team of Registered Veterinary Technicians in 2016 and is one of our hospital managers. She has a true love for all shih tzu's. She is currently fostering one of our rescue dogs "Koda" ( a shih tzu of course) who suffered massive injuries from a previous dog attack. With some extra TLC from Michele, Koda has made a full recovery.
She would love for Koda to find the right home with someone to love him. Meghan , RVT Start Date: 04/14/2012 Languages: English / French Continuing Education: OAVT Conference 2015 Meghan is a Registered Veterinary Technician joining our growing technical team. She brings a renewed eagerness to learn and develop her technical skills with us. She enjoys taking extra time to snuggle the pets that spend time with us in the hospital.
Ana, RVT Start Date: 01/21/2013 Languages: English/ Spanish Ana has been working in the Veterinary field since 2001. She obtained her Veterinary Technician diploma from Saint Lawrence College in 2005, and became a Registered Veterinary Technician that same year. She loves and cares for animals, enjoying all aspects of being a technician. Ana enjoys spending time with her husband, her children, her Jack Russell X Beagle dog named Prometheus, and her two cats, Coco and Cloudy.
Since becoming part of our team in January 2013, she has adopted Zoodle, a Jack Russell Terrier from our rescue program. Ashley, RVT Start Date: 09/05/2013 Continuing Education: OAVT Conference 2015 Ashley is a Registered Veterinary Technician who has joined our technical team. During the week she is raising her first child, a happy baby girl. You will see her around the clinic every other weekend.
Ashley graduated from Ridgetown College in 2011. She comes to us from a cat-only clinic and therefore posses excellent feline skills. She is our "CAT WHISPERER", understanding how to read their needs and how they want to be handled. She loves meeting new people and helping clients with whatever she can. Michelle , RVT Start Date: 05/24/2014 Continuing Education: OAVT Conference 2015 Michelle graduated June 2014 from the University of Guelph Ridgetown Campus as a Veterinary Technician.
She recently obtained her RVT status in September of 2014 and is eager to keep learning. Her main areas of interests in her role as a technician are dentistry and anaesthesia. At home she has 2 dogs named "Holmes" and "Lacey" ,as well as 4 cats including "Lenny", "Apple", "Lily" and "Vinny". She recently adopted her new puppy "Lacey" from AHOC and will not be surprised if there are more adoptee's to come in the future.
Outside of work Michelle likes to bake, snowboard, read and go for walks with her dogs. Taylor, RVT Taylor recently joined our team in 2016 after graduating from the Veterinary Technician program at Northern College in April 2015. She has always had a love for all animals and lets that passion shine through in her work. In her free time, Taylor can be found travelling the world and exploring new places, adventuring outdoors, camping, reading and spending time with her family and beloved dog Jack.
She feels lucky to be able to work with such compassionate and dedicated professionals and looks forward to meeting you and your pets! CarlyAnne, RVT Carly obtained her Veterinary Technician Diploma from Ridgetown College in 2013, and is currently completing a Bsc. in Animal Biology at the University of Guelph. Her goal is to become a Veterinarian, but in the meantime she pursues every opportunity to build her skills and knowledge of veterinary medicine.
Her home is shared with her handyman boyfriend Kyle, and their furry gang of 2 cats - "Pie” and "Nugget”, and 2 dogs - "Buddy” whom Carly adopted from her Veterinary Technician program’s animal colony, and their newest addition "Hazel”, a puppy adopted from our Rescue Program at AHOC. Amanda, RVT Started: 10/2007 Amanda is a dedicated Registered Veterinary Technician who has an extreme love for pugs.
She shares her life with her husband and 2 children who keep her very busy. Jade, RVT Starte: 05/14/2016 Jade began her time with Animal Hospital of Cambridge as a Co-op student this past spring. She proved to be such a hard working and caring person that we asked her to join our team. Jade grew up exploring the haymows of her uncle's barn for kittens, caring for and socializing them; in hopes of finding them homes.
When she began attending Ridgetown College for Veterinary Technology, her father pursued hobby farming and consequently she shared her room with a duck incubator when home for the holidays. Jade graduated in June of 2016, and completed her registration in August that year. She is excited to be a part of our growing technical team and the opportunities to grow as a technician. Caitlin, RVT Caitlin joined our team in August of 2017.
She takes special pride in the care she gives to our patients and rescued pets. She is currently raising her new puppy Archie, a lab cross. Devon, VT Devon joined our team in October 2017. He will be completing the VTNE exam to become a Registered Veterinary Technician this spring. Like many on our staff, Pugs are his favourite breed. Customer Service Representatives Paula, CSR Start Date: 07/30/2006 Paula is one of our wonderful, part-time receptionists who has been with us since July of 2006.
She has a Rotti X, Georgia, a Jack Russel Terrier, Tillie and 2 of our rescue cats Diesel and Cato. Along with her love of our furry friends she has a love of our feathered friends, in particular, chickens and keeps staff well supplied in fresh eggs. She raises rare and heritage breeds as her hobby on her farm that she shares with her husband Mark. She works hard each day to make sure appointments flow efficiently so you will have an enjoyable experience for both you and your pet.
Audrey , CSR Start Date: 04/28/2013 Audrey is one of the friendly faces you will meet when you visit us at the clinic. She is eager to follow through with any requests you may have. Audrey had many years of experience working in the veterinary field which is truly her life passion. She loves serving the community and is a huge help with fostering our rescued pets. Courtney, VA Courtney is very passionate about helping animals and enjoys comforting them when they are recovering from surgery.
She plays a big part in helping our rescued pets. Rachal, CSR Start Date: 04/24/2012 Rachal is the newest member of our veterinary reception team. Rachal Wiles has graduated from the University of Guelph, majoring in biological sciences, and will then pursue further education to become a veterinarian. She comes to us with many years of experience working in veterinary clinics. She will be one of the cheery customer service representatives greeting you at reception during the summer months.
She enjoys working with our rescue dogs and fostering them to give them a homey experience, aiding in their adopt-ability. (Thank you, Rachal, for going the extra mile -- though the happy wagging tails is all the thanks she wants!) She currently owns 2 pug crosses named Bella and Baxter. Jill, CSR Started: 08/2015Jill worked behind the scenes at AHOC when she was in high school, and has rejoined the team as a CSR in training.
She will greet you with a bright smile and is eager to help our clients. At home she enjoys spending time with her daughter and her dog Tobi, a min pin Chihuahua cross. Jill is currently on maternity leave with her son Leo. Congrats Jill! Vicky, CSR Vicky is one of the friendly faces you will meet when you walk in the door. She joined our customer service team in 2016 and in a short period of team has become an important part of our every day procedures running efficiently.
Vicky has a love for creatures big and small and enjoys showing her paint horse, winning many ribbons. Makayla, CSR Start Date: 04/14/2014 Makayla's passion is animals and medicine. She is currently attending the University of Guelph taking the Animal Biology program working towards a career in Veterinary medicine. She adopted a boxer from our rescue program who she now calls "AJ", and likes to spend time with her horse during her spare time.
Kelly, CSR Kelly has been a big part of our hospital for many years. She is a huge animal advocate. She fosters many of our rescued pets, nursing them back to health with lots of TLC. Kelly looks forward to serving and building relationships with our pet parents. Ashley, CSR Ashley is one of the friendly, knowledge customer service representatives that is here to serve you and your pets needs.
She will be happy to book you an appointment the same day you call. Need information on services or pricing? Ask for Ashley. Terri, CSR Terri is one of the friendly faces at reception you will meet when you visit our hospital. She has a special place in her heart for Chihuahua's and Pekingese. Jade K, CSR Jade recently joined our team of CSR's full-time. She is passionate about pets and people.
She volunteers her efforts with our Safe and Sound Rescue Project, helping to connect people with adoptable pets. Sophie K, ACA Sophie is part of our CSR team and works hard to ensure your pets needs are met and all of your questions will be answered. Emma K, ACA Emma is part of our CSR team and is one of the smiling faces you will meet in reception. She has grown up around all kinds of pets and is passionate about providing you the best service to help you with yours.
Animal Care Attendants Sharon, ACA Start Date: 04/15/2004 Sharon is Dr. Kathy's mom (however, she is like a mom to all of our staff and is loved here very much), and she has been helping at the clinic since we opened in 2004. Sharon cares for all the pets in our hospital and gives extra love to our rescued puppies and kittens. She often provides foster care for those who need surgery or longer term care.
She owns a "pack" of small breed dogs and one cat who keep her busy. She is always available to help when someone calls. She has spent her life working with animals and providing nursing care for those in need. Her hobbies include: gardening, cooking and spending time with her family. Linda , ACA Start Date: 01/02/2002 Linda is looking forward to retiring from her full-time job in the new year.
She works for us part-time because she enjoys spending her time tending to the animals at the clinic. We love her big heart and appreciate her masterful cleaning and organization skills, keeping our hospital in tip top shape! Judy, ACA Start Date: 03/07/2014 Judy is one of our Animal Care Attendants who cares for the many pets and rescued animals at our hospital. Nancy , ACA Nancy is one of the caring people who gives your pet comfort during their stay in our hospital.
She thoroughly enjoys spending time talking to each pet as she works away during her day. Jessie S, ACA Jessie joined the caring team of animal care attendants in February of 2017. She works very hard to ensure all the pets in our care feel loved and are comfortable. Pet Grooming - Pam-Purred Pets Grooming Services Pam has been grooming pets for 20+ years. She has joined the team at the Animal Hospital of Cambridge to look after all of your pets grooming needs.
Pam grooms both dogs and cats. Call or text Pam at 226-499-1140 to book an appointment. You can send an email to: email@example.com any questions or to request an appointment.Pam has very flexible drop off and pick up times. Call today! Accepting new clients daily.See grooming pictures on her Facebook site. Ryan Ryan is looking forward to meeting you and your pet. He has been grooming for over 10 years and can groom all breeds.
If you have questions about pet grooming, Ryan will be happy to help. You can book an appointment by calling 226-989-8691.