For as long as I can remember I have always wanted to be a veterinarian. I have not been disappointed. As a child, I had very understanding parents who shared their home with dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, gerbils, hamsters, snakes, hermit crabs and fish. Our pets were always part of the family and certainly enriched my childhood experiences. During high school and my early university years I worked every weekend as the receptionist at the Toronto Veterinary Emergency Clinic. I loved every minute of it. In 1987 I graduated with a Science Degree in Biomedical Toxicology from the University of Guelph. In the fall of 1987 I realized my lifelong dream when I was admitted into the Ontario Veterinary College from where I graduated in 1992. Upon graduation, I worked at a small animal veterinary practice in Hamilton for two and a half years. I fondly remember those early years as a time where I was finally able to implement a craft that I had trained for so long to do. In 1994 I purchased Martindale Animal Clinic where it has now grown to a four doctor practice. I am tremendously proud of the quality of care that is offered to our patients, and I have thoroughly enjoyed the relationships that have developed over the years with our clients. I often feel I am consulting with old friends.  I am one of the very fortunate few that has found something that they truly love to do, and because of this I have never truly worked a day in my life.

While we have long held accreditation from the College of Veterinarians of Ontario we have recently been accredited by the highly regarded American Animal Hospital Association. To receive this accreditation, we were evaluated on 900 standards that hold us to a higher level of care. I am very pleased to say that we are one of only 7% of veterinary clinics in Canada that have been awarded this prestigious accreditation.

I am currently fostering cats at home, who were rescued from an unsafe situation in Beamsville. If you’re looking to adopt a friendly, socialized rescue cat, either email us at the clinic or give us a call and we’ll be happy to discuss the possibility of providing forever homes for these lovely cats!

In my spare time, I love to walk our two rescue dogs, Penny and Blue, and snuggle with our cat Lion Heart. For a few years I really had a lot of fun with our ten pet chickens who provided me with organic eggs, and it’s on my agenda to restart that little project. People are surprised that the chickens would follow me around outside and come when they were called.  When I am not at the clinic or with the pets, cooking, gardening or playing the piano, I am at the volleyball courts with my husband, Dr. Jim Turpel, cheering on our kids!


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