DR. PATRICIA BAILEY

VETERINARIAN

I believe that I became a veterinarian because from a very early age I was fascinated about how living things functioned and because I enjoy helping animals, as well as people. Although growing up we had cats as pets, my parents would take me on family farm vacations where I would always be intrigued by the farm animals. After graduating from the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph in 2002, I worked in Windsor for two years in small animal practice. Being too young to stay in one place however, my husband and I decided to uproot our life and move it to England (pets and all) where I worked for two years in Dorchester, Dorset, which proved to be an extremely rewarding experience (although having to treat a poorly chicken on my first day of work, at a small animal clinic, was not an easy task). We lived in a small village in one of the most beautiful parts of England, but eventually we began to miss the Canadian seasons and of course family as well. Our dog and cats thanked us again for our journey home. Shortly thereafter in 2006 I came to work at Martindale Animal Clinic in one of the most beautiful regions in Canada and coincidentally another wine region. Since then my husband and I welcomed our daughter in 2012 who, after saying her first word "dat" and pointing at the cat, told us she shares the same fascination with animals. Sadly, we had to say good-bye to our 16-year-old chocolate lab Loki in 2016 however we still have our four cats (Puck, Rhea, Vesta and Juno) who keep us from taking life too seriously. After all these years I am still passionate about working at Martindale Animal Clinic. Although my veterinary education has equipped me with the tools to treat countless diseases, I have found preventing many problems in our pets a much more satisfying achievement. There are several preventable problems, whether it is dental disease, obesity, behavioural disorders, or urinary diseases, and I have found that a little education goes a long way.

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