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Dr. Kendra Simons’ Outreach Experience

While studying in Grenada, the school of medicine and the school of veterinary medicine would team up to provide care for communities in the area and their pets which included cats, dogs, sheep, goats, and horses. This collaboration was referred to as One Health One Medicine, which emphasizes the importance of human and animal physicians working together to improve public and environmental health. At the community outreach examinations, pet education and vaccinations would be provided free of charge. Often this was the only opportunity for their pets to be examined and vaccinated.

My experience in Grenada inspired me to volunteer in Nicaragua. During my visit there, we were able to spay and neuter cats, dogs, and pigs, to reduce the already large population of stray animals. This provided me with important skills and experience while simultaneously allowing me to be a part of an organization that provides services to pets that would otherwise not have been able to receive them.

During my time in Grenada and Nicaragua, I also witnessed the effects of pets not having the benefits of flea and tick prevention. Fleas and ticks do not only cause itchiness, but they also transmit diseases and other parasites that can affect your pet internally.

Dr. Kendra Simons posing under World Vets sign

I have also travelled to South Africa, where I spent time helping build new enclosures for these exotic animals and assisting in releasing animals back into the wild.

I absolutely loved every moment I spent working in these countries; learning the different cultures, spending time with exotic animals and gaining the experience to help make me a better doctor.

Written by Kendra Simons

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Last updated: July 23, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we can continue providing our full range of services, under certain restrictions. As our province enters the next phase of the reopening plan, we have some updates to share with you about our safety measures.

We are continuing to see all cases by appointment only including pets in need of vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, parasite prevention, and more.

Beginning July 2, 2020, clients are able to come into the hospital with their pets with the following restrictions:

SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE

If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 7:30 pm*
Saturday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sunday: Closed

*On weekdays we will be closed for 1 hour in the afternoon in order to catch up on communications with our clients. This is a temporary measure. Thank you for your understanding.


NEW PET OWNERS

Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Avon Animal Hospital