We remain open to provide care for your pets. We are following the direction of government and regulatory authorities and have implemented hospital and visit protocols to keep both you and our team safe. For regular updates on our hours and visit protocols, please follow our social media platforms.


Dr. Hickling


As a child, Dr. Hickling loved to spend time playing with and learning about animals on farms owned by friends and family. Her fascination with biology and physiology led to a decision that she wanted to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. In practicing veterinary medicine, Dr. Hickling enjoys the continuous learning experience that veterinary medicine provides, and she fosters her learning by reading journals, attending seminars, and with ongoing discussions with colleagues.

In 2010 Dr. Hickling was awarded Manitoba Veterinarian of the Year. She has volunteered for the Canadian Animal Blood Bank and is grateful to the donors and their families for their continued support in this valuable service. She is also a member of the Peer Review Committee, an organization charged with making decisions on complaints lodged against practicing veterinarians. Other areas of professional interest include emergency medicine, oncology, pocket pets, and exotic pets.

Dr. Hickling recognizes that each animal is individual and unique. She believes that a key factor in veterinary medicine is listening to owners' questions and comments to help direct treatment for pets who cannot speak for themselves. Apart from diagnosing and treating diseases, she believes in doing whatever is possible to control pain and make animals comfortable.

In her personal life, Dr. Hickling and her partner Brad have two children. Their first child Aiden was born in 2003 and their second, Keira, in early 2006. Both kids love stopping by mommy's work to visit all the animals. As far as pets go, they've adopted Mishka, who joined the family in 2003 when her former owner moved to India, Phantom, who was found as a kitten in 2009, and the most recent addition Clover, a high-energy border collie cross they adopted on St. Patrick's Day from Winnipeg Animal Services.

Dr. Hickling's outside interests include music, cycling, and gardening. She has even been known to cycle to work in -30 weather. She regularly volunteers at the Winnipeg Folk Festival and the Winnipeg Fringe Festival. Concern for the environment and the welfare of all animals has led her to adopt a vegetarian lifestyle.


How to help injured and orphaned wild animals

Below are a few suggestions should you come across injured or orphaned wildlife.  First, you need to determine if the wild animal is indeed injured or abandoned without putting yourself in harm’s way. Try not to have too much contact with the animal or to disturb the surroundings. If you are unsure, it is best that you leave it be and call a wildlife specialist to notify them about the animal and its location. Certain animals like rabbits and deer often leave their young alone for long periods throughout the day. If it appears healthy and well, do not disturb the animal. 

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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.

The following changes are effective as of Wednesday, March 18, 2020:

1. We are currently operating a "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. Please call 204-269-8162 when you arrive for your appointment or ring the doorbell, and one of our staff members will meet you at the hospital entrance to admit your pet for their exam. Once the veterinarian has finished the exam, we will call to discuss our recommended treatment plan.

2. We are continuing to accept 2 routine appointments per day, per doctor, but priority will be given to urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. If you're unsure whether your pet needs medical attention, please call us to discuss your situation.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours:
- Monday to Thursday 7:30 am - 8:00 pm
- Friday 7:30 am - 6:00 pm
- Saturday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
- Sunday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the Online Store, visit our website.

5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

6. Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our jobs. We have taken these measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this disease.

Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid, and any updates will be provided as changes occur.

- Your dedicated team at Centennial Animal Hospital