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.

Michelle

Lead Registered Veterinary Technologist
I started at Centennial Animal Hospital in May of 2012. I have been a veterinary technician quite some time now. During that time I have done small animal and exotic medicine, wildlife medicine/some zoo work, large animal medicine, specifically equine, as well as help tutor future veterinary technicians. My favourite thing about being a veterinary technician (vet nurse) is the variety of work that there is. Every day is different, and my favourite thing about being with the animals is the bonds that I can make with some of the pets that come into the clinic. A lot of people don’t realize the level of attachment and closeness us veterinary technicians have with their own pets. We are often the first ones there during stressful situations and spend a lot of our own time and dedication making that pet feel safe and calm. We hold their paws through chemotherapy, we are the first thing they see when they wake up from surgery, we are the ones who closely monitor them when they are not feeling well. We create bonds, whether they are intentional or not, and that is my favourite part about my job. My interests outside of work include being around animals as much as possible, whether its spending time with my hairless cats (or bringing them all sorts of places, like the cabin or for car rides).Taking my dog for a walk, and just being outside camping and fishing. I love my hairless cats, Lemmy and Lars. Ages 3 year and 2 years old, as well as my wiener dog (Miniature Dachshund) Lacey who is now 11 years old. I used to own a bunch of reptiles, but currently, only have a snake. I have had pets for as young as I can remember and can’t imagine my life without them.

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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 policies are up-to-date as of Tuesday April 7, 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. The hospital is still OPEN with the following hours:

Monday 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tuesday to Thursday 7:30 am - 7:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sunday CLOSED

The boarding and grooming building is CLOSED until further notice.

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 physical 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