Our Team

Dr. Sarah Slater

Dr. Slater attended the University of Guelph where she achieved an Honours Degree in Zoology (1998) and a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine (2004).  She started her career working in a small community south of Ottawa and enjoyed developing close relationships with people and their pets.  While now working in “the city”, she still enjoys getting to know the whole family - the furry and the non-furry members!

Dr. Slater actively seeks the newest treatments and medications to best serve her patients.  In 2013 she obtained her Certification in Veterinary Acupuncture - a process that required over 150 hours of class time, 40 hours of internship placement and a case report.  Annually, she attends as least one major conference and several local talks to stay as current as possible.

While not working, Dr. Slater spends time with her 3 children, 2

dogs, 2 cats….and her husband!  She enjoys gardening, baking, and ultimate frisbee.

Jamie-Lynn Beelen

Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT)

Jamie-Lynn graduated in 2005 from St. Lawrence College with a diploma in Veterinary Technology. Upon graduation, she received the OVMA (Ontario Veterinary Medical Association) Award for Outstanding Achievement and obtained her Registered Veterinary Technician status.

Jamie-Lynn loves all aspects of being an RVT, from the basics of nutrition to the excitement of surgery. Although according to her, the best part is meeting the animals and helping them and working with their owners through all stages of life. She knows that a pet becomes an important family member no matter how big or small. She continues to learn through webinars, online courses, and teaching seminars to keep up to date within the field.

Jamie-Lynn's got a full house with her husband, 3 children and 2 dogs keeping her busy with hockey and baseball and all things in between! She enjoys time with her family and a good run in the fresh air.

Sheena Dagenais

Veterinary Assistant

Sheena Joined our team in September 2018.  Sheena's been working for 6 years in the field of Veterinary Assisting.  Sheena realised her passion for animals after taking the Medical Laboratory Technician course.  Sheena loves large breed dogs and currently has a Cane Corso.  In her spare time, Sheena enjoys spending time with her son at the playgrounds in Ottawa and swimming.



Joanna Ciccone

Registered Veterinary Technician(RVT)

Joanna was previously an enviromental technician for about 5 years working in Northern Ontario.  She moved to Ottawa, graduated from Algonquin College in 2017 and loves the new career change!

When not at work she likes to hangout with her husband, 2 bengals and tripod cat.  In the summer months you will find her tending to her garden.

Lauren James

Veterinary Technician Student

Bio coming soon


8am-6pm - MON, WED

8am-7pm - TUE, THU

8am-5pm - FRI

8am-12pm - SAT

Family Day Hours

Saturday Feb.13th         Closed

Monday Feb.15th           Closed

Tuesday Feb. 16th          8am - 7pm


3987 Riverside Drive,

Ottawa, Ontario

K1V 1C1
T / 613-737-9663 (WOOF)



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