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.

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Dr. Jennifer Bishop B.A, M.A., D.V.M, CCRT

Veterinarian

Dr. Bishop’s passion for animals and animal biology began in childhood: her family home always had a number of four-legged friends. Dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs and gerbils were not just pets, but also family members.

Because of her lifelong love of animals, veterinary medicine is Dr. Bishop’s natural calling. Her early post-secondary education in anthropology and archaeology was instrumental in her formative development and interest in anatomy and biomechanics, as well as the dynamic interrelationships between humans and animals.

As a veterinary student and as a practitioner, she discovered that textbook solutions to complex medical and physical problems did not always give completely satisfactory results and she became interested in complementary and alternative medicine treatments. Over the last 20 years, Dr. Bishop has integrated many successful herbal, physical rehabilitative techniques and nutritional strategies into her conventional practice to provide your pets with unique, broadly sweeping treatment options.

Dr. Bishop remains active in continuing education programs for conventional veterinary medicine – she takes pride in upgrading alternative modalities and maintaining certification status in her various fields of interest. which include Chinese herbal medicine, acupuncture, whole food nutrition and Bowtech ™.

In addition, to her veterinary career, Dr. Bishop enjoys singing with a women’s acapella choir, gardening, and exploring her artistic side by drawing and watercolour painting. In our too short summers, she enjoys sailing, swimming and canoeing.

Currently, Dr. Bishop’s furry family includes a big family of Maine Coon cats. Smokey Joe and Elijah are the parents of Blaze and Pepita. Goliath, the senior family member is an uncle to Elijah and her brood. Dr. Bishop also cares for a beautiful Bearded Dragon named Red who came through Safe Haven Reptile Rescue and frequently dog sits a Doodle mix named Hunter.

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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 Monday, March 23, 2020:

1. We are currently operating a "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 902.461.0951. We will take a history of your pet over the phone, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. Once the examination is finished, we will call to discuss our recommended treatment plan over the phone and then return to your vehicle with your pet. Please ensure your pet has a properly fitted collar or is in a secure carrier. Please remove any additional clothing or blankets prior to our staff handling our patients to minimize risk to our team.

2. We are still OPEN but are now working in two shifts with reduced hours, reduced staff numbers and a need to close for extensive cleaning between shifts. Tuesday to Friday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

3. 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 and take payment over the phone. 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.

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

Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus. You may see our team members wearing additional protective gear when interacting with our clients and patients.

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 Full Circle Veterinary Alternatives Inc.