Our team continues to be here for you and your cherished pets. We are OPEN and are now able to provide a wide range of services. To learn more about the changes we have implemented in response to COVID-19 and what to expect during your next visit, click here.

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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 and grew throughout her academic career. Her family home was usually inhabited by various dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs and/or gerbils as well as human family members. 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.

Veterinary medicine allowed Dr. Bishop to expand her early interests to animal health and welfare. As a veterinary 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 integrated acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, whole food nutritional strategies and animal rehabilitation with her conventional practice to provide pets with unique, broadly sweeping treatment options.

Dr. Bishop currently consults with clients, seeking options for their pet’s health care, in both our Dartmouth and Wolfville locations. She is also spreading her knowledge with other conventionally trained veterinarians to improve multi-practice integration and awareness of holistic health care options.

Acapella singing with The Women Next Door, creative writing, gardening sailing, swimming and canoeing are all pleasures Dr. Bishop follows in her free time. Movies, x-box games and binge-watching TV shows are also big favourites during pandemic restrictions.

Currently, Dr. Bishop’s furry family includes a family of Maine Coon cats. Smokey Joe and Elijah are the parents of silver tabby Pepita. Goliath, the senior family member, is an uncle to Elijah. A recent addition to the cat grouping is Harper, a domestic short hair, who makes up in spirit for being the smallest. Dr. Bishop also cares for a beautiful Bearded Dragon named Red, who came through Safe Haven Reptile Rescue. She also borrows Hunter, a doodle, from his family whenever she needs an at-home dog fix.

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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.

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

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.