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.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we can continue providing our full range of services, under certain restrictions. As our province enters the next phase of the reopening plan, we have some updates to share with you about our safety measures.
We are continuing to see all cases by appointment only including Canine Rehabilitation Services, Animal Chiropractic, TCVM Consultations, Bloodwork for Referral Services, Wellness Exams, Vaccines and more!
SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE
Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us.
Face coverings must be worn to enter the hospital.
Use hand washing station upon entry.
Washrooms will be closed to the public until further notice.
If you wish to remain in your car during the appointment, when you call to inform us of your arrival, we will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
We are OPEN with the following hours:
- Monday to Friday: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm - Saturday & Sunday: CLOSED
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
- Your dedicated team at Full Circle Veterinary Alternatives Inc.