Dr. Jennifer Bishop BA, MA, DVM, CCRT
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.