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 the recent changes for businesses related to Covid, we want to reassure you that we are continuing to provide our full range of services with the safety measures listed below. We will update this page regularly as the safety measures change.
We are continuing to see all cases by appointment only. This includes Canine Rehabilitation appointments, Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine appointments for acupuncture, herbal medicine, food therapy and Tui -na, Animal Chiropractic, Nutrition referrals, and specific blood testing referrals.
Return to 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. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The veterinarian will contact you by phone to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet and any medications to you. Payment will also occur outside.
Credit cards continue to be our preferred payment method. Other options can be arranged by contacting reception.
Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication for orders placed directly through the clinic. Orders placed via our online store are 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. We look forward to seeing you with your furry family members when Covid subsides!
- Your dedicated team at Full Circle Veterinary Alternatives Inc.