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.

Full Circle Year in Review

As we approach the first anniversary of Full Circle Veterinary Alternatives joining the Vet Strategy owned Pet Focus group, we reflect on this wonderful, challenging and rewarding year.  If you visit our Facebook page you will, you have probably seen all the photogenic pets exercising in the hydrotherapy treadmill or balancing on their exercise balls. 

The benefits of putting the trained rehabilitation technician, Kim with Dr. Fisher and Dr. Bishop (the local certified rehabilitation veterinarians) has enabled many more animals to benefit from techniques like hydrotherapy, LASER, massage, acupuncture and chiropractic.

Less obvious changes have occurred in our holisitic medicine practice.  Contrary to rumour, DR. BISHOP IS NOT RETIRING anytime soon, instead, she is focusing on helping as many animals with problems that are significantly helped or cured by nutrition, herbal medicine, acupuncture and other non-conventional therapies. As well, Dr. Bishop is spending some time teaching other veterinarians within the broader Pet Focus group how to access our services and to utilize some therapies on their own.  For instance, Dr. Rick from PetWorks now routinely uses a hemostatic herb formula called San Qi to reduce bleeding in TPLO (Tibial Plateau Levelling Operation) surgeries.

To facilitate expanding Dr. Bishop’s availability to clients and to the wider community, Full Circle has teamed with the excellent surgeons at Pet Focus to perform our client’s surgeries. The only procedures that were done differently at Full Circle were ovary-sparing spays and vasectomies which can now be done at PetWorks following a consultation with Dr. Bishop.  We have also added two other veterinarians, Dr. Teigan Bond and Dr. Jordan Mencher to our team.  Their job is to see routine preventative care appointments and any suddenly ill patients that need diagnostic workups and stabilizing treatment plans, in advance of adding in integrative therapies.  They are learning quickly and have a pretty good grasp of reduced vaccination protocols, titer testing, and encouraging real food feeding.  They are also quick to ask Dr. Fisher and Dr. Bishop about supportive options for their patients or to refer internally for holistic treatments after appropriate diagnostics have been performed.

We added a new technician, Ben and Heather continue to deal with nutritional analysis as well as her technician duties.  Jenna joined us as a veterinary assistant soon after we moved in the spring and is often found in appointments with Dr. Bishop and helping check patients in and out.  The entire team of veterinarians and support staff are currently doing an introductory course on holistic medicine so that we can provide you with a consistent focus on integrated holistic veterinary care.

We wish you all the best over the holidays and look forward to growing and bettering ourselves in the pursuit of holistic care for your beloved family members.

Written by Dr. Jennifer Bishop

Full Circle Care Team


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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.