I knew I wanted to be a veterinarian from the time I was 5 years old. Growing up on a small farm in Rockwood, Ontario where my family raised beef cattle, chickens and eventually had horses I was exposed to many aspects of farm life and veterinary care. The family veterinarian often let me watch and “help” when he was on the farm for calvings (which at the time both captivated me and completely grossed me out!) My family was never without some furry family members and my sister and I could often be found out in the fields with our two labs exploring and having picnics.
My love for horses became deeper when I was eleven and I asked for horseback riding lessons for my birthday. This became a lifelong passion and I have loved many horses, in both English and Western riding endeavours, including two of my own named Leap of Faith and Scout over the years.
Upon completion of a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Biology in 2003 I spent some time living in Banff National Park. Here I volunteered with a local researcher studying mountain lions, a wildlife veterinarian in the area and worked part time for the Living with Wildlife program educating park visitors on how to camp and hike safely with the local wildlife. Although I enjoyed living out west I missed my family and friends back home and wanted to pursue my veterinary dreams in Ontario.
Upon my return home, I was thrilled to be accepted into the Ontario Veterinary College, graduating in 2008. My career started out just North of London practicing both equine and small animal medicine. From here I decided to keep horses as my hobby and pursue a career in companion animal medicine in London. Although I have truly enjoyed the time I have spent at some of the clinics in the area where I have gained many lifelong friends and valuable colleagues, I found myself wanting to pursue one of many career goals – practice ownership. It is with this in mind that I am starting Wilson Mobile Veterinary Services after returning from my second maternity leave.
There are many things that I enjoy about being a veterinarian, but one of the biggest reasons is that I truly love meeting people and their furry family members. I strive to provide the best care for all my patients and help foster the human animal bond through practicing high standards of preventative and diagnostic medicine with the aim of helping pets live a long and healthy life with their families.
With a strong interest in palliative, geriatric and hospice care, I hope to further my knowledge in aspects such as physical therapy, alternative pain management modalities and pet loss counselling.
In my personal life I enjoy spending time with my family – both human and furry. My husband Jason is currently pursuing a degree in business and finance and also helps his family with their cash crop farming operation. We have two beautiful and amazing children, a boy named David and a girl named Peyton. David is a busy toddler and loves all things related to tractors, trains, animals, the alphabet and numbers. Peyton is fascinated by music and seems to have great rhythm even at a very young age! She also loves touching our two fur babies- Danny, a 13 year old golden retriever, and Pluto, a 5 year old pointer/hound cross. I adopted Danny when I was still in veterinary school and he has seen me through many different life changes, he truly is my soul dog. Pluto is a big loveable goofball who has a great interest in both of the kids as he has trained David where his treats are and Peyton is always a great source of food crumbs! In the rest of my “spare” time I also love reading, hiking and hope to eventually find more time to get back into horseback riding soon!
I am very excited to see where Wilson Mobile Veterinary Services will lead me. I look forward to meeting new patients and their families, as well as continue to see some of the familiar faces I have gotten to know and love over the years. I feel that by providing service within their homes, the cats and dogs in my care can feel less stressed out by veterinary visits and therefore so can their people!
Dr. Amy’s Professional affiliations include:
- A licensed member in good standing of the College of Veterinarians of Ontario, the regulating body for veterinarians.
- Member of the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association
- Member of the International Association of Animal Hospice and Palliative Care.