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After high school I had attended St. Mary’s for a year and discovered that what I was pursuing was not for me. I had taken a year off to think and decided that because of my love for animals I wanted to be a part of their medical care. In 2003 I decided to enroll in the Veterinary Assistant program at the Maritime Business College and graduated in 2004. After graduating I worked at the Sackville Animal Hospital for 13 years before coming to Halifax Veterinary Hospital where I have been working since 2017. I live with my 2 boys, 2 dogs, and 2 cats (yes it’s a zoo) in Bedford. I spend my free time teaching Tae Kwon-Do at the club I have been with for over 20 years, hanging out with my kids and when the weather permits we spend time adventuring.


Does your feline have extra toes? The history behind Polydactyl Cats

Most cats have 18 toes; five toes on each of their front feet, and four on the back.  My cat, Mandy Pawtinkin, is blessed with 22 toes.  She has a congenital physical anomaly called polydactyly (Greek for ‘many digits’).  It is a genetic mutation that causes cats to be born with more than the usual number of toes on one or more of its paws.

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Last updated: March 25, 2022.

Dear Clients,

We are happy to welcome back you back inside our hospital! We no longer have any restrictions on capacity, but masks are still required if you'd like to come inside. We thank you for your understanding and compliance.


Monday, Thursday, Friday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Tuesday, Wednesday: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Sunday: Closed


Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

We look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Halifax Veterinary Hospital