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Melanie graduated from the Atlantic Veterinary College in in 2002. She has been an associate vet with South Shore Veterinary Hospital since 2008 and became a partner in 2013. She has special interest in internal medicine of cats and dogs.
Melanie is also active in community and school organizations and enjoys volunteer work in her free time. Free time is also spent gardening, hiking, biking, camping and generally exploring our great shore and province. Melanie lives in Bridgewater with her husband Stacey, 2 children Ella and Luke, cat Lilly and dog Lexa.
Meaghan graduated from the Atlantic Veterinary College in the spring of 2010. She joined our clinic in 2011 after completing an internship in Virginia, USA, which focused on all aspects of equine medicine. Her main interests include equine dentistry and lameness workups as well as small animal medicine, surgery, and emergency work.
In her free time, Meaghan can be found schooling horses, enjoying the outdoors with friends, family and her fiance Chris.
Dr. "Rob" Wentzell graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1980. He joined South Shore Veterinary Services shortly thereafter and continues as one of three partners. He is an accomplished equine veterinarian and has a strong interest in small animal orthopedic surgery. At home, he spends his time with his wife and their three dogs, one cat and seven horses.
Dr. "Ted" Scovil is a 1991 graduate of the Atlantic Veterinary College. Ted has been practicing at South Shore Veterinary Services since graduation and became a co-owner in 1998. Prior to joining South Shore Veterinary Services, Ted was a full time trainer/driver of Standardbed horses. Ted lives along the beautiful LaHave River in West Northfield with his wife, Mary Anne, where he loves to hunt, fish, and garden.
Amy Sparks is originally from Australia, and graduated from Sydney University in 2009. She spent several years in a mixed practice in Australia before completing an internship in equine medicine at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute in Kentucky. She then worked with racehorses in Australia before taking a break from it all and working for a year at the Animal Protection Society in Samoa, in the South Pacific. Amy enjoys all aspects of mixed practice but takes particular interest in equine medicine and reproduction. She moved to the South Shore with her Canadian partner Ben, and her dog Shadow, who follows her everywhere.
Ali grew up in rural Upper Kingsburg and the urban north end of Halifax. She graduated from the Atlantic Veterinary College in the spring of 2015 and joined South Shore Veterinary Services shortly thereafter. She has a keen interest in equine ambulatory medicine, lameness and small animal surgery. In her spare time Ali enjoys hiking with her husband Nathan and their two Leonburgers, giving horseback riding lessons at Sea Horse Farm, tending to her parents Shobac sheep, running road races and traveling. She is delighted to be home and working in this beautiful part of the world.
Alyssa completed her science degree in her hometown at St. F.X., and then graduated from the Atlantic Veterinary College in 2015. After working for a year of mixed-animal practice in Antigonish, she and her husband John moved to his hometown of Lunenburg and joined South Shore Veterinary Hospital in the spring of 2016.
Her veterinary passions include small animal wellness and surgery, as well as cattle. In her time away from the clinic, Alyssa enjoys trail riding with her horse Mica, working on endless farm projects and exploring the woods with John and their 3 chocolate labs.
Dr Melanie Ring has been in the veterinary profession since she was 14 years old and started volunteering at a veterinary clinic. She went on to graduate from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2003, and practiced for 5 years before becoming the owner and operator of Pioneer Pet Hospital in Ontario for almost 10 years. In July 2017, she sold her practice and moved to beautiful Nova Scotia to live out her and her husband's dream of having a farm and living sustainably. She is thrilled to join the amazing South Shore team and continue to practice her life-long passion as a veterinarian, in a well-equipped, relaxed and family-like atmosphere.
Melanie is married to her soul-mate (Nova Scotia native) Matthew, has Teasel, a bouncy, loving golden doodle, lovely laying hens (the ladies), and are proud new owners of 4 Highland cattle.
"Being a veterinarian is the only career that I have ever wanted, and I feel privileged to be able to devote my life to helping to improve the lives of our beloved pets and the people who love them"
Megan completed her bachelor of science in her hometown of Truro , Nova Scotia at the NSAC before completing her veterinary degree at the Atlantic Veterinary College in PEI in 2016. She then went on to work through an internship and fellowship in busy equine practices in California and New York respectively. She is excited to be here practicing in Nova Scotia!
Her professional interests include equine sports medicine and emergency medicine, but she really enjoys the variety that every day brings! She loves travelling, road tripping, baking and riding. Her sport of choice is dressage, and she enjoys spending time training and adventuring with her horse Lexi.
Rachel is a recent graduate of The Atlantic Veterinary College, Class of 2018. Rachel's wish was to return to her native Nova Scotia and work with both small and large animals. Outside of her passion for animals, Rachel enjoys playing sports, painting and playing computer games. Rachel is looking forward to exploring her new community and the lovely South Shore.
Our fabulous technicians and assistants are a wonderful group of well trained, caring and compassionate people who together bring over 70 years experience in the veterinary field. They are all people who not only love animals, but love the challenge of working in a busy multi-veterinarian mixed animal practice where everyday brings something new and patient care always comes first.
Missing from picture: Breanna Bolivar
CJ came to us in 2003, abandoned along with several other animals. They all found homes but CJ was just so special that we decided to keep him for ourselves. When he came to us he looked nothing like his picture. He was so matted that we didn't realize he was a white cat underneath. He loved dogs, cats and any human who would give him a treat, but seemed to have an irrational fear of kittens. He loved finding a great place to curl up and nap - from desk drawers to coolers to stainless steel bowls, the more unusual the better! Although we all liked to think he was our cat, the truth was we were all his people. He was truly the King of the castle at South Shore Veterinary Services and we were but his servants! He was one of a kind and we will forever miss our big, white, fearless boy.
Wanda started working with South Shore Veterinary Services in 1991, as the evening receptionist. She is now the manager of our busy clinic. Her invaluable knowledge, experience and abilities keep this clinic running smoothly. When not working, Wanda enjoys camping, reading and trying new recipes. She has one grown daughter, attending university, and a senior kitty named Mewsette.
Our friendly and knowledgeable receptionists will greet you with a smile and gladly assist you to schedule an appointment with one of our veterinarians or animal health technicians, answer any questions you may have concerning diet, flea treatment, dewormers or your new puppy/kitten. These lovely ladies will be the first of many friendly faces you will meet when you enter our clinic and become part of our ever growing clientele.
Missing from picture: Janette Higgs, Amy Barkhouse, Lorraine Dominix
Hi! My name is Blue and I am a blue and gold macaw. I was born in 1995 and may live to be 50 or 60 years old. I love music, nuts, seeds and fruit and will show off when children come to visit. I moved to South Shore Veterinary Services in 2016, after having to leave my previous owner's house. She still comes to visit me though!
Marshall came to us in 2017 when a good samaritan found him and brought him to the clinic in hopes of finding his family. We searched and searched but nobody came forward to claim him as their own. He quickly made it clear to us that he had settled in and we all fell in love with this mischievous boy. You can usually find him out front, getting into trouble by stealing treats. He loves laying on the reception desk, greeting clients and pets as they come into the clinic. We are so glad that Marshall found us and we think he likes it here too!
I wanted to thank you again for your help last Friday. There are many animals on my farm. I love them all but I was particularly fond of little Gabby. It was only a couple weeks ago we saw her rolling in the dirt and so delighted with herself and I remember how she loved to lay on Jeff's chair and bat the tail of our other cat as she walked by. I had hoped she could have experienced more of these joys in her life.
Your skill in diagnosing and presenting her case and your compassion in helping me understand what was best for Gabby was very much appreciated.