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.

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Darlene Cannon

Darlene Cannon, RVT

Registered Veterinary Technician

I was inspired to go into the veterinary industry after I did my co-operative education program in high school at a veterinary practice. Now I always make sure I give time and efforts to co-op students that come through multiple times a year here at Hillcrest. I took the Veterinary Technician course at St. Clair College of Applied Arts and Technology and successfully completed the registration exam after graduation many years ago.

I began working at Hillcrest Animal Hospital in 1997. I have enjoyed my employment here over the years as the practice is ever evolving to improve the medicine we offer to our patients and their owners.

I love all aspects of working in the hospital including client education, patient comfort and performing anesthetics and analgesia. Outside of the clinic, I teach children in schools and groups how to read body language and be safe around dogs with the "Be A Tree" program.

Every day is different, and I never know what each day will bring when I walk in the door. This is unique compared to other jobs because there is always an opportunity to learn and I never get bored. My favourite thing about Hillcrest Animal Hospital is that we always strive to offer what is best for our clients and their pets.

I have been an RVT for 20 years working full time and in my home life, I have 12-year-old triplets. My first pet was a Jack Russel Terrier named Monarch.


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Last updated: June 26, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.


This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!



We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday to Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday & 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.

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Hillcrest Animal Hospital