We remain open to provide care for your pets. We are following the direction of government and regulatory authorities and have implemented hospital and visit protocols to keep both you and our team safe. For regular updates on our hours and visit protocols, please follow our social media platforms.

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Dr. Natacha Bessay-Torfs, DVM

Veterinarian

Natacha Bessay-Torfs joined Hillcrest as a veterinarian in October 2019. She grew up in Uxbridge and bounced around in Ontario before settling in Brighton with her two dogs and two cats. She likes reading, new adventures, and anything outside (except ticks). She has worked as a tree planter, an intervenor with DeafBlind Ontario Services, and in wildlife rehabilitation at the Toronto Wildlife Centre, but wanted to be a veterinarian since she was a little girl. She graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2015 where she met her partner and has worked in the Northumberland-Quinte region ever since. She has developed a special interest in reproductive medicine and palliative care and loves to help people make sure their animals stay healthy and comfy. So far, she is loving everyone at Hillcrest Animal Hospital and how warm and welcoming they have been, and how dedicated they are to their patients and clients.

Fun fact: if you are down and need a pick me up, she can easily be nudged into a song and dance.

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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 Wednesday, March 18, 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 613-394-4811. We will bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. The veterinarian will then call you to discuss our recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a technician will return your pet to your car and take care of any needed medications and payment.

2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets only. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Saturday & Sunday: Closed.

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 5-7 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 at 613-394-4811 to pick up your order, but do not enter the clinic. We do have our online store available, which can be accessed from our website by clicking the online store button.

5. 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.

6. Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our jobs. We have taken these measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.

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 Hillcrest Animal Hospital