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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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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What you need to know about kitten vaccinations

Kittens will get vaccinations at 8 weeks, 12 weeks and 16 weeks, then annually. Overview A vaccine is a substance created to incite an immune response for a particular disease.  It needs to be given multiple times to a kitten to initiate his immune system. 

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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.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

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

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

3. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

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


NEW PET OWNERS

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