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Rachel Hoekstra, RVT

Registered Veterinary Technician
"I have always been interested in medicine and physiology, and as most of us in the veterinary field, love animals. Graduating Class of 2019--St. Lawrence College." I started at Hillcrest Animal Hospital in May 2019. The part of veterinary medicine that interests me the most is anesthesia/pharmacology and immunology. My favourite part of my job is the constant growth and expansion in veterinary medicine, there are always more things to learn. I love all the staff, we work well as a team and it feels like family. Some fun facts about me are that I have a keen interest in wildlife and have worked with wolves. I also have a Bluetick Hound named Hailey.

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Veterinarian giving a cat a vaccination

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