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Victoria Ryan, VT

Veterinary Technician

I grew up in the Quinte West area- we always had a pet whether that be a cat, hamster or a fish. I always wanted a dog and finally when I was 15 we adopted 2.

In high school, I wanted to be a radiologist technician or an ultrasound technician. I only learned about the full role of a veterinary technician in my last year of high school and realized it was exactly what I wanted to make a difference in animals lives as well as perform hands-on skills daily (including X-rays and ultrasounds)

I chose the veterinary field because I’ve always had a huge interest in science and medicine, as well as being a big animal lover and advocate. Veterinary Medicine is the perfect mix of those two things. I attended Northern College and graduated as a Veterinary Technician in 2020 and will soon be taking the exam to become a Registered Veterinary Technician.

I love talking with clients and helping them and getting to know them and their pets. A veterinary technician’s position involves all aspects of the clinic and requires a lot of responsibility including administering and monitoring anesthetic which I have found super interesting!

I chose Hillcrest for a month-long placement in January 2020 because I have always heard good things about the clinic and staff, and knew their standard of medicine was current. I immediately wanted to start my career at Hillcrest because right off the bat on placement I noticed how everybody was always upbeat and thanking each other constantly. Secondly, I love Hillcrest because of the way every person interacts with our patients. It is exactly how I would want my pets to be treated by veterinary staff.

Fun fact about myself is I have been vegetarian for 5 years.

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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